We are still conducting research for the 2023 edition of IP STARS rankings and Managing IP Awards programme. We are no longer accepting firm submissions, but we are still conducting market feedback interviews and surveys and processing the documents of firms that submitted on time.
Firms that did not submit this year should prepare and focus on submitting for the 2024 edition next year. We do not accept submissions via email. Read about our research and submissions process here.
Below is a snapshot of what to expect this year. Please note that the dates may change.
August: We will send out an email with details on how to participate in the research for the next edition
September 1: We start accepting firm submissions, conducting independent research and scheduling market interviews
October 31: Firm questionnaire and client referees submission deadline*
December - March: Client referee feedback and senior IP practitioner surveys**
May: Rising Stars survey***
July: End of the research for the edition
* Any deadline that falls on a Saturday or Sunday is automatically extended to Monday.
** We can contact referees at any time between December and March, and we'll first process documents submitted on time, i.e. between September 1 and October 31. Our emails are sent from our general research email address (see here) or the email address of one of our editors. Our first practitioner survey is for the senior IP practitioners, especially the IP Stars. Any IP partner can complete our IP Practitioner Survey.
***We launch our Rising Stars survey after we have closed the senior IP practitioner survey. Any IP practitioner who can meet the criteria for the Rising Stars list can participate in the survey.
The Managing IP Awards shortlists and winners are published on managingip.com. We will confirm the dates for the shortlist announcement and ceremonies in due course. Read about the Managing IP Awards programme here.
February 10: Asia-Pacific Awards shortlist announcement (winners announcement date: May)
February 27: Americas Awards shortlist announcement (winners announcement date: April)
April 13: EMEA Awards shortlist announcement (winners announcement date: June)
Managing IP's firm and practitioner rankings are published on this website; use the regional drop-down menu to see the jurisdictions we cover and their latest rankings.
March: Trade mark practice rankings for firms (including US states such as California)
April: Intellectual property rankings for firms (for jurisdictions without trade mark or patent rankings) and ITC and life sciences IP rankings for the US
May: IP Stars list
May: Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP list
June: Patent practice rankings for firms (including US states such as California)
July: IP transactions practice rankings for firms
July: Copyright practice rankings for firms
September: Managing IP's Rising Stars list and Corporate IP Stars list
As usual, the 2022 firm rankings for a practice area and the 2022 individual practitioner rankings will remain on this site until we publish the 2023 rankings. After our official announcement, we will change the year of rankings to say '2023'.
We are deeply saddened to see the destruction of lives and property in Ukraine and the displacement of millions of its people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine, including its IP community.
Managing IP has decided to suspend its research and publication of research content for Russia and Ukraine until further notice. We will, however, continue to accept submissions from firms in Ukraine. We pray for peace and a swift end to the war.
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Our marketing/business development team will contact all the firms and practitioners recognised this year. If you have any feedback or questions about our research, please contact us here.
Managing IP published its first legal directory in 1994 and rebranded it in 2013 as IP STARS. The IP STARS guide has expanded over the years and now covers over six IP practice areas and more than 70 jurisdictions, making it the most comprehensive, leading specialist rankings publication for the IP profession.
The research for our rankings is conducted rigorously and impartially by our team of research analysts in London, New York, and Hong Kong. Each year, we request information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email, and online surveys.
Learn more about our methodology here.