We are delighted to announce that the 2018 rankings of the leading firms for copyright and related rights advice are now available on this website. This is the third set of results from the research for the 2018 edition of IP STARS. The trade mark rankings and patent rankings were published in February and March respectively. Our copyright rankings cover more than 30 jurisdictions.

IP STARS is not a directory of all firms offering IP services and therefore many firms, including those that participated in the research, have not been listed.

Congratulations to all the firms listed this year.


IP STARS rankings are based on extensive research carried out over a six-month period, starting from September each year. Our team of research analysts in London, New York and Hong Kong seek information from firms and their clients through interviews, emails and online surveys.

For the copyright rankings, our analysts evaluated non-contentious and contentious copyright and related rights work across all copyright-based sectors, from entertainment to computer technology. Notably, the majority of the firms listed also demonstrated that they can advise rights holders and users on digital issues.

Researchers also review publicly available information as well as existing data we hold on firms. The aspects assessed include the strength of the firm's IP team, workload and sectors covered, outcomes achieved for clients and track record. Judgements about which firms to include in the rankings, and which tier and practice area they should be in, take account of all this information. This makes IP STARS the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the IP legal market yet published.

The research is conducted rigorously and impartially. No firm can pay to be included or to influence the results, and there is no fee to pay to participate in our research. For the avoidance of doubt, Managing IP does not recommend or endorse any particular firm for IP work.

The 2018 rankings are based on information available when the research was concluded in January 2018. Except for name changes, any subsequent developments in any of the listed firms will be considered during the research for the 2019 edition of IP STARS, which starts in September this year.

IP STARS rankings are subject to change each year. Read more about our methodology at ipstars.com.

What to expect in the coming months

Three IP STARS Handbooks (including the US edition) will be published between May and July. Each handbook features all the relevant rankings, individual listings, and the latest editorial commentaries on ranked firms.The US edition will include the state rankings and other national rankings such as ITC litigation. Copies of the handbooks and our magazines will be made available at the IP industry events we attend such as the INTA Annual Meeting.

We will also publish the 2018 editorials and individual listings on this website.

Contact us

Please contact our business development team if you need our latest logos. The contact details of the business development team can be found here

We welcome and encourage feedback on IP STARS so if you have any or general enquiries please contact research@managingip.com