The Managing IP Awards program recognizes remarkable achievements and developments in the last year. Now in its 16th year, the program covers a broad range of IP practice areas and more than 30 jurisdictions.

The shortlists for the 2021 Americas Awards have now been published, which can be read here. Managing IP will host an online event on April 7 to announce the winners, including special honors for the Impact Cases of the Year. Americas business development manager George Reeves will contact all the shortlisted firms and individuals.


The top firms

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has earned the highest number of firm nominations in the Americas with 12 categories. Following that is Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, which was shortlisted for eight awards, as well as Fish & Richardson, Kirkland & Ellis, and Fenwick & West – all vying for seven. Tying with five firm nominations are Baker McKenzie, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, Gowling WLG, Loeb & Loeb, and Smart & Biggar.

For the practitioner categories, Fish & Richardson received the most acclaim with five nominated individuals. Kirkland & Ellis and WilmerHale both have four practitioners in the running for awards.

Two new categories this year highlight outstanding US-based practitioners in the areas of patent and trademark prosecution.

Managing IP also published the shortlists for the EMEA Awards event, which will be hosted on March 30 (read the shortlists here).

Congratulations to all the shortlisted firms and individuals.


Research methodology

The Managing IP Awards program is the most comprehensive and widely respected IP law firm awards event in the world. Now in its 16th year, the program covers a broad range of IP practice areas and more than 30 jurisdictions. Read about the practice areas here.

Each year our research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email and online surveys.

Before compiling the shortlists, our researchers evaluated the work data supplied by firms and, where applicable, reviewed publicly available information such as court and IP office records. They focused on work done or concluded in the previous year, particularly looking for case studies that were of great significance to clients and/or IP law and practice. Firms or individuals can also be shortlisted based on their independent research findings.

The research for the IP STARS rankings and the Managing IP Awards program is rigorous and impartial. There is no fee to pay to participate in our research, but participation does not guarantee recognition. The awards are not influenced by any commercial relationship with Managing IP, and no firm or individual can pay to influence the results. Any firm, regardless of its ranking in IP STARS, can win an MIP award.

The Managing IP Awards program is distinct and separate from any other legal industry awards programs organized by Euromoney and promoted on our website.

If you have any questions about the MIP Awards program please contact Kingsley Egbuonu.


History of the MIP Awards

Managing IP launched its awards program in 2006. The ceremony attracts hundreds of guests from private practice and in-house as well as prominent figures in the IP industry. It is regarded as the premier IP law firm awards event in the legal industry.