The 2019 Managing IP Americas Awards shortlists have been published (see here). The awards ceremony will take place on April 4 at the Essex House in New York.

The Managing IP Awards programme recognises remarkable achievements and developments in the past 12 months. The shortlist below is based on information obtained during the research for the 2019 edition of IP STARS (concluded in January 2019).

To reserve a table at the ceremony, please contact Nicholas Heath at or +44 (0) 20 7779 8692. Further booking details can be found here.

Our awards programme changed in 2018. Read more about this and our research process below. 

The EMEA Awards ceremony was held in London on March 7 and the Asia-Pacific Awards ceremony will be hosted in Hong Kong on March 20. All the shortlists and previous winners can be found on our dedicated awards page here.

Congratulations to all firms and attorneys shortlisted this year.



Awards collage 2018




Patent Prosecution: Bereskin & Parr

Patent Contentious: Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Trademark Prosecution: Borden Ladner Gervais

Trademark Contentious : Gowling WLG

Copyright: McCarthy Tétrault

IP boutique: Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Outstanding IP practitioner: Gunars Gaikis, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh



Argentina Patent: Marval O’Farrell & Mairal

Argentina Trademark: Marval O’Farrell & Mairal

Argentina Copyright: Marval O’Farrell & Mairal

Brazil Patent: Dannemann Siemsen Bigler & Ipanema Moreira

Brazil Trademark: Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

Chile Patent: Carey 

Chile Trademark: Alessandri

Chile Copyright: Sargent & Krahn

Chile Anti-counterfeiting: Albagli Zaliasnik

Colombia Patent: Cavelier Abogados

Colombia Trademark: Lloreda Camacho & Co

Mexico Patent: Arochi & Lindner

Mexico Trademark: Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados

Mexico Copyright: Olivares

Peru Patent: Estudio Colmenares & Asociados

Peru Trademark: Barreda Moller

Latin America Firm to Watch: Berton Moreno + Ojam (Argentina)

Latin America Influential Individual: Heidi Lindner – Arochi & Lindner (Mexico)



Patent Prosecution: Fenwick & West

Patent Contentious: Fish & Richardson

Trademark Prosecution: Kelly IP

Trademark Contentious : Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Copyright: Goodwin Procter

Appellate: Hughes Hubbard & Reed

International Trade Commission: Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Life Sciences IP Litigation: Fish & Richardson

Plaintiff IP Firm: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Transactional Firm: Fenwick & West

PTAB: Fish & Richardson

Specialty IP Firm: Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

US Firm To Watch: Caldwell Cassady & Curry



Patent Prosecution Northeast: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Patent Prosecution South: Haynes and Boone

Patent Prosecution Midwest: Leydig Voit & Mayer

Patent Prosecution West: Fenwick & West

Patent Contentious Northeast: Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Patent Contentious South: Haynes and Boone

Patent Contentious Midwest: Marshall Gerstein & Borun

Patent Contentious West: Fish & Richardson

Trademark Prosecution Northeast: Arent Fox

Trademark Prosecution South: Haynes and Boone

Trademark Prosecution Midwest: Dorsey & Whitney

Trademark Prosecution West: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Trademark Contentious Northeast: Kirkland & Ellis

Trademark Contentious South: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Trademark Contentious Midwest: Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson

Trademark Contentious West: Kirkland & Ellis

Copyright East: Goodwin Procter

Copyright West: Arnold & Porter


Read about the special award winners, including the individual practitioner awards, here.


Awards research process

The research for the awards was conducted by our IP STARS research team, with input from Managing IP’s editorial team. 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, research analysts also review publicly available information (such as court or IP office data) and existing data we hold on firms. A firm can be shortlisted even if it did not make a submission. Participation in our research does not guarantee listing.

The research is rigorous and impartial. No firm can pay to be included or to influence the results. There is no fee to pay to participate in our research. The awards are not influenced by any commercial relationship with Managing IP or rankings in IP STARS. Any firm, regardless of ranking, can win any of our awards. Learn more about IP STARS research at

If you have any questions about the shortlists or research please contact the research editor Kingsley Egbuonu or Chris Adams (US editor) 

About our new awards programme

Managing IP's first awards ceremony (in 2006) was attended by more than 130 guests including the late Sir Hugh Laddie, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award. This industry-leading IP awards programme has expanded in recent years. Since 2008, we’ve held a Global Awards ceremony (excluding North America) in London and a North America ceremony in Washington DC.

Following feedback from guests, we changed the format in 2018: the coverage of our North America Awards expanded to include South America and the ceremony moved to New York City; the London ceremony (formerly the Global Awards ceremony) became the Managing IP EMEA Awards; and we launched the Asia-Pacific Awards in Hong Kong. Among other things, this new regional format allows us to feature more award categories.