The shortlists for the Managing Intellectual Property Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 have been published (see here).

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

Trophies will be presented to the winners at the awards ceremony on March 20 at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Special awards will also be presented at the ceremony.

To reserve a table at the ceremony, contact Matthew Siu at  or on +852 2842 6937. 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 will be followed by our Asia-Pacific Awards in Hong Kong on March 20 and Americas Awards in New York on April 4. 

Shortlisted firms can contact Matthew Siu at ( Nick Heath ( or our research team (research@managingip.comfor the Managing IP Awards 2019 - Shortlisted Firm logo.

Congratulations to all the firms shortlisted this year.


Awards collage 2018



Australia Copyright: Baker McKenzie

Australia IP Transactions & Advisory: Clayton Utz

Australia Patent Contentious: Herbert Smith Freehills

Australia Patent Prosecution: FB Rice

Australia Trade Mark Contentious: Ashurst

Australia Trade Mark Prosecution: Davies Collison Cave

China Copyright: Hogan Lovells

China Patent Contentious: King & Wood Malleson

China Patent Prosecution: JunHe

China Trade Mark Contentious: King & Wood Mallesons

China Trade Mark Prosecution: CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office

China Foreign Law Firm: Rouse

Hong Kong Contentious : Deacons

Hong Kong Prosecution: Hogan Lovells

India Copyright: Rajeshwari & Associates

India IP Transactions & Advisory: Khaitan & Co

India Patent Contentious: Anand & Anand

India Patent Prosecution: Remfry & Sagar

India Trade Mark Contentious: Singh & Singh

India Trade Mark Prosecution: Anand & Anand

Indonesia: Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Japan Patent Contentious: Ohno & Partners

Japan Patent Prosecution: Yuasa & Hara

Japan Trade Mark Contentious: Nakamura & Partners

Japan Trade Mark Prosecution: Shiga International Patent Office

Japan Foreign Firm: Hogan Lovells

Malaysia Contentious: Cheang & Ariff

Malaysia Prosecution: Shearn Delamore & Co

New Zealand Contentious: Henry Hughes

New Zealand Prosecution: Buddle Findlay

The Philippines: Quisumbing Torres

Singapore Patent Contentious: Ravindran Associates

Singapore Trade Mark Contentious: Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow

Singapore Prosecution: Drew & Napier

South Korea Copyright: Bae Kim & Lee

South Korea Patent Contentious: Kim & Chang

South Korea Patent Prosecution: FirstLaw PC

South Korea Trade Mark Contentious: Kim & Chang

South Korea Trade Mark Prosecution: Lee International IP & Law Group

Taiwan: Formosa Transnational

Thailand: Tilleke & Gibbins

Vietnam: Tilleke & Gibbins



Asia-Pacific IP Advocate: David Catterns

Asia-Pacific IP Practitioner: Eiji Katayama (Abe Ikubo & Katayama)

Asia-Pacific In-House IP Team: Tencent

Special Recognition – Innovation in IP: Hogan Lovells

Asia-Pacific IP Boutique : Nakamura & Partners

Asia-Pacific CSR : Tilleke & Gibbins

Asia-Pacific IP Transactions & Advisory: Tsar & Tsai

Asia-Pacific IP: Baker McKenzie

Click here to read about all the past winners and shortlists.

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

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.