The shortlists for the Managing Intellectual Property EMEA 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 7 at the Royal Lancaster London in London (*venue change*). Special awards including regional and impact case awards will also be presented at the ceremony.

To reserve a table at the ceremony, please contact Nick Heath at or on +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 will be followed by our Asia-Pacific Awards in Hong Kong on March 20 and Americas Awards in New York on April 4. The shortlists for the Asia-Pacific Awards and Americas Awards will be published this month.

Shortlisted firms can contact Nick Heath at or our research team at for the Managing IP Award 2019 - Shortlisted Firm logo.

Congratulations to all the firms shortlisted this year.


Awards collage 2018


Austria Contentious: Schwarz Schönherr

Austria Copyright: Michel Walter

Austria Prosecution: Sonn & Partner

Belgium Copyright: Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Belgium Patent Contentious: Simont Braun

Belgium Patent Prosecution: De Clercq & Partners

Belgium Trade Mark Contentious: Altius

Denmark Patent Contentious: Plesner

Denmark Patent Prosecution: Inspicos

Denmark Trade Mark Contentious: Gorrissen Federspiel

Denmark Trade Mark Prosecution: Zacco

Finland Patent Contentious: Borenius

Finland Prosecution: Berggren

Finland Trade Mark Contentious: Eversheds Sutherland

France Patent Contentious: Hoyng Rokh Monegier

France Patent Prosecution: Lavoix

France Copyright: Cabinet Vercken & Gaullier

France Trade Mark Contentious: Bird & Bird

France Trade Mark Prosecution: Cabinet Plasseraud

Germany Patent Contentious: Hogan Lovells

Germany Patent Prosecution: Vossius & Partner

Germany Trade Mark: Bardehle Pagenberg

Hungary: Sár & Partners

Iceland: Árnason Faktor

Ireland Contentious: A&L Goodbody

Ireland Prosecution: FRKelly

Israel Contentious: S Horowitz & Co

Israel Prosecution: Reinhold Cohn & Partners

Italy Patent Contentious: Trevisan & Cuonzo

Italy Patent Prosecution: Jacobacci & Partners

Italy Trade Mark Contentious: IP Law Galli

Italy Trade Mark Prosecution: Jacobacci & Partners

Netherlands Copyright: DLA Piper

Netherlands Patent Contentious: Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Netherlands Patent Prosecution: De Vries & Metman

Netherlands Trade Mark Contentious: Brinkhof

Norway Copyright: BA-HR

Norway Patent Contentious: Thommessen

Norway Prosecution: Zacco

Norway Trade Mark Contentious: Wikborg Rein

Poland Contentious: Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners

Poland Patent Prosecution: JWP

Poland Trade Mark Prosecution: Skubisz

Portugal Contentious: Vieira de Almeida & Associados

Portugal Prosecution: RCF Protecting Innovation

Romania Contentious: Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Romania Prosecution: Cabinet M Oproiu

Russia Contentious: Gowling WLG

Russia Prosecution: Gorodissky & Partners

South Africa: Adams & Adams

Spain Patent Contentious: Grau & Angulo

Spain Patent Prosecution: ABG Patentes

Spain Trade Mark Contentious: Elzaburu

Spain Trade Mark Prosecution: BomhardIP

Sweden Patent Contentious: Sandart & Partners

Sweden Patent Prosecution: Awapatent

Sweden Trade Mark Contentious: Vinge

Sweden Trade Mark Prosecution: Zacco

Switzerland Patent Contentious: Rentsch Partner

Switzerland Prosecution: Hepp Wenger Ryffel

Switzerland Trade Mark Contentious: Walder Wyss

Switzerland IP Transactions & Advisory: Homburger

Turkey Contentious: Gün + Partners

Turkey Prosecution: Deris Patents & Trademarks Agency

United Arab Emirates: Clyde & Co

UK (England & Wales) Copyright: Wiggin

UK (England & Wales) Designs: Bristows

UK (England & Wales) Patent Contentious: Powell Gilbert

UK (England & Wales) Patent Prosecution: Carpmaels & Ransford

UK (England & Wales) Trade Mark Contentious: Bristows

UK (England & Wales) Trade Mark Prosecution: Stobbs IP

UK (England & Wales) IP Transactions & Advisory: Gowling WLG

UK (England & Wales) IP Set: Three New Square

UK (Scotland) Contentious: Burness Paull

UK (Scotland) Prosecution: Marks & Clerk

UK (Scotland) IP Transactions & Advisory: Brodies



Africa: Spoor & Fisher

Africa Firm to Watch: Bowmans (Coulson Harney)

Baltic/Eastern Europe: Zivko Mijatovic & Partners

Benelux: VO

Europe Copyright: Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Europe Patent Contentious: Hogan Lovells

Europe Patent Prosecution: Maiwald

Europe Trade Mark Contentious: Hogan Lovells

Europe Firm to Watch: Properta Attorneys

Eurasia: Baker McKenzie

Middle East: Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property

Scandinavia: Zacco



Africa CSR & Innovation: Adams & Adams

Finland Impact Case: Waselius & Wist for Abloy v Hardware Group

France Boutique Firm of the Year: Armengaud Guerlain

UK Innovation in IP: Wiggin, founder of INCOPRO

UK Impact Case: Hogan Lovells for Eli Lilly v Actavis UK

Patent Attorney Firm for Litigation: EIP

Global Firm of the Year: Hogan Lovells

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.