Managing Intellectual Property was founded in 1990. We have been researching and ranking IP firms since 1996. As a well-respected publisher in the IP industry, our legal directory, IP STARS, is considered to be the most authoritative and comprehensive.
On this page is an overview of IP STARS and are links to more information. Our research deadlines/timeline is here.
The research for IP STARS (formerly IP Contacts Handbook) now covers 80 jurisdictions, including the key markets for IP protection, exploitation and enforcement. It is carried out over a six-month period by a team of researchers based in our offices in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Each year we obtain data from law firms, IP agencies and in-house counsel through surveys ('World IP Survey') and interviews. Our research analysts review the information and conduct their own independent research before producing the firm ranking tables and list of leading IP practitioners. The research is conducted rigorously and impartially. There is no cost to participate in our research. No firm or individual has paid to be included in the ranking tables or list. Inclusion is based on merit and recommendation by peers and clients. To learn more please see our methodology and FAQs.
Firm rankings and editorial
We produce tables ranking firms in tiers or as “Recommended” or “Highly Recommended” for the relevant IP work. For most jurisdictions, we have prosecution and contentious ranking tables for patent and trade mark, and for major markets we also have a separate table for copyright. In the United States we publish rankings for all fifty states, plus the District of Columbia.
To contextualise the rankings our research analysts provide editorial commentary on many of the firms. Each editorial showcases the strength of the firm, its leading practitioners, work highlights, recent developments, and pertinent comments from clients and competitors.
The firm rankings table is not an exhaustive list of all firms that provide legal services for IP in each country, neither does it suggest that the ranked firms can only offer services for the practice area under which they have been ranked. Furthermore, the total number of firms listed, as well as the number of tiers, varies by jurisdiction.
Outstanding IP practitioners (‘The IP stars’)
The IP stars are private practice IP professionals who have been highly recommended by their peers and clients. Alongside their names, we also feature the industry focus, legal specialties and location of these individuals. The other special stars lists we publish are Corporate IP stars and the Top 250 Women in IP. All the stars can be found in the IP STARS Handbook.
Publication and distribution
The firm rankings are first published in Managing Intellectual Property magazine between February and April. We then publish two handbooks (Global and USA editions) in which you will find all the firm rankings, editorial commentary on most of the ranked firms and the IP stars. Our publication dates can be found here.
IP STARS Handbooks are widely distributed. You can find them at Managing IP events and major industry events we attend such as INTA Annual Meeting, AIPPI Congress, LES Annual Meeting, MARQUES Annual Meeting and AIPLA Annual Meeting. Managing IP magazine subscribers, most of whom are in-house IP counsel, also receive copies.
Using our content
By using this website you accept our terms and conditions. The contents, and arrangement thereof, on this website and in the handbook are protected by intellectual property and other related rights. You may quote from our editorial but please attribute as follows: ‘Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS [the year of publication]'. If you need our latest logos please contact us.
Everything included in the IP STARS Handbook and on this website is based on information available when the research for the year was concluded. Any subsequent developments will be reflected in our next handbook or, where appropriate, in real time on this website. Managing IP does not endorse or approve any particular firm or practitioner listed, nor will we have any liability in connection with the use of any listed firm or practitioner. Managing IP will not be liable for any damages or loss whatsoever, direct or indirect, arising from the use of or in connection with any content on this website or in the handbook.
Links to more information on this website
If you have further questions after reviewing the information on the pages below please contact us.