About us

Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS is the leading specialist guide to IP firms and practitioners worldwide. We published our first IP firm rankings in 1996, covering fewer than 30 jurisdictions. Our research now covers more than 80 jurisdictions, and it is conducted by an experienced team of analysts and journalists in our offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.

On this page you will find an overview of IP STARS and links to other important information on this website. Our research starts in September each year. The research timeline and deadlines can be found here. IP STARS is available in print and online.

Research and methodology

The research for IP STARS (formerly IP Contacts Handbook and MIP Handbook) covers contentious and non-contentious IP work in more than 80 jurisdictions. It is carried out over a six-month period by a team of researchers based in our offices in Hong Kong, London and New York. The number of countries, practice areas, firms or individuals featured in IP STARS is subject to change each year.

Each year we obtain information from law firms, IP agencies and individual practitioners (in-house and private practice) through surveys and interviews. Our research analysts review the information and conduct their own independent research (especially review of IP office or court data) before producing the firm ranking tables and list of leading IP practitioners. To learn more please see our methodology and FAQs.

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.

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 50 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.

Leading IP practitioners

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.

Publication and distribution

The firm rankings are first published in Managing Intellectual Property magazine (online and in print) between February and April. Thereafter we publish two handbooks in May, i.e. the US edition and Trade Mark & Copyright (Global edition), and the Patent Handbook (Global edition) in July. Each handbook includes the rankings, our independent editorial on hundreds of ranked firms, and a breakdown of the practice areas of the IP stars. We also publish a Chinese version of the handbook featuring major markets in Americas, Asia and Europe. See our publication schedule here.

IP STARS Handbooks are widely distributed. You can find copies at Managing IP events or any major industry events we attend such as INTA Annual Meeting, AIPPI World Congress, LES Annual Meeting, MARQUES Annual Meeting and AIPLA Annual Meeting. The handbooks are also available to Managing IP magazine subscribers and in-house counsel who participate in the research.

Using our content and logos

You may quote from our editorial but please attribute as follows: ‘Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS or MIP IP STARS [the year of publication]'.

Only firms and individuals listed this year are entitled to publish enhanced practice profiles on our website and use our logos. If you need our latest ranking logos, which are free, 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.

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.

Links to more information on this website

If you have further questions after reviewing the information on the pages below please contact us.

IP STARS methodology
IP STARS research timeline & deadlines
IP STARS survey links & documents
IP STARS research contacts
IP STARS FAQs

Corporate IP stars
Top 250 Women in IP
Managing IP Awards