What is IP Stars?
IP Stars is a specialist guide to
the leading IP firms and practitioners worldwide. It is
published annually (online and in print) by Managing IP. The
publication contains firm rankings and analyses, and a list of
leading IP practitioners ("the IP Stars") with additional data
such as their industry focus and practice area.
Here is some historical background: IP Stars Survey was
formerly known as World IP Survey, and Managing IP published
its first IP firm rankings in 1996.
Can you explain the research process?
In summary, researchers invite firms and practitioners to
complete their respective questionnaires online. These are
hosted on Survey Monkey. This year we ask firms to submit
client referees separately, using our Excel template document.
As we receive submissions, we start interviewing firms and
contacting clients for feedback.
Our researchers interview as many firms as possible and
obtain a lot of data so not all firms will be interviewed,
unfortunately. We would love to interview all firms. However,
not getting an interview does not in anyway affect your
existing ranking or inclusion in the rankings.
The information we obtain from firm interviews serves as a
guide, and where appropriate we do more interviews to make sure
the views are very much balanced or right. We conduct our own
independent research and consider client feedback before
drawing up the firm rankings and IP Stars list. All of this
feeds into Managing
See our research timelines here.
Why is it important for firms to participate each
The least we expect is for firms to submit the questionnaire
and client referees. Regardless of whether a firm is currently
ranked, it is still crucial to submit these each year because
it demonstrates your firm remains active in the market.
Furthermore, doing so helps us build up a strong profile on
your firm and we may find non-public information from your
submission which may influence a decision on our firm rankings
or IP Stars list. If your firm is not yet ranked, then this is
an opportunity for you to tell us why it should be.
Nonetheless, a firm can still be ranked even if it did not
participate in the research.
What about your practitioner
We have two categories: private practice ("the IP Stars")
and in-house ("Corporate IP Stars").
The IP Stars are individuals in private practice who are
highly recommended in their fields by peers and clients, and of
course validated through our independent research. The
Corporate IP Stars list recognises in-house counsel who have
been exceptional in managing their company's IP assets and/or
taking steps to nurture the IP ecosystem in their
There is a questionnaire for individual practitioners which
anyone, whether already listed or not, can complete. Its main
purpose is to obtain practice details which we can publish in
our handbooks, if the individual is eventually selected. The
Top 250 Women in IP originates from the IP Stars list. All our
listings are subject to change each year.
Is there a cost to participate in IP Stars
None at all.
Where can those who wish to participate find the
links to the online questionnaires and document you mentioned
All the links to the questionnaires and all relevant
documents can be found here.
Please note that we have two firm questionnaires: one for firms
based in the US and the other for firms outside the US. This is
because we publish two editions, US and Global.
To make the submission process easier for firms, we have
made available the Word version of the online firm
questionnaire so firms can use this to prepare in advance and
then simply copy and paste into the online
Do you accept Word or PDF submissions?
No. Official submission is made through SurveyMonkey.
However, firms can use Word document to send us extra
information after they have officially submitted
When are the submission deadlines?
The deadline for the firm questionnaire is November 7 2016,
while the practitioner questionnaire deadline is January 31
2017. See our research timelines here.
When will you publish the 2017 firm rankings and IP
The rankings are first published in Managing IP magazine:
trade mark rankings in the February issue, patent rankings in
the March issue, and copyright in the April issue.
Thereafter we publish three handbooks - containing all the
firm rankings, our editorial commentary on many of the ranked
firms and the IP Stars lists - in April for the US edition and
the Global edition of the trade mark & copyright handbook,
and July for the Global edition of the patent handbook. All the
contents of the IP Stars handbook plus other additional
features will also be published on our website ipstars.com.
See our research and publication timelines here.
Where can firms and practitioners find more
Please visit ipstars.com/general/about for
more information on our methodology, FAQs, research timelines
and submission deadlines, among other things. If you still have
further questions please contact
We are hosting a
webinar at 3pm London time on September 13 where we
will provide further guidance and explain new features for
2017. Please do join us if you can. To register visit http://www.managingip.com/Web-Seminars.html