week we published the first of three parts of the 2014 IP
survey, listing the leading firms for patent work in about
80 jurisdictions. The trade mark results will follow in March,
and we will publish copyright tables for some countries in
April. Later, we will republish the rankings with detailed
commentaries on each firm listed in our annual Handbooks.
For the first time this year, we will also include lists of
individual lawyers and attorneys worldwide, IP Stars –
lists for US states last year. (Read more about the survey,
including the methodology which explains how the rankings are
compiled in our
Meanwhile, our researchers are also compiling our annual
Managing IP Awards, which will be presented at dinners in
London and Washington DC on March 19 and 25. Look out for the
awards shortlists on our dedicated page
later this week.
What is the point of all these lists? Above all, we believe
that readers find them useful. Intellectual property is a field
where expertise counts, especially as IP assets are more highly
valued, and businesses and individuals need to know where they
can find it. If we can play a small part in helping would-be
clients get useful advice, we’ve done our job.
reason is that IP is an important and dynamic area of legal
services, and we want to recognise the good work that is done
by spreading information. Those of you who have attended our
awards dinners will know that we always take time to explain
why firms or individuals have won particular accolades. While
there isn’t time to go into the same level of
detail for all the firms in the rankings, we do set out as much
information as we can in the Handbook commentaries.
Undeniably, there is also a third reason, namely that
rankings – and the controversy they inevitably provoke
– get people talking. We’re all
interested in seeing who is up or down; who is in or out.
Don’t deny it.
methodology sets out in detail how we come up with the
rankings, and I won’t repeat it here, save to
emphasise that the rankings are built on information we obtain
from firms, their peers and clients and from public sources
(such as IP office and court records). That includes details of
new hires, offices, clients and cases as well as feedback on
matters such as how efficient, effective, experienced and
approachable IP practitioners are.
Information can always be improved, and the market never
stands still. We aim to provide a snapshot of the IP market
based on what is available to us – but we also
recognise that we constantly need more and better information.
If you don’t agree with our rankings, or think
certain firms should be ranked higher than they are, the best
way to achieve that is to help us get that information. We are always ready to