What is IP Stars?
Stars is a specialist guide to the leading IP firms and
practitioners worldwide. It is published annually (online and
in print) by Managing Intellectual Property. 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
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. As we receive submissions, we start
interviewing firms and contacting clients for feedback.
Thereafter we conduct our own independent research before
drawing up the rankings and IP Stars list. The research also
feeds into Managing
IP’s annual awards.
Why is it important for firms to participate?
The least we expect is for firms to complete the firm
questionnaire. The firm questionnaire is where firms give us
information about their IP practice - focusing on patent, trade
mark and copyright - and IP work in the last 12 months. We use
this information, together with other sources, for the firm
rankings and analyses.
Regardless of whether a firm is now ranked or not, it is
important to submit a firm questionnaire each year because from
the submission we may find information which is not available
elsewhere and might influence a firm’s ranking. If
a firm is not yet ranked, then this is an opportunity for the
firm to tell us why it should be included. Nonetheless, a firm
can still be ranked even if it did not participate in the
What about the leading IP practitioners ("the IP Stars")
The list originates from recommendations by peers and
clients, and of course the researcher’s
independent research. The IP Stars also complete a
questionnaire which provides us with the details of their IP
practice. The list is subject to change each year.
Is there a cost to participate in IP Stars research?
None at all.
Where can those who wish to participate find the links to
the online questionnaires you mentioned above?
We host our questionnaires on Survey Monkey.
For firms based outside the USA, please click here
For firms based in the USA, please click here
For practitioners based outside the USA, please click here
For practitioners based in the USA, please click here
To help firms and practitioners prepare, we have made
available the draft PDF versions of these questionnaires. Click
here to view
them. Please note that we do not accept submissions in PDF or
Word format. Only submissions made through Survey Monkey will
When are the submission deadlines?
For the firm questionnaire it is November 9 2015; the
practitioner questionnaire is January 31 2016.
When will you publish the 2016 firm rankings and IP Stars
Initially, the rankings will be published in Managing IP
magazine as follows: patent rankings in the February issue,
trade mark rankings in the March issue, and copyright rankings
in the April issue.
Thereafter, three handbooks - containing all the firm
rankings and our analysis of these firms and a list of
highly-recommended IP practitioners ("the IP Stars") - will be
published: April for the US edition of the patent, trade mark
& copyright handbook and the Global edition of the trade
mark & copyright handbook; and July for the Global edition
of the patent handbook. The rankings, analyses and the IP Stars
list will also be uploaded to our website ipstars.com.
Where can firms and practitioners find more information on
Please visit ipstars.com/general/about
for more information on methodology, FAQs, research timelines
and submission deadlines, among other things. If you still have
further questions please contact