You can read all the firm rankings in over 70 jurisdictions
for free simply by registering your details here. Once
registered, you will find the rankings for each country listed
under the relevant region.
All of those firms listed this year deserve congratulations
on being included.
Methodology and structure
The new rankings cover patent prosecution and contentious work
and have been compiled by our team of researchers based on
questionnaires submitted and interviews conducted over the past
four months, as well as publicly available information.
Prosecution includes all work before the IP office both pre-
and post-grant while contentious work covers all other
patent-related legal work.
Firms are ranked in tiers or as "Recommended" in each
category, and are listed alphabetically. The total number of
firms listed, and the number of tiers, varies by jurisdiction.
The research is independent and rigorous. No firm can pay to be
included, or solicit recommendations, and Managing IP does not
recommend or endorse any particular firms or individuals.
What's next this year
The final 2016 firm rankings to expect are for
copyright work in jurisdictions such as Australia, Japan, South
Africa, the US and UK. These will be published in April. In the
meantime, the 2015 copyright rankings will remain online.
Later in the year we will publish our latest commentaries on
the ranked firms, and the 2016 list of individual IP stars on
the website. These, including all the rankings, will also be
published in the 2016 edition of the IP Stars handbooks.
Please note that the firm analysis and individual IP stars list
on the website are from the 2015 edition of the IP Stars
handbooks. These will be replaced with the 2016 version later
The patent rankings are also published in the March paper
issue of Managing IP, which is distributed to subscribers. Subscribe online
to order your own copy.
For more information on IP Stars, including details of how
to participate, publication dates, FAQs and for advertising
enquiries, see our
new post on the IP Stars website.