We are delighted to announce that we have published the
remaining 2016 rankings of the top firms
for copyright work in over 20
comprise: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Italy, Mexico, South
Africa, United Kingdom and United
These are the final firm rankings for this year. All of
those firms listed this year deserve congratulations on being
included. All the rankings you see on IP Stars website will
remain unchanged, save for any later changes to firm
names, until we publish new rankings in 2017.
Firms are ranked in "Tiers", or as "Highly Recommended" or
"Recommended" for each practice area. Tiers 1 and 2 are our
top-tier rankings. The total number of firms listed, as well as
tiers, varies by jurisdiction.
Patent and trade marks
For the prosecution ranking we consider all work before the
IP office, both pre- and post-grant. The contentious ranking
considers dispute resolution and all other IP-related legal
For the copyright ranking we consider both non-contentious
(such as licensing) and dispute resolution work. The top-tier
firms are those we reasonably believe have specialists who can
advise rights holders on the cutting edge issues in
Another important attribute of these firms is that they
represent clients in a broad range of copyright-based
industries – from publishing and entertainment to
You can read all the firm rankings in over 70 jurisdictions
for free simply by clicking here.
The IP Stars rankings are based on extensive research
carried out over a six-month period, starting from October each
year. To produce the rankings, our team of researchers in
London, New York and Hong Kong obtain information from
thousands of firms and their clients by phone, online surveys,
email and in face-to-face meetings. Researchers also conduct
desk research for other available information. The attributes
assessed include the firm’s workload and its
sophistication, quality of work and strength of the team.
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
All the 2016 rankings are based on information
available when the research was concluded. Please see more
2016 Firm Analysis & Stars
The firm analysis and individual IP stars list still on
our website are from the 2015 edition of the IP Stars
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.
The copyright rankings are also published in the April paper
issue of Managing IP, which is distributed to subscribers. Subscribe
online to order your own copy.
Learn more about IP Stars
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.
The research for 2017 rankings starts again later this year!
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