Work on Managing IP’s annual survey, covering the leading firms in some 80 markets for patent, trade mark and copyright work, begins soon. Our team of researchers in London, New York and Hong Kong will start by contacting firms doing IP work in each country with questionnaires on their practice, recent activities and specialisations.
After reviewing the questionnaires, they will conduct telephone and face-to-face interviews with lawyers and clients to get more information on the latest changes, strengths and weaknesses, and of course what they think about their competitors.
All this information is used to produce the tables ranking leading firms in each jurisdiction, which are first published in Managing IP magazine and online in February (patents), March (trade marks) and April (copyright) next year.
Managing IP’s team of journalists also draw upon the research to help them decide the winners of the Managing IP awards 2014. These will be held in London on March 19 (Global Awards) and in Washington, DC on March 25 (North America Awards). As in previous years, the awards recognise outstanding work during the past year – including landmark cases, successes for clients, and pro bono and other non-billable work - which makes them different from the survey rankings.
There is no separate submission process for the awards; all the information collected during the survey research is considered, as well as other publicly available information such as case reports, publications and patent and trade mark office statistics.
Later next year, we will publish our annual IP Handbook, now in its 21st year. For the 2014 edition, we will make a few changes. One is that we will publish the Handbook in two parts, covering patents and trade marks/copyright. Another is that we will expand our list of “IP Stars” – individuals with outstanding reputations in particular areas – to cover many more countries. (Last year, we listed IP stars for the US including state-by-state.)
If you work for or represent a law or IP firm and want to check that you are listed to receive a questionnaire, or want to update your contact details, please send us an email. The questionnaires will be circulated, together with details of deadlines, in early October.