MIP Global Awards 2017: The highlights
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MIP Global Awards 2017: The highlights

85 awards, including for corporate social responsibility and in-house achievement, were presented at Managing IP’s 12th Global Awards dinner at The Savoy in London last week. The photos from the event have also been published

Key highlights

Attending the dinner were 300 guests from 89 firms and 44 countries. The 85 awards on the night recognised outstanding achievements and IP work in the past 12 months. A live auction and collection also raised money for Managing IP's charity partner, AMREF/ORBIS.

Baker McKenzie and Rouse took home the most awards. Baker McKenzie scooped five: Firm of the Year in Malaysia, Thailand and Russia, Asia IP Transactional award, and Global Firm of the Year award. Rouse had three: Foreign Firm of the Year (China), Firm to Watch (Africa) and Firm of the Year (Asia-Pacific). New awards in 2017 include Ireland Prosecution (winner: Tomkins), Europe IP Transactional (winner: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) and Eastern European Firm to Watch (winner: Zivko Mijatovic & Partners).

Two special awards were presented: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), for groundbreaking and bold initiatives, and Outstanding Achievement, for individuals outside private practice.

Our inaugural CSR award

This award went to IP Inclusive, a project designed to improve “equality, diversity and inclusivity” in the UK IP profession. This was Managing IP’s first ever award for CSR. Receiving the award on behalf of IP Inclusive were Andrea Brewster and Lesley Evans.

In her acceptance speech Brewster thanked the organisations and individuals that have supported the project. She described project as a “catalyst for change” and hopes that it will soon become a “measure of progress” for diversity within the profession.

Then followed Evans who announced that the project has welcomed its 100th signatory. She said IP Inclusive would be happy advise practitioners who would like to launch a similar project in their own countries.

The Outstanding Achievement award

This year’s winner is Richard Hart of Infineum, whose work in the G1/15 case led to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal decision which clarified that European patent applicants are entitled to claim partial priority. This decision brings to an end the uncertainty and difficulties faced by EPO applicants in what is commonly known as “poisonous priorities/divisionals”.

In his speech Hart acknowledged the role of his colleagues and non-parties in the case. “In the end we managed to persuade the powers that be that the practice doesn’t work,” he said.

Hart explained that he used all available commentaries or position papers (for example FICPI’s), including those adverse to his case, and urged practitioners and industry groups to continue to voice their opinions on issues. “Publishing those views gets people thinking and that’s a good thing,” he added.

Methodology and awards

The shortlists and winners were chosen by our team of research analysts, with guidance from Managing IP editorial team. These are based on the research for the 2017 edition of IP Stars. Researcher analysts look for distinctive work highlights, especially significant client matters, and other notable activities including business growth. Any firm, regardless of tier ranking, can be shortlisted for or win an award. Just like our rankings, firms cannot self-nominate or seek to influence the decision-making process.

The award categories vary each year, with awards added or removed. This year we had one award category for most jurisdictions but in some there were more than one, which reflects IP Stars rankings. We also had special and regional awards.

Managing IP will publish reasons for each of the awards in the May issue of the magazine. Photos from the dinner are now available on ourFacebook page. The North America Awards, recognising firms and individuals in Canada and the United States, will be held in Washington DC on March 23.

The shortlists and winners of Managing IP awards in previous years can be found at www.managingip.com/Awards.html


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