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Managing IP Americas Awards 2021: all the winners revealed

We hosted a virtual event to celebrate the winners of the 16th annual Managing IP Awards

Managing IP hosted a virtual Americas Awards event today, April 7, to recognise remarkable intellectual property achievements by law firms and in-house teams last year.

Registrants joined us online to find out who won, and why, in a whole host of categories. We had more than 50 awards, including the Americas In-House Team of the Year (Trademark), which was presented by Incopro.

See all the winners below (the shortlists are here).

You can watch the event here. You can also watch the acceptance speeches and read about some of the winners here.

The winners can contact our Americas business development manager George Reeves to discuss various opportunities to share their achievements with our audience and the IP community.

We hosted the EMEA Awards 2021 event last month (see the winners here). We now turn our attention to the Asia-Pacific Awards 2021, which will be hosted on June 17. 

Congratulations to all the winners.



Firm of the Year

Marval O’ Farrell & Mairal



Daniel Law


Montaury Pimenta Machado & Vieira de Mello

Copyright & Design

Bhering Advogados


Firm of the Year

Miniño Abogados


Firm of the Year



Firm of the Year

Sargent & Krahn


Firm of the Year

Cavelier Abogados


Firm of the Year




Arochi & Lindner




Firm of the Year

Icaza González-Ruiz & Alemán


Firm of the Year

Barreda Moller


Firm of the Year

Cervieri Monsuárez




Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Patent Contentious

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Patent Prosecution

Smart & Biggar

Trademark Contentious

Gowling WLG

Trademark Prosecution

Borden Ladner Gervais

IP Boutique

Smart & Biggar

Practitioner of the Year (Copyright)

John Cotter, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Practitioner of the Year (Trademark)

Kelly Gill, Gowling WLG

Practitioner of the Year (Patent)

Steven Garland, Smart & Biggar



Patent Prosecution (Northeast)

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Patent Prosecution (South)

Haynes and Boone

Patent Prosecution (Midwest)


Patent Prosecution (West)

Fenwick & West

Patent Contentious (Northeast)

Paul Hastings

Patent Contentious (South)

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Patent Contentious (Midwest)

Sidley Austin

Patent Contentious (West)

Fish & Richardson

Trademark Prosecution (Northeast)

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu

Trademark Prosecution (South)

Pirkey Barber

Trademark Prosecution (Midwest )

Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson

Trademark Prosecution (West)

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Trademark Contentious (Northeast)

Kirkland & Ellis

Trademark Contentious (South)

Pirkey Barber

Trademark Contentious (Midwest)

Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson

Trademark Contentious (West)

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Copyright (East)

Oppenheim + Zebrak

Copyright (West)

Loeb & Loeb


Patent Prosecution

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Patent Contentious

Kirkland & Ellis

Trademark Prosecution

Fenwick & West

Trademark Contentious

Debevoise & Plimpton


Loeb & Loeb


Sidley Austin


Fish & Richardson

Life Sciences IP Litigation

Arnold & Porter

IP Transactions

Latham & Watkins


Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

IP Boutique

Fish & Richardson

Practitioner of the Year (PTAB)

Richard Giunta, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks

Practitioner of the Year (Patent Prosecution)

Fangli Chen, Proskauer Rose

Practitioner of the Year (Trademark Prosecution)

Glenn Gundersen, Dechert

Practitioner of the Year (IP Transactions)

Cullen Taylor, Hogan Lovells

Practitioner of the Year (Appellate)

Lisa Blatt, Williams & Connolly


Practitioner of the Year (Litigation)


Jonathan Waldrop, Kasowitz Benson Torres


William Cochran, Cochran Freund & Young


Anne Shea Gaza, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor

DC Metro

Amy Wigmore, WilmerHale


Mitchell Stockwell, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton


Michael Harris, Arnold & Porter


Frank Scherkenbach, Fish & Richardson


J Michael Huget, Honigman


Betsy Flanagan, Fish & Richardson

New York

David Bernstein, Debevoise & Plimpton


Robert Baron Jr, Ballard Spahr


William Peterson, Morgan Lewis & Bockius


Melanie Mayer, Fenwick & West



Yves Choueifaty v Attorney General of Canada

Firm(s): Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Nova Chemicals Corporation v Dow Chemicals Company

Firm(s): Smart & Biggar

Apotex v Bayer

Firm(s): Goodmans and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Miller Thomson v Hilton Worldwide Holding

Firm(s): Bereskin & Parr

Costco Wholesale Canada v Simms Sigal & Co

Firm(s): Kugler Kandestin

York University v Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency

Firm(s): Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Pentastar Transport Ltd v FCA US

Firm(s): Bereskin & Parr

Ontario (Energy) v Quality Program Services

Firm(s): Richards Buell Sutton

GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals v Canada (Health)

Firm(s): Norton Rose Fulbright

Amgen v Pfizer Canada ULC

Firm(s): Norton Rose Fulbright

Salt Canada v John W Baker

Firm(s): McMillan

Hospira Healthcare v Kennedy Trust

Firm(s): Blake Cassels & Graydon and Sprigings IP Law


Bayer Healthcare v Mexican Intellectual Property Office (IMPI)

Firm(s): Basham Ringe y Correa


Allen v Cooper

Firm(s): Ryan Park, Deputy Solicitor General of the State of North Carolina

Apple v Fintiv

Firm(s): Jonathan Waldrop, Darcy Jones and Marcus Barber, Kasowitz Benson Torres

Centripetal Networks v Cisco Systems

Firm(s): Paul Andre, Lisa Kobialka and James Hannah, Kramer Levin

Ezaki Glico v Lotte International America

Firm(s): John Dabney and Mary Hallerman, Snell & Wilmer

Georgia v Public.Resource.Org

Firm(s): Eric Citron, Goldstein & Russell

Illumina v Ariosa Diagnostics

Firm(s): Edward Reines and Derek Walter, Weil Gotshal & Manges

In re Medline Industries

Firm(s): Janet Marvel, Pattishall McAuliffe Newbury Hilliard & Geraldson

Romag Fasteners v Fossil

Firm(s): Lisa Blatt, Williams & Connolly; Jonathan Freiman, Wiggan and Dana

Thryv v Click-To-Call Technologies

Firm(s): Adam Charnes and Mitchell Stockwell, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton


Firm(s): Lisa Blatt, Williams & Connolly; David Bernstein and Jared Kagan, Debevoise & Plimpton


Americas In-House Team of the Year (Patent)

Gilead Sciences

Americas In-House Team of the Year (Trademark)

3M Company

Americas Practitioner of the Year

María Fernanda Castellanos, Brigard Castro (Colombia)

Americas Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Research methodology

The Managing IP Awards programme is the most comprehensive and widely respected IP law firm awards event in the world. Now in its 16th year, the programme covers a broad range of IP practice areas and more than 30 jurisdictions. Read about the practice areas and award categories at

Each year our research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email and online surveys.

Before compiling the shortlists, our researchers evaluated the work data supplied by firms and, where applicable, reviewed publicly available information such as court and IP office records. They focused on work done or concluded in the previous year, particularly looking for case studies that were of great significance to clients and/or IP law and practice. Firms or individuals can also be shortlisted based on the researcher's independent research findings.

The research for the IP STARS rankings and the Managing IP Awards programme is rigorous and impartial. There is no fee to pay to participate in our research, but participation does not guarantee recognition. The awards are not influenced by any commercial relationship with Managing IP, and no firm or individual can pay to influence the results. Any firm, regardless of its ranking in IP STARS, can win an MIP award.

The Managing IP Awards programme is distinct and separate from any other legal industry awards programmes organised by Euromoney and promoted on our website.

If you have any questions about the MIP Awards programme please contact Kingsley Egbuonu.

History of the MIP Awards

Managing IP launched its awards programme in 2006. The ceremony attracts hundreds of guests from private practice and in-house as well as prominent figures in the IP industry. It is regarded as the premier IP law firm awards event in the legal industry. In total, more than 1,000 guests attended the ceremonies in 2019 and 2020.

To find out who won in 2020, see EMEA Awards here, Americas Awards here, and Asia-Pacific Awards here. You can search and find all the previous MIP award winners on this website.

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