Below we highlight why it is important for firms to
participate by making a submission and answer some key
questions about the research and publication.
Why is it important for firms to participate each
In terms of participation, the minimum we require from firms
each year is firm questionnaire and client referees document
submission. The submission process is simple: complete the
research forms and upload to our online submissions
Regardless of whether your firm is ranked or not, it is
important to submit because our firm rankings are subject to
change each year. Annual participation demonstrates that your
firm’s IP practice is credible and active, and it
helps us build up reasonable research data on your firm and
In addition to the firm rankings, we may find information in
your submission that may positively influence our decision when
considering other research projects including the IP stars
lists and Managing IP awards.
We have other avenues for recognising unranked firms that
provide good quality services.
Is there a fee to pay to participate in your
None at all.
Are there any major changes this
Our research methodology and submission process have not
changed. However, each year we look to improve our research
forms based on feedback. We have redesigned and updated the
firm questionnaire, including very few new questions. The
changes to the client referees document are
Can you briefly explain your research
The firm rankings, IP stars lists and Managing IP awards are
primarily based on an independent review of available
information including firm submissions and market feedback
(i.e. competitors and clients). Please read more about our
Where can those who wish to participate find the
research forms and guidelines?
The research forms, online submission portal and submission
guidelines are available at www.ipstars.com/general/links
We have already sent the 2019 research announcement email to
firms. If your firm has not yet received our email by September
11 then please contact email@example.com.
Please note that it is likely that we may have sent the
email to one of the IP partners and/or the marketing/business
development team at your firm so please check with them first
before contacting us.
When is the firm submission deadline?
The deadline to submit your firm questionnaire and client
referees documents is October 31 2018.
Our key research timeline and results publication schedule are
When do you start your research
We have started scheduling the first batch of interviews
(September 10 to December 10). The second batch of interviews
starts on December 11 and ends in February 2019. Please note
that the interviews are offered on a first come, first served
We interview as many firms as possible and obtain a lot of
data and therefore we regret that not all firms will be
interviewed for the 2019 edition. Please note that not getting
an interview with us will not in any way influence our
decisions on your firm.
When will you publish the results of your
The new firm rankings are first published in Managing IP
magazine between February and April. They are made available
later on ipstars.com.
The Managing IP awards shortlists are published in February
and the winners are revealed in March. See the previous winners
The IP stars lists for 2019, including the Managing
Intellectual Property Top 250 Women in IP, are announced in
We publish all of the above and more online and in
Where can we find more information about your
Please visit ipstars.com/general/about to
learn more about IP STARS. If you still have further questions
after reviewing all the information on our website or have
feedback to share please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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