The winners of the Global IP Awards 2020 were honoured at a gala dinner attended by 260 people last week in London. Patent and trademark attorney firms and law firm IP practices from dozens of jurisdictions were represented at the event, which took place at 8 Northumberland Avenue, just a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the UK capital.
The Global IP Awards were hosted by the IP and Data Division of Law Business Research, which publishes IAM and World Trademark Review (WTR), the world’s leading intellectual property intelligence, analysis and data platforms. They recognise outstanding achievement in IP litigation, prosecution and transactional work during 2019.
The search for the Global IP Awards winners begins with the work done by the IAM and WTR 1000 researchers – a team of eight, based in LBR’s London and Hong Kong offices, that does nothing each year but delve deep into the patent and trademark legal markets in well over 60 countries. This involves not only going through close to 2,000 law and attorney firm submissions, but also hundreds of in-depth face-to-face and telephone interviews with lawyers, attorneys and their clients.
The work the research team does in identifying market leaders is then supplemented by input from the IAM and WTR editorial teams, based in London, Hong Kong and Washington DC. With dozens of years of experience between them and high-level connections inside corporate IP departments across the world, as well as private practice, they know all the big stories, as well as the people behind them.
It is this combination of IP-specific research and editorial expertise – and the detailed, evidence-based approach to selecting the winners – which makes the Global IP Awards the most prestigious and coveted of the annual prizes offered up in the global IP legal market.
“Having been closely involved in the whole process, I can say with complete confidence that every single winner has come out on top against very tough competition – and thoroughly deserves the recognition they have received,” says Joff Wild, the editor-in-chief of LBR’s IP and Data Division. “Congratulations to all of them!”