Methodology

IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists identifies the individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximise the value of IP portfolios. Last year, previous restrictions on the nomination of individuals from IP-owning organisations were removed, meaning that individuals from all kinds of entity – whether service providers, corporations, research institutions or universities – are now eligible for inclusion in the guide.

These world-class IP strategists are primarily identified through an extensive research process involving face-to-face and telephone interviews, as well as email exchanges, with senior members of the global IP community. Confidential nominations can also be made online. However, no individual can qualify for a listing in the IAM Strategy 300 unless he or she is nominated by at least three people from outside of his or her own organisation. Even this does not guarantee inclusion; instead, only those individuals who further research shows to have exceptional skill sets, as well as profound insights into the development, creation and management of IP value, are featured in the IAM Strategy 300.

For this latest edition of the guide, we worked on the assumption that everyone who appeared in last year's publication should be listed once again. Our thinking was that you are unlikely to be a world-class IP strategist in 2015 and then cease to be one in 2016. However, we did contact all individuals in order to confirm that they still work in the IP strategy space. Some no longer do and so were removed; others did not respond and so we removed their names too.

We also asked everyone listed in 2015 to nominate other people who they felt merited inclusion and invited members of the general IP community to do the same. Once a person received the minimum three recommendations from outside his or her own organisation, we undertook our own independent research to assess these claims. Most nominees did not make it through the vetting process; those who did are listed in the following pages. The selection procedure is always strictly applied because our overarching aim is to ensure that only those individuals who possess exceptional skill sets - as well as profound insights into the development, creation and management of IP value - feature in the IAM Strategy 300.

We strive to ensure that the IAM Strategy 300 is as accurate as possible. Our aim is to produce the definitive list of the world’s leading IP strategists. Ultimately, however, what you find within this guide represents the subjective opinion of the IAM research team. We cannot promise that every IP strategist who deserves to be described as world class has made it into this publication. But we are certain that everyone who is listed deserves to be. However, if you disagree with our opinion, we would like to hear from you. Our guarantee is that we will research your comments extensively, with the aim of improving the list in the future.

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