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. In 2015 the nomination criteria were expanded to include IP owners, as well as service providers. Since then, candidates from operating companies, research institutes and universities – as well as non-operating companies, law firms and advisory or consultancy firms – are eligible for inclusion. Indeed, an individual can come from absolutely anywhere that intellectual property is seen or used as a strategic asset.

These world-class IP strategists are primarily identified through confidential nominations made online. However, the extensive research process also involves face-to-face and telephone interviews, as well as email exchanges, with senior members of the global IP community. No one can qualify for a listing in the IAM Strategy 300 unless he or she is nominated by at least three people from outside 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 started the research process from scratch; so even those who had previously been listed had to meet the same selection criteria as those who are new to the guide this year. 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. Many 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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