Forty-eight firms from 19 Asia-Pacific jurisdictions took home trophies at the 10th annual Asia IP Awards, held November 8 at the Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei.
The awards named top trademarks, patents and copyright practices as determined by in-house counsel from Asia, Europe and the Americas. More than 5,000 in-house counsel were polled by Asia IP magazine throughout the first part of 2019. The event also named international award winners in each of the practice areas. The complete list of winners follows this press release.
“There is a significant amount of high-level intellectual property work being done in Asia,” said Asia IP publisher Darren Barton. “Each year, the competition to win an Asia IP Award becomes more and more competitive.”
This year saw the launch of the China International Awards, honouring international law firms for their work in China. Baker McKenzie took the inaugural trademark award, Bird & Bird the patent award and SIPS – Simone Intellectual Property Services – the copyright award. Leading Chinese law firms will be recognized with the Asia IP China Awards early next year.
Three international law firms won multiple awards at the event, either in multiple practice areas or multiple jurisdictions. Global firm Baker McKenzie-affiliated firms won four awards on the evening, including the regional Asia Pacific award for its trademark work. Bird & Bird won for its regional patent work, its China work and for its trademark work in Singapore as Bird & Bird ATMD. Hogan Lovells was recognized for its regional copyright work, as well as for its copyright work in Vietnam.
“The days of using a far-off law firm to do your work in Asia are mostly in the past,” said Asia IP managing editor Gregory Glass. “In-house counsel increasingly turn to Asia- and Pacific-based law firms because they know that those firms are consistently doing high-quality work.”
Asia IP is a vital source of intelligence for IP-owning companies active in Asia, and international law firms which want to keep ahead of the key issues. The magazine includes a range of in-depth features, news and analysis designed to meet the information needs of in-house counsel, senior business leaders and partners at Asian and international law firms.
The 2020 Asia IP Awards will be held in Gold Coast, Australia, in November 2019.