This is pretty cool. Not least because ipVA made it on to the list, but also because I note that the list includes Tangible IP friends Jackie Hutter and Duncan Bucknell. IAM Magazine has created a new list of 250 of The World’s Leading IP Strategists, the IAM 250.
In creating the list, IAM went through a process of interviews (phone, in-person, and emails), and to get on it, IP professionals had to have three recommendations and then be confirmed through independent research on their level of contribution. IAM says about the need for the list:
The IAM 250 is a major and unique new publication. There are any number of guides that claim to identify leading trademark, patent and copyright litigators, or IP experts in a particular field of industry. But to our knowledge, no research has previously been done specifically to identify consultants, intermediaries and financiers, as well as lawyers and attorneys, whose primary skill set is focused on helping IP owners to increase the value of their rights portfolios.
In short, this listing looks at the wider IP ecosystem rather than the narrow band of IP legal professionals, which I’ve been loosely calling the “IP services market”. Frequent ipVA collaborator and consultant Tom Ewing and both of our co-founders (and fellow Tangible IP bloggers), Andrew Watson and Rob Harrison, have all made it on to the IAM 250,
The focus of the listing on IP strategy can only mean good things for this growing group of professionals as we figure out the models, partnerships, and strategies behind the IP strategy sector.