ipVA in the IAM 250

by Andrew Watson on 1 June 2009

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,

Out of Andrew’s original post on IAM’s search (back in October) and his recommendations,  Duncan BucknellSeverin de Wit, and Craig Opperman all made it on to the list.

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.

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Andrew Watson 06.01.09 at 7:00 pm

Hi Jordan

I may be being overly enthusiastic about this listing but on behalf of everyone at ipVA we’re genuinely delighted and honoured to be named.

Delighted as this does represent some sort of recognition for the hard work that everyone involved in ipVA has put in to drag IP kicking and screaming to the business table in European SME. Honoured as we are sharing a place at the table with the players in this market.

As Gladwell says in Outliers, it only takes 10,000 hours of practice and unwavering belief to get here.


Andrew Watson 06.01.09 at 7:15 pm

Two very notable absentees from the listings are Kelvin King of Valuation Consulting and Elizabeth Gutteridge of Deloitte. Both leading edge.

Peter Thomond 06.04.09 at 12:58 pm

Hi Jordan,

After meeting you guys in person of late, hearing of you reputations in advance and learning more about the work you do, I’m not surprised you’re on the list. CONGRATULATIONS!



JS Hatcher 06.08.09 at 10:22 am

Thanks Pete!

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