The IP survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property is described as the industry's "biggest, oldest and most detailed analysis of the leading patent firms worldwide." Each year the publication conducts a comprehensive, five-month long survey of the world IP market, which in turn provides a unique perspective on IP practice – based on the experiences of hundreds of clients and practitioners from the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, Europe and Africa.  The results of this survey are collated to produce a list of global rankings, divided according to territory and with categories covering patent prosecution and contentious matters.

Spoor & Fisher has been accorded Top Tier status in South Africa in both the "Patent Prosecution" and "Patent Contentious" categories.  This is not the first time that Spoor & Fisher has achieved this ranking and it has already won a "Top IP Firm in South Africa" rating in a a number of previous MIP surveys.  Service excellence and client satisfaction are key performance indicators for the firm and it is gratifying to see that a respected independent survey once again has delivered such a positive response.

Rankings in the fields of trade marks and copyright will be announced in the March and April issues of the publication – and the Spoor & Fisher team awaits the results with keen anticipation.

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