2016

awards we achieved in 2016

“Great minds don’t think alike.  If they did, the Patent Office would only have about fifty inventions.” – Scott Adams

2016 Excellence Award: Most Outstanding IP Law Boutique

In November 2016 Gunter Attorneys was recognised in the 2016 Global Excellence Awards as “2016 Excellence Award: Most Outstanding IP Law Boutique.”  The awards were conducted based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques that assure that awards are allocated based on merit and allows for recognition of firms of all sizes and in all locations who have done extraordinary work over the past year.  In particular, the 2016 Global Excellence Awards were designed to recognise the very best in the business, whether they are a single office firm or an international conglomerate, and particularly award the paragons and the exemplars; those that are succeeding in their endeavours, innovating, growing and improving.

IP Practitioner of the Year 2016

Following extensive research by Wealth & Finance International, Gunter Attorneys were named as “IP Practitioner of the Year 2016”, as the exclusive winner from South Africa.  The awards highlight and showcase the tireless work that is carried out by IP practitioners.  The award organisers examined the leading players in the IP industry and have allocated the awards to the teams who have best illustrated the following attributes: excellence in protecting and enforcing their clients’ most valuable IP assets; deliver high quality client services; have extensive experience in the IP field; understood their clients’ needs in the business world; international assignment success; recent award wins; inclusion in any third party and industry articles; presence across social media; and received positive customer feedback/testimonials. 

International IP Excellence Honours

In September 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected as the only firm from South Africa to be awarded Corporate Vision Magazine’s International IP Excellence Honours.  The Honours were awarded as a result of Gunter Attorneys’ impeccable service and commitment to achieving the very best results for their clients.

Most Trusted IP Law Firm – South Africa

In September 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected as a winner in the Acquisition International 2016 Legal Awards for “Most Trusted IP Law Firm – South Africa”. 

Top 25 in IP

During August 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected as a “Top 25 in IP” winner by TMT News.  These awards are given to key firms in each country who are making waves across all areas of IP, from patents and trademarks to everything in-between, and is particularly given to firms who, over the past 12 months, have (i) Demonstrated a truly innovative approach to matters of IP; (ii) Achieved outstanding levels of client satisfaction; (iii) Expanded into new areas within IP; (iv) Won previous accolades within the field; and (v) Received significant positive client recommendations / testimonials.

Best IP Law Boutique 2016 – South Africa

Gunter Attorneys was nominated in the 5th annual M&A Awards, sponsored by DealFlow Source, and received the award for “Best IP Law Boutique 2016 – South Africa”.  This achievement marks Gunter Attorneys out as one of the most outstanding performers in the IP field.

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 2016 – South Africa

The Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine celebrates the leading, most prolific firms that have continually displayed a high degree of quality, tenacity and ability to punch above their weight within their area of specialization.  Gunter Attorneys was a winner in the Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Superior Lawyers 2016 campaign and received the award for “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 2016 – South Africa”.

Most Innovative Companies in South Africa within the 2016 African Business Awards

Gunter Attorneys was chosen as 2016’s “Most Innovative Companies in South Africa within the 2016 African Business Awards”.  The awards are given to companies, across the continent of Africa, that stand out from the crowd for stellar results and for on-going commitment to their industry sector.  As part of the selection process, consideration is given to firms that achieved rapid growth over the past year, shown increased profits, expanded into new jurisdictions / sectors, undergone any significant strategic developments and received great client testimonials or recommendations.

Most Innovative Law Firm of 2016, South Africa

In March 2016 Gunter Attorneys received the Acquisition International Magazine Award for the “Most Innovative Law Firm of 2016, South Africa”.  The competition is provided by both international law firms with local offices, as well smaller, more localised businesses who exhibit an inventive and cutting-edge approach to remaining competitive in the 21st century. 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - South Africa

In 2016 Gunter Attorneys received the prestigious Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine Super Lawyers 2016 award for the “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”.  These awards celebrate the leading, most prolific firms, that have continually displayed a high degree of quality, tenacity and ability to punch above their weight within their area of specialization.  During the judging process many factors are considered, such as client retention, speed of response and assistance, and ability to navigate complex situations, whilst ensuring that the client is not concerned or unsure of what the outcome will be, regardless of the scale of the matter in question.

2016 African Excellence awards

Gunter Attorneys has been chosen as part of the 2016 African Excellence awards as a leading firm in South Africa.

Best IP Law Boutique – South Africa

During the November 2016 results for the 2016 African Corporate Excellence Awards Gunter Attorneys received the award for Best IP Law Boutique – South Africa.

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa

In September 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected amongst a very few law firms and individuals in the world to win an exclusive Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine 2016 Golden Globe Award in the category of “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”.  This is the only Golden Globe awards campaign run by Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine in 2016 and is as a result of nominations received by their members and strict scrutiny by their internal panel of judges.

Top 100 Law Firms in the Middle East and Africa

Gunter Attorneys was elected as the South African representative in respect of the “Top 100 Law Firms in the Middle East and Africa” by MEA Markets Magazine.  The African Legal 100 award is awarded to the most influential, most highly regarded and most practiced law firms in Africa and has been designed to be the ultimate guide to the very best law firms on the continent.

2016 African Business Elite Award

Gunter Attorneys received the “2016 African Business Elite Award” from Wealth & Finance INTL.  The 2016 African Business Elite Awards aim to highlight the most innovative, successful and truly remarkable firms operating in Africa.  The awards are given to African firms, operating over a spectrum of 20 categories, which have displayed excellence in customer services, received brilliant client reviews, have had an increase in profits, and displayed truly marvellous feats in their respected sectors.  Only one winner per category is selected in each country.

2016 Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year, South Africa

Rina Gunter received the AI 2016 IP Practitioner of the Year award for “2016 Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year, South Africa”.  A number of key firms and individuals from all over the world were nominated and subsequently vetted by the award organizers in an effort to recognise the top intellectual property teams and professionals across all areas of IP.  Just one winner in each country has been selected for this most prestigious title.  As part of the selection process, the following factors were considered persuasive of the winning teams and practitioners: (i) Those who demonstrated a truly innovative approach to matters of IP; (ii) Achieved outstanding levels of client satisfaction; (iii) Expanded into new areas within IP; (iv) Won previous accolades within the field; (v) Received significant positive client recommendations / testimonials.  The team initially shortlisted a select group of 200 individuals and organizations, after which one winner in each country was selected. 

Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016, South Africa

Gunter Attorneys received the Wealth & Finance INTL award for “Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016, South Africa”.  The award is given to leading, most innovative, competitive and client-focused of law firms who have demonstrated excellence over the past year.  The award organizers examine those firms who have expanded into new jurisdictions or specialist areas, demonstrated excellence in client service and broken the mould for innovation.

IP Law Firm of the Year – South Africa, 2016

Gunter Attorneys received the Acquisition International award for the “IP Law Firm of the Year – South Africa, 2016”.

Intellectual Property – South Africa

Gunter Attorneys received the Corporate LiveWire Global Award 2016 for “Intellectual Property – South Africa”.  These awards honour those who standout as consistently showing best practice in every aspect of their work.  Corporate Livewire’s judging panel looks to identify only the very best and highlight those who have continuously shown dedication and outperformance.

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