Alston & Bird LLP, which has more than half of its intellectual property practice in North Carolina, has moved up two spots in a ranking of IP law firms due to an error in calculations made by IP Worldwide magazine.

In its annual “Who Protects IP America” survey, IP Worldwide magazine now ranks Alston & Bird third among IP law firms most frequently cited by Fortune 250 companies as the firms they rely on for IP representation.

Seven companies cited Alston & Bird, including Boeing, Genuine Parts, Honeywell International, Lowe’s, R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings and UPS.

Previously, IP Worldwide had ranked Alston & Bird fifth, when the first list was released in July. The magazine recently published a correction, with a list of the new rankings.

“I think the folks at Alston & Bird are aware that it was an honest mistake on the part of the magazine,” says a spokesman for the law firm. “The original rankings inadvertently included some unverified information.”

The corrected rankings also represent a broader sampling of the Fortune 250, due to the fact that a sister publication of IP Worldwide, Corporate Counsel, did the same survey and was able to reach 190 of the Fortune 250 compared to the 131 companies that responded to the IP Worldwide survey.

Alston & Bird, with headquarters in Atlanta, is one of the nation’s leading technology and full-service law firms, with 675 attorneys and additional offices in Charlotte, RTP, Washington, D.C. and New York. Alston & Bird has steadily expanded its N.C. presence and now has more than 200 N.C. employees, including 72 lawyers in Charlotte, with 56 in IP, and 23 lawyers in Raleigh, with 11 in IP.

“We are delighted to be recognized once again for the strength of our intellectual property practice,” said Mike McCoy, head of the intellectual property practice group at Alston & Bird in Charlotte. “In intellectual property, as well as in many of our other practice areas, Alston & Bird has established itself as the clear choice for clients seeking the best legal representation available anywhere in the United States.”

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