Class of 2021: Making a difference


Denise Benz, Marjan Noor and David Stone

Class of 2021: Making a difference

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Diversity and inclusion are core values at law firm Allen & Overy and three of its attorneys have each achieved well-earned spots on WIPR’s 2021 Diversity Champions, Influential Women in IP and Trailblazer lists. We caught up with the pioneering trio to find more about what drives their passion for progress.


Senior associate, Allen & Overy (Germany), WIPR Trailblazer

What attracted you to a career in IP?

I was already interested in technology as a young adult and considered taking a technical degree after my legal education. Instead, I learned about the work of a patent litigator during a workshop and quickly realised that I could combine my interest in cutting-edge technologies and legal argumentation in this field.

I find it exciting to explore the complex technologies that we encounter in our everyday lives in the form of patents—and to dig into these technologies combined with creative and convincing legal arguments in court.

Allen & Overy, D&I, technology, patent litigator, women lawyers, LGBTQ+, INTA