Leaders Directory

WIPR Leaders is a one-stop guide to the leading IP practitioners in the world. The handbook lists over 1,500 lawyers across two volumes: over 900 individuals in the both the patent and the trademarks section (some individuals are in both). Stemming from a four month nomination period in which we sought views from 12,000 IP professionals, our research team vetted every nominated lawyer for suitability by exploring their work. This meant looking at practice history, industry expertise and notable cases, as well as any additional activities, such as writing and teaching responsibilities, which have allowed the lawyers to shape and influence other and future IP practitioners.

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Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic is a patent and trademark attorney in Zivko Mijatovic & Partners’ Serbia office. He obtained his LLM from…

  • Patent and trademark attorney
  • Živko Mijatovic & Partners
  • Serbia

Ella Mikkola

Ella Mikkola

Ella Mikkola works as a partner at Bird & Bird and has experience in all areas of intellectual property law. She achieved her…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Finland

Tasha Francis

Tasha Francis

Tasha Francis has represented some of the largest pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the world. Last year, alongside other…

  • Associate
  • Fish & Richardson

Virginia Carron

For the past two decades Virginia Carron has practised IP law out of Finnegan’s Atlanta, Georgia, office. She is now the firm’s…

  • Partner
  • Finnegan

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Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann has worked at Boehmert & Boehmert since 1998 and has experience in all areas of intellectual property…

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson is a partner at Smart & Biggar, a qualified patent agent and holds an advanced degree in chemistry. She champions…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Canada

Natalia Gulyaeva

Natalia Gulyaeva

Natalia Gulyaeva joined Hogan Lovells in 2000 and since 2004 has headed the firm’s intellectual property, media and technology…

  • Partner
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Russia

Christian Appelt

Christian Appelt

Christian Appelt focuses on the counselling of SMEs in Germany and Europe in all aspects of intellectual property, especially…

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Marcos Morales

Marcos Morales

Marcos Morales’s experience has seen him act as the head of the legal division at the National Institute of Industrial Property…

  • Intellectual property legal director
  • Clarke Modet & Co
  • Chile

Nina Moshynska

Nina Moshynska

Patent and trademark attorney Nina Moshynska is a founder of Gorodissky & Partners Ukraine, where she also serves as managing…

  • Managing partner in Ukraine
  • Gorodissky & Partners Ukraine
  • Ukraine

Colin Ingram

Colin Ingram

Colin Ingram is a partner at Smart & Biggar whose litigation practice spans all areas of intellectual property with a particular…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Canada

Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Mark Evans has more than 30 years’ experience in intellectual property law with a focus on providing sophisticated trademark…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Canada

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