Leaders Directory

WIPR Leaders is a one-stop guide to the leading IP practitioners in the world. The handbook lists over 1,700 lawyers across patent, trademark, and copyright practices. 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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Ai-Leen Lim

Ai-Leen Lim

Ai-Leen Lim is CEO of AWA Asia, managing its headquarters in Hong Kong and its Chinese IP consultancy in Beijing. She is admitted…

  • CEO and principal
  • AWA Asia
  • China

Ana Castañeda

Ana Castañeda

Ana Castañeda is an attorney-at-law with a technical background as an electronic engineer and founder of C&L Attorneys. She has…

  • Partner
  • C&L Attorneys
  • Mexico

Anita Varma

Anita Varma

Anita Varma is a partner at White & Case who, earlier in her career, worked as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark…

  • Partner
  • White & Case

Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk

Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk has almost 30 years of experience in intellectual property law and works as a partner at Gozzo.…

  • Partner
  • Gozzo
  • Sweden

Anna Stopinska-Slefarska

Anna Stopinska-Slefarska

Anna Stopinska-Slefarska has worked at Polservice since 1977, as manager of the trademark department since 1992, and as president…

  • President of the Board, Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • Polservice
  • Poland

Annick Mottet Haugaard

Annick Mottet Haugaard

As a senior partner in Lydian’s commercial and litigation practice and head of the firm’s IP team, Annick Mottet Haugaard…

  • Partner
  • Lydian
  • Belgium

Annie Tsoi

Annie Tsoi

Annie Tsoi has been a partner at Deacons since 2001. She is the co-head of the intellectual property department and head of China…

  • Partner
  • Deacons
  • Hong Kong

Annsley Merelle Ward

Annsley Merelle Ward

Annsley Merelle Ward is counsel at WilmerHale specialising in complex cross-border patent and trade secrets litigation. With a…

  • Counsel
  • WilmerHale
  • United Kingdom

Axel Nordemann

Axel Nordemann

Axel Nordemann is a partner at Nordemann Czychowski & Partner in Berlin and studied law at the Universities of Göttingen and…

  • Partner
  • Nordemann Czychowski & Partner
  • Germany

Bartosz Krakowiak

Bartosz Krakowiak

Bartosz Krakowiak joined Polservice in 2002 and from 2018, he has been on the firm’s management board. He is a registered Polish…

  • Board Member, Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • Polservice
  • Poland

Bruce Horowitz

Bruce Horowitz

Notable cases that Bruce Horowitz and his team have handled include the first sound mark registration in South America (‘Intel’…

  • Partner
  • Paz Horowitz
  • Ecuador

Byron Robayo

Byron Robayo

Byron Robayo has been a partner with Paz Horowitz since 2011 and is a member of a number of professional affiliations including…

  • Partner
  • Paz Horowitz
  • Ecuador

Camilla Vislie

Camilla Vislie

Camilla Vislie is a partner at Thommessen and heads the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice. She focuses on…

  • Partner
  • Thommessen
  • Norway

Charmayne Ong

Charmayne Ong

Charmayne Ong is a partner and head of intellectual property at Skrine. She is registered as a patent agent, design agent and…

  • Partner, head of IP
  • Skrine
  • Malaysia

Crystal Chen

Crystal Chen

Crystal Chen is a partner at Tsai, Lee & Chen and her practice focuses on patents, trademarks, copyright, trade dress, IP enforcement,…

  • Partner, attorney at law
  • Tsai Lee & Chen
  • Taiwan

Dale Cendali

Dale Cendali

Dale Cendali is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and the head of its copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group. During…

  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Ellis

Darani Vachanavuttivong

Darani Vachanavuttivong

Darani Vachanavuttivong is a co-managing partner and managing director of the intellectual property group at Tilleke & Gibbins.…

  • Co-managing partner
  • Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Thailand

David Aylen

David Aylen

David Aylen is managing partner at Gowling WLG where he focuses on intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark prosecution…

  • Managing partner
  • Gowling WLG
  • Russia

Dilek Zeybel

Dilek Zeybel

Dilek Zeybel is one of the managing partners at Orbis Vista responsible for all areas of obtaining and enforcing intellectual…

  • Partner
  • Orbis Vista
  • Turkey

Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatovic is a managing partner at Živko Mijatovic & Partners and his practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property…

  • Managing partner
  • 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

Elzbieta Traple

Elzbieta Traple

Elzbieta Traple is a partner at Traple Konarski Podrecki i Wspólnicy and has experience in all areas of intellectual property…

  • Partner
  • Traple Konarski Podrecki i Wspólnicy
  • Poland

Fernando Becerril

Fernando Becerril

Fernando Becerril joined the firm in 1990, became director of intellectual property management in 2000, and went on to become…

  • Chief executive officer
  • Becerril, Coca & Becerril
  • Mexico

Gabriela Kennedy

Gabriela Kennedy

Gabriela Kennedy is a partner of Mayer Brown, head of the Asia IP and TMT group and co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global intellectual…

  • Partner, head of Asia IP and TMT group
  • Mayer Brown
  • Hong Kong

Gabriella Modiano

Gabriella Modiano

Gabriella Modiano is a managing partner at Modiano & Partners and her practice includes patent, trademark, design, copyright,…

  • Managing partner
  • Modiano & Partners
  • Italy

Guan Huat Khoo

Guan Huat Khoo

Guan Huat Khoo joined Skrine in 1993 and chairs the intellectual property dispute resolution practice group. He has represented…

  • Partner
  • Skrine
  • Malaysia

Gunars Gaikis

Gunars Gaikis

Gunars Gaikis is a pre-eminent and pioneering leader in life sciences IP. He has particularly focused on patent, regulatory and…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Canada

Heidi Lindner

Heidi Lindner

Heidi Lindner is a founding partner and head of the patent litigation department at Arochi & Lindner. She has experience in patent…

  • Founding Partner
  • Arochi & Lindner
  • Mexico

Heinz Goddar

Heinz Goddar

Heinz Goddar is a European and German patent and trademark attorney at Boehmert & Boehmert. He teaches intellectual property law…

Ida Gjessing

Ida Gjessing

Ida Gjessing earned her law degree at the University of Oslo and holds a lawyer’s practising certificate. She has experience…

  • Partner
  • Gjessing Reimers
  • Norway

Imogen Fowler

Imogen Fowler

Imogen Fowler is a partner at Hogan Lovells and has more than ten years’ experience working with brand owners. Fowler advises…

  • Partner
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Spain

Iris Quadrio

Iris Quadrio

Iris Quadrio has been practising intellectual property law since 1988 with a focus on trademark and trade dress issues. Her particular…

  • Partner
  • Marval O’Farrell & Mairal
  • Argentina

Işık Özdoğan

Işık Özdoğan

Işık Özdoğan is a partner at Moroğlu Arseven and leads the firm’s IP team, serving a portfolio of long-standing, high-profile…

  • Partner
  • Moroglu Arseven
  • Turkey

Janice Bereskin

Janice Bereskin

Janice Bereskin's practice focuses on Canadian and international trademarks. She has in-depth experience in search analysis, filing…

  • Partner
  • Bereskin & Parr
  • Canada

Jo-Ann See

Jo-Ann See

For more than 25 years Jo-Ann See has represented a number of businesses in intellectual property disputes. She is a director…

  • Director
  • Amica Law
  • Singapore

Jorge Leon

Jorge Leon

Jorge Leon is the head of the copyright and IP litigation and enforcement department at C&L Attorneys. His practice focuses on…

  • Attorney at law
  • C&L Attorneys
  • Mexico

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham is a partner at Shearn Delamore & Co and has more than 25 years’ experience in intellectual property law. She…

  • Partner
  • Shearn Delamore & Co
  • Malaysia

Karin Cederlund

Karin Cederlund specialises in intellectual property and advertising law. She focuses her experience on litigation and the drafting…

  • Partner
  • Sandart & Partners
  • Sweden

Kherk Ying Chew

Kherk Ying Chew

Kherk Ying Chew is a registered trademark, patent and design agent in Malaysia, and heads the intellectual property and dispute…

  • Partner
  • Wong & Partners
  • Malaysia

Laëtitia Bénard

Laëtitia Bénard

Laëtitia Bénard leads Allen & Overy’s Paris office’s IP practice and co-heads the firm’s life sciences group worldwide.…

  • Partner
  • Allen & Overy
  • France

Lara Dorigo

Lara Dorigo

Lara Dorigo represents and advises clients in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. She has particularly vast experience…

  • Counsel
  • Lenz & Staehelin
  • Switzerland

Laura Collada

Laura Collada

Laura Collada has more than 30 years’ experience in intellectual property and is a managing partner at Dumont, where she has…

  • Managing partner
  • Dumont
  • Mexico

Laura de Achaval

Laura de Achaval

Laura de Achaval has experience in consumer protection and unfair competition, and also advises clients on the legal implications…

  • Partner
  • Ferrer Reyes Tellechea & Bouché
  • Argentina

Lech Bury

Lech Bury is a partner at Bury & Bury. He founded the firm with his son and has been listed as a European patent attorney since…

  • Partner
  • Bury & Bury
  • Poland

Linda Chang

Linda Chang

In 1995 Linda Chang was one of the first trademark agents to qualify under China’s emerging intellectual property regulatory…

  • Partner
  • Rouse & Co International
  • China

Lorraine Tay

Lorraine Tay

Lorraine Tay is joint managing partner at Bird & Bird Singapore and heads the firm’s IP and technology group in Singapore. Tay…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird ATMD
  • Singapore

Mahua Roy Chowdhury

Mahua Roy Chowdhury

Mahua Roy Chowdhury has more than 20 years of experience as an intellectual property lawyer and is a founding and principal partner…

  • Principal partner
  • Royzz & Co
  • India

Maksym Bocharov

Maksym Bocharov

Maksym Bocharov is deputy director at Gorodissky & Partners Ukraine and has been with the firm since 2005. His practice is focused…

Marek Bury

Marek Bury is chairman of Bury & Bury, having founded the firm with his father in 2015. He specializes in patents, especially…

  • Chairman
  • Bury & Bury
  • Poland

Maria Fernanda Castellanos

Maria Fernanda Castellanos

Maria Fernanda Castellanos is a partner at Brigard Castro and has experience in copyright, domain names and strategic consulting.…

  • Partner
  • Brigard Castro
  • Colombia

Mariacristina Rapisardi

Mariacristina Rapisardi is the founder of Rapisardi Intellectual Property and has been managing the intellectual property group…

  • Founder
  • Rapisardi Intellectual Property
  • Italy

Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia

Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia

Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia is the founder and managing partner of Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados. He focuses his practice…

  • Founding and managing partner
  • Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados
  • Brazil

MaryAnne Armstrong

MaryAnne Armstrong

MaryAnne Armstrong is a partner at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, and focuses her practice on prosecuting patent applications…

  • Partner
  • Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch

Michiru Takahashi

Michiru Takahashi

Michiru Takahashi has experience in intellectual property and focuses primarily on trademarks, unfair competition litigation,…

  • Partner
  • Jones Day
  • Japan

Mitsuko Miyagawa

Mitsuko Miyagawa

Mitsuko (Mimi) Miyagawa is an attorney-at-law admitted both in Japan (1986) and in New York (1994). She has more than 30 years…

  • Partner
  • TMI Associates
  • Japan

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

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva joined Gorodissky & Partners in 1999 and in 2010 became a partner. She is a lead lawyer at the firm and a Russian…

  • Partner
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Oliver Scherenberg

Oliver Scherenberg

Oliver Scherenberg founded Scherenberg Legal & Licensing in 2017. His key competencies are in the field of monetisation of IP…

  • Partner
  • Scherenberg Legal & Licensing
  • Germany

Pascal Lefort

Pascal Lefort

Pascal Lefort is a partner at Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Viéville & Associés and has worked there for 26 years. He has experience…

  • Partner
  • Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Viéville & Associés
  • France

Patricia McGovern

Patricia McGovern

Patricia McGovern is chairman and head of the intellectual property department at DFMG Solicitors. She obtained an honours degree…

  • Chairman
  • DFMG Solicitors
  • Ireland

Peggy Wu

Peggy Wu

Specialising in domestic and international intellectual property matters, Peggy Wu is the executive manager and a member of the…

  • Executive manager
  • Top Team International Patent & Trademark Office
  • Taiwan

Rahul Chaudhry

Rahul Chaudhry

Rahul Chaudhry is managing partner of Rahul Chaudhry & Partner (previously known as Lall Lahiri & Salhotra), which he joined in…

  • Managing partner
  • Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
  • India

Ronit Barzik-Soffer

Ronit Barzik-Soffer

Ronit Barzik-Soffer graduated from Tel Aviv University with her LLB in 1992, was admitted as a lawyer in 1994 and became a licensed…

  • Senior partner
  • Reinhold Cohn Group
  • Israel

Say Sujintaya

Say Sujintaya

Say Sujintaya is a partner at Baker McKenzie Bangkok where she co-heads the recently merged IPTech team and leads the Media &…

  • Partner
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Thailand

Selma Ünlü

Selma Ünlü

Selma Ünlü graduated from Istanbul University in the faculty of law in 1989. She then obtained her diploma in private international…

  • Senior partner
  • NSN
  • Turkey

Simon Miles

Simon Miles

Simon Miles is a solicitor and chartered trademark attorney at Edwin Coe. He works with clients on contentious and transactional…

Spring Chang

Spring Chang

Spring Chang is a founding partner at Chang Tsi & Partners, and is based in the firm’s Beijing office. She has more than two…

  • Founding partner
  • Chang Tsi & Partners
  • China

Sue Gilchrist

Sue Gilchrist

Sue Gilchrist is Herbert Smith Freehills’ regional managing partner in Asia and Australia. She has extensive experience in trademark,…

  • Head of IP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Australia

Susan Natland

Susan Natland

Susan Natland has earned a reputation as a professional yet fierce advocate for her clients. For almost 20 years, she has represented…

  • Partner
  • Knobbe Martens

Tingxi Huo

Tingxi Huo

Tingxi Huo studied law at China University of Political Science and Law from 2004 to 2006 and passed the Trademark Attorney Bar…

Uche Nwokocha

Uche Nwokocha is a partner at Aluko & Oyebode. She has been at the firm since 2006 and worked as a partner since 2008. She has…

  • Partner
  • Aluko & Oyebode
  • Nigeria

Vadim Mikhailyuk

Vadim Mikhailyuk

Vadim Mikhailyuk is a partner and head of the patent department at Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners. He is a registered Ukrainian…

  • Partner
  • Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners
  • Russia

Verena Von Bomhard

Verena Von Bomhard

Verena von Bomhard established Bomhard IP in 2015. With over 20 years of experience dealing with EU trademarks she has been involved…

  • Founder
  • Bomhard IP
  • Spain

Vivien Chan

Vivien Chan

Vivien Chan is the founding and senior partner of Vivien Chan & Co, and has more than 30 years of experience in M&A, China direct…

  • Senior partner
  • Vivien Chan & Co
  • Hong Kong

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

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann has worked at Boehmert & Boehmert since 1998. He has represented clients in the entertainment, computing,…

YJ Trivedi

YJ Trivedi

Y.J. Trivedi has developed a niche practice in IP, and also established an academy at AMA to spread IP awareness. He has obtained…

  • Founding member and senior IP attorney
  • Y. J. Trivedi & Co.
  • India

Adolfo Athié

Adolfo Athié

A partner at Basham, Ringe y Correa since 2008, Adolfo Athié concentrates his practice on IP litigation, audits on IP litigation…

  • Lawyer
  • Basham, Ringe y Correa
  • Mexico

Adonna Alkema

Adonna Alkema

Adonna Alkema focuses her practice on copyright, database rights, trademarks, domain names, unfair competition, advertising, product…

  • Partner
  • Hofhuis Alkema Groen Advocaten
  • Netherlands

Afamefuna Nwokedi

Afamefuna Nwokedi has worked in IP for over 27 years. He is the founder and principal partner of Stillwaters Law Firm, prior to…

  • Founding partner
  • Stillwaters Law Firm
  • Nigeria

Agustín Velázquez

Agustín Velázquez

Agustín Velázquez is an experienced litigator and IP and strategy attorney. He has often represented clients in the telecommunications,…

  • Partner
  • Ava
  • Mexico

Ai Ming Lee

Ai Ming Lee is a consultant at Singapore-based Rodyk & Davidson and works in the firm’s intellectual property and technology…

  • Consultant
  • Rodyk & Davidson
  • Singapore

Alan Potter

Alan Potter

Alan Potter is the co-founder of Potter IP and has experience in all areas of intellectual property law. He previously worked…

  • Co-founder
  • Potter IP
  • New Zealand

Alan Ringwood

Alan Ringwood is a partner at Bell Gully and has experience in areas of intellectual property law such as trademarks, patents,…

  • Partner
  • Bell Gully
  • New Zealand

Alasdair Poore

Alasdair Poore is a partner at Mills & Reeve in the firm’s technology and commerce team. He has experience in patents, brand…

  • Partner
  • Mills & Reeve
  • United Kingdom

Alban Kang

Alban Kang

Alban Kang is a partner at Bird & Bird ATMD, Singapore. He is with the firm’s IP group and leads the ASEAN and Japan focus of…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Singapore

Albert Kimball

Albert Kimball

Albert Kimball is a partner at Bracewell and has experience in all areas of intellectual property. He has represented clients…

  • Partner
  • Bracewell
  • United States

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