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 leads AWA Asia’s offices as chief executive officer and principal counsel, managing its headquarters in Hong Kong…

  • Chief Executive Officer & Principal Counsel
  • AWA
  • China

Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen is a partner and attorney at law. She began her career in IP law in 1998 as an examiner at the Norwegian Patent…

  • Partner Attorney & Team Manager
  • AWA
  • Denmark

Anna Stopinska Slefarska

Anna Stopinska Slefarska

Anna Stopińska-Ślefarska is a Polish patent and trademark attorney, European patent attorney and professional representative…

  • President of the Board / Patent & Trademark Attorney
  • Polservice
  • Poland

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 Polish patent…

  • Member of the Board / Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • Polservice
  • Poland

Ben Natter

Ben Natter

Ben Natter heads Haug Partners’ global trademark practice. Ben’s practice focuses on all aspects of trademark strategy,…

  • Partner
  • Haug Partners LLP
  • United States

Bill Lister

Bill Lister

Bill Lister has a wide range of experience advising UK, US, European and global clients, with a substantial reputation spanning…

CF Tsai

CF Tsai
  • Managing Partner
  • Deep & Far Attorneys-at-law
  • Taiwan

Charmayne Ong

Charmayne Ong

Charmayne is widely recognised as one of Malaysia’s top IP and TMT lawyers, and was named as one of AsiaLaw’s Leading Lawyers…

  • Partner
  • SKRINE
  • Malaysia

Chinasa Uwanna

Chinasa Uwanna is a senior associate in the intellectual property & technology practice group of the firm with excellent experience…

  • Legal Practitioner
  • Banwo & Ighodalo
  • Nigeria

Christian W. Appelt

Christian W. Appelt

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

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,…

Dilek Zeybel

Dilek Zeybel

Dilek Zeybel is managing partner and a Chartered patent & trademark attorney at Orbis Vista. His practice areas include head of…

  • Partner Trademark & Patent Attorney
  • Orbis Vista
  • Turkey

Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatović is the managing partner at Živko Mijatović & Partners (ZMP). For the past 20 years, he been specializing i…

Eleonora Carrillo

Eleonora Carrillo

Eleonora joined Jacobacci & Partners in 2006 in Italy and transferred to the Madrid offices in 2011, where she manages the Spanish…

  • Managing Partner
  • Jacobacci & Partners
  • Spain

Essenese Obhan

Essenese Obhan

Essenese Obhan is a managing partner at Obhan & Associates. Mr Obhan is an IP lawyer, patent agent, and has a degree in mechanical…

  • Managing Partner Patent Attorney
  • Obhan & Associates
  • India

Fabio Giacopello

Fabio Giacopello

Fabio Giacopello is senior partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property. He’s been widely recognized as one of the most valuable…

Femi Olubanwo

Femi Olubanwo

Femi is a partner in the Intellectual Property & Technology practice group and his practice covers all aspects of IP law (trademarks,…

Fernando Becerril

Fernando Becerril

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer specialized in Electronics. Graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – School…

Joanna Conway

Joanna Conway

Joanna (Joey) co-leads the Women in IP committee for IP Inclusive, the pan-professional body charged with improving D&I across…

  • Partner
  • Deloitte Legal (UK)
  • UK

Juan Carlos Amaro

Juan Carlos Amaro

Juan Carlos Amaro is an attorney-at-law with a postgraduate degree in Constitutional Law and IP law at the Universidad Panamericana.

Katie Goulding

Katie Goulding

Katie provides recommendation-led advice based on a strong understanding of clients’ commercial risks and objectives, and with…

  • Trade Mark Director
  • HGF
  • UK

Khoo Guan Huat

Khoo Guan Huat

Guan Huat is a litigator with over 30 years of experience, with a focus on intellectual property litigation. He commenced his…

  • Partner
  • SKRINE
  • Malaysia

Laura Collada

Laura Collada

Laura Collada has more than 30 years’ experience in IP and is a managing partner at Dumont, where she has worked since 2000.…

Manish Saurastri

Manish Saurastri

Manish Saurastri is a Partner with Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP. He has demonstrated credentials in all aspects of Intellectual…

Manisha Singh

Manisha Singh

Manisha Singh is a leading lawyer in the IP arena in India. During her career, she has played an important and crucial role in…

  • Founder, Partner
  • Lex Orbis
  • India

Maria Zamkova

Maria Zamkova

Maria Zamkova is chief executive officer at Fenix Legal. She has a Master’s in industrial design and is a patent and registered…

Marina Smirnova

Marina Smirnova

Martin Schwimmer

Martin Schwimmer

Martin Schwimmer is a partner in the trademark and copyright practice group at Leason Ellis who litigates in US federal district…

Michal Luzzatto

Michal Luzzatto

Michal is a fifth-generation member of The Luzzatto Group and the managing partner of The Luzzatto Law Firm. As a photographer…

Naomi Pearce

Naomi Pearce

Naomi Pearce is one of Australia’s leading patent litigators and was recognised as a WIPR Leader 2020. Pearce is a patent lawyer,…

  • Principal
  • Pearce IP
  • Australia

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva joined Gorodissky & Partners in 1999 and in 2010 was promoted to partner. She advises clients on all legal aspects…

  • Partner / Regional Director
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Natalie Kirchhofer

Natalie Kirchhofer

Natalie Kirchhofer is a European and German patent attorney and an expert in the fields of (bio)chemistry, pharmaceuticals and…

  • Partner & European Patent Attorney
  • Cohausz & Florack
  • Germany

Octavio Espejo Hinojosa

Octavio Espejo Hinojosa

Octavio is an Electro-Mechanical Engineer and an Attorney at Law.

Peter McAndrews

Peter McAndrews

Peter McAndrews is a patent and trademark attorney, specialising in litigation and US Patent and Trademark Office proceedings.…

  • Shareholder
  • McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd
  • United States

Peter S. Sloane

Peter S. Sloane

Peter Sloane co-chairs the Trademark and Copyright Practice Group at Leason Ellis, where he and his team handle all aspects of…

Petter Rindforth

Petter Rindforth

Petter Rindforth is managing partner at Fenix Legal. He achieved his master of law degree from Stockholm University. His…

Pierre Balesta

Pierre Balesta
  • French & European Patent Attorney
  • Cabinet Beau de Lomenie
  • France

Pravin Anand

Pravin Anand

Pravin Anand is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation at Anand and Anand. Awarded the AIPPI Award of Merit, INTA’s President’s…

Rahul Chaudhry

Rahul Chaudhry

Mr. Chaudry is among one of the most "pre-eminent names" in Intellectual Property Laws in India and Managing partner of the leading…

Raka Roy

Raka Roy

Raka is a Partner at Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultant, where she plays a blended role of a commercial and employment lawyer…

  • Partner
  • Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants
  • UAE

Ranjan Narula

Ranjan Narula

Ranjan founded the specialist IP law firm, RNA, in 2004, and is now its Managing Partner. He has twenty seven years’ post…

  • Managing Partner
  • RNA Technology & IP Attorneys, Board Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • India

Sidsel Hauge

Sidsel Hauge

Sidsel Hauge is a European patent attorney, chief executive officer of AWA Denmark and vice president of the AWA Group. She manages…

  • European Patent Attorney
  • AWA
  • Denmark

Simon Miles

Simon Miles

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

  • Head of Intellectual Property
  • Edwin Coe
  • UK

Spring Chang

Spring Chang

Named the World's Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer by Chambers & Partners, founding partner Spring Chang is a razor-sharp…

  • Founding Partner, Attorney at Law, Trademark Agent
  • Chang Tsi & Partners
  • China

Stephanie Loeffler-Reading

Stephanie Loeffler-Reading

Stephanie graduated with an Honours degree in Pharmacy. Her career in trade marks has included working in the IP team of one of…

  • Partner and Trade Mark Attorney
  • HGF
  • UK

Sudeep Chatterjee

Sudeep Chatterjee

Sudeep Chatterjee joined Singh & Singh in 2005 as an associate. In 2012, when the firm was restructured into an LLP, he became…

  • Partner
  • Singh & Singh Law Firm LLP
  • India

Sunil B. Krishna

Sunil B. Krishna

Mr. Krishna's area of practice encompasses the entire spectrum of intellectual property management. He has to his credit vast…

Tingxi Huo

Tingxi Huo

Tingxi Huo is a trademark attorney and the partner of Chofn IP. He passed the Trademark Attorney Bar in 1998 and joined Chofn…

Tshepo Shabangu

Tshepo Shabangu
  • Partner
  • Spoor & Fisher
  • South Africa

Valery Medvedev

Valery Medvedev

Since 1999 Valery Medvedev has been leading the largest IP practice in Russia as managing partner of Gorodissky & Partners. Medvedev…

  • Managing Partner
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Vitor Palmela Fidalgo

Vitor Palmela Fidalgo

Vítor Palmela Fidalgo is Legal Director and Trademark and Patent Attorney at Inventa. Combining the legal aspect with his vision…

Vivek Singh

Vivek Singh

Vivek is a registered Patent Agent and Attorney at law with Technical, Legal and Business background. He is a Govt. of India recognized…

  • IP Attorney & Head IP Prosecution Practice, Sagacious IP
  • Sagacious IP
  • India

Vivien Chan

Vivien Chan

Vivien Chan is the founding and senior partner of Vivien Chan & Co, a Greater China law firm with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.…

  • Senior Partner
  • Vivien Chan & Co
  • Hong Kong

Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic is an of counsel at Živko Mijatović & Partners (ZMP). He is renowned for his extensive experience in advising…

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

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

Adar Bengom

  • Partner
  • Herzog Fox & Neeman
  • Israel

Adonna Alkema

Adonna Alkema
  • Partner
  • Hofhuis Alkema Groen
  • Netherlands

Adriana A. López González

  • General Partner
  • Garcia Barragan Abogados
  • Mexico

Adriana Barrera

Adriana Barrera
  • Partner
  • Barlaw - Barrera & Asociados
  • Peru

Afam Nwokedi

  • Principal Counsel / Group Head
  • Stillwaters Law Firm
  • Nigeria

Agustin Velazquez

Agustin Velazquez
  • Managing Partner
  • AVA Firm
  • Mexico

Ai Ming Lee

  • Senior Consultant
  • Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
  • Singapore

Alan Adcock

Alan Adcock
  • Partner / Deputy Director - Intellectual Property
  • Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Thailand

Alan Chiu

  • Managing Partner
  • Ellalan
  • China

Alasdair Poore

  • Head of Intellectual Property
  • Mills & Reeve
  • UK

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