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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Archana Shanker

Archana Shanker

Archana Shanker is a senior partner and head of the patent and designs department at Anand & Anand. She is an active contributing…

  • Senior Partner and head of Patents and Designs
  • Anand & Anand
  • India

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

Marek Bury

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

  • Chairman
  • Bury & Bury
  • Poland

Michiru Takahashi

Michiru Takahashi

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

  • Partner
  • Jones Day
  • Japan

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
  • ChangTsi
  • China

Sue Gilchrist

Sue Gilchrist

Sue Gilchrist is the head of the Herbert Smith Freehills intellectual property practice in Australia. She has extensive experience…

  • Head of IP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Australia

Ted Chwu

Ted Chwu

Ted Chwu, a partner at Bird & Bird’s intellectual property group in Hong Kong, is one of the senior figures in the firm’s…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong

Thomas Cuche

Thomas Cuche

Thomas Cuche joined Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Viéville & Associés in 2000 and became a partner in 2008. He has expertise in all…

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

Thomas Musmann

Thomas Musmann

Thomas Musmann is a partner at Rospatt Osten Pross. He studied at the University of Cologne and Saarland University and was called…

  • Partner
  • Rospatt Osten Pross
  • Germany

Wayne Barsky

Wayne Barsky is the co-chair of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s 125-year-old intellectual property practice group. He has been involved…

  • Partner
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • United States

Willem Leppink

Willem Leppink

Willem Leppink has experience in all areas of IP. Before joining Ploum, he was a partner at NautaDutilh, and then worked as a…

  • Partner
  • Ploum
  • Netherlands

William Frankel

William Frankel is the co-chair of the copyright group at Brinks Gilson & Lione, but his practice also covers patent, trademark,…

  • Shareholder
  • Brinks Gilson & Lione
  • United States

William LaFuze

William LaFuze

William LaFuze is a principal at McKool Smith in the firm’s Washington, DC and Houston offices, and has experience in all areas…

  • Partner
  • McKool Smith
  • United States

William Seiter

William Seiter

William Seiter is managing partner of Seiter Legal Studio. His practice focuses on US and international trademark prosecution,…

  • Partner
  • Seiter Legal Studio
  • United States

Wim Maas

Wim Maas graduated from Tilburg University in Dutch law in 2001, and then in 2003 obtained his business law degree from Radboud…

  • Partner
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Netherlands

Wolfgang von Meibom

Wolfgang von Meibom

Wolfgang von Meibom has experience in all areas of IP law. Before joining Vossius as of counsel, he served as the chairman of…

  • Of counsel
  • Vossius & Partner
  • Germany

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