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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Archana Shanker

Archana Shanker

Archana Shanker is a senior partner and head of the patent and designs department at Anand & Anand. She has experience in patents…

  • Senior partner, head of patents & design
  • Anand and 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. He specializes in patents, especially…

  • Chairman
  • Bury & Bury
  • Poland

Melisa Litvin

Having practised IP law for more than 17 years, Melisa Litvin has gained experience in all areas of IP including patents, trademarks,…

  • Founding partner
  • Litvin Marzorati Legales
  • Argentina

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
  • 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

José Massaguer

José Massaguer

José Massaguer is a partner at law firm Uría Menéndez and is based in the firm’s Madrid office. He joined the firm in 1993…

  • Partner
  • Uría Menéndez Abogados
  • Spain

Kasper Frahm

Having been with Plesner for the past 14 years, Kasper Frahm’s practice areas are trademarks, copyright and product imitations.…

  • Partner
  • Plesner
  • Denmark

Katia Manhaeve

Katia Manhaeve

Katia Manhaeve is a partner at Allen & Overy and has experience in all areas of intellectual property, with a focus on trademark,…

  • Partner
  • Allen & Overy
  • Luxembourg

Klaus Haft

Klaus Haft

Klaus Haft obtained his physics degree in 1997 and became an attorney in 2002. He advises on patent infringement litigation cases,…

  • Patent attorney
  • Hoyng Rokh Monegier
  • Germany

Laura Orlando

Laura Orlando

Laura Orlando is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she leads the Italian office and co-heads the EMEA life sciences…

  • Partner
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Italy

Leora Ben-Ami

Leora Ben-Ami

Leora Ben-Ami often represents clients in the biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, mechanical devices, and electronics…

  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Ellis

Marcelo Oliveira de Souza

Marcelo Oliveira de Souza

Marcelo Oliveira de Souza is a telecommunications engineer and a qualified industrial property agent. He is the department head…

Marco Francetti

Marco Francetti is a founding partner of Jacobacci & Partners and manages the firm’s Milan office. He has experience in all…

  • Founding Partner
  • Jacobacci & Partners
  • Italy

Marianne Schaffner

Marianne Schaffner is partner at Dentons and is based in the firm’s Paris office. She also acts as national co-head of the life…

  • Partner
  • Dentons
  • France

Mario Franzosi

Mario Franzosi is a founding partner of Franzosi Dal Negro Setti and has had a career spanning 40 years. He has experience in…

  • Founding Partner
  • Avvocati Associati Franzosi Dal Negro Setti
  • Italy

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