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

Marco Francetti

Marco Francetti, who has been working as a lawyer for more than 30 years, is a founding partner of Jacobacci & Partners and manages…

  • Founding Partner
  • Jacobacci & Partners
  • Italy

Marianne Schaffner

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

  • Partner
  • Reed Smith
  • 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

Mark Abate

Mark Abate is a partner at Goodwin Procter and focuses his practice on trials and appeals in patent infringement cases. He has…

  • Partner
  • Goodwin Procter
  • United States

Mark Ridgway

Mark Ridgway

Mark Ridgway is a partner and intellectual property litigator in Allen & Overy’s London office. He was admitted as a solicitor…

  • Partner
  • Allen & Overy
  • United Kingdom

Markus Gampp

Markus Gampp

Markus Gampp is a partner in the intellectual property and technology group at DLA Piper in Munich. He heads the firm’s German…

  • Partner
  • DLA Piper
  • Germany

Marta Koremba

Marta Koremba is a patent and trademark attorney and co-heads the IP practice at Bird & Bird’s Poland office. She is a successful…

  • Counsel
  • Bird & Bird
  • Poland

Martin Black

Martin Black

Martin Black clerked for Judge Edward Cahn of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1989,…

  • Partner
  • Dechert
  • United States

Martin Köhler

Martin Köhler

Martin Köhler has been an attorney since 1998. He focuses on patent infringement litigation and is active in trademark and design…

  • Partner
  • Hoyng Rokh Monegier
  • Germany

Matthew Laight

Matthew Laight is a partner at Bird & Bird and specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises clients…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Hong Kong

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