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

Matthew Murphy

Matthew Murphy

Matthew Murphy has more than 20 years of China and Asia-Pacific legal experience focusing on intellectual property. His notable…

  • Partner
  • MMLC Group
  • China

Max Ng

Max Ng

Max Ng is the managing director of Gateway Law Corporation and Gateway IP Services. He has extensive experience in trademarks,…

  • Managing Director
  • Gateway Law Corporation
  • Singapore

Max von Rospatt

Max von Rospatt

Max von Rospatt was called to the Bar in 1995 after studying at the University of Hamburg. He had an internship at the Berlin…

  • Partner, patent attorney
  • Rospatt Osten Pross
  • Germany

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 Legales
  • Argentina

Michael Burdon

Michael Burdon

Michael Burdon is a partner at Simmons & Simmons. He originally qualified in Australia with degrees in law and after moving to…

  • Partner
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • United Kingdom

Michael Jakes

Michael Jakes

Michael Jakes focuses on patent litigation and related counselling in the areas of computers, electronics, semiconductors, software,…

  • Partner
  • Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
  • United States

Michael Knospe

Michael Knospe is a partner at Simmons & Simmons and has experience in patent litigation, trademarks, and unfair competition.…

  • Partner
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Germany

Michael Lucey

Michael Lucey is a co-founder of PurdyLucey and is a European patent attorney. He has more than 14 years’ experience in intellectual…

  • Co-founder
  • PurdyLucey
  • Ireland

Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Mike Chen began his professional career as a judge at the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the Beijing First Intermediate Court…

  • Patent attorney
  • Kangxin Partners
  • China

Mila Federis

Mila Federis is a partner at Federis & Co. She represents clients in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, hotel, leisure, electronics,…

  • Partner
  • Federis & Co.
  • Philippines

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