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

Montiano Monteagudo Mondero

Montiano Monteagudo Mondero has been a partner at Uría Menéndez for over ten years. He focuses his practice on advising national…

  • Partner
  • Uría Menéndez Abogados
  • Spain

Naveen Varma

Naveen Varma is a senior partner at ZeusIP and has more than 13 years of intellectual property experience. He has experience in…

  • Partner
  • ZeusIP Advocates
  • India

Neil Coulson

Neil Coulson

Neil Coulson is an intellectual property partner at Baker Botts, with a broad-based practice focused on dispute resolution and…

  • Partner
  • Baker Botts
  • United Kingdom

Nick Redfearn

Nick Redfearn is deputy chief executive of Rouse, where he has worked since 1996. He has 25 years of experience as an IP lawyer…

  • Deputy CEO
  • Rouse & Co International
  • Indonesia

Olaf Giebe

Olaf Giebe

Olaf Giebe is a partner at Klaka Rechtsanwälte. He studied at the University of Göttingen from 1974 to 1980, and was admitted…

  • Partner
  • Klaka Rechtsanwälte
  • Germany

Omar Obeidat

Omar Obeidat manages the firm’s IP department, which covers territories including the UAE, Jordan, Qatar, and Egypt. He assists…

  • Partner and head of IP and competition
  • Al Tamimi & Company
  • UAE

Otto Licks

Otto Licks

Founding partner Otto Licks has established a solid reputation as a trial and appellate litigation expert, advising pharma, biotech,…

  • Partner
  • Licks Attorneys
  • Brazil

Paul Kretschmar

Paul Kretschmar

Paul Kretschmar joined Vossius & Partner’s trademark and design department in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. His core areas…

  • Partner
  • Vossius & Partner
  • Germany

Peter Hendrick

Peter Hendrick

Peter Hendrick focuses on international patent litigation and leads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international patent litigation…

  • Partner
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Netherlands

Peter-Michael Weisse

Peter-Michael Weisse focuses his practice on patent, trademark, unfair competition and utility model law. Since 1996 he has represented…

  • Partner
  • Wildanger
  • Germany

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