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

Petri Eskola

Petri Eskola

Petri Eskola is a partner at Backström & Co and has been dealing with intellectual property rights since 1993. In 1998 he began…

  • Shareholder
  • Backström & Co
  • Finland

Piotr Dynowski

Piotr Dynowski

Piotr Dynowski is a partner and head of the IP, media, technology and communications practice at Bird & Bird in Poland. He has…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Poland

Rainer Schultes

Rainer Schultes

Rainer Schultes’ practice focuses on patents, trademarks, design models, domain names, copyright and anti-piracy. He has represented…

  • Partner
  • Geistwert
  • Austria

Ranjan Negi

Ranjan Negi

Ranjan Negi heads Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas’ IP practice. With extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious matters…

  • Partner, head of IP
  • Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • India

Ravi Bhola

Ravi Bhola

Ravi Bhola is a partner and chair of the patent practice at K&S Partners and has considerable experience in patent protection,…

  • Partner
  • K&S Partners
  • India

Raymond Kurz

Raymond Kurz

Raymond Kurz has had a career as an intellectual property lawyer over the past 30 years, including lead counsel roles in complex…

  • Partner
  • Hogan Lovells
  • United States

Richard Gough

Richard Gough

Richard Gough has more than 25 years’ experience handling trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secrets disputes. He represents…

  • Partner
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Australia

Robert Greene Sterne

Robert Greene Sterne is a director at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, where he specialises in global patent protection and enforcement.…

  • Director
  • Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
  • United States

Robert Hollingshead

Robert Hollingshead is a partner at Morrison Foerster in the firm’s intellectual property group. He has focused his practice…

  • Partner
  • Morrison Foerster
  • Japan

Robert Kenney

Robert Kenney

Robert Kenney has more than 30 years’ experience as an intellectual property lawyer and tends to focus his practice on patent,…

  • Partner
  • Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch
  • United States

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