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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Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk

Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk has almost 30 years of experience in intellectual property law and works as a partner at Gozzo.…

  • Partner
  • Gozzo
  • Sweden

Charmayne Ong

Charmayne Ong

Charmayne Ong is a partner and head of intellectual property at Skrine. She is registered as a patent agent, design agent and…

  • Partner, head of IP
  • Skrine
  • Malaysia

Christian Appelt

Christian Appelt

Christian Appelt focuses on the counselling of SMEs in Germany and Europe in all aspects of intellectual property, especially…

Claudia Milbradt

Claudia Milbradt

Claudia Milbradt is a partner at Clifford Chance and has worked there since 1999. She specialises her practice in patent litigation,…

  • Partner
  • Clifford Chance
  • Germany

Colin Ingram

Colin Ingram

Colin Ingram is a partner at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh and practises in patent prosecution and litigation. He has represented…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson is a partner at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh and is a qualified patent agent. She is often sought to provide…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada

David Aylen

David Aylen

David Aylen is managing partner at Gowling WLG where he focuses on intellectual property litigation, patent and trademark prosecution…

  • Managing partner
  • Gowling WLG
  • Russia

Dilek Zeybel

Dilek Zeybel

Dilek Zeybel is one of the managing partners at Orbis Vista responsible for all areas of obtaining and enforcing intellectual…

  • Partner
  • Orbis Vista
  • Turkey

Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatovic is a managing partner at Živko Mijatovic & Partners and his practice focuses on all areas of intellectual property…

  • Managing partner
  • Živko Mijatovic & Partners
  • Serbia

Ekaterina Tsimberis

Ekaterina Tsimberis

Ekaterina Tsimberis is a partner at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, practising in all areas of intellectual property including…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada

Fernando Becerril

Fernando Becerril

Fernando Becerril joined the firm in 1990, became director of intellectual property management in 2000, and went on to become…

François Guay

François Guay

François Guay has practised intellectual property for close to 35 years and in that time has advised on litigation strategies.…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada

Guan Huat Khoo

Guan Huat Khoo

Guan Huat Khoo joined Skrine in 1993 and chairs the intellectual property dispute resolution practice group. He has represented…

  • Partner
  • Skrine
  • Malaysia

Gunars Gaikis

Gunars Gaikis

Gunars Gaikis has more than 25 years’ experience in life sciences intellectual property litigation. He has particularly focused…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada

Heinz Goddar

Heinz Goddar

Heinz Goddar is a European and German patent and trademark attorney at Boehmert & Boehmert. He teaches intellectual property law…

Inga-Lill Andersson

Inga-Lill Andersson

Inga-Lill Andersson is a senior European patent attorney who specialises in chemistry and biotechnology, focusing on protein chemistry,…

  • Business area manager, north Sweden
  • AWA Sweden
  • Sweden

Jeremy Want

Jeremy Want has over 15 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and is a partner at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh.…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada

Julianna Tabastajewa

Julianna Tabastajewa

Julianna Tabastajewa has represented major Russian and international companies in copyright, trademark, patent and domain disputes,…

  • Partner
  • Gowling WLG
  • Russia

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

Maksym Bocharov

Maksym Bocharov

Maksym Bocharov is deputy director at Gorodissky & Partners Ukraine and has been with the firm since 2005. His practice is focused…

  • Deputy director
  • Gorodissky & Partners (Ukraine)
  • Ukraine

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

Mariacristina Rapisardi

Mariacristina Rapisardi is the founder of Rapisardi Intellectual Property and has been managing the intellectual property group…

  • Founder
  • Rapisardi Intellectual Property
  • Italy

Nina Moshynska

Nina Moshynska

Patent and trademark attorney Nina Moshynska is a founder of Gorodissky & Partners Ukraine, where she also serves as managing…

  • Managing partner in Ukraine
  • Gorodissky & Partners Ukraine
  • Ukraine

Octavio Espejo

Octavio Espejo

Octavio Espejo is a senior patent attorney at Becerril, Coca & Becerril and has worked at the firm since 2005. He is a mechanical…

Oliver Scherenberg

Oliver Scherenberg

Oliver Scherenberg was admitted to the German Bar in 2005. He started his career at Freshfields and later became partner of German…

  • Partner
  • Scherenberg Legal & Licensing
  • Germany

Pascal Lefort

Pascal Lefort

Pascal Lefort is a partner at Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Viéville & Associés and has worked there for 26 years. He has experience…

  • Partner
  • Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Viéville & Associés
  • France

Peter Indahl

Peter Indahl

Peter Indahl has been practising law since 1986 and a European patent attorney at Indahls. He has experience in all areas of intellectual…

  • Patent attorney
  • Indahls
  • Denmark

Sheldon Hamilton

Sheldon Hamilton

For more than 20 years, Sheldon Hamilton has acted as counsel for many of the world’s most innovative companies in relation…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
  • Canada

Vadim Mikhailyuk

Vadim Mikhailyuk

Vadim Mikhailyuk is a partner and head of the patent department at Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners. He is a registered Ukrainian…

Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic is a patent and trademark attorney in Zivko Mijatovic & Partners’ Serbia office. He obtained his LLM from…

  • Patent and trademark attorney
  • Živko Mijatovic & Partners
  • Serbia

Vladislav Ugryumov

Vladislav Ugryumov

Vladislav Ugryumov specialises his practice in patent litigation and prosecution and has extensive experience representing clients…

  • Partner
  • Gowling WLG
  • Russia

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann has worked at Boehmert & Boehmert since 1998 and has experience in all areas of intellectual property…

Adam Alper

Adam Alper

Adam Alper is based in Kirkland & Ellis’s San Francisco office and works in the firm’s intellectual property litigation group.…

  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • United States

Adam Cooke

Adam Cooke

Adam Cooke joined DLA Piper UK in 2012 and has more than 25 years’ experience in intellectual property law. He focuses on multi-jurisdictional…

  • Partner
  • DLA Piper
  • UK

Adriano Vanzetti

Adriano Vanzetti

Adriano Vanzetti established Studio Legale Vanzetti e Associati in 1965 and has experience in all areas of intellectual property…

  • Owner
  • Studio Legale Vanzetti e Associati
  • Italy

Ai Ming Lee

Ai Ming Lee is a consultant at Singapore-based Rodyk & Davidson and works in the firm’s intellectual property and technology…

  • Consultant
  • Rodyk & Davidson
  • Singapore

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson

A patent litigator with experience in almost all areas of technology, Alan Johnson has carved a career spanning more than 35 years.…

  • Partner
  • Bristows
  • UK

Alan Potter

Alan Potter

Alan Potter is the co-founder of Potter IP and has experience in all areas of intellectual property law. He previously worked…

  • Co-founder
  • Potter IP
  • New Zealand

Alan Ringwood

Alan Ringwood is a partner at Bell Gully and has experience in areas of intellectual property law such as trademarks, patents,…

  • Partner
  • Bell Gully
  • New Zealand

Alasdair Poore

Alasdair Poore is a partner at Mills & Reeve in the firm’s technology and commerce team. He has experience in patents, brand…

  • Partner
  • Mills & Reeve
  • UK

Alban Kang

Alban Kang

Alban Kang is a partner at Bird & Bird ATMD, Singapore. He is with the firm’s IP group and leads the ASEAN and Japan focus of…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Singapore

Albert Hassine

Albert Hassine is an associate at Cabinet Plasseraud and has expertise in patents, preparation, negotiation and litigation. He…

  • Partner
  • Cabinet Plasseraud
  • France

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