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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Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen has worked with intellectual property law since starting as an examiner with the Norwegian Patent Office in 1998.…

  • Partner
  • AWA
  • Denmark

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

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

Christine Kanz

Christine Kanz

Christine Kanz has worked as an attorney since 1998. Although she has primarily focused on international patent litigation in…

  • Partner
  • Hoyng Rokh Monegier
  • Germany

Colin Ingram

Colin Ingram

Colin Ingram is a partner at Smart & Biggar whose litigation practice spans all areas of intellectual property with a particular…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Canada

Cordula Schumacher

Cordula Schumacher

Cordula Schumacher is a partner at Arnold Ruess and her expertise in IP law includes patent infringement and validity proceedings.…

  • Partner
  • Arnold Ruess
  • Germany

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 is one of Canada’s premier and most experienced life sciences intellectual property litigators. During his more…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Canada

Heidi Lindner

Heidi Lindner

Heidi Lindner is a founding partner and head of the patent litigation department at Arochi & Lindner. She has experience in patent…

  • Founding Partner and head of patent litigation
  • Arochi & Lindner
  • Mexico

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

Juan Carlos Amaro

Juan Carlos Amaro

Juan Carlos Amaro is president of the intellectual property litigation committee of the Mexican chapter of the International Chamber…

  • Partner, legal director
  • Becerril, Coca & Becerril
  • Mexico

Laëtitia Bénard

Laëtitia Bénard

Laëtitia Bénard leads Allen & Overy’s Paris office’s IP practice, co-heads the firm’s life sciences group worldwide, and…

  • Partner
  • Allen & Overy
  • France

Lara Dorigo

Lara Dorigo

Lara Dorigo of Lenz & Staehelin represents clients in intellectual property disputes at Swiss courts or before arbitral tribunals.…

  • Partner
  • Lenz Steahelin
  • Switzerland

MaryAnne Armstrong

MaryAnne Armstrong

MaryAnne Armstrong is a partner at Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch and focuses her practice on prosecuting patent applications and…

  • Partner
  • BSKB

Peggy Wu

Peggy Wu

Specialising in domestic and international intellectual property matters, Peggy Wu is the executive manager and a member of the…

  • Executive Manager
  • Top Team
  • Taiwan

Penny Gilbert

Penny Gilbert

With a strong life sciences background, Penny Gilbert has represented clients in patent disputes before the English courts, the…

  • Partner
  • Powell Gilbert

Rahul Chaudhry

Rahul Chaudhry

Rahul Chaudhry is managing partner at Rahul Chaudhry & Partners. He achieved his postgraduate diploma in IP law from the Indian…

  • Managing partner
  • Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
  • India

Say Sujintaya

Say Sujintaya

Say Sujintaya is a partner at Baker McKenzie Bangkok, where she co-heads the recently merged IP, technology, and communications…

  • Partner
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Thailand

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
  • Canada

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich is the head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ life sciences practice. She qualified in 1989 and became a partner at the…

  • Partner
  • Herbert Smith Freehills

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

Verena von Bomhard

Verena von Bomhard

Verena von Bomhard established Bomhard IP in 2015, following 16 years as a partner at Hogan Lovells and its predecessors. The…

  • Partner
  • Bomhard IP
  • Spain

Vladislav Ugryumov

Vladislav Ugryumov

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

  • Partner
  • Gowling WLG
  • Russia

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

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

Agustín Mayer West

Agustín Mayer West

Agustín Mayer West heads Ferrere’s regional intellectual property and life sciences teams. He is also involved in competition…

  • Head of IP, regional managing partner of the firm
  • Ferrere Abogados
  • Uruguay

Agustín Velázquez

Agustín Velázquez

Agustín Velázquez is an experienced litigator and IP and strategy attorney. He has often represented clients in the telecommunications,…

  • Partner
  • Ava
  • Mexico

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

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

Albrecht von Menges

Albrecht von Menges

Albrecht von Menges has 15 years’ experience working in intellectual property. He is head of the biotechnology department of…

  • Patent attorney
  • Uexküll & Stolberg
  • Germany

Alejandro Luna

Alejandro Luna

Alejandro Luna joined Olivares in 1996 and became a partner in 2006. During his career he has focused his practice on patent litigation.…

  • Partner
  • Olivares & Cia
  • Mexico

Alex Ferdinand S Fider

Alex Ferdinand S Fider has represented clients in the fashion, food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, electrical appliance, motorcycles,…

  • Senior partner
  • Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
  • Philippines

Alison Simpson

Alison Simpson is a managing partner at UDL and advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular emphasis…

  • Managing partner
  • UDL
  • United Kingdom

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