Leaders Directory

WIPR Leaders is a one-stop guide to the leading IP practitioners in the world. The handbook lists over 1,700 lawyers across patent, trademark, and copyright practices. 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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Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatovic

Djura Mijatović is a managing partner at Živko Mijatović & Partners (ZMP) and his practice focuses on all areas of IP rights.…

Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic

Vladimir Marenovic is a senior associate at Živko Mijatović & Partners advising clients on all matters relating to copyright,…

Alexey Kratiuk

Alexey Kratiuk

Alexey Kratiuk is head of the trademark department and a well-known trademark specialist in Russia and worldwide. He has more…

  • Partner
  • Gorodissky & Partners

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva joined Gorodissky & Partners in 1999 and in 2010 was promoted to partner. She advises clients on all legal aspects…

  • Partner
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Rahul Chaudhry

Rahul Chaudhry

Rahul Chaudhry is managing partner of Rahul Chaudhry & Partner. He is one of the most pre-eminent names in IP law in India. Chaudhry’s…

  • Managing Partner
  • Rahul Chaudhry & Partners
  • India

Valery Medvedev

Valery Medvedev

Since 1999 Valery Medvedev has been leading the largest IP practice in Russia as managing partner of Gorodissky & Partners. Medvedev…

  • Managing Partner
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Vladimir Biriulin

Vladimir Biriulin

Vladimir Biriulin counsels clients on Russian and foreign IP legislations, including international IP treaties, conventions, agreements…

  • Partner, Head of Special Projects
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Yury Kuznetsov

Yury Kuznetsov

Yury Kuznetsov joined Gorodissky & Partners in 1999 and in 2002 was promoted to partner. Since 2014 he has been leading the whole…

  • Partner, Head of Patent Practice
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Abhilasha Niroola

Abhilasha Niroola

Abhilasha Niroola is an attorney-at-law in India registered with the All India Bar Association and brings an experience of nearly…

  • Attorney
  • Mehta & Mehta Associates (MehtaIP)
  • India

Ben Natter

Ben Natter

Ben’s practice focuses on all aspects of global trademark strategy, procurement, management and enforcement. Ben tailors client-specific…

  • Partner
  • Haug Partners LLP
  • United States

Bilkis Daby

Bilkis Daby

Bilkis Daby is a partner in the trademarks department, holding an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. A qualified…

Candy K Y Chen

Candy K Y Chen

Candy KY Chen is a partner of the international patent department at Tsai Lee & Chen Patent Attorneys & Attorneys at Law. She…

Chinasa Uwanna

Chinasa Uwanna is a senior associate in the intellectual property & technology practice group of the firm with excellent experience…

  • Legal Practitioner
  • Banwo & Ighodalo
  • Nigeria

Christian W. Appelt

Christian W. Appelt

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

Crystal Chen

Crystal Chen

Crystal Chen is a partner at Tsai, Lee & Chen and her practice focuses on patents, trademarks, copyright, trade dress, IP enforcement,…

Danie Dohmen

Danie Dohmen

Danie Dohmen is a partner at Adams & Adams in the patent litigation section. He specialises in patent, design, plant breeder’s…

Darren Olivier

Darren Olivier

Darren Olivier is an experienced IP advisor with over 20 years’ experience gained in local and international law firms as well…

Edward Carstairs

Edward Carstairs

Edward Cartsairs is particularly known for his work with the food & drink industry, as well as sportswear brands and consumer…

  • Partner
  • Gill Jennings & Every
  • UK

Edward Genocchio

Edward Genocchio

Trained originally as an engineer in the power generation and mining industries, Edward Genocchio entered the patent attorney…

  • Principal
  • Spruson & Ferguson
  • Australia

Essenese Obhan

Essenese Obhan

Essenese Obhan is an IP lawyer, patent agent, and a mechanical engineer. He has drafted, prosecuted and litigated cases in various…

  • Managing Partner Patent Attorney
  • Obhan & Associates
  • India

Fabio Giacopello

Fabio Giacopello

Fabio Giacopello is senior partner at HFG Law & Intellectual Property. He’s been widely recognized as one of the most valuable…

Femi Olubanwo

Femi Olubanwo

Femi Olubanwo is a partner in the intellectual property & technology practice group and his practice covers all aspects of IP…

Fernando Becerril

Fernando Becerril

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer specialized in Electronics. Graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – School…

Fiona McBride

Fiona McBride

Fiona McBride has more than 20 years’ experience in the trademarks field, with particular emphasis and success in contentious…

  • Partner
  • Withers & Rogers
  • UK

Gérard du Plessis

Gérard du Plessis

Gérard is a senior partner in the trade mark litigation department of Adams & Adams, he has served as Chairman of the firm from…

Hibbatun-Nasser Shobambi

Hibbatun-Nasser is a dynamic lawyer with diverse interests and experience in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, Civil and…

  • Associate
  • SimmonsCooper Partners
  • Nigeria

Jenny Pienaar

Jenny Pienaar

Jenny Pienaar is a partner in the Adams & Adams trademark department. Her areas of practice include trademark litigation, domain…

Juan Carlos Amaro

Juan Carlos Amaro

Juan Carlos Amaro is an attorney-at-law with a postgraduate degree in Constitutional Law and IP law at the Universidad Panamericana.

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson has just recently been appointed the Chairperson of Adams & Adams. Prior to this she also served as Chairperson…

Laura Collada

Laura Collada

Laura Collada has more than 30 years’ experience in IP and is a managing partner at Dumont, where she has worked since 2000.…

Manish Saurastri

Manish Saurastri

Manish Saurastri has demonstrated credentials in all aspects of IP law and enforcement, patents, trademarks and copyrights litigations.…

Natalie Kirchhofer

Natalie Kirchhofer

Natalie Kirchhofer is a European and German patent attorney and an expert in the fields of (bio)chemistry, pharmaceuticals and…

  • Partner & European Patent Attorney
  • Cohausz & Florack
  • Germany

Nishan Singh

Nishan Singh

Nishan Singh is a qualified attorney and trademark practitioner, who has been a partner of the firm since March 2012. He advises…

Nishi Chetty

Nishi Chetty

Nishi Chetty is a partner at Adams & Adams since the year 2005. She qualified as a trademark practitioner in 2002 and was the…

Nolo Khechane

Nolo Khechane

Nolo Khechane is a partner in the prosecution section of the trademarks department. He was admitted as an attorney in 2003. He…

Nolwazi Gcaba

Nolwazi Gcaba

Nolwazi Gcaba has over 20 years’ post qualification experience in the field of trademark law. She has in the past focused in…

Nthabi Phaswana

Nthabi Phaswana

Nthabisheng Phaswana is a partner in the Africa Patent Department. She holds LLB and LLM (Mercantile Law) from the University…

Octavio Espejo Hinojosa

Octavio Espejo Hinojosa

Octavio is an Electro-Mechanical Engineer and an Attorney at Law.

Peter McAndrews

Peter McAndrews

Peter McAndrews is a patent and trademark attorney, specialising in litigation and US Patent and Trademark Office proceedings.…

  • Shareholder
  • McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd
  • United States

Samantha Copeling

Samantha Copeling

Samantha Copeling is a partner in Adams & Adams’ trademark department. She practises in the trademark prosecution department…

Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Simon Brown is a senior partner of the firm and has served as co-chairperson of the trade mark prosecution section for a number…

Sunil Krishna

Sunil Krishna

Mr. Krishna’s area of practice encompasses the entire spectrum of intellectual property management. He has to his credit vast…

Tshepo Shabangu

Tshepo Shabangu
  • Partner
  • Spoor & Fisher
  • South Africa

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann

Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann has worked at Boehmert & Boehmert since 1998. He has represented clients in the entertainment, computing,…

Susan Keri

Susan Keri
  • Barrister / Solicitor / Registered Trademark Agent & Partner
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada

Susie Middlemiss

  • Owner
  • Slaughter & May
  • UK

Szymon Gogulski

  • Senior Partner
  • Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak
  • Poland

T H Dang Thuy

  • Managing Partner
  • D&N International
  • Vietnam

Taku Nakagawa

  • Patent Attorney
  • RIN IP Partners
  • Japan

Tal Band

Tal Band
  • Partner
  • S Horowitz & Co
  • Israel

Tamara Ramsey

  • Partner
  • Dale & Lessmann LLP
  • Canada

Tamsin Holman

Tamsin Holman’s IP practice spans 25 years during which she has represented numerous household-name brands, acting on a broad…

  • Partner
  • D Young & Co
  • London & Munich

Tarun Khurana

  • Partner / Patent Attorney
  • Khurana & Khurana Advocates & IP Attorneys
  • India

Tatiana Gluhovskaya

  • Managing Partner
  • Konnov & Sozanovsky
  • Ukraine

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