Influential Women in IP

WIPR Influential Women in IP provides a positive focus on the development and progress that women in IP have made in creating, protecting, and securing IP.

At World IP Review, we want to ensure that the women at the top of their game, as well as those climbing the ranks, are given the exposure and opportunities they deserve. So, as part of the WIPR Influential Women in IP project we have compiled a dedicated list of 80 women who have built some of the most successful careers in IP and 20 women who, with fewer than 10 years of practice, are already making waves in the industry. 

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Ai-Leen Lim

Ai-Leen Lim

Ai-Leen Lim is CEO of AWA Asia, managing its headquarters in Hong Kong and its Chinese IP consultancy in Beijing. She is admitted…

  • CEO and principal
  • AWA Asia
  • China

Ana Castañeda

Ana Castañeda

Ana Castañeda is an attorney-at-law with a technical background as an electronic engineer and founder of C&L Attorneys. She has…

  • Partner
  • C&L Attorneys
  • Mexico

Ana Isabel Messina

Ana Isabel Messina is a partner at Pellerano Messina and has more than 35 years of experience in all areas of IP law. She is former…

  • Partner
  • Pellerano & Messina
  • Dominican Republic

Anita Varma

Anita Varma

Anita Varma is a partner at White & Case who, earlier in her career, worked as a patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark…

  • Partner
  • White & Case

Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon

Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon is a senior trademark attorney in the firm’s IP practice. For over 25 years, she has advised on and managed…

  • Senior trademark attorney
  • Kim & Chang
  • South Korea

Annabelle Gauberti

Annabelle Gauberti is a solicitor of England and Wales, as well as a French qualified lawyer with the Paris bar, with more than…

  • Founding partner
  • Crefovi
  • France

Annick Mottet Haugaard

Annick Mottet Haugaard

As a senior partner in Lydian’s commercial and litigation practice and head of the firm’s IP team, Annick Mottet Haugaard…

  • Partner
  • Lydian
  • Belgium

Annie Tsoi

Annie Tsoi

Annie Tsoi has been a partner at Deacons since 2001. She is the co-head of the intellectual property department and head of China…

  • Partner
  • Deacons
  • Hong Kong

Annsley Merelle Ward

Annsley Merelle Ward

Annsley Merelle Ward is counsel at WilmerHale specialising in complex cross-border patent and trade secrets litigation. With a…

  • Counsel
  • WilmerHale
  • United Kingdom

Arty Rajendra

Arty Rajendra became a qualified lawyer in 1997 and was promoted to partner at Rouse in 2004 where she later headed the firm’s…

  • Partner and head of IP disputes
  • Osborne Clarke
  • UK

Camilla Vislie

Camilla Vislie

Camilla Vislie is a partner at Thommessen and heads the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice. She focuses on…

  • Partner
  • Thommessen
  • Norway

Charmayne Ong

Charmayne Ong is a partner and head of IP at Skrine. She is registered as a patent agent, design agent and trademark agent in…

  • Partner, head of IP
  • Skrine
  • Malaysia

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,…

  • Partner, attorney at law
  • Tsai Lee & Chen
  • Taiwan

Dale Cendali

Dale Cendali

Dale Cendali is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and the head of its copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group. During…

  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Ellis

Darani Vachanavuttivong

Darani Vachanavuttivong

Darani Vachanavuttivong is a co-managing partner and managing director of the intellectual property group at Tilleke & Gibbins.…

  • Co-managing partner
  • Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Thailand

Dilek Zeybel

Dilek Zeybel is one of the managing partners at Orbis IP & Law responsible for all areas of obtaining and enforcing IP rights…

  • Managing partner
  • Orbis IP & Law
  • Turkey

Editha Hechanova

Editha Hechanova is the president and CEO of Hechanova & Co and focuses her practice on trademark, copyright, and patent prosecution…

  • President and CEO
  • Hechanova & Co
  • Philippines

Ella Cheong

Ella Cheong

Ella Cheong is the senior partner of ELLALAN, where she focuses on all issues related to IP rights. Aside from founding the firm,…

  • Senior partner
  • ELLALAN
  • Hong Kong

Ella Mikkola

Ella Mikkola

Ella Mikkola works as a partner at Bird & Bird and has experience in all areas of intellectual property law. She achieved her…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Finland

Elzbieta Traple

Elzbieta Traple

Elzbieta Traple is a partner at Traple Konarski Podrecki i Wspólnicy and has experience in all areas of intellectual property…

  • Partner
  • Traple Konarski Podrecki i Wspólnicy
  • Poland

Eva-Maria Strobel

Eva-Maria Strobel is a partner in the Baker McKenzie’s European IP practice group. She is admitted to the bars in Switzerland…

  • Partner
  • Baker McKenzie Zurich
  • Switzerland

Flor Bermúdez

With more than 20 years of experience in IP matters, Flor Bermúdez leads BGAL Asociados’s national and foreign trademarks department.…

  • Partner
  • BGAL Asociados
  • Mexico

Gabriela Kennedy

Gabriela Kennedy

Gabriela Kennedy is a partner of Mayer Brown, head of the Asia IP and TMT group and co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global intellectual…

  • Partner, head of Asia IP and TMT group
  • Mayer Brown
  • Hong Kong

Gabriella Modiano

Gabriella Modiano

Gabriella Modiano is a managing partner at Modiano & Partners and her practice includes patent, trademark, design, copyright,…

  • Managing partner
  • Modiano & Partners
  • Italy

Guylène Kiesel Le Cosquer

Guylène Kiesel Le Cosquer

Guylène Kiesel Le Cosquer is a managing partner at Plasseraud IP, where she leads the trademarks and designs practice. She became…

  • Managing partner
  • Plasseraud IP
  • France

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
  • Arochi & Lindner
  • Mexico

Ida Gjessing

Ida Gjessing

Ida Gjessing earned her law degree at the University of Oslo and holds a lawyer’s practising certificate. She has experience…

  • Partner
  • Gjessing Reimers
  • Norway

Imogen Fowler

Imogen Fowler

Imogen Fowler is a partner at Hogan Lovells and has more than ten years’ experience working with brand owners. Fowler advises…

  • Partner
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Spain

Iris Quadrio

Iris Quadrio

Iris Quadrio has been practising intellectual property law since 1988 with a focus on trademark and trade dress issues. Her particular…

  • Partner
  • Marval O’Farrell & Mairal
  • Argentina

Işık Özdoğan

Işık Özdoğan

Işık Özdoğan is a partner at Moroğlu Arseven and leads the firm’s IP team, serving a portfolio of long-standing, high-profile…

  • Partner
  • Moroglu Arseven
  • Turkey

Izabella Dudek-Urbanowicz

Izabella Dudek-Urbanowicz focuses her practice on trademarks, industrial designs and domain names, and represents Polish and international…

  • Managing director
  • Patpol
  • Poland

Janice Bereskin

Janice Bereskin

Janice Bereskin's practice focuses on Canadian and international trademarks. She has in-depth experience in search analysis, filing…

  • Partner
  • Bereskin & Parr
  • Canada

Jo-Ann See

Jo-Ann See

For more than 25 years Jo-Ann See has represented a number of businesses in intellectual property disputes. She is a director…

  • Director
  • Amica Law
  • Singapore

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham is a partner at Shearn Delamore & Co and has more than 25 years’ experience in intellectual property law. She…

  • Partner
  • Shearn Delamore & Co
  • Malaysia

Karin Cederlund

Karin Cederlund specialises in intellectual property and advertising law. She focuses her experience on litigation and the drafting…

  • Partner
  • Sandart & Partners
  • Sweden

Kherk Ying Chew

Kherk Ying Chew

Kherk Ying Chew is a registered trademark, patent and design agent in Malaysia, and heads the intellectual property and dispute…

  • Partner
  • Wong & Partners
  • Malaysia

Kristin Stammer

A partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney, Kristin Stammer specialises in commercial transactions including acquisitions,…

  • Partner
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Australia

Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozlowska

Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozlowska heads Allen & Overy’s IP practice in Poland, advising on patents, trademarks and copyrights,…

  • Partner
  • Allen & Overy
  • Poland

Lara Dorigo

Lara Dorigo

Lara Dorigo represents and advises clients in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. She has particularly vast experience…

  • Counsel
  • Lenz & Staehelin
  • Switzerland

Laura Collada

Laura Collada

Laura Collada has more than 30 years’ experience in intellectual property and is a managing partner at Dumont, where she has…

  • Managing partner
  • Dumont
  • Mexico

Laura de Achaval

Laura de Achaval

Laura de Achaval has experience in consumer protection and unfair competition, and also advises clients on the legal implications…

  • Partner
  • Ferrer Reyes Tellechea & Bouché
  • Argentina

Linda Chang

Linda Chang

In 1995 Linda Chang was one of the first trademark agents to qualify under China’s emerging intellectual property regulatory…

  • Partner
  • Rouse & Co International
  • China

Lorna Mbatia

Lorna Mbatia is a trademark and patent agent and works as head of the commercial and corporate law and IP law departments at CFL…

  • Head of IP
  • CFL Advocates
  • Kenya

Lorraine Tay

Lorraine Tay

Lorraine Tay is joint managing partner at Bird & Bird Singapore and heads the firm’s IP and technology group in Singapore. Tay…

  • Partner
  • Bird & Bird ATMD
  • Singapore

Mahua Roy Chowdhury

Mahua Roy Chowdhury

Mahua Roy Chowdhury has almost 25 years of experience as a lawyer specialising in intellectual property. She is a founding and…

  • Principal partner
  • Royzz & Co
  • India

Mami Hino

Mami Hino is a partner at Abe, Ikubo & Katayama and focuses her practice on patents and competition, particularly in international…

  • Partner
  • Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
  • Japan

Maria Fernanda Castellanos

Maria Fernanda Castellanos

Maria Fernanda Castellanos is a partner at Brigard Castro and has experience in copyright, domain names and strategic consulting.…

  • Partner
  • Brigard Castro
  • Colombia

MaryAnne Armstrong

MaryAnne Armstrong

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

  • Partner
  • Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch

Melisa Litvin

Having practised IP law for more than 17 years, Melisa Litvin has gained experience in all areas of IP including patents, trademarks,…

  • Founding partner
  • Litvin Marzorati Legales
  • Argentina

Michiru Takahashi

Michiru Takahashi

Michiru Takahashi has experience in intellectual property and focuses primarily on trademarks, unfair competition litigation,…

  • Partner
  • Jones Day
  • Japan

Mitsuko Miyagawa

Mitsuko Miyagawa

Mitsuko (Mimi) Miyagawa is an attorney-at-law admitted both in Japan (1986) and in New York (1994). She has more than 30 years…

  • Partner
  • TMI Associates
  • Japan

Natalia Gulyaeva

Natalia Gulyaeva

Natalia Gulyaeva joined Hogan Lovells in 2000 and since 2004 has headed the firm’s intellectual property, media and technology…

  • Partner
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Russia

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva

Natalia Nikolaeva joined Gorodissky & Partners in 1999 and in 2010 became a partner. She is a lead lawyer at the firm and a Russian…

  • Partner
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Nola Bond

Nola Bond is a partner and director in the trademark department of the Kisch IP Group. With more than 28 years of experience in…

  • Director
  • Kisch IP group
  • South Africa

Patricia McGovern

Patricia McGovern

Patricia McGovern is chairman and head of the intellectual property department at DFMG Solicitors. She obtained an honours degree…

  • Chairman
  • DFMG Solicitors
  • Ireland

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 International Patent & Trademark Office
  • Taiwan

Ronit Barzik-Soffer

Ronit Barzik-Soffer

Ronit Barzik-Soffer graduated from Tel Aviv University with her LLB in 1992, was admitted as a lawyer in 1994 and became a licensed…

  • Senior partner
  • Reinhold Cohn Group
  • Israel

Sara Holder

Sara Holder co-heads Rouse’s global patent and technology practice. She has degrees in law and biochemistry, and qualified and…

  • Managing partner, MEA
  • Rouse
  • UAE

Say Sujintaya

Say Sujintaya

Say Sujintaya is a partner at Baker McKenzie Bangkok where she co-heads the recently merged IPTech team and leads the Media &…

  • Partner
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Thailand

Selma Ünlü

Selma Ünlü

Selma Ünlü graduated from Istanbul University in the faculty of law in 1989. She then obtained her diploma in private international…

  • Senior partner
  • NSN
  • Turkey

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
  • Chang Tsi & Partners
  • China

Sue Gilchrist

Sue Gilchrist

Sue Gilchrist is Herbert Smith Freehills’ regional managing partner in Asia and Australia. She has extensive experience in trademark,…

  • Head of IP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Australia

Susan Natland

Susan Natland

Susan Natland has earned a reputation as a professional yet fierce advocate for her clients. For almost 20 years, she has represented…

  • Partner
  • Knobbe Martens

Tatiana Shpakovich

Tatiana Shpakovich is a senior partner at Doubinsky & Osharova and serves as the head of the patent and trademark department.…

  • Senior partner
  • Doubinsky & Osharova
  • Ukraine

Uche Nwokocha

Uche Nwokocha is a partner at Aluko & Oyebode. She has been at the firm since 2006 and worked as a partner since 2008. She has…

  • Partner
  • Aluko & Oyebode
  • Nigeria

Uwa Ohiku

Uwa Ohiku is a partner and head of the IP practice at Jackson Etti & Edu. She has experience in all aspects of IP law and practice,…

  • Partner and head of IP practice
  • Jackson Etti & Edu
  • Nigeria

Verena Von Bomhard

Verena Von Bomhard

Verena von Bomhard established Bomhard IP in 2015. With over 20 years of experience dealing with EU trademarks she has been involved…

  • Founder
  • Bomhard IP
  • Spain

Véronique Durand-Rettally

Véronique Durand-Rettally is a counsel and chair of Baker Mckenzie Mexico’s diversity and inclusion committee. She has been…

  • Counsel
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Mexico

Virginia Cervieri

Virginia Cervieri is a co-founder of Cervieri Monsuárez and has nearly 20 years’ experience in IP law. She often represents…

  • Senior partner
  • Cervieri Monsuárez
  • Uruguay

Vivien Chan

Vivien Chan

Vivien Chan is the founding and managing partner of Vivien Chan & Co, a Greater China law firm in Hong Kong and Beijing. She has…

  • Founding and managing partner
  • Vivien Chan & Co
  • Hong Kong

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