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. 

Interested in taking a look at our launch publication? You can find it here.

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Ana Castaneda

Ana Castaneda

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

  • Partner, Head of Patent and Trademark Department
  • C&L Attorneys
  • Mexico

Annsley Merelle Ward

Annsley Merelle Ward

Annsley Merelle Ward, perhaps better known as ‘AmeriKat’, is a senior associate at Bristows. As the longest serving member…

  • Senior Associate
  • Bristows

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

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

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

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

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
  • Tsai Lee & Chen
  • Taiwan

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson is a partner at Smart & Biggar, a qualified patent agent and holds an advanced degree in chemistry. She champions…

  • Partner
  • Smart & Biggar
  • Canada

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 and Managing Director, Intellectual Property
  • Tilleke & Gibbons
  • Thailand

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

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

Ida Gjessing

Ida Gjessing

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

  • Partner
  • Advokatfirmaet GjessingReimers AS
  • Norway

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

Jo-Ann See

Jo-Ann See

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

  • Director
  • Amica Law
  • Singapore

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

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

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…

  • Joint Managing Partner
  • Bird & Bird
  • Singapore

Mahua Roy Chowdhury

Mahua Roy Chowdhury

Mahua Roy Chowdhury is the founder and principal partner of Royzz & Co. She started her career as a litigator in the Delhi High…

  • Principal partner
  • Royzz & Co
  • India

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

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

Sabine Age

Sabine Age

Sabine Agé is a partner at Véron & Associés, having specialised in the different aspects of intellectual property since 1994.…

  • Partner
  • Hoyng Rokh Monegier Verón
  • France

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

Selma Ünlü

Selma Ünlü

Selma Ünlü, senior partner at NSN Law Firm, graduated from Istanbul University in 1989. She then obtained her diploma in private…

  • 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
  • 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

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