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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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

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

Archana Shanker

Archana Shanker

Archana Shanker is a senior partner and head of the patent and designs department at Anand & Anand. She has experience in patents…

  • Senior partner, head of patents & design
  • Anand and Anand
  • India

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

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, attorney at law
  • Tsai Lee & Chen
  • Taiwan

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson helps innovators secure comprehensive patent protection for their chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related…

  • 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
  • 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

Elena Utkina

Elena Utkina is a patent attorney at Vakhnina & Partners, where she leads the patent department. She has more than 35 years’…

  • Patent attorney
  • Vakhnina and Partners
  • Russia

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

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

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 disputes. She is a director…

  • Director
  • Amica Law
  • Singapore

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

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

Micheline Gravelle

Micheline Gravelle is head of the life sciences group that consists of 16 professionals including patent agents and lawyers. Gravelle’s…

  • Managing partner
  • Bereskin & Parr
  • Canada

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 Agé

Sabine Agé

Sabine Agé is a partner at HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER VÉRON, having specialised in the different aspects of intellectual property since…

  • Partner
  • HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER VÉRON
  • France

Sabine Rojahn

Sabine Rojahn is of counsel at Taylor Wessing and has been working in IP law for more than 30 years, acting in many cases in Germany.…

  • Of counsel
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Germany

Sally Shorthose

As part of her practice, Sally Shorthose provides a full range of IP commercial advice and support such as licensing, partnering…

  • Partner and co-head of life sciences regulatory practice
  • Bird & Bird
  • UK

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

Shwetasree Majumder

Shwetasree Majumder is the managing partner at Fidus Law Chambers and her practice focuses on IP litigation, filing and prosecution…

  • Managing partner
  • Fidus Law Chambers
  • India

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

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

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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