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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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

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

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

Kristin Stammer

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

  • Partner
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Australia

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

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

Nicola Dagg

Nicola Dagg

Nicola Dagg leads Kirkland & Ellis' intellectual property litigation practice in London. She has experience in the enforcement…

  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • United Kingdom

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
  • United Kingdom

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
  • United Kingdom

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

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich is a leading patent litigator in the UK. With clients including Sanofi, AbbVie, Daiichi Sankyo, CSL and Roche, she…

  • Partner
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • United Kingdom

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

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