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

  • Senior Associate
  • Bristows

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

Imogen Fowler

Imogen Fowler

Imogen Fowler is a partner at Hogan Lovells in Alicante and has more than 15 years’ experience working with brand owners. Fowler…

  • Lawyer
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Spain

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

Maria Fernanda Castellanos

Maria Fernanda Castellanos

Maria Fernanda Castellanos is a partner at Brigard Castro and has experience in strategic consulting, intellectual property litigation,…

  • 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 and…

  • Partner
  • BSKB

Nicola Dagg

Nicola Dagg

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

  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Ellis

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

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

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich

Sophie Rich is the head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ life sciences practice. She qualified in 1989 and became a partner at the…

  • Partner
  • Herbert Smith Freehills

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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