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 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

Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen has worked with intellectual property law since starting as an examiner with the Norwegian Patent Office in 1998.…

  • Partner
  • AWA
  • Denmark

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
  • US

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

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
  • UK

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/Fetherstonhaugh and leader of the firm’s life sciences practice. She specialises…

  • 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

Eldora Ellison

Eldora Ellison

Eldora Ellison is a director at Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox in the biotechnology and chemical and trial and appellate practice…

  • Director
  • Sterne Kessler
  • US

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

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

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

Isik Özdogan

Isik Özdogan

Isik Özdogan is a partner at Moroglu Arseven and leads the firm’s IP team, serving a portfolio of long-standing, high-profile…

  • Partner
  • Moroglu Arseven
  • Turkey

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

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham is the head of Shearn Delamore & Co’s intellectual property department and IT department. She has more than 25…

  • Partner
  • Shearn Delamore & Co
  • Malaysia

Kherk Ying Chew

Kherk Ying Chew

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

  • Partner
  • Wong & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
  • Malaysia

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

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

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
  • US

Michiru Takahashi

Michiru Takahashi

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

  • Partner
  • Jones Day
  • 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, lead lawyer
  • Gorodissky
  • Russia

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
  • UK

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
  • Taiwan

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
  • UK

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

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
  • UK

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

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

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