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

Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen

Having started her career in IP as an examiner at the Norwegian Patent Office in 1998, before moving back to Denmark a year later,…

  • 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

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 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

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

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 Goldstein & Fox

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 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
  • 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

Işık Özdoğan

Işık Özdoğan

Işık Özdoğan is a partner at Moroğlu Arseven and leads the firm’s IP team, serving a portfolio of long-standing, high-profile…

  • Partner
  • Moroglu Arseven
  • Turkey

Izabella Dudek-Urbanowicz

Izabella Dudek-Urbanowicz focuses her practice on trademarks, industrial designs and domain names, and represents Polish and international…

  • Managing director
  • Patpol
  • Poland

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

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham is a partner at Shearn Delamore & Co and has more than 25 years’ experience in intellectual property law. She…

  • 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 and dispute…

  • Partner
  • Wong & Partners
  • Malaysia

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

Lorna Mbatia

Lorna Mbatia is a trademark and patent agent and works as head of the commercial and corporate law and IP law departments at CFL…

  • Head of IP
  • CFL Advocates
  • Kenya

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

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

Melisa Litvin

Having practised IP law for more than 17 years, Melisa Litvin has gained experience in all areas of IP including patents, trademarks,…

  • Founding partner
  • Litvin Marzorati Legales
  • Argentina

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

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
  • Gorodissky & Partners
  • Russia

Nicola Dagg

Nicola Dagg

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

  • 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 International Patent & Trademark Office
  • 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 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

Sara Holder

Sara Holder co-heads Rouse’s global patent and technology practice. She has degrees in law and biochemistry, and qualified and…

  • Managing partner, MEA
  • Rouse
  • UAE

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

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
  • 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
  • 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

Tatiana Shpakovich

Tatiana Shpakovich is a senior partner at Doubinsky & Osharova and serves as the head of the patent and trademark department.…

  • Senior partner
  • Doubinsky & Osharova
  • Ukraine

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

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

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