WIPR Diversity Top 100 2024

Welcome to World IP Review’s Diversity in IP listings 2024 where we recognise and celebrate those who drive positive change in the IP community

We recently ran a survey on diversity in IP, which also allowed industry professionals to nominate their candidates for this list. By combining these results with marketplace research carried out by our in-house team, we can reveal the outstanding individuals who have been recognised for their exceptional contributions to IP across four different categories (see categories below)

Congratulations to everyone who made the WIPR  Diversity Top 100 list for 2024! Your dedication and commitment to driving meaningful change in the IP community is truly inspiring.

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Partner   Adams & Adams   Nthabisheng Phaswana is a partner in the firm’s Africa patent department.
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Partner   Adams & Adams   Vishen Pillay is a patent partner in the Durban office of Adams & Adams.
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Patent attorney   IBM   Andre Adkins joined IBM in 2021
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Founder   Intellectual Coolie   Megha Agrawal is the founder and designated partner at Intellectual Coolie.
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Partner   Hoyng Rokh Monegier   Sabine Agé is the managing partner of the French offices at Hoyng Rokh Monegier.
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Head of IP   Lindt   Livia Andermatt has been head of IP at Lindt since 2022
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Partner   Carpmaels & Ransford   Isobel Barry advises innovator healthcare companies through all stages of the therapeutic product lifecycle.
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Founder, Baker McKenzie Machine Learning   Baker McKenzie   Danielle Benecke is the founder and global head of Baker McKenzie's Machine Learning practice.
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Deputy under secretary   USPTO   Derrick Brent is deputy under secretary of commerce for IP and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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Partner   A&L Goodbody   Aideen Burke is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s commercial and technology group.
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Global Co-head of IP litigation   A&O Shearman   Laëtitia Bénard leads the Paris IP practice and is co-head of Allen & Overy's life sciences group.
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Founder & partner   Carlos Antonio, Neves & Vidal   Sonia Carlos Antonio, the founder of Carlos Antonio, Neves & Vidal.
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Partner   Basham   Eduardo Castaneda has made a positive impact on promoting D&I since 2020 when he assumed a leadership position at Basham.
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Executive, deputy CEO and head of talent   Pearce IP   Adele Chadwick is an experienced chief executive, executive director and human resources professional.
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Associate general counsel   Elekta   Vandita Chandrani has been the associate general counsel, IP, at Elekta.
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Founding Partner   Chang Tsi & Partners   Spring Chang is founding partner at Chang Tsi & Partners.
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Associate   Prathyusha Chenji has a trademark and brand management practice that includes global portfolio management, domestic and foreign trademark clearance, litigation, and global trademark enforcemen
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Partner   Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum   Mariel Chichisola has been a partner at Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum since 2020.
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Counsel   Axinn   Rebecca Clegg’s practice focuses on complex IP litigation and counselling.
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Partner   BakerHostetler   Lisa Collins leads the Atlanta IP team, chairs the firmwide patent indemnification team and has more than 19 years of experience in IP, handling both transactions and litigation.
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Trademarks specialist   ESPN   Mary Kate Cornell is a trademark paralegal specialist at sports broadcaster, ESPN.
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Associate   Blank Rome   Bradford Craig is an associate at Blank Rome, and concentrates his practice on IP and technology matters.
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Principal   Rouse   Hatty Cui is principal, head of the China trademark group and general manager of the Rouse China business based in Beijing.
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Partner   Guntin & Gust   Atanu Das spearheaded a significant push in D&I programming in an effort to accelerate learning and initiate change.
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Senior associate   Marks & Clerk   Robecca Davey is a chartered trademark attorney and senior associate in the trademark team at Marks & Clerk.
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Partner   Dentons   Carolina del Rio is a partner co-leading the IP, technology and privacy group in Dentons’ Santiago office, and has more than 25 years of experience in IP.
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Partner   Hoffmann Eitle   Kei Enomoto has a diverse technological background.
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Co-Founder   Mertz Peru   Claudia Fernandini has more than 25 years of experience in IP and competition law.
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Partner, Co-Chair, Patent, Trade Secrets & Related Rights Litigation Practice and IP Department   Foley Hoag   Barbara Fiacco is a leader in the IP bar who represents leading pharmaceutical and life sciences clients.
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Partner   Pryor Cashman   Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme is co-chair of the firm’s IP group.
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Partner   Boult Wade Tennant   Susi Fish is a partner at Boult, and is one of the leads on Boult’s D&I programme.
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Partner   Ojam Bullrich Flanzbaum   Raquel Flanzbaum has long been a beacon for D&I in IP.
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Partner   Barnes & Thornburg   Angela Freeman has used her experience gained during her first career as a molecular biologist to successfully transition and become a thriving practitioner in the area of patent law.
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Partner   Allen & Overy   Jill Ge covers the full spectrum of IP litigation and transactions in China.
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Partner   Powell Gilbert   Penny Gilbert represents clients before all levels of the UK patent courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court
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Patent counsel, head of data science, PMO, technology and operations, Google. Co-founder of ADAPT   Google   Steve Gong heads one of the industry's leading IP operations, technology and data science teams at Google
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Co-managing partner   CMS   María González heads up the IP and digital business department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo.
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Of Counsel   Morrison Foerster LLP   Thomas Hadid is an Of Counsel based in Morrison Foerster’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice. Thomas offers deep experience in trademark portfolio management to clients across varied industries, ranging from consumer goods to fashion to technology. Specializing in developing and implementing “soup-to-nuts” trademark strategies, he advises clients on trademark clearance, selection, and adoption; prosecution; enforcement and policing; as well as brand protection and anti-counterfeiting efforts. Where settlement isn’t possible, Thomas also represents clients in contentious matters before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board and federal courts.
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Associate, Pharmaceutical   Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks   Phil Hamzik helps clients build and manage US and international patent portfolios in the areas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
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Partner   Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell   Sarah Hartman is a partner in JMBM’s litigation group, and represents clients in complex commercial disputes.
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Partner   BARLAW   Maria Ines Herrera is a senior partner of BARLAW—Barrera & Asociados.
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Partner   Skrine   Teh Hong Koon is a partner in the IP registration and prosecution practice.
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General counsel   Nestlé   Myrtha Hurtado Rivas joined Nestlé in October 2021 as general counsel, brand and marketing properties, licensing and anti-counterfeiting to lead these areas across Nestlé globally.
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General manager, governance   IP Australia   Jennifer Hutchinson is the general manager in the governance group and the executive gender champion at IP Australia.
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Partner   Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton   April Isaacson is the office managing partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.
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Chief trademark & copyright counsel   Merck   Lisa Jakob serves as the chief trademark & copyright counsel for Merck.
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Partner   Marshall Gerstein   Lynn Janulis is a partner in Marshall Gerstain’s patent prosecution practice and chairs the firm’s diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) committee.
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Deputy director general (patents & technology)   World Intellectual Property Organization   Lisa Jorgenson is responsible for the administration and practical application of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and WIPO programmes relating to patent law.
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Partner   ZICO Law   Paramee Kerativitayanan was promoted to be a partner at ZICO IP in 2023, and has been practising in the IP and IT legal fields for around nine years.