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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Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer   Morrison Foerster   Natalie Kernisant spearheads firmwide diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts to break down barriers to equal opportunity and create an ever-more inclusive workplace for MoFo employees
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Principal   Smart & Biggar   Daphne Lainson serves as the leader of the life sciences and chem/bio practice groups.
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CEO   IPOS   As chief executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Lee is leading the Singapore IP Strategy 2030 (SIPS 2030).
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Director, IP & Life Science Department   Lundgrens   Emilie Lerstrøm is a lawyer and director in Lundgrens’ IP & life sciences department
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Partner   WBD   Kevin Lyn leads Womble Bond Dickinson’s (US) mechanical patent team and is a member of the electrical, software and technology patent team within the firm’s IP group.
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Managing Partner   Fidus Law Chambers   Shwetasree Majumder founded Fidus Law Chambers in 2008, and concentrates her practice in litigation, enforcement and counselling in IP, technology, advertising and trade secrets matter.
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Director, patents   Murgitroyd   Beth Marshall is a director, patents at Murgitroyd.
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IP Practices Manager   D Young & Co   Vicky Maynard is the IP practices manager at D Young & Co
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Partner   Shook, Hardy & Bacon   Elena McFarland joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon in 2007 in the area of IP and is now a partner.
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Associate general counsel, IP   Mattel   Michael Moore is a senior leader in the global toy industry, serving as the associate general counsel and senior director at Mattel
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Partner   Axinn   Jason Murata is a patent attorney who represents pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and other companies in contentious trials and appeals
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Partner   DLA Piper   Aoife Murphy is an experienced commercial litigator with a particular focus on IP.
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Executive director   EUIPO   João Negrão officially became executive director of EUIPO in October 2023 and D&I has emerged as high on his agenda.
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Partner Paris, Korea Group, Head of In   Herbert Smith Freehills   Alexandra Neri leads the IP and technology, media and telecom (TMT) practice in Paris.
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Partner   Nordemann   Anke Nordemann-Schiffel is an expert in the fields of copyright law, trademark law, press law and competition law, as well as in international law.
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Vice president and associate general counsel   Amazon   Dana Northcott is vice president and associate general counsel of IP at Amazon.
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Senior counsel   Castrén & Snelman   Hanna Paloheimo is responsible for Castrén & Snelman’s life sciences practice
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Patent and trademark attorney   European Union Intellectual Property Office   Anna Pasiut is an IP expert with more than 20 years of experience, and currently works in the legal department of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
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Associate   Reed Smith   Mitesh Patel’s practice focuses on IP law.
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Associate   Foley Hoag   Mital Patel is a senior IP associate.
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Partner   Coates IP   Allisen Pawlenty has more than 20 years of trademark experience as a senior partner at the largest US trademark practice and in-house at Amazon.
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Counsel   Gide Loyrette Nouel   Marie-Ange Pozzo di Borgo has been a member of Gide's IP practice group since 2013.
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Chair, Canadian Intellectual Property and Technology Group   DLA Piper   Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy practises IP litigation and provides strategic advice in the procurement and enforcement of global brands in a variety of industries, with a focus on pharmaceuticals.
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Partner   Morrison Foerster   Bita Rahebi serves as co-chair of Morrison Foerster’s global IP litigation group and cross-disciplinary IP group and is a co-leader of its semiconductor industry group
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Senior product counsel   Autodesk   Smita Rajmohan moved to Autodesk as senior counsel where she heads the AI/ML
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Partner   Groombridge, Wu, Baughman and Stone   Megan Raymond is one of the foremost practitioners at one of the most important venues for resolving patent disputes in the US
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Partner   Dechert   Andrea Reid is a former chemist turned patent attorney with more than three decades of experience in the life sciences industry...
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Partner   Wanhuida   Haiyan Ren is a partner at Wanhuida IP and a member of the firm’s management committee.
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Associate general counsel   Rivian   Romi Akpala has worked with Rivian’s legal team to spearhead the creation of a new legal, diversity and belonging committee aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession.
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Human resources manager   Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch   Malgorzata Rutkowska has spearheaded BSKB’s effort to create a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEI&A) Committee.
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Partner   Harmsen Utescher   Karin Sandberg is a partner at Harmsen Utescher. Her practice areas are German and international trademark law, unfair competition law, copyright and design law, including IP litigation.
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Partner   Arnold Ruess   Cordula Schumacher is a partner at Arnold Ruess. She specialises in IP law and, in particular, patent litigation. S
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Senior Partner   Doubinsky & Osharova  
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Partner and patent counsel   Montaury   Mônica Gurvitz holds a BSc in biomedical sciences from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and a BSc in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
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Partner   Harrity & Harrity   Elaine Spector is a patent attorney with over 20 years of experience in IP law.
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Of counsel   Cravath, Swaine & Moore   Kathryn-Ann Stamm started her legal career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in 2016 and found herself quickly drawn to IP.
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Partner   Haynes Boone   Vera Suarez is a registered patent attorney and partner in the Dallas office of Haynes Boone.
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Partner   ZICO Law   Pawarisa (Fon) Suwannachote is a partner, IP lawyer, and patent agent at ZICO IP Thailand.
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Partner and regional IP director   Latin Alliance   Fabiola Torres Corletto leads Latin Alliance’s IP department as regional director.
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Co-head of IP Department and Head of China IP Practice Group   Deacons   Annie Tsoi has 30 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of IP work.
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Associate   Adams & Adams   Nontando Tusi is an associate in the trademark litigation department and primarily assists with a broad range of litigious IP matters in South Africa and throughout Africa
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Partner   White & Case   With a focus on practical support and shared success, Anita Varma has facilitated various diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that benefit individuals, her firm and the IP and legal community at large.
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Partner   NautaDutilh   Florence Verhoestraete has been practising IP law since 1994, with a focus on patents, trade secrets, trademarks and unfair competition litigation.
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Director   USPTO   Kathi Vidal serves as the under secretary of commerce for IP and director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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Partner   Lusheng   Carol Wang is co-deputy head of dispute resolution at Lusheng and head of its Shanghai Office.
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Partner   Boult Wade Tennant   Catherine Wolfe is a leading partner in Boult Wade Tennant’s trademark team.
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Attorney-at-law   Doubinsky & Osharova  
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Partner   PatPol   Monika Zielińska is a Polish and European patent attorney and an advocate who specialises in trademarks, industrial designs and copyrights.