WIPR Influential Women in IP 2020
ASSOCIATE, ADAMS & ADAMS,
Maureen Makoko is an associate at Adams &
Adams, and focuses her practice on trademark
prosecution and litigation. She manages clients’
portfolios across Africa, while also advising clients
on potential opposition and infringement matters.
Makoko drafts various IP-related agreements
such as confidentiality agreements and licensing
agreements. She also advises on copyright and
passing off-related matters.
Makoko has presented at the annual
Womanomics Africa Conference on trademarks,
copyright and trade secrets, advising women on
how to better protect themselves and their ideas,
at the African Women in Dialogue Conference
on traditional knowledge and South Africa’s
Traditional Knowledge Bill.
Makoko has been nominated to participate
in the International Visitor Leadership Program,
which affords professionals who are leaders in
their respective fields the opportunity to travel on
a professional exchange programme in the US.
ASSOCIATE, PETOŠEVIC´, RUSSIA
Mayya Pak has held the position of associate and
attorney at law at Petoševic´ Russia since 2017.
Before joining the firm, Pak worked for four years
as legal counsel in the litigation and dispute
resolution department of a finance and real estate
company in Moscow.
At Petoševic´, she handles trademark
enforcement, contentious matters, domain name
disputes and online infringements, as well as
copyright matters and anti-competition cases.
She has worked on several large-scale
counterfeit seizures in Russia and the region
for a global manufacturer of confectionery and
pet food. In 2018, more than eight tonnes of
infringing product was seized in Moscow. Pak and
her team participated in the criminal proceedings
against the infringer and criminal liability was
In addition to being a member of INTA’s
enforcement committee, Pak is a member of the
IP experts group recently formed by US Homeland
Security Investigations (HSI) and the International
VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN
PATENT OFFICE, NETHERLANDS
As vice president of the European Patent Office’s
(EPO) directorate-general corporate services,
Nellie Simon leads the digital transformation of
the office. She is also responsible for delivering
support services including human resources,
information management, finance, general
administration, and central procurement.
Prior to joining the EPO in 2019, she was head
of cabinet and acting director of the academy
at the European Union Intellectual Property
Office (EUIPO). Between 2012 and 2018 she was
the director of EUIPO’s digital transformation
Under her leadership, the EPO launched a
“Women in the Lead” mentoring programme
designed to support talented women in
developing their careers and personal development
opportunities. Initially set up as a pilot, the
programme was successful in encouraging women
to take the next step in their careers: 40% of
mentees applied for a new role and 24% moved on
to management roles.
Based on this success, the programme will be
upscaled to give more talented employees the
opportunity to reach their full potential.
Xiao Qing Tan
PRINCIPAL, RAHMAT LIM &
Xiao Qing Tan serves as principal at Rahmat Lim
& Partners in Malaysia. She has been with the firm
since July 2012 and is involved in the management
of a team of more than ten young lawyers and IP
administrators and executives.
After specialising in non-contentious IP
practice for the past seven years, she has expanded
her portfolio to include contentious IP matters.
Tan has also contributed to the implementation
and improvement of internal work systems.
Tan has represented a Malaysian oil and gas
government-linked company in the successful
acquisition of the IP rights of nanotechnology
inventions from a financially distressed company
before it liquidated. She has also conducted
successful anti-counterfeiting raid actions with
the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer
Affairs, with the most recent raid action yielding
more than 10,000 units of counterfeit products.