WIPR Influential Women in IP 2019
Welcome to the inaugural edition of WIPR’s
Influential Women in IP. The 80 women featured
throughout this publication represent some of the
most prominent lawyers in the industry.
arlier this year, World IP Review launched
a survey to discover the current landscape
of gender equality in the IP industry.
We learnt that and so much more. Our
respondents provided excellent insight into what
their companies are doing to achieve diversity and
what more needs to be done by the legal profession.
Survey respondents were also able to nominate
women they believe are outstanding in their field,
allowing us to select some of the best and brightest
female lawyers and service providers.
We were inundated with nominations from across
the globe, proof that women are driving change in the
IP sector, whether that’s through influencing practice
or challenging it.
We received many nominations for female lawyers
practising in-house and for women working at IP
On the IP institutions side, worthy contenders
include Roberta Romano Goetsch, chief operating officer
of mobility and mechatronics at the European Patent
Office, and Pippa Hall, director of innovation and chief
economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Each of the 80
place in this
Nokia’s head of IP Eeva Hakoranta, and
Guadalupe Gonzalez, legal counsel at Sony Music
Mexico, are two of the in-house nominees, selected
for their inspiring leadership and contribution to IP.
To champion as many inspiring women as possible,
we’ve decided to feature the nominated in-house
lawyers and women at IP institutions separately on
In the coming months, we’ll speak to these leading
women about their work, the challenges they’ve faced
and how they’ve broken down barriers to become
guiding lights in the industry.
Each of the 80 Influential Women deserves her
place in this hotly-contested selection, but there are
so many more women working across IP who need
to be championed and have their achievements
Together, let’s celebrate the achievements of the
women across these pages and push for more. l
PARTNER, SHEARN DELAMORE & CO,
Karen Abraham is the head of Shearn Delamore
& Co’s intellectual property department and
IT department. She has more than 25 years of
litigation experience in IP matters, appearing in the
Apex Courts in Malaysia. Abraham has experience
in crafting anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy
programmes as well as innovative strategies for
global and local brands. She has been a partner
at the firm since 2001 and has represented clients
across a broad spectrum of industries. Abraham is
the first woman in Malaysia to hold a position as
INTA board member and is the first Malaysian to
sit on AIPPI’s bureau.
PARTNER, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
Sabine Agé is a partner at Hoyng Rokh Monegier
Véron, having specialised in the different aspects of
intellectual property since 1994. She now focuses her
practice exclusively on patent litigation. Agé has
worked on a number of high-profile cases involving
parallel proceedings in several European countries,
as well as in the US. She is active in the fields of
pharmacy, chemistry and medical devices, as well
as domestic appliances and convenience goods.
Agé works with French and foreign industrial
clients, and research bodies.