Corporate IP Stars

Welcome to the 2018 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s Corporate IP Stars. Each year we recognise in-house counsel for their outstanding contributions to the management of their company's IP assets and the development and understanding of the IP ecosystem. The Corporate IP Stars list is based on the information obtained during the research for this year's edition of IP STARS. The research was concluded in February 2018. Company names may have changed after publication. Click here to read more about our methodology and publication. The IP STARS firm rankings and individual listings are subject to change each year.

We know there will be other individuals who deserve to be featured so please do get in touch with your feedback or suggestions and we will can consider them for the 2019 edition. Please send them to research@managingip.com

Congratulations to all who made this year’s list.

AMERICAS

Name Company Job Title Country
Ana Candelaria Alonso Novartis Legal & Compliance Director Argentina
Gonzalo Rovira Monsanto Regional Lead for Latin America (IP, Licensing & Policy) Argentina
Ana Carolina Couri AbbVie Legal Director Brazil
Paulo Fonseca Rosito Alexion Pharmaceuticals Legal Director Brazil
Denise Lacombe AstraZeneca Legal Director Canada
Diane Yee Janssen Vice President (Patent) Canada
Jonathan Cullen Pfizer Vice President (Legal Affairs) Canada
Panagiota Dafniotis Royal Bank of Canada Senior Counsel, Corporate Services and Head of IP Canada
Joshua Death TD Bank Associate Vice President, IP and Patentable Innovations Canada
Norma Castaneda Mendez Grupo Bimbo Global IP Manager Mexico
Sergio Barragan PepsiCo Senior Legal Director, Trade Mark Counsel Mexico
Eloise Maki  3M Assistant Chief IP Counsel United States
Kevin Rhodes  3M Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
Lauren Rabinovic Abbott Laboratories Divisional VP & Associate General Counsel, IP Strategy United States
Adam Chiss  AbbVie Division Counsel, Intellectual Property Litigation United States
Dana Rao  Adobe Vice President, IP & Litigation United States
J Scott Evans  Adobe Director, Trademarks United States
Karen Robinson  Adobe Vice President, Associate General Counsel United States
Rekha Hanu Akorn Executive Director, Chief IP Counsel United States
Todd Spalding  Alexion Pharmaceuticals Vice President and Head of Intellectual Property United States
Brian Anderson  Allergan Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, IP Litigation United States
Thomas Poche  Allergan Vice President, IP United States
Dana Brown Northcott  Amazon Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Scott Hayden  Amazon VP, Intellectual Property United States
Stephen Jadie Coates  Amazon Senior Counsel United States
Chris Jacobs  AMD Director of Litigation United States
Maxine Graham  American Express Chief IP Counsel United States
Nathan A Machin  Amgen Senior Counsel, IP Law United States
Wendy Whiteford  Amgen Vice President, Law United States
David Melaugh  Apple Director, Patent Litigation United States
Jennifer Yokoyama  Apple Senior Counsel, Patent Litigation United States
Noreen Krall  Apple Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel United States
Scott Gelin  Apple Director, IP Enforcement (Global) United States
Tom LaPerle  Apple Director, Legal United States
Stephen Adams  Applied Materials VP, Litigation, Protection and Compliance United States
Rosanne Yang  Ascena Retail VP, Associate General Counsel, IP and Regulatory United States
Brian Gaffney  AT&T Assistant VP, Senior Legal Counsel, IP Litigation United States
David Cho  AT&T Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel United States
Todd Mikesell  Ball Corporation Assistant General Counsel, Lead IP Counsel United States
Laura DeMoor Baxter Healthcare Senior Patent Counsel United States
Aseem Mehta  Bayer Healthcare Chief US Patent Counsel United States
Cheryl Chadwick  BIC Vice President and Assistant General Counsel United States
Luisa Bigornia  BioMarin Vice President, Intellectual Property United States
Todd Messal  Boston Scientific Sr. Managing Counsel and IP Litigation United States
Thomas R Kingsbury  Bridgestone Americas Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Henry Hadad  Bristol-Myers Squibb Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel United States
Scott Brown  Bristol-Myers Squibb Assistant General Counsel, Patent Litigation United States
Bradley Blanche  Broadcom Corporation Associate General Counsel United States
Mark Terrano  Broadcom Limited Vice President and General Manager, IP & Licensing United States
Ryan Phillips  Broadcom Limited Director & Managing IP Counsel United States
James Parsons  Brocade Communications Vice President, Intellecutal Property United States
Kenichi Nagasawa  Canon Head of the IP and Legal Headquarters United States
Rebecca Borden  CBS Corproration Senior Vice President / Assistant General Counsel United States
Peter Cicala Celgene VP of Intellectual Property and Chief Patent Counsel United States
Robert Feldman  Citrix Systems Vice President and Deputy General Counsel United States
Jeff Sears  Columbia University Associate General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel United States
David L Marcus  Comcast Cable Communications Senior Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel United States
Rouz Tabaddor  CoreLogic Executive Deputy General Counsel United States
Marcus Delgado  Cox Enterprises Assistant General Counsel United States
Sara Hoverstock  Crocs Vice President, Associate General Counsel United States
Sharon Barner  Cummins Vice President & General Counsel United States
Carl Rowold  Danaher Corporation Chief IP Counsel United States
Anthony Peterman  Dell Vice President, Intellectual Property United States
Dan Noonan  Dell Attorney United States
Cullen Pendleton  Dow Chemical Lead Counsel, Intellectual Property Litigation United States
Michael Glackin  Dow Chemical Assistant General Counsel United States
Kristi Wilkens Whalen  E & J Galllo Winery Senior Associate General Counsel United States
Amber Leavitt  eBay Director, Global Intellectual Property United States
Rory Bens  eBay Senior Director & Associate General Counsel United States
Ryan Lindsey  Edwards Lifesciences Intellectual Property Attorney United States
Donna Meuth  Eisai Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Bruce Longbottom  Eli Lilly and Company Trademark Counsel United States
Manisha A Desai  Eli Lilly and Company Assistant General Patent Counsel United States
Robert Lee  Eli Lilly and Company Trademark Counsel United States
Steve Caltrider  Eli Lilly and Company Vice President, Deputy General Patent Counsel United States
Laura Fritts  Emory University Director, Patent and License Strategy & Chief IP Officer United States
Guy Donatiello  Endo Health Solutions Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property United States
Chris Dunstan  Ericsson Director of Licensing United States
Gregg Marrazzo  Estee Lauder Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel United States
Jonathan Zerger  Excel Industries General Counsel United States
Melody Schottle  Exxon Mobil Corporation Trademark Counsel United States
Debbie Segers  Fidelity National Information Services Senior VP, Deputy General Counsel, Chief IP Counsel United States
John Ritsick Flex Ltd VP and Deputy General Counsel United States
Caldwell Camero  Fluke Corporation Senior Trademark Attorney United States
Ali Ahmed  Fresenius Kabi USA Chief IP Counsel United States
David Ayres  Garmin International Assistant General Counsel, IP United States
Sam Korte Garmin International Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Sid Venkatesan GE Digital Chief IP Counsel United States
Diane Marschang  Genentech Senior Counsel United States
Laura Storto  Genentech Assistant General Counsel United States
Gretchen Stroud  Gilead Sciences Associate General Counsel, IP United States
Lorie Ann Morgan  Gilead Sciences Vice President Intellectual Property United States
Patricia Thayer Gilead Sciences Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation United States
Gillian M Fenton  GlaxoSmithKline Senior Counsel, Vaccines Legal Operations United States
Mark Rachlin  GlaxoSmithKline Senior Patent Counsel United States
Stasia Ogden  GlaxoSmithKline VP, Global Patent Litigation, Head US Patent Litigation United States
Catherine Lacavera  Google Director, Litigation and Intellectual Property United States
Christopher D James  Google Patent Counsel, Pixel United States
John Colgan  Google Senior Litigation Counsel United States
Renny Hwang  Google Senior Litigation Counsel United States
Paul Vanasse  Hasbro Global Director of IP and Enforcement United States
Vaishali Udupa  Hewlett Packard Enterprise VP AGC IP Litigation and Policy United States
Greg Ansems  Honeywell International Assistant General Counsel United States
Cynthia Bright  HP Vice President & AGC, IP Litigation & Public Policy United States
Owais Siddiqui  HTC Executive Director, Patent Litigation United States
Vince Lam  HTC Chief Patent Litigation Counsel United States
George MacDonald Hubbell Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
RIchard Musgrave  Husky Injection Molding Global Director, Legal & Intellectual Property United States
Manny Schecter  IBM Chief Patent Counsel United States
William Noon  Illumina Director, IP and Commerical Litigation United States
Allon Stabinsky  Intel Corporation VP, Director of Litigation, Licensing & Patents Group United States
Benjamin R Ostapuk  Intel Corporation Vice President, Director of Patent Litigation United States
Matthew Hult  Intel Corporation Senior Litigation Attorney United States
Steven Bowers  Intel Corporation Assistant Director United States
Andy Isztwan  InterDigital Vice President, Litigation United States
Cheryl Tubach J M Huber Corporation Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
David Gooder  Jack Daniel’s Properties Managing Director, Chief Trademark Counsel United States
David Lane  Johnson & Johnson Assistant General Counsel, Patents United States
Dean Garner  Johnson & Johnson Assistant General Counsel, Patents United States
Jake Feldman  Johnson & Johnson Assistant General Counsel, Trademarks United States
Kenneth Dow  Johnson & Johnson Assistant General Counsel United States
Paul Coletti  Johnson & Johnson Associate Patent Counsel United States
Pamela Weinstock  Kenneth Cole Vice President and Associate General Counsel United States
Kristin S Westgard  Koch Industries Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Maria K Nelson  Kyocera International Lead IP Counsel United States
Thomas Onda  Levi Strauss Chief Counsel, Global IP, Brands and Marketing United States
Hongsun Yoon  LG Electronics USA Director & Senior IP Counsel United States
Mini Bhatt  Lupin Vice President, Intellectual Property United States
Jay Paranjpe  Magna International Patent Counsel United States
Nirav Raj D Parikh  Masco Corporation Director of Commercial Legal Affairs United States
Thomas McClenahan  Masimo Corporation ‎Executive Vice President and General Counsel United States
Colm J Dobbyn  MasterCard International General Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Michael Moore  Mattel Director of Intellectual Property United States
Rie Miyake Mattel Senior Counsel United States
Angela Steele  McDonald’s Senior Counsel, Marketing and Intellectual Property United States
Chad Hanson  Medtronic plc Senior Legal Counsel, IP Litigation United States
Gerard Devlin  Merck Sharp & Dohme Co. Managing Counsel, Litigation United States
Mary Morry  Merck Sharp & Dohme Co. Counsel United States
Brianna Hinojosa-Flores  Microsoft Corporation Senior Patent Attorney United States
David Killough  Microsoft Corporation Assistant General Counsel United States
Elena Grimme  Microsoft Corporation Assistant General Counsel, Trademarks United States
Robert Lytle  Microsoft Corporation Assistant General Counsel United States
Brad Smith Microsoft Corporation Chief Legal Officer United States
TTom Gellenthien  MITRE Chief IP Counsel United States
Erik Saarmaa  MKS instruments Chief IP Counsel United States
Steven Fabrizio  Motion Picture Association of America Senior Executive VP & Global General Counsel United States
Thomas Jenkins Mylan Assistant General Counsel, Global IP Litigation United States
Benjamin G Jackson  Myriad Genetics Vice President Legal Affairs United States
Christopher Murphy  NCR Corporation Law Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel United States
Chip Lutton Nest General Counsel, IP United States
Bryce Coughlin  Netflix Director, Brand & Content IP United States
Hilary Ware  Netflix Vice President & Associate General Counsel United States
Jeremy Kaufman  Netflix Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Brian Fogarty  Nike VP, Global IP Litigation and Brand Protection United States
Jaime Lemons  Nike Global Counsel, Trademark & Copyright United States
Kristen Downer  Nike Assistant General Counsel, Trademarks United States
Devon Pritchard  Nintendo Deputy General Counsel, Director, Intellectual Property United States
Alexis Garcha  Nokia Senior Intellectual Property Litigation Counsel United States
Ron Antush  Nokia Head of Litigation (Americas) United States
Peter Waibel  Novartis Head, Patent Litigation (US) United States
Jennifer Wuamett  NXP Semiconductors Deputy General Counsel, IP and Litigation United States
Tiki Dare  Oracle Assistant General Counsel United States
Amy Hulina  Amneal Pharmaceuticals Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property United States
Janet Silverberg  PepsiCo Chief Trademark Counsel United States
Joe Ferretti  PepsiCo VP & Chief Counsel, Global Trademarks United States
Tricia Thompkins  Perry Ellis International EVP, General Counsel United States
Maximilien Yaouanc  Philip Morris Senior Counsel Brand Integrity/Trademarks United States
Anna Dalla Val  Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation Vice President, Intellectual Property United States
Steve Miller  Procter & Gamble Vice President & General Counsel United States
Alex Rogers  Qualcomm Executive Vice President and President of QTL United States
George Whitten  Qualcomm Vice President, Patent Counsel United States
David B Perry  Red Hat Senior Patent Counsel United States
Michael J Rider  ResMed Corp Vice President & General Counsel (Americas) United States
Daniel H Shulman  Reynolds Group Holdings Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
Stacey Hallerman  Richemont Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel United States
Mark Campagna  Rovi Corporation Vice President, Patent Enforcement United States
Andy Block  RPX Corporation Senior Vice President United States
Julia Pike Sandoz Vice President of Intellectual Property, North America United States
Kevin R Hamel  SAP Vice President and Head of Global Litigation United States
Samir N Pandya  SAP ‎Director & Lead Counsel, IP Litigation United States
Sunjay Mohan  SAP Head of Global Patent Group United States
John Peterson  Sequenom Associate General Counsel, Chief Counsel, IP & Litigation United States
James Harrington Shire Senior Vice President, Global Chief IP Counsel United States
Jessica Jamieson  Shire Global Head, Hematology IP United States
Cynthia Greer  Sirius XM Vice President, Associate General Counsel United States
Michael Edelman  Sony Corporation Senior Director, Intellectual Property United States
Peter Toto  Sony Corporation Senior Vice President, IP United States
Barbara Quinn Miller  Sony Pictures Vice President, Intellectual Property United States
Phyllis Turner-Brim Starbucks VP, Assistant General Counsel IP and Technology United States
Adam Strauss  Stryker Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
Karen Holme  Sunkist Growers Manager, Intellectual Property United States
John Cheek  Tenneco Associate General Counsel & Chief IP Counsel United States
Colman B Ragan  Teva VP & General Counsel, North America IP Litigation United States
Gillian Thackray  The Clorox Company Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
Dinisa Hardley Folmar The Hershey Company Head of Intellectual Property United States
Roger Kennedy  The Walt Disney Company Associate General Counsel, Patents United States
Ewa Abrams  Tiffany & Co. Vice President, Associate General Counsel United States
Theresa Conduah  Toyota Managing Counsel United States
Kristin Manley  Twitter Associate Legal Director, Marketing and Content United States
Paul Brown  UL Vice President, Intellectual Property & Litigation United States
Jonathan Stroud Unified Patents Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
Alasdair McMullan  Universal Music Group Senior Vice President, Head of Litigation United States
Kerry Flynn  Vertex Pharmaceuticals Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel United States
Lisa Dixon  Vertex Pharmaceuticals Assistant Chief IP Counsel, Global Head of IP Litigation United States
Nathan Edwards  Vertex Pharmaceuticals Director, IP United States
Timothy Bedard Visa VP and Chief Patent Counsel United States
Megan L Martin  Warner Bros Entertainment Vice President, Intellectual Property Counsel United States
Paul Leuzzi  Weyerhaeuser Company Vice President, Assistant General Counsel United States
Christian Dowell  WhatsApp Associate General Counsel United States
Christine Amatruda  Williams-Sonoma Vice President and Associate General Counsel United States
Lisa McFall  Workday Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property United States
Margaret Williams Walker  Xerox Corporation Associate General IP Counsel, Chief Trademark Counsel United States
Michelle Waites  Xerox Corporation Senior Patent Counsel United States
David Alban  Xylem Associate General Counsel, Intelllectual Property United States

ASIA-PACIFIC

Rachel Porter PPCA Corporate Counsel (Enforcement & Licensing) Australia
Jonathan Carter APRA AMCOS Head of Legal, Corporate & Policy Australia
Emma Press Medtronic Director, Legal and Compliance Australia
Emil Zhang Huawei Deputy Director of IP Litigation China
Iris Chao Johnson & Johnson Senior Trade Marks Attorney China
Jerry Xia Honeywell ‎Chief IP Counsel China
Ping Chu Nike Director of IP (APAC) China
Haibing Wang Xiaomi Director of IP China
Jason Ding Huawei Global ‎Head ofIP China
Guojun Zhou Intel Corporation Managing Patent Counsel China
Brent Irvin Tencent Vice President & General Counsel China
David Ho Alibaba Head of International Dispute Resolution Hong Kong
Eckatarina Vaz Cipla Legal Counsel India
Faiz Rahman Wipro Head of IP India
Nishant Sharma Dolby Laboratories Lead Counsel, IP & Litigation India
Surajit Atha General Electric CoE Leader, Global Patent Operations India
Victoria Lovatt Mundipharma Director IP Strategy Singapore
Junghoon Kenneth Oh LG Display Head of IP South Korea
Kyung Hwa Min LG Chem Head of IP South Korea
Saeng-Gyu Jeon LG Electronics Head of Patent South Korea
Rachanatorn Laohaphan Diageo Legal Director Thailand

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

Frank Landolt Ablynx Vice President (IP & Legal) Belgium
Aaron Smethurst UCB Director of IP Policy Belgium
Cecilia Emanuelson Inter IKEA Systems IP Counsel Belgium
Coco Carmona ICMP Director General Belgium
Jakob Balling Arla Foods Head of Global IP Denmark
Martin Sick Nielsen GN Store Nord Vice President of IP Denmark
Hanne Weywardt Carlsberg Group Senior Director, Head of Global IP Denmark
Eeva Hakoranta Nokia Head of Patent Licensing Finland
Ilkka Rahnasto Nokia Vice President & Head of Patent Business Finland
Sami Saru Via Licensing Corporation Director of Licensing Finland
Jean-Marc Brunel Safran Aircraft Engines Chief IP Officer France
Perrine Delahousse L'Oréal IP Counsel France
Alfred Chaouat Technicolor Senior Vice President Licensing France
Wendy Pang Danone IP & Media General Counsel France
Clemens Heusch Nokia Head of European Litigation Germany
Corinna Sundermann Fresenius Kabi Senior Vice President of IP Germany
Florian Schleifer Continental Head of Trade Marks Germany
Joëlle Sanit-Hugot Sanofi Senior Director (Trade Marks) Germany
Jonas Kölle Merck Head of Trade Marks Germany
Juergen Dressel Novartis Head of Global Patent Litigation Strategy Germany
Peter Berg Infineon Technologies Vice President, IP Germany
Peter Stiefel Daimler Head of Global Brand Protection Germany
Beat Weibel Siemens Chief IP Counsel & Group Senior Vice President Germany
David Lossignol Sandoz International Head of Trade Marks Germany
Guido Baumgartner Coty Germany Head of Global Brand Protection Germany
Einav Zilber Applied Materials Israel Director & IP Counsel Israel
Tessa Malamud-Cohen Ferring Pharmaceuticals Director (Patents & Global Intellectual Property) Israel
Vanni Volpi Gucci Director of IP Italy
Francesco Macchetta Bracco Imaging Director of IP Italy
Louis Onyango Otieno Microsoft Director, Microsoft 4Afrika Kenya
Barbara Veldhuis-Stribos Corbion Director of IP Netherlands
Jan-Willem Goedmakers Stamicarbon Head of IP Netherlands
Koenraad Wuyts KPN Chief IP Officer Netherlands
Sarah Talbot adidas Senior Director (Trade Marks) Netherlands
Simone Pelkmans Unilever General Counsel Benelux Netherlands
Alastair Gray Tommy Hilfiger Online Brand Protection Manager Netherlands
Charlotte van Dijk-Wittkampf G-Star RAW IP Counsel Netherlands
José Alfaro Martinez Airbus Head of IP Spain
Mercedes Lara Unilever Legal Director Spain
Susana Fernandez Martin Inditex Head of IP Spain
Bjorn Norberg H & M Hennes & Mauritz Head of IP Sweden
Lars Wallentin Thule Group ‎Director of IP Sweden
Peter Ericsson-Nestler Ericsson Director of IPR Defensive Strategies Sweden
Alastair Sayce Teva Head of Biologics IP Switzerland
Anne Gundelfinger Swarovski Vice President, Global IP Switzerland
Sheila Henderson Richemont Chief IP Counsel Switzerland
Joachim Hofmann Syngenta Deputy Head of Trade Marks Switzerland
Ana Suarez-Miles Eli Lilly and Company Assistant General Patent Counsel, IP Litigation United Kingdom
Bobby Mukherjee BAE Systems Chief IP Counsel United Kingdom
David Rosenberg GlaxoSmithKline ‎Vice President, IP Policy United Kingdom
Edmund Wilkie Apple ‎Senior Counsel for IP Enforcement (EMEIA) United Kingdom
Emily O'Neill Spectris Group IP & Litigation Counsel United Kingdom
Fiona Bor Mereo BioPharma Head of IP United Kingdom
Fraser Morrison Edrington Group Brand Protection Manager United Kingdom
Gavin Lawson Gilead Sciences Director of IP United Kingdom
Ivan Burnside Eli Lilly and Company Senior Director of European Patent Operations United Kingdom
James Horgan Merck Sharp & Dohme Assistant Managing Counsel United Kingdom
Jeremy Holmes Imperial Innovations Head of IP United Kingdom
Lindesay Low Scotch Whisky Association Deputy Director Legal Affairs United Kingdom
Peter Yennadhiou HP Deputy General Counsel & Chief IP Counsel United Kingdom
Richard Easeman GlaxoSmithKline Chief Patent Counsel, Head of Global Patents United Kingdom
Richard Hart Infineum Patent Attorney United Kingdom
Susie Harris (Carr) King Chief Legal Officer, Head of IP United Kingdom
Suzanne Oliver ARM Senior Director, Patents and Trade Marks United Kingdom
Rebecca Kay ASOS.com Head of Legal of Brand & IP United Kingdom
Romain Dourlen Richemont Maison Lead IP Counsel United Kingdom
Veena Marr eBay Senior Legal Director, Global Head of IP United Kingdom
Mark Hodgin Mondelēz International Chief Counsel, Global Trade Marks United Kingdom
Charlie Everitt Reckitt Benckiser Head of Trade Marks United Kingdom
Belinda Gascoyne IBM Senior Counsel, EMEA IP Law United Kingdom