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IP Ones to Watch 2022

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Managing IP presents the second edition of its Ones to Watch list, profiling 22 in-house counsel on the rise

Managing IP is pleased to bring you IP Ones to Watch 2022: 22 In-House on the Rise. This list showcases emerging talent in the in-house intellectual property world. You can view last year’s winners here.

We have picked counsel who either have less than 12 years’ post-qualification experience or have only joined the IP ranks more recently.

Our 22 winners were whittled down from a long list of recommendations made in a survey that launched in early 2022.

Respondents were asked to nominate up to three junior or new in-house practitioners in their companies or other businesses.

Our journalists conducted thorough research to verify the nominees’ suitability and credentials, often speaking directly to the nominators.

Some of the names on the list may be familiar, but many may not be. We believe, however, that the 22 names here will certainly be known to you in years to come.

This project is just the latest in a long line of successful research-based offerings from Managing IP and its sister publication IP STARS.

IP STARS has published the Corporate Stars 2022 list (for senior in-house counsel) and you can access it here.

Congratulations to all the winners you see below.


IP Ones to Watch 2022

Mélodie Sofack is an IP legal counsel at Dassault Systèmes in France
David Degen is an IP counsel at Novartis in Switzerland
Xiaolong Meng is an IP counsel at TCL in China
Fredrika Hellberg is a trademark attorney at Essity in Sweden
Rachel Armstrong is a senior counsel at Dubai Future Foundation in the UAE
Stephanie Glyde is an IP counsel at Rio Tinto in Australia
Frederick Braunstein is a senior counsel at TaskRabbit in the US
Ana Gouvêa Monetti is a legal counsel at Siemens in Brazil
Maria Herlitz Sundelius is a legal counsel at H&M in Sweden
Guillermo Mier Y Concha Martinez is a brand enforcement manager at Red Bull in Austria
Armin Schwitulla is a senior litigation counsel at Nokia in Germany
Charles Roger is a senior contract and licensing manager at STMicroelectronics in France
Grace Du is a staff attorney at Starbucks in China
Jake Holt is a trademarks corporate counsel at Amazon in the US
Kinga Palińska is an IP team member at CD Projekt in Poland
Dev Narasimhan is a patent portfolio manager at CoMotion at University of Washington in the US
Mila Misevska is an IP lawyer at Play’n Go in Malta
Hyeran You is a senior legal counsel at Samsung Electronics in South Korea
Thibault Saurat is a group patent manager at Ontex in Belgium
Alix Lesage is a legal counsel at France Brevets in France
Daniela Valera is a legal assistant at Backus (part of AB InBev) in Peru
Morgan Seisson is a European patent attorney at Nestlé Institute of Material Sciences in Switzerland

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Sukanya covers all IP-related issues in Asia including trademark, copyright, patent and design matters. She has worked as an in-house counsel in the past. She is particularly interested in enforcement strategies adopted by brand owners and overlaps between different IP disciplines.
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