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IP Ones to Watch 2022: MIP recognises Grace Du at Starbucks

Grace Du is a staff attorney at Starbucks in China

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Grace Du, staff attorney, Starbucks, China

Grace Du, staff attorney at Starbucks in China, was picked for her ability to deal with diverse intellectual property issues, including trademark clearance searches and online enforcement actions, across Chinese and global platforms.

Since joining Starbucks’ global IP team in 2018, Du has actively supported and managed the company’s extensive trademark portfolio.

Her diligent online vigilance and strong cooperation with brand protection teams at major digital platforms have led to thousands of takedowns.

According to her nominator, Du has supported her team on several complex and influential enforcement cases and become a trusted member of the Starbucks family.

It’s a privilege to work in an incredible IP team of a “grande” brand like Starbucks, Du tells Managing IP.

She adds: “I am always in growth mode with Starbucks’ global business and enjoy embracing the new challenges from ever-developing work.

“More importantly, for me, it’s a great pleasure to work in a company that holds and promotes the values I share. It's a perk for work and life.”

All ones to watch

All ones to watch

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
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