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Annsley Merelle Ward


Annsley Merelle Ward

+44 (0)20 7400 8000

Annsley is an experienced and commercially-focused intellectual property litigator specialising in complex cross-border patent and trade secrets litigation in the life sciences and TMT sectors.  With a background in chemical engineering, Annsley advises leading innovative companies on high value patent and SPC litigation before the English courts and CJEU.  She frequently supports pharmaceutical clients in coordinating their global litigation strategy and life cycle management projects against generics.  Annsley has also advised TMT companies on soft IP issues relating to keyword advertising and cloud computing.

Annsley is listed as an IP Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2014, 2015) and, in 2014, was shortlisted in the same category for Euromoney’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards. 

As a permanent member of the award-winning IPKat blog team, Annsley frequently publishes articles on European and US IP court decisions and developing legislation.  Annsley is a recognized expert on the Unified Patent Court advising clients and industry associations on strategic preparations.  In 2014, she was appointed as Secretary of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on the UPC and Unitary Patent and is a member of EPLAW.   

Annsley joined Bristows in 2016 from a Magic Circle firm. 


  • Chemical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • LL.B (Honours), University of Bristol
  • LL.M (Specialisation in Intellectual Property Law), UCL,
  • Qualified 2011

Recommended for

  • WIPR Leaders (2017)
  • IP Rising Star - Super Lawyers (2014/2015)
  • Euromoney’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards (2014)
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