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Annsley Merelle Ward


Annsley Merelle Ward

Senior Associate
+44 (0)20 7400 8000

Annsley is an experienced and strategic intellectual property litigator specialising in complex cross-border patent, SPC and trade secrets litigation for innovative clients in the life sciences and TMT sectors. Clients commend Annsley for her energy, dedication and creativity that she brings to litigation. With her background in chemical engineering, she leverages her technical expertise and international outlook to support clients in coordinating their global litigation strategy by identifying game-changing opportunities in national procedural and substantive law. Annsley also advises on soft IP issues relating to cloud computing and intermediary liability. Annsley joined the Bristows team in 2016 from a Magic Circle firm.

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. In 2017, she was listed as a Global IP Leader by World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR).

As a permanent member of the award-winning IPKat blog team, Annsley (writing as the AmeriKat) publishes articles on European and US IP court decisions and developing legislation.

Annsley is a recognised 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, in 2016, was appointed as Co-Chair. She is also a member of EPLAW.

As a member and co-chair of the London Chapter of ChIPs, Annsley is passionate about advancing and supporting women in patent law and policy.


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


    • Co-Chair of Standing Committee on UPC
    • Member of Standing Committee on Trade Secrets
  •  EPLAW, Member
  • ChIPs, Member and Co-Chair of London Chapter

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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