Annsley Merelle Ward

Senior Associate

Annsley is an experienced and strategic intellectual property litigator specialising in complex cross-border patent, SPC, FRAND/SEP 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, Annsley acts for some of the world’s leading innovative technology companies in high tech IP disputes ranging from radiotherapy/MRI, wireless technology and algorithmic trading to TNF-inhibitors, respiratory products and molecular diagnostics. Leveraging her technical expertise and international outlook, she supports 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 Managing IP’s IP Stars (2017), a WIPR Global IP Leader (2017), an IP Rising Star in Super Lawyers (2014, 2015), and in 2014, was shortlisted in the same category for Euromoney’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

She 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. In 2017, she was appointed as member of AIPPI’s new Standing Committee on Trade Secrets. She is also a Council Member of the UK National Group and a member of EPLAW.

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

Annsley is passionate about advancing and supporting women in patent law, tech and policy, a passion she brings to her role as Co-Chair of the London Chapter of ChIPs.


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

What others say

Annsley is "a fount of knowledge" and “very engaging to work with” MIP IP Stars 2018/19