Annsley Merelle Ward

Senior Associate

Annsley is an experienced, creative 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 for clients that have included Novartis, Teva, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, Intel, Varian, Google, Philips, ZTE, News International, eBay and Amazon.

Annsley’s love for IP law and practice is demonstrated through her long-standing role as a permanent member of the award-winning IPKat blog team, where (writing as the AmeriKat) she frequently publishes articles on European and US IP court decisions and developing legislation. Her insight on the impact of IP law on business have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Managing IP, and Intellectual Property Magazine.

In 2016, she was appointed as Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent. 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 Group of AIPPI and a member of EPLAW.

Annsley is passionate about advancing and supporting women in patent law, tech and policy, a passion she brings to her role as Chair of the London Chapter of the ChIPs Network, an organization founded by the Chiefs of IP from industry, including Google, Apple, eBay and Cisco.


  • 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

Recommended For

Rising Star
MIP IP Stars 2019/2018

WIPR Leaders