Annsley Merelle Ward is an Attorney with WilmerHale, and blogger with IPKat.com, where she has been widely known as the AmeriKat for more than a decade. Ward is a creative, energetic and hard fighting intellectual property litigator, experienced in complex multi-jurisdictional life sciences and TMT disputes. With a background in chemical engineering, her practice involves advising innovative companies in high-value patent, FRAND/SEP, SPC and trade secrets disputes before every level of English courts and CJEU. Ward is also a vocal advocate of diversity in IP, tech, and policy, working to create meaningful change in the profession. She serves as Co-Chair of the London Chapter & Committee for Strategic Growth, of the ChIPs Network.