The Women's IP World Annual 2019/2020


We are delighted to present you with the launch edition of The Women’s IP World Annual 2019/2020, celebrating women at all levels working in IP Law and Innovation. From the very beginning, the response and feedback we had was amazing, and we would like to thank all of the incredible women involved. Our aim was to celebrate a group of diverse women, from all over the globe, showcasing their achievements and also their personalities to inspire and inform. We have taken an unbiased approach and kept the articles & profiles as authentic as possible, to keep the author's own personal style. This has resulted in a cocktail of inspirational women coming together to share thoughts, ideas, and experience positively. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

Ms. Elvin Hassan

Editor & Head of International liaisons


Name: Sarah Norkor Anku


Law firm name:

Anku.Anku At-Law

Country: Ghana

Position: Senior Partner &

Intellectual Property Consultant


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Sarah Norkor Anku is an astute legal

practitioner, intellectual property expert,

Lecturer and Public Speaker with decades

of experience covering Intellectual

Property (IP), in particular, Patents,

Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and IP

Assets Management. She is currently the

Senior Partner and Intellectual property

Consultant at one of the leading law firms

in Ghana, Anku.Anku At-Law.

Born in Accra, she spent her formative years

in Ghana. She holds an LLM in Alternative

Dispute Resolution (ADR) from the University

of Ghana, and a Master’s Degree in Intellectual

Property from Africa University, Zimbabwe, and

MSc. Food Chain Management from Imperial

College of Science, Technology, and Medicine,

University of London.

She is the first President of Intellectual Property

Network - Ghana (an IP Think Tank and

Advocacy group) and has represented Ghana at

different fora on matters relating to Intellectual

Property Rights. She was the first Vice-

Chairperson for the 18th and 19th Sessions of

the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents

of the World Intellectual Property Organisation


Sarah has served on numerous committees

of the African Regional Intellectual Property

Organization (ARIPO) including the Working

Group on the Improvement of ARIPO Protocols

Relating to Industrial Property, Staff Affairs

Committee, Administrative Council and

Technical Committee on Industrial Property.

Sarah Norkor Anku began her working life

as a Research Assistant and National service

person at Water Research Institute of CSIR in

Ghana and subsequently with the (then) Food

and Drugs Board as a Regulatory Officer. After

being called to the Ghana Bar, she progressed

to Lawfields Consulting as an associate, and

then to the Registrar General’s Department

as an Assistant Registrar General and a State

Attorney. She also worked with the Danish

Technological Institute as a Key Expert and IP

Consultant on the ACP-EU-TBT Programme in

the United Republic of Tanzania.

Sarah was recognised for her contribution to

the field of IP and organisations at the just

ended Litigation & IPR Gorilla conference.

The event which served as a platform for

professionals in the field to chart the course for

IP practice saw Anku.Anku At-Law, where Sarah

is a senior partner, being awarded as one of the

Top 50 Legal/IP companies globally.

Under the leadership of Sarah, the Intellectual

Property Network – Ghana, in collaboration

with the Registrar-General’s Department,

organised the maiden National Intellectual

Property Forum, and two subsequent

successful Forums. She also led a team,

comprising some selected members of staff to

establish a procedural framework for the grant

of Utility Model Certificates in Ghana, which

led to the grant of Ghana’s first Utility Model


Sarah has contributed significantly to the

upgrade of the workflow of the Patent

Application Process at the Ghana Industrial

Property office, developing a manual for Patent

Administration in Ghana, and training support

staff to facilitate Patent Administration.

Sarah is passionate about using her expertise

to support businesses to grow through the

effective management of their Intellectual

Property. She is a leading voice on IP in Africa

and currently leading a campaign to raise

public awareness on IP practice and its role in

the economic development of countries. She

blogs regularly on the subject via her social

media handles and also on

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