Becky White

Executive General Manager, Intellectual Property and Legal Operations at Xero
Ranked in Biotech, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals/life sciences, Software
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Becky White's Profile

Becky White is a lawyer and patent attorney with more than 20 years’ experience across a broad range of IP disciplines. 

As executive general manager of intellectual property and legal operations at global tech company, Xero, Ms White spearheads the company’s strategic vision for intellectual property and is responsible for developing and executing Xero’s patent, design, trademark and copyright policies. In addition to overseeing these specific IP disciplines, she manages any IP related disputes including litigation, infringement action and enforcement issues. She also provides a wide range of legal-IP advice within the business, including advising on IP issues within commercial matters; licensing and other settlements; mergers and acquisitions; and other IP transactions for the group – anywhere that intellectual property plays a part in the business.

Before joining Xero in 2018, Ms White spent 10 years working in leading IP firms in both New Zealand (AJ Park) and Australia (Davies Collison Cave). She then took up the position of senior in-house patent counsel at Danone, based at their global R&D centre in Singapore.

Ms White is both passionate about, and well versed in intellectual property. She shares this passion and knowledge with the wider legal community through speaking at conferences; teaching courses at various universities; and consulting at the WIPO, including tutoring for its patent drafting course taught across Southeast Asia. Her commitment to the profession also extends to engaging with industry and government on a range of IP issues, including law reform proposals and IP office practices.

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