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INTERNATIONAL PATENT FORUM - SPEAKERS

April 16 & 17, 2013 - Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London

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James Pooley
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Deputy Director General
World Intellectual Property Organisation

James Pooley is the Deputy Director General for Innovation and Technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. WIPO is one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations, and Mr. Pooley is responsible for overseeing operation of the international patent system, as well as programs directed at the development of patent laws and of innovation infrastructure, particularly in developing countries. Before coming to WIPO, Mr. Pooley was a private lawyer in Palo Alto, California, most recently at Morrison & Foerster, where he represented clients in patent, copyright and trade secret litigation. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, as President of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and as a member of the National Academies of Science Committee on IP Rights. Mr Pooley is an author of several major works in the IP field, including his treatise Trade Secrets (Law Journal Press) and the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide (Federal Judicial Center). Mr Pooley graduated from Columbia University Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 1973, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Lafayette College.

Vincent Couteau
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Head of Legal IPR
Atos

Vincent Couteau qualified as a lawyer in Belgium and solicitor in the UK. He has 6 years of legal practice mainly around intellectual property, commercial litigation and corporate matters, including M&A. He also has 3 years experience in tech transfer in a university R&D dept and 7 months with SIS before being appointed in his current role within Atos from July 2011. Vincent's expertise and specialties include; IP/IT, legal aspects of R&D, tech transfer, licensing, public procurement, EU-law and patent pooling. Currently Vincent is entrusted with a mission to discover, protect, maintain and exploit IP assets throughout the ecosystem of Atos geographies, markets, service lines with the aim of creating over-all value-add. He is interested in developing his role as specialist group lawyer and dedicating his time to consolidate and strengthen the global IPR portfolio of Atos. He also has a special interest in gaining more experience in public affairs and lobbying. Vincent has a Law Degree (Free University Brussels), Master IP/IT Law and Management (FUNDP, Namur) Master Real Estate (K.U. Leuven), QLTT (BPP Professional Education, London). He also speaks fluent Dutch, French and English and understands spoken German.

Matthew Goodwin
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Global Head of Patents & Chief Patent Counsel
Unilever

Matthew is currently Global Head of Patents and Chief Patent Counsel for Unilever. He leads a staff of patent attorneys and support personnel at locations in the UK, The Netherlands, US, India and China. He has over 20 years of extensive experience as a corporate patent counsel, having worked in various staff and supervisory roles at Johnson & Johnson, and more recently, at ICI, before joining Unilever in 2009. Prior to his career as a patent attorney, Matthew practiced as a chemical engineer for Rohm and Haas.

Bart Van der Stockt
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Managing Director
UNILIN

Bart Van der Stock is the managing director of Flooring Industries, a company within the Unilin/Mohawk group. Bart has a law degree from the University of Gent and an MBA from Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School. Bart has held various positions within Unilin since 2004 and has been the managing director of Flooring Industries since 2008. He is responsible for the enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights for the Unilin Group and has considerable experience in IP contract drafting and managing audit programs to ensure contract compliance by Unilin’s numerous licensees. 

Hubert Kiehl
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Director of Industrial & Intellectual Property
SEB Groupe

Mr. Hubert Kiehl started his career as an electromechanical engineer (from ENSEM France) within SCHLUMBERGER making physical measurements in oil well to conclude on geology and content. In 1986, he shifted to Intellectual Property within an IP Law Office in Geneva / Ferney where he graduated as a French and European patent attorney and worked for miscellaneous clients: printing machine, car components and glasses. Since 1998, he has been the Intellectual Property Manager of Groupe SEB, leader of small domestic appliances with a turnover of 4 billion € and an average of 120 news inventions protected per year. 

David Rosenberg
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Industry Affairs Manager
GlaxoSmithKline 

David Rosenberg is an English solicitor and Vice President IP Policy at GlaxoSmithKline. 

He has a law degree from Exeter University and before qualifying as a solicitor he spent 3 years doing legal research and teaching in the UK and US.

He worked for 12 years in the IP department of Clifford Chance, engaging in litigation and transactional work, primarily in the patent field.

He joined GSK in February 2000 to perform a policy role in the IP department.
 
He has worked on many aspects of IP policy in and outside the EU including access to medicines issues. 

He represents GSK on the IP committees of several pharmaceutical industry organisations and UK and European cross-industry organisations.  He chairs the IP committee of the European Federation on Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and in that role was heavily involved in the sector enquiry into the pharmaceutical industry led by DG Competition which concluded in 2009..

He has been deeply involved in the discussions within industry and with the UK IPO and Commission to create a unitary European patent and unified patent court.

David is a regular speaker (and, when he has to be, very occasional author) on these issues.


Roya Ghafele
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Lecturer
University of Oxford

Chair of IP
University of Edinburgh 

Dr. Ghafele holds a Lectureship in Intellectual Property Law at Edinburgh University. Within the University of Oxford, she holds Fellowships at the Said Business School, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and St. Cross College. Until 2011, she also had a Lectureship with the University of Oxford and a Research Scholarship with the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. In 2011 she set up Oxfirst Ltd., which seeks to offer new insights on the economic aspects of intellectual property. Her work focuses on IP management and Open Innovation, IP monetization and the establishment of financial markets for IP.

From 2002 to 2007 she worked with the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In this role she offered strategic advice on Intellectual Property, Trade and Innovation to Governments in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2000 she started her career with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she moved from a five year long experience as a ballet dancer.
Her Ph.D. was awarded the Theodor Koerner Research Prize by the President of the Republic of Austria. Dr. Ghafele was trained at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, the Sorbonne and Vienna University. She is fluent in German, English, French, Italian and Persian.


Catriona Hammer
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Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property
GE Healthcare

Catriona Hammer joined GE in April 2004 through the acquisition of Amersham and now manages the Intellectual Property department for GE Healthcare.  The department is a global team based in 9 countries providing full IP support for GE Healthcare's businesses, covering technologies from research tools to medical equipment.  The department works on all aspects of IP from idea generation through to exploitation of IP.

Before joining GE, Catriona worked in the pharmaceutical industry, in the Intellectual Property departments of GlaxoWellcome and The Wellcome Foundation.  Prior to that, she worked in a firm of patent attorneys.

Catriona holds a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University and professional qualifications as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.  She sits on Council for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys as well as its Patents and Parliamentary Committees and chairs its Finance and House Committee.  She is also a Council member for the IP Federation.


Tim Frain
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Director, IP & Government Affairs
Nokia

Tim is Director of IP Regulatory, in the Legal, IP & Government Affairs department at Nokia.  He is a British and European Patent Attorney with many years’ experience of intellectual property in corporate practice.  At Nokia he helped establish the in-house patent department for the mobile phone business in the early 1990’s and has since held a variety of senior IPR management roles.  In his current role Tim focuses on the IP policy and legislative environment. He has a broad industry perspective, being actively involved in trade associations and professional organisations, especially in the UK and at EU level.  He chairs the Intellect IPR Committee and is a Vice President of the IP Federation. 
Tim is recognised for his active contribution in the policy debate on standardisation & patents particularly in ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).  He has also been closely involved in the proposals for a Unified Patent Court in Europe, and represented industry at the Expert Group of Judges and Lawyers which advised the European Commission.  In 2008 Tim was named by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the top 50 most influential people in IP.

Harry Thangaraj
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Scientific & Administrative Coordinator of the Access to Pharmaceuticals
St George's University

Harry Thangaraj is a researcher into IP and global access to essential medicines based in St. George’s University of London. He coordinates a collaborative research project entitled “Access to Pharmaceuticals” funded by the European Union under its 7th Framework Program (Health). The project deals with “socially responsible licensing” as a means to enhance access to essential medicines particularly for poorer countries. After several years of research in biomedical sciences he pursued IP studies at Queen Mary University London, where he won the GSK prize for highest score in patent law examinations in 2004/5. His main research interest lies in Socially Responsible Licensing. Apart from academic research he is passionate about travel and photography. 


Belinda Gascoyne
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IP Law Counsel
IBM

Belinda joined the UK Intellectual Property Law department of IBM in January 2004.  The department provides all aspects of IP Law support throughout most of Western Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa, and covers technologies from materials science, semiconductors and microelectronics, to computer software and hardware. Belinda has been head of IBMs UK IP Law department since March 2011. 

Before joining IBM, Belinda worked in London in private practice.  She holds a degree in Physics from Bristol University and professional qualifications as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.  Belinda is also a Council member of the IP Federation and a member of the IP committee of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI). 


Adam Pilcher
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Patent Manager
Metaswitch Networks
 
Adam is Patent Manager at Metaswitch Networks, a multinational telecommunications software company based in the UK.  He has worked for Metaswitch for almost three years (although part of this period was spent labouring under the misguided notion that he should be a software developer).  Prior to this, he worked as a trainee patent attorney in private practice for Scott & York Intellectual Property.

Dietmar Pressner

Global Vice President IP
DSM

Since 2011 Dietmar Pressner is the Global Vice President for Intellectual Property for Royal DSM N.V. coordinating IP efforts in Patents and Trademarks over 8 sites (2 in CN, 3 in EP and 3 in US). He is also the Director of the DSM IP Assets B.V. He initially joined DSM in 2004 as an IP Cluster Leader in Nutrition in Switzerland and later in Materials in the Netherlands.  In his 18 years of professional experience he also was working in the IP field for Henkel and Bayer both in Germany and the US.  He holds a Dr. rer. nat. in Polymer Science from the University of Mainz and the Max-Planck Institute of Polymer Research  and completed qualifications as a European Patent Attorney and US Patent Agent. 

Kevin Scott
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Principal IP counsel
Philips

Kevin Scott is a Principal IP Counsel with Philips Intellectual Property & Standards in the UK.  His main responsibility is the licensing of Philips patents to third parties in technical areas including telecommunications and consumer electronics.  This has involved extensive experience in licensing of technologies related to standards, and has included experience in the management and practice of multinational litigation.  He has acted as licensing agent for the DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) patent pool since 2002, during which time it has grown from ten to over a hundred licensees.  He is a European Patent Attorney and Chartered Patent Attorney, and a member of the Council of the IP Federation and chairman of its Governance Committee.  Before joining IP&S, he worked from 1985 to 1997 as a researcher in the wireless communications area in Philips Research, where he gained his PhD for work on simulation of the electromagnetic behaviour of printed circuit boards.  

Monica Winghart
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General Counsel
ROL Group

Chair
Association of Corporate Counsel - IP Committee

Monica counsels clients on patent, licensing, trademark and copyright matters.  She brings more than fifteen years of experience in intellectual property litigation, licensing and prosecution and specializes in IP process design, implementation and optimization.

Prior to joining the ROL Group, Monica was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Article One, a global crowdsourcing company specializing in the discovery and use of prior art in strategic patent litigation, licensing and prosecution matters.  Prior to Article One, Monica was Senior Corporate Counsel for The Clorox Company, where she was Director of IP litigation, was lead counsel for the three of the company's largest business units and served on the M&A, licensing and transactions teams.  Earlier in her legal career, Monica was an IP attorney advising on IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, and licensing and technology acquisitions with the firms of Brown Raysman in Los Angeles and the Thomas Kayden and Sutherland firms in Atlanta.  Before attending law school, Monica worked as an engineer with Procter & Gamble and was the principle in an engineering consulting firm. 

Sarah Dixon
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Director of Patents and Licensing
Johnson Matthey
 
Sarah is the Group IP Director of Johnson Matthey PLC, a multinational speciality chemicals company based in the UK.  She has held this position for four years.  Prior to that, Sarah was an Intellectual Asset Manager with Nestleworking as an adviser to the Nestle Nutrition business at its headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland.

Pablo Tapia
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Senior IP Attorney
Microsoft

Pablo Tapia is the subsidiary attorney for Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, and the Advanced Technology Centers in Aachen (Germany), Herzliya (Israel), and Cairo (Egypt).  He currently manages patent filing and prosecution strategy for Microsoft Research EMEA in patent offices including USPTO, EPO, and SIPO.  In addition to patent issues, Pablo counsels clients on general IP issues, open source, EU funding engagements, and IP licensing.  In previous roles at Microsoft, Pablo has managed patent portfolios for other Microsoft’s R&D efforts in India and in China.

Before joining Microsoft, Pablo was a patent attorney at Greenberg Traurig in Los Angeles, California and a software engineer at Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona. Pablo received both his JD and B.S. Computer Science from Arizona State University, and is admitted to practice in California, Arizona, and the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Yves Reboul
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Professor
University of Strasbourg 

Yves Reboul is emeritus professor of the University of Strasbourg, former Director General of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) and Director of the French Department. 
                        
Director of the professional Master 2 in intellectual property in the Knowledge Society, professor in industrial property law at ENSTA – PARIS’TECH Ecole Polytechnique and in Trademark Law at Sciences Po Paris.

Yves Reboul is an Honour professor of the University of Chongqing – China, Scientific Director of the collection «Patents» of Jurisclasseur, Lexis Nexis Editions and Doctor of Law «The Contracts of Research» and author of many works of research and publications in the field of intellectual property.

Yves is supervising several Master theses and ongoing doctorate theses in intellectual property.


Andrew Hammond
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European Patent Attorney
Valea

Andrew Hammond is a founding partner of Valea AB and a European Patent Attorney. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and has been working in the IP field since 1983, initially as an Examiner at the European Patent Office and since 1990 in private practice in Sweden. Most of his time is spent in post-grant patent proceedings. He is frequently in Munich representing clients before Opposition Divisions and the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office. He is also heavily involved in several global litigation cases. Andrew is a CEIPI-tutor and regularly holds lectures and seminars on all aspects of European patent procedures. 

Stephen Zou
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Partner
Lung Tin

Dr. Zongliang (Stephen) Zou is a partner of Lung Tin, where he focuses on patent matters, primarily on patent application preparation and prosecution in the fields of pharmacy, chemistry, and biotechnology, as well as on patent invalidation, litigation and regulatory affairs before the State Food and Drug Administration. In particular, Dr. Zou has rich experience in providing clients with patent infringement analysis. Dr. Zou joined Lung Tin in 2012.
Since Dr. Zou started his professional as a patent attorney from March 2003, he has been entrusted by several multinational pharmaceutical giants to handle their patent matters in China, help them obtain regulatory approval, and help them solve IP matters in drug pricing & drug bidding activities.

Prior to joining Lung Tin, Dr. Zou had served in a well-known IP firm as a patent attorney and then a partner for over nine years.

Prior to his legal profession, he was an assistant professor at Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine affiliated with China Academy of Military Medical Science. 


Kate Taylor
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Partner, Head of Life Sciences
Harrison Goddard Foote

Kate handles a diverse portfolio of technologies in the life sciences and biopharmaceutical fields, including diagnostic and therapeutic targets, SNPs, antisense nucleic acids, GMOs, antibody and peptide therapeutics.

Kate has considerable experience of drafting patent applications and developing IP filing strategies in the life sciences field. Kate co-ordinates global patent portfolios for UK universities, spin out companies and international corporations. She has a substantial prosecution practice and is highly experienced in acting before the European Patent Office in prosecution, opposition and appeal matters, including attending oral hearings. She has particular in-depth knowledge of the complex legal issues surrounding the enabling nature of deposited biological material.

Kate regularly provides opinions on the most appropriate ways to protect platform technologies, including performing freedom to operate analysis. She has extensive experience in conducting due diligence, including performing patentability and validity analysis, in respect of pharmaceutical and life sciences technologies. 


Mike Nelson
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Patent Director
Harrison Goddard Foote

Mike specialises in the pharmaceutical field and has considerable experience in due diligence evaluations, licence negotiations, patent term extension, regulatory data exclusivity and patent listings with regulatory authorities. Mike also focuses on the drafting and worldwide prosecution and defence of new chemical entity, formulation, drug delivery, salts, crystalline forms, co-crystals, process and use patents. He additionally has considerable experience in oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office.

Mike started his patent career with a major speciality chemical company where he worked on a range of technologies including dyestuffs, ink formulations, electrophotography and industrial biocides.

Prior to joining HGF, Mike worked in-house for more than ten years for a global pharmaceutical company. There he managed patent matters across all stages of pharmaceutical research and development, including drafting, litigation, opinions, freedom to operate evaluations and providing strategic IP advice to both technical and management teams within the business. Mike coordinated global patent litigation strategy for a major product which involved briefing technical teams to prepare evidence, advising senior stakeholders and coordinating preliminary injunction, infringement and revocation actions.

Mike also provided support to business development activities and worked on numerous due diligence evaluations and negotiations including early stage discovery agreements, peer-to-peer collaborations and late stage product acquisitions and in-licence agreements. Mike is able to draw on his broad experiences to provide clients with commercially focussed and pragmatic patent and business development strategies. He can therefore act as a quasi-in house patent counsel for clients, working with both scientists and management to guide commercial and technical developments, thereby maximising the value which IP gives to the business. Alongside these skills, Mike has the expertise required to implement the patent strategy in the day-to-day conduct of client’s patent activities. 


Chris Benson
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Partner
Harrison Goddard Foote

Chris principally handles patent matters in the areas of electronics, telecoms,  computer software and physics.

Chris has prosecuted and advised on patents relating to electronic circuits and systems, including computer processors and semiconductor devices, computer based inventions, such as graphics processing, computer algorithms and computer communications, consumer electronics such as navigation devices and home electronics, and also carbon nanotube-based inventions.

Chris represents a wide range of clients from multi-national companies to start-up companies at the outset of developing their IP portfolio. Chris regularly attends proceedings at the European Patent Office, particularly before Examining Divisions. Chris has also represented clients in proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office. 


Natalia Gulyaeva
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Partner, Head of IP, Media & Technology Practice
Hogan Lovells CIS

Natalia Gulyaeva is a partner of Hogan Lovells (CIS) heading the Moscow Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Practice. She is recognized as a leading Russian Intellectual Property specialist and is named in legal directories including Chambers Global as a highly recommended Russian practitioner who is "really on top of things". She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia in the intellectual property field. Natalia advises international and Russian clients from various industries on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP work including IP transactional work and IP dispute resolution.  Natalia represents clients before the Russian PTO and Chamber for Patent Disputes.  

Paul Wilmshurst
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Principal, Transfer Pricing & Valuation
Charles River Associates

Paul is a valuation and transfer pricing specialist based in the London Office of Charles River Associates (CRA). During his career, Paul has helped multinationals in a wide variety of industries with many different transfer pricing and Intellectual Property-related issues.
Paul’s work has included identifying and valuing different types of intangibles, evaluating economic substance and risks, and designing commercial transfer pricing policies.  His experience ranges from designing practical documentation solutions to helping major companies defend complex intercompany arrangements. 
Before joining Charles River Associates, Paul held senior transfer pricing economist roles at KPMG and at Deloitte.  He has a MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Economics from Manchester University. 


Gordon Harris
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Partner
Wragge & Co

Gordon heads the Wragge & Co IP team and has over 25 years of experience across the full range of IP rights.

Although recently more focused on multi-national patent litigation, Gordon started his career fighting the car panel design cases and represented the spare parts industry in the leading European Court of Justice case of Veng v Volvo. He returned to the ECJ years later in the leading comparative advertising case of O2 v H3G. He secured eventual victory for his client in the long-running patent entitlement dispute, Cinpres v Melea, and has recently won a series of patent trials in the High Court and the Patents County Court, most notably in another long-running case, Virgin Atlantic v Zodiac Aircraft Seats.

Gordon took over the leadership of the IP team in 1995 and since then has led it successfully into London, Munich and China. The team, which now features 13 partners and 50 lawyers around the world, is a regular nominee for, and winner of, major awards and covers the full range of IP work. Gordon travels regularly to China where his team of IP specialists have fought over 100 cases for UK and US based rights owners.

Gordon is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. He is a World Intellectual Property Organization panelist for domain name disputes and a mediator accredited by CEDR and WIPO. He is one of the most experienced mediators of IP disputes in the UK. He writes and speaks widely on IP related topics and produces a much acclaimed annual review of patent cases which is known to be read with some trepidation by the IP judges. 


David Barron
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Head of IP Tech, Intellectual Property
Wragge & Co

David has more than 20 year’s experience of intellectual property experience acting on a global basis for companies from all over the world. As head of the IP team's High-Tech group, he has particular experience of patent litigation in the telecoms, electronics and software fields. David is particularly expert in the relationship between patents and technical standards.

He has direct litigation experience in most of the key IP jurisdictions, including nearly every country in Europe plus very extensive experience in the US and the Far East. Outside Europe David has handled IP issues in the USA (at least 20 states), Canada, Ecuador, Brazil, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, India, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

David is frequently called upon by clients to co-ordinate the activities of external counsel in multiple jurisdictions and is often relied upon to select advisors in jurisdictions unfamiliar to the client.


Qinghong Xu
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Partner
Lung Tin
 
Dr. Xu is a partner of Lung Tin International Intellectual Property Agent Ltd. (“Lung Tin”), where she focuses on all aspects of intellectual property matters, ranging from patent application preparation and prosecution, patent invalidation and litigation, to technology transfers, licenses, strategic alliances, R&D and commercialization collaborations. Dr. Xu also has advised clients on regulatory matters especially those before the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Xu joined Lung Tin in 2009.

Prior to joining Lung Tin, Dr. Xu was a patent attorney with Goodwin Procter LLP (New York), practicing in the field of intellectual property law and focusing primarily on providing patent opinions and strategic patent counseling, and also on patent application preparation and prosecution, licensing and intellectual property litigation. Before that, Dr. Xu was a patent agent with Fish & Richardson P.C. (Boston, New York) practicing included patent preparation and prosecution and patent counseling in the areas of medical, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology from 2000-2003. Before her legal profession, she was a senior scientist at Orchid BioSciences, Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey, and C.H. Li Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Dario Tanziani
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Firm Chairman
Adams & Adams

Dario Tanziani has been a partner of Adams & Adams since 1989. He was Head of Patent Litigation (2003 to 2007), Patent Department Chairman(2007-2010)  and Firm Chairman (2010 to 2013).

Dario joined Adams & Adams as an articled clerk in January 1982, qualified as a patent agent in 1986, was admitted as an attorney in 1987 and became a partner at Adams & Adams in 1989. He is a member and past president of the South African Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys(FICPI).
Dario has an extensive background in patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and chemical fields. He holds a BSc degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Pretoria (1982) and a BProc degree from the University of South Africa (1986). He has represented and advised a wide variety of multinational companies in litigating patents in South Africa covering blockbuster drugs.

He has published articles in Patent World, Journal of Clinical Studies and New Economy Magazine, and has contributed chapters on South African patent law with an emphasis on the litigious process, as well as protecting patents in Africa outside South Africa, to four different books. 

Darren Olivier
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Partner
Adams & Adams

Darren Olivier is a partner at Adams & Adams in the trade mark department of the firm. Mr Olivier holds a BCom LLB and was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 1997. He is a qualified Trade Mark Practitioner, a Solicitor and a Qualified European Trade Mark Attorney. Darren has 15 years’ post admission experience in the legal field.

Darren’s practice areas include, but are not limited to advising on intellectual property (IP) law (primarily brands and trademarks) including strategic IP management, IP licensing, distribution and acquisitions as well as enforcement matters such counterfeit goods strategies, litigation, oppositions and copyright enforcement. . He has a specific interest in IP management and enforcement in Africa.

Mr Olivier sits on the editorial board of Oxford University Press: Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and you can also catch him as Afro Leo on the Afro-IP weblog, which he started a few years ago. He is also a contributor to the IP Finance weblog and World Trademark Review. 

Prathiba Singh
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Managing Partner
Singh & Singh

She is a graduate from University Law College, Bangalore with a Bachelor of Academic Laws and was ranked 1st in Bangalore University. Thereafter she did Bachelor of Laws and again secured 1st rank in Bangalore University. She did her Masters in Law from Cambridge University, U.K. She along with her husband formed a firm Singh & Singh in the year 1997. She is the managing Partner of Singh & Singh law Firm LLP. She is a leading litigation lawyer & counsel in Intellectual Property Cases in India and has more than 200 reported precedents to her credit.

She was awarded as the BEST IN IP LITIGATION by Legal Media Group at the ASIA WOMEN IN BUSINESS LAW AWARDS 2012 held in Hong Kong. She has also been awarded as the IP LAWYER OF THE YEAR by LegalEra- Legal Media Group at the LEGAL ERA AWARDS 2013 in Mumbai. She was a member of the National Steering Committee on IPR constituted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). She is a member of AIPPI and also the Secretary of APPA(Indian Group). She has been regularly handling matters related to trade mark prosecutions, oppositions and infringement, passing off, Unfair Competition, copyright law related and patent law infringement cases. She has been associated with few of the biggest Patent Litigations in India. 

Saya Choudhary
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Partner
Singh & Singh

She is a graduate from Delhi University with a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Physics. She completed her law from Delhi University and graduated in 2007. She has also done post graduate diploma courses in IPR law and Securities and Banking Laws. Before joining Singh & Singh in May 2008, she used to work for a Delhi based Corporate Law Firm. At present, she is handling trademarks and patent litigation for the firm. She is also supervising patent prosecution work.  She is a member of AIPPI and APPA(Indian Group). She has been regularly handling matters related to patent law from different fields pertaining to pharmaceuticals, mobile phones, DVD technology, Fluidized bed thermic fluid heaters, textile, diagnostics etc. She is handling patent litigations for few of the biggest Pharma companies in India. 

Marek Lazewski
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Partner
Lazewski Depo & Partners

Marek Lazewski is a managing partner at LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners, one of the leading Intellectual Property practices in Poland. He specializes in complex patent, trademark and design prosecution and litigation; involved in life-cycle management of a highly successful international pharmaceutical product; supervising and conducting prosecution, validity and infringement proceedings in Poland related to patents. He also has considerable experience in representing litigants at the CTM court in Warsaw.
 
He is the author of various publications on the intellectual property addressed to Polish entrepreneurs and a frequent contributor at conferences and seminars. Marek advised the Polish Ministry of Economy on the legal and economic problems involved in the introduction of the Community Patent in Poland. Moreover, he participated as an expert in the European Commission Project „MAKING IPR WORK FOR SMEs - Enforcement Best Practices” in 2010.

Marek is a member of the following associations: INTA, FICPI, LES – he was a founder member and the first president of LES Poland, AIPPI – he has been appointed the Secretary of the Polish National AIPPI Group and Polish Patent Attorneys Chamber
Polish Patent Attorneys Chamber – he was the Chief Disciplinary Prosecutor. 


Yin Xintian
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Senior Partner
Wan Hui Da

Mr. YIN is a Senior Partner of WAN HUI DA. Before his retirement in March 2010, he used to be the Spokesman and Director-General of Legal Affairs Department of State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).

Mr. YIN holds an M.Sc from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences and a B.Sc in Industry Automation Instrument from Chongqing University. Mr. YIN pursued, successively, further professional trainings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), German Federal Patent Office, German Federal Patent Court, and John Marshall Law School, Chicago of the United States. He also conducted a six-month research program in Max Planck Institute. He began his career with the State Intellectual Property Office since 1982 when the bureau was still known as China Patent Office. He consecutively held positions as examiner of the Patent Reexamination Board from 1985 to 1988, Director of Physical Appeal Chamber of Patent Reexamination Board from 1988 to 1994 and Deputy Director-General of the Mechanics Examination Department from 1994 to 1998. He was appointed Director General of SIPO Legal Affairs Department in 1998 and SIPO spokesman in 2007. During his tenure of office, Mr. YIN was in charge of drafting both the Second and the Third amendments to the Chinese Patent Law and its Implementing Regulations which was submitted to the State Council for approval.  He led the SIPO delegation to the meetings of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) on stipulating the Substantive Patent Law Treaty (SPLT) and the Working Group on the Reform of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and presided over the meetings as Vice Chairman. Mr. YIN also participated in the formulation of the "National Intellectual Property Strategy" as the team leader on compiling the research report for IPR agency service system.

Mr. YIN is currently a council member of the China Law Society, a standing council member of the China Intellectual Property Society, a member of the Committee of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, an adjunct professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Southwest University of Political Science and Law, an honorary professor of the School of Economic Law of China University of Political Science and Law and the Intellectual Property Training Centre of SIPO, a visiting professor of the Inns of Court of Renmin University, a consultation advisor of the Higher Court of Beijing Municipality, an IP adviser of the Higher Court of Shanghai Municipality and the Higher Court of Jiangsu Province, as well as an IP consultation adviser of the Higher Court of Shanghai and the Higher Court of Fujian Province. He was also granted the Special Subsidy for High-level Expert by the State Council in 2005 for his outstanding achievements in the field. Mr. YIN is also the director general of IPRC Intellectual Property Research Centre. 


Paul Ranjard
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Managing Partner
Wan Hui Da

Paul Ranjard graduated from the Paris Law School and obtained his License to practice as an attorney at law in 1968.In 1972, he stayed for one year with Theodore Goddards & Co., a reputed firm of Solicitors in the City of London. He registered at the Bar of Paris in 1972 and, until 1980, practiced commercial litigation both as an assistant to several lawyers as well as within a firm specializing in litigation conducted before the Commercial Courts.In 1981, he moved to Hong Kong and opened the local branch of a French law firm Sonier & Coblence. Back in Paris in 1982, he resumed his independent practice of litigator and joined Delile & Biet as a partner. In April 1986, Paul Ranjard participated in a comparative law seminar in Beijing, jointly organized by the Chinese Ministry of Justice and the Paris Bar, and afterwards returned to China every year, assisting French companies with their business ventures in China.Mr. Ranjard moved to Beijing in September 1997, and opened the Representative Office of the French association Unifab, specializing in the protection of Intellectual Property. As a result, his practice in China evolved progressively towards Intellectual Property matters. He was elected in 2000 as vice chair, and then co-chair, of the IPR Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce, a position that he occupies still. Throughout his time in Beijing, Paul Ranjard has cooperated with Wan Hui Da in field actions and academic research.Paul Ranjard is an active speaker at academic seminars and international conferences. He is the co-author of "Roadmap for the protection of trademarks in China", co-drafted in 2003 with Mr. Bai Gang and Dr. Huang Hui, and more recently, co-authored two more books with these gentlemen, "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (Managing Intellectual Property / China IP Focus 2007) and "Relative Grounds of Refusal in China & EU" (MIP / China IP Focus 2008).  

David Merrylees
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Engineer & Industrial Property Agent
Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira

David Merrylees was educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire, England, and took an honours degree in engineering at Oxford University. He initiated his career at a London firm of patent agents where he qualified as a chartered patent agent and later became a European patent attorney. He immigrated to Brazil in 1969 where he is now a Brazilian Industrial Property Agent, senior partner of Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler& Ipanema Moreira and chair of the Executive Committee. David Merrylees is the Brazilian delegate of FICPI (Federation International des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle) and an active member of the CET (Commission d'Etude et de Travail) where he participates in two groups. He also been active in AIPPI (Association Internatinale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle), chaired two patent-related questions, include that regarding computer-related inventions. 

Peter Dirk Siemsen
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Senior Partner
Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira

Peter Dirk Siemsen is a Lawyer, Industrial Property Agent and Honorary Senior Partner of Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira and Dannemann Siemsen Advogados. He is a graduate of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and a member admitted to the Brazilian Bar. Mr. Siemsen is founder and President of Honour of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (Associação Brasileira da Propriedade Intelectual - ABPI) and of the Asociación Interamericana de la Propriedad Industrial – ASIPI. He is a Member of Honour of the Brazilian Industrial Property Agents Association (Associação Brasileira dos Agentes da Propriedade Industrial – ABAPI); Member of Honour and Ex-President of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle – AIPPI (President from 1995 to 1998) and Member of Honour of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys – FICPI. He is Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Industrial Property of the Institute of Brazilian Attorneys (IAB) and former Vice-Chair of the Commission on Intellectual Property of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce). Panelist of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and his hobby is yacht racing. 

Tom Scott
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Partner
McDermott Will & Emery

Tom Scott is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, where he is head of the UK tax practice. He was formerly a tax partner at Linklaters and then at KPMG. Tom has over 30 years of experience in tax and legal work and is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Oxford University. He was the immediate past Chairman of the UK branch of the International Fiscal Association and is a member of the Tax Advisory Board of PLC. He has written numerous articles in publications such as the Times, Accountancy, International Tax Review, PLC and International Tax Journal.  

Bryan Diner
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Partner
Finnegan

Bryan Diner, a partner with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, practices all aspects of intellectual property law, including strategic patent portfolio management, litigation, prosecution, opinion preparation, due diligence investigations, and interferences. His litigation practice has involved diverse technical areas, ranging from protecting the rights of innovative pharmaceutical companies in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigations to defending clients' right to use certain medical devices. He also has extensive experience in conducting IP due diligence investigations for all types of transactions.

Mr. Diner served as the managing partner of the firm's Brussels, Belgium office from 1998 through 2003. During his tenure in Brussels, he learned much about the European legal system, from the EPC to the diversity of laws and practice among the European national systems. Strategic portfolio management and litigation counseling to European clients is also an important part of Mr. Diner's practice. His knowledge of the European legal system and how it differs from that in the United States allows Mr. Diner to counsel both European and domestic clients on a full range of IP issues and to find cohesive solutions tailored to the needs of companies with global interests.


Anthony Tridico
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Partner
Finnegan

Anthony Tridico, Ph.D. is the managing partner of Finnegan's European office in Brussels, Belgium. He practices all aspects of intellectual property law, from strategic patent portfolio management to litigation. Dr. Tridico's practice involves diverse technical areas, focusing on pre-litigation analysis and strategic client counseling, due diligence investigations, licensing, patent portfolio management and analysis, prosecution of both U.S. and foreign patent applications, and appeals and oral hearings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (formerly, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences ). His litigation practice ranges from protecting the rights of innovative pharmaceutical companies in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigations to defending a client's right to use diagnostic equipment. He also has vast experience in representing clients in the areas of patent reexamination, including inter partes reexam, reissue, FDA Orange Book listing of patents, and patent term extensions.
Strategic portfolio management and counseling to European clients is an important part of Dr. Tridico's practice. Working in Brussels since 2001, he has gained significant knowledge of the EPC and the European national systems. His knowledge of how practice in Europe differs from the United States allows Dr. Tridico to effectively counsel clients with global interests in intellectual property.

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