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Eskil Waage
Eskil Waage
European Patent Office

Mr Waage has been a staff lawyer at the European Patent Office's Directorate for International Legal Affairs (DG5) in Munich since 1998 and was a seconded expert at the European Commission's Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industrial Property Unit in Brussels in 2008-2011.

Main fields of activity are preparatory work for the revision of the EPC (1998-2002), draft EPLA (2003-2005), action in favour of the London Agreement (2006-2008), and contribution to the UPP-UPC project (2008-to date).

Simon Roberts
Simon Roberts
Director of Patents
BT Technology Service and Operations

Simon Roberts, Head of the Patent Division of Intellectual Property Department of BT (British Telecommunications), is a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered Patent Attorney. Simon has a background in lasers and materials science, but in over 20 years at BT he has worked on a wide range of technologies. Although still prosecuting patent applications before the EPO, the USPTO and elsewhere, Simon has extensive experience in patent licensing and litigation.

He sits on the Patents Committee of the IP Federation and is a member of the Training and Education Committee of FICPI having been a tutor on the FICPI South East Asian Drafting (SEAD) course since its inception in 1997. Mr Roberts has, for more than 20 years, been a tutor for CEIPI (Centre d'Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle) in London, Strasbourg and elsewhere in Europe.

He is co-author, with Andrew Rudge, and editor of the book "A Complete Guide to Passing the European Qualifying Exam", the 6th edition of which will appear in the autumn of 2012.

Clemens Heusch
Clemens Heusch
Head of European Litigation

Dr. Clemens-August Heusch, LL.M. is Head of European Litigation at Nokia where he is responsible for litigation and arbitration throughout Europe with a strong focus on German and UK IP litigation. Before joining Nokia, Clemens worked for more than four years (2004-2008) as attorney at-law at the international law firm Bird & Bird LLP.

Clemens studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Bonn, Germany. He received a LL.M. degree from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands and a doctorate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. During his traineeship, he worked inter alia in the competition law team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Brussels, Belgium.
Clemens is registered lawyer at the Cologne Bar and holds the title of a certified IP lawyer. He regularly gives legal presentations and publishes legal articles. He is fluent in German, English and French.

Michael Fröhlich

Senior director, EU intellectual property & strategy

Michael Fröhlich is Senior Director, EU Intellectual Property & Strategy, at BlackBerry, and the Chairman of the AIPPI Special Committee on “Patents and Standards”.

Michael is a German Attorney-at-Law (Munich Bar) with a Ph.D in intellectual property. He has practised for several years at the Düsseldorf office of Preu Bohlig & Partner in the fields of contentious and pre-contentious matters in all areas of IP, with a particular focus on patents.

Michael also headed the legal affairs department of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), where he has been advising the executive bodies of ETSI on legal issues with a main emphasis on IPR and standards.
Prior to joining BlackBerry, he was in charge of defining and representing Nokia's IPR position for various standardization activities. Michael shows also work experience in Brazil, where he was active for Dannemann Siemsen Bigler & Ipanema Moreira.

Michael is the Chairman of the AIPPI Special Committee on “Patents and Standards”, the Vice-Chair of the GSMA IPR Working Group, and he acted as an expert with the EU-China Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR2). Michael regularly writes and lectures on issues at the intersection of intellectual property law, antitrust and standardisation.

Michael is bilingual German/French (German first language), business fluent in English and he has a basic knowledge of Portuguese.

Clemens Plassmann
Clemens Plassmann
Hogan Lovells

Clemens Plassmann is a partner based in Hogan Lovells Dusseldorf office. He is specialised in intellectual property matters with a focus on technical IP rights (patents and utility models).

Clemens has conducted numerous patent infringement lawsuits before the civil courts and has worked on parallel validity proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Federal Patent Court, the German Federal Supreme Court and the European Patent Office. He has ample experience in coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent disputes (including arbitrations) in Europe. Clemens is also active in client counselling as regards licensing, transactional IP and the law of employees' inventions.

The leading German legal directory "JUVE" (2007/2008) has named Clemens as a "frequently recommended" patent litigator. He is part of the team that won the JUVE Awards "IP Firm of the Year" and "Patent Law Firm of the Year" (2008).

Clemens has been selected as a "Leader in their Field" by Chambers Europe 2010 and is named as one of the world's leading patent lawyers by the International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2010. According to the "Handelsblatt", Clemens is one of the "Best Lawyers 2012" in the field of Intellectual Property in Germany. Likewise, in the Handelsblatt, Clemens has been named as "one of the best lawyers of Germany 2013" and "lawyer of the year 2013" with respect to Information Technology.

Steffen Steininger
Steffen Steininger
Hogan Lovells

Steffen Steininger is a partner in the intellectual property group and head of the Munich patent law group.

Steffen advises and represents clients in patent litigation matters, the negotiation of license agreements, co-development agreements, intellectual property transactions and questions relating to the law of employee inventions. He also advises clients in court and out-of-court proceedings on trademark and unfair competition matters.

With more than ten years of experience Steffen has led numerous high profile litigation cases. He has appeared before major German district courts and appeals courts in infringement proceedings and before the German patent court in nullity proceedings.
In 2010 Steffen has appeared before the European Court of Justice in a case relating to supplementary protection certificates of significant commercial importance.
He has a particular focus on the telecommunications/IT, life sciences, medical devices and automotive industries.
From 1994 - 1998 Steffen studied law in Regensburg (Germany) and Paris (France). He received a Master's degree from the University of Oxford (UK) in 1999 and a Ph.D. in the area of international procedural law in Germany in 2000.

Christine Kanz


Christine Kanz, attorney since 1998, partner of the firm since 2006, advises German and international clients in all Intellectual Property matters, especially in patent law. Next to patent litigation, her further main focus is the drafting of license agreements, cooperation agreements, research and development agreements etc., especially for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

She concentrates in particular on the areas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology as well as chemistry and medical devices. Christine Kanz is also experienced in cases of general mechanics and mechanical engineering.

She has been specializing in Intellectual Property law already during her legal internship since 1996. After a visitors stay at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, she received her PhD in trademark law in 2002 at the University of Düsseldorf.

Christine Kanz publishes regularly on patent law issues and is a speaker at conferences on patent law issues. Furthermore, she is visiting lecturer at Hagen Law School.

Tobias Hahn
Tobias Hahn


Tobias Hahn, attorney since 2004, partner of the firm since 2011, advises German and international clients in all matters of Intellectual Property and specialises in national and international patent litigation as well as subsequent proceedings for damages. He especially concentrates on the areas of telecommunications, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automotive and mechanics.

A main focus of his practice is on infringement proceedings on standard-relevant patents where he advises and represents several international telecommunication companies regarding "FRAND" and antitrust defences. He further represents clients in opposition, revocation and nullity proceedings before the German and European Patent Office, the German Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court. Moreover, he drafts and negotiates patent and copyright licence agreements, R&D contracts, software and know-how agreements.

Since his studies at the Universities of Heidelberg and Leeds (UK) he has specialised in Intellectual Property Law. During his legal clerkship he continued this specialisation working for several international law firms. His PhD obtained from the Free University Berlin dealt with the liability of companies for acts of unfair competition by third parties.

Tobias Hahn publishes regularly on current issues of intellectual property law and is a speaker at conferences on patent law and licencing. Furthermore, he is visiting lecturer at Hagen Law School.

Kay N. Kasper
Kay Kasper


Kay N. Kasper, attorney since 2002, partner of the firm since 2006, acts primarily in patent litigation. A special focus is placed on the coordination of proceedings abroad as well as on preparatory strategic consulting of such multi-national conflicts. Furthermore, he intensively advises clients in arbitration proceedings and license issues related to technical intellectual property rights and design patents. Kay Kasper has gained considerable experience in areas such as telecommunications, information technology and medical devices as well as the fields of mechanics, automotive and coating and packaging technologies. Litigating standard-essential patents is one of the areas in which he gained specific experience. 

Since the beginning of his studies in 1994 he has been specializing in intellectual property law, especially patent law. During his studies he received practical training with the German Patent and Trademark Office as well as various German and U.S. patent attorney and law firms in Frankfurt, Munich and New York. During his legal clerkship at the Regional Court of Frankfurt, he worked for a chamber specialized in copyright and trademarks.

From 2004 to 2007, he taught German, European and U.S. patent law at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt. From 2008 to 2010, Kay Kasper was visiting lecturer for patent and utility model law at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main.
Since then, he has been lecturer on International Business & Tax Law on the Masters program at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Furthermore, he is a visiting lecturer at Hagen Law School.

Penny Gilbert
Powell Gilbert

Penny's strong scientific background in the life sciences has led to her specialisation in advising clients in the bio pharma sector. She represents clients before the UK patent courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has a wealth of experience in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. She has represented clients in European Patent Office opposition and appeal proceedings and also represents clients in patent licence disputes before the UK courts and in arbitration. She is a qualified mediator and a solicitor advocate.

Penny also counsels on patent litigation strategy, including pharmaceutical lifecycle management, and is experienced in providing freedom to operate and due diligence advice.

Prior to founding Powell Gilbert, Penny was a partner at Bristows. She is a member of the Editorial Board of BioScience Law Review and frequently lectures on aspects of IP law affecting the life sciences sector. She is a Board Member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and a member of AIPPI. She is a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice course, teaching patent litigation.

Tim Powell
Tim Powell
Powell Gilbert

Tim Powell, Partner, has a strong technical background that has enabled him to represent clients in some of the largest and most complex intellectual property disputes to come before the UK courts in recent years.

Tim specialises in multi-jurisdictional litigation, particularly in the patents field where he has experience in coordinating litigation taking place simultaneously across Europe, North America and beyond. He also advises clients on healthcare regulatory issues.

He is a solicitor advocate and has represented clients as an advocate in the UK and European Patent Offices, the English High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and the European Court of Justice.

Tim is a member of AIPPI and EPLAW. He lectures widely on aspects of IP law and is a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee of the UK Bioindustry Association.

In 2013 Tim was ranked as one of the top 100 business lawyers in the UK in the “Chambers 100”.

Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson
Powell Gilbert

Alex Wilson is a partner and founder member of Powell Gilbert LLP, a London based specialist intellectual property law firm.

Alex is most active in the resolution of intellectual property and technology contract disputes. Alex has an international practice acting mainly in matters of a multijurisdictional character. He regularly advises clients on Europe-wide patent enforcement and defensive strategies and coordinates the implementation of those strategies.

Alex has successfully developed and coordinated a number of the recent European patent strategies central to the "Smartphone Wars". In addition, his background in the life sciences has put him in a good position to handle matters in the medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. His fluency in French and German allowed him to spend periods working in leading law firms in Paris and Düsseldorf. He has also practiced as a solicitor in Australia and as an examiner at the European Patent Office for a number of years. He is a member of AIPPI, EPLAW, GRUR and VPP. He regularly lectures on intellectual property matters at conferences and is the author of numerous articles on this subject.

David Barron

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

David has more than twenty years’ experience of patent litigation including conducting and co-coordinating litigation in multiple jurisdictions.

As head of the IP team's High-Tech group, he has particular experience of patent litigation in the telecoms, electronics and software fields as well as in a wide range of other technical areas. David has experience of patent litigation at the very highest level, having led the Wragge team in the two largest patent cases ever heard in the UK, involving 31 and 35 patents respectively. He is particularly well-known for his expertise in the relationship between patents and technical standards.

David has been named as one of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners "the IP risk management expert does fine work on cross-border spats" (IAM 2014) and as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.

Michael Schneider

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Michael is a German-qualified solicitor (Rechtsanwalt) and practices in all areas of IP law. He heads up the Munich IP office working with the other team members in Germany advising clients all over the world on devising the best enforcement or defence strategy for their IP rights.

Dr. Axel Walz

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

Axel Walz is a partner in our Munich office and advises on all areas of IP law in various industries, on unfair trade practices, competition law and contract law, with a particular focus on patent litigation. Through acting on numerous patent and design patent infringement proceedings, Axel has developed a particular focus on matters interconnecting IP and competition law.

He has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, particularly IP litigation. In addition, he specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and agreements relative to distribution, licensing and merchandising, R&D, contract manufacturing, service, co-existence as well as technology transfer agreements.

Having worked for the firm for three years in Munich and London, Axel held a position as legal counsel in the IP department of BMW AG from 2009 until 2011, before rejoining the firm.

He focuses particularly on the automotive, consumer, E&I, life sciences and TMT sectors.

David Rose

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

David Rose is head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, specialising in rights protection and enforcement programmes across all intellectual property disciplines. He represents many leading intellectual property owners notably in the pharmaceutical, financial services, telecoms, media and computer industries.

Chair of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin’s Life Sciences & Healthcare Group, David has acted in many of the major pharmaceutical patent actions in recent years including disputes in relation to perindopril, simvastatin, omeprazole, gabapentin, fentanyl patches and oxycodone. David also advises clients in the telecoms and software sectors on freedom to operate issues and acted for Gemalto in its patent infringement action against HTC concerning the implementation of Java on a microcontroller.

In addition to his patent work David has extensive experience advising clients on brand and design protection programmes and in the pharmaceutical sector advises clients on parallel import issues.

David has a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property from the University of London and has written extensively on intellectual property matters. David is a frequent contributor to leading intellectual property journals including Bio-Science Law Review, the European Intellectual Property Review, Entertainment Law Review, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Managing Intellectual Property and the CIPA Journal as well as industry publications such as Scrip.

David is listed as a “leading individual” in the fields of Intellectual Property and Life Sciences in Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and the IAM 1000. Chambers says that David is "an adept litigator with a thorough understanding of the market - a true force to be reckoned with". Legal 500 says he is a top litigator and described as "a pleasure to work with on complex matters".

David is a member of CIPA, ITMA, INTA, IPLA and AIPPI.

Simon Holzer

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

Simon Holzer is a partner of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal's IP team and heads the firm's patent and life sciences practice group. In addition, he is a part-time judge with the Swiss Federal Patent Court.

Simon’s practice focuses on patent litigation and advice. He has substantial experience in both advising and representing clients in complex national and international patent disputes extending across a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and medical devices.

He also consults for pharmaceutical companies on a wide array of drug-related issues, such as marketing authorisation procedures and regulatory data protection.

Simon has also been involved in several high-profile trademark disputes that have led to Swiss landmark decisions. He is also active in the field of geographical indications as it relates to IP issues, and has provided extensive expert opinions on this subject to the Swiss authorities.

Simon is ranked and recommended for his work in Chambers Europe (2014), Who's Who Legal: Switzerland (patents and life sciences), Intellectual Asset Management: Patent 1000 and World Trademark Review 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals.

Simon is praised by clients and peers as a "skilled and driven individual" and "a future leader in the contentious sphere" who is "top-ranked by peers" within the "excellent" and "high-flying" IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal.

Michael Ritscher

meyerlustenberger | lachenal

Michael is heading the top ranked IP team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, representing clients in a substantial part of the patent cases before the Swiss Patent Court and the Swiss Supreme Court. He is one of the most experienced Swiss patent litigators and arbitrators and has been successful in many cutting-edge disputes, not only in the area of patent law.

Advising and representing one of his long-standing clients in IP matters worldwide, Michael is also familiar with the in-house perspective of IP disputes.

Furthermore, Michael is also a non-permanent judge at the Zurich Court of Commerce, adjunct professor at the University of Lucerne, co-editor of the Swiss IP journal sic! and president of the Swiss IP association INGRES.

Sabine Age

Véron & Associés

Admitted to the Bar in 1994, Sabine Agé gained experience in the various intellectual property fields (patents, trademarks, designs), before dedicating herself exclusively to patent litigation in 2001.

Véron & Associés is a law firm of 14 lawyers, assisted by two scientific consultants, an economic litigation consultant, a graphic designer and translators, dealing exclusively with patent litigation for French and international clients. Sabine handles standard related cases in the multimedia systems and telecommunications fields and has acted on behalf of an international telecommunications manufacturer for the French part of world-wide crossborder patent litigations. She is also active in cases relating to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical instruments and household devices for international and domestic industry based clients.

Sabine lectures on patent litigation at the CEIPI (International centre of intellectual property studies) in Strasbourg, and at the University of Montpellier in addition to speaking engagements for conferences.
She is the secretary to EPLAW, European Patent Lawyers Association, and an active member of AIPPI, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. She is also a member of IPO through Véron &

Thomas Bouvet

Véron & Associés

Thomas Bouvet is an attorney-at-law specialized in patent litigation. He obtained an LL.M. in the USA and is a Doctor-at-law. Admitted to the Bar in 1996, he immediately joined Pierre Véron to practice patent litigation and is a partner of Véron & Associés since the creation of the firm in 2001.

Thomas’ activity mainly relates to patent validity and patent infringement litigation in the fields of electronics, telecommunications, mechanics, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, media and biotechnologies. He has extensive experience in patent entitlement cases and in matters for the violation of trade secrets. Thomas also handled a large proportion of cases brought before the French courts for infringement of plant breeder’s rights. He defends employers in actions of compensation for employees’ inventions and regularly advises companies setting up appropriate policies in this respect. He arranged several customs actions.

Thomas lectures on patent litigation at EM Lyon School of Management and Centre Paul Roubier, in addition to speaking engagement for conferences. He is a member of AAPI, AIPPI (co-chair of special committee Q114 on “biotechnology including plant breeders’ rights”), GRAPI (currently President), EPLAW, CIOPORA and an administrator of Centre Paul Roubier. The firm is a member of IPO and of AIPLA. Thomas is the author of a doctoral thesis on “The Legal Protection of Vegetal Innovation”, and co-author of Saisie-contrefaçon, a book published by the leading French publisher Dalloz (3nd edition 2013) and of Droit et pratique des voies d’exécution published in the series Dalloz Action 2004-2005. He is also the author of the French chapter (and co-author of the UPC chapter) of the book Global Patent Litigation: How and Where to Win, published by Bloomberg BNA (2014).

Pierre Véron

Véron & Associés

Pierre Véron is a member of the Paris Bar. His 14 lawyer firm, with offices in Paris and Lyon, deals only with patent litigation, with a special emphasis on international cases.

Pierre Véron is the Honorary President of EPLAW, the European Patent Lawyers Association, which he founded in 2001, and of the French association of patent litigators (Association des Avocats de Propriété Industrielle); he has taught for many years European patent litigation at the CEIPI (International Centre of Industrial Property Studies) in Strasbourg. Between 2007 and 2012, he has served as an expert with the European Commission for the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe. He is a member of the Drafting Committee of the Rules of Procedure of this court.

Pierre Véron is the editor of Saisie-contrefaçon, a book published by the leading French publisher Dalloz (3nd edition 2012) and of Concise International and European Intellectual Property Law, published by Kluwer Law International (2nd edition 2011); he is also the author of
many publications on patent litigation and on industrial property law.(

Joachim Feldges

Allen & Overy

Joachim has practised complex patent litigation for more than 27 years and across all technical fields, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. He has experience developing and implementing international patent litigation strategies in numerous European jurisdictions, including on the requirements arising from parallel patent litigation in the U.S. He represents clients in infringement and validity cases before all major patent courts and he has acted in arbitration proceedings on patent disputes as well as a mediator to settle such disputes.

Joachim regularly represents clients in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. In addition, he is involved in the preparatory work for setting up a Unified Patent Court in Europe.

David Por

Allen & Overy

David is an experienced litigator specialised in all areas of intellectual property. His practice concentrates primarily on complex and cross-border intellectual property disputes, with a particular focus on patent cases, in which he also advises on validity and freedom to operate issues. David has notably represented leading actors in the patent wars of the telecommunications sector, as well as numerous pharmaceutical companies in proceedings against generics.

David has become a specialist of the interplay between intellectual property and competition law, notably in the field of standardised technologies.

Jürgen Schneider

vice president, global IP & IP litigation

Jean-Jacques Canonici

Patent Manager
Procter and Gamble

Jean-Jacques is a qualified European Patent Attorney with more than 30 years of experience as an in-house Patent manager at Procter and Gamble, of which 15 years as Director of the European Patent group of the company. His expertise includes IP strategy and portfolio management, all aspects of practice with the EPO, Design law, and multijurisdictional litigation in Patents and Designs across Europe.

Jean-Jacques was appointed to SACEPO in 2012.

He is a founding member and vice-chair of IPO’s European Practice Committee, past president and current vice-president of UNION – IP Designs Commission, and delegate to the Patents Working Group of Business Europe.

Luke McDonagh

Lecturer at law 
Cardiff University

 Dr Luke McDonagh is Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University. Before taking up this position he was LSE Fellow in the Law Department at the London School of Economics from September 2011 until August 2013. He holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (2011), an LLM from the London School of Economics (LSE) (2006-7) and a BCL degree from NUI, Galway (2002-05). His academic work has been published in journals including The Modern Law Review (MLR), International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC) and Intellectual Property Quarterly (IPQ). His research into the issue of patent troll litigation in the UK was cited in a UK House of Commons parliamentary debate in March 2014. He has also been quoted by, or has written pieces for, several media outlets including the BBC and the Guardian. Most recently he is the author of 'Exploring perspectives of the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent within the Business and Legal Communities' A Report Commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office (July 2014).

Jochen Meyer

Head of IPR

Judge Matthias Zigann

Presiding judge of the 7th chamber
Regional Court of Munich

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