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Richard Vary

Global head of litigation

Richard is Nokia’s head of litigation. Although particularly experienced in European patent litigation, he and his team of 12 litigation lawyers manage all areas of Nokia’s litigation and arbitration worldwide. In the last five years, Nokia’s litigation team has litigated over 200 patent actions, other claims cumulatively worth over €15bn, and won awards including Managing Intellectual Property’s “In house team of the year” award.
Richard joined Nokia in 2006 after 9 years at Linklaters LLP, where he trained and qualified into the Intellectual Property department. He sits part time as a district judge in the South East circuit of England. He is married to Naomi, another litigator, and they have two (argumentative) children.

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 plc), 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.

Mr Roberts has passions for motorcycles of the 1970s, South East Asia, good red Burgundy, and good food but not necessarily together.

Hon. Dr. Tilmann Büttner

Regional Court of Düsseldorf

Hon. Tilmann Büttner is a judge of the Regional Court of Düsseldorf since 2007 and specialized in patent law. From 2010 to 2012 he was seconded to the Federal Ministry of Justice, where he joined the division for patent law. In December 2012 he has become Deputy Presiding Judge of the newly formed 4c division of the Regional Court of Düsseldorf to which patent infringement proceedings are assigned.

He is following the emerging Unitary Patent Court system by lectures and the participation in an annotation project to the new legal texts concerning the Unitary Patent court.” He was educated in law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Osnabrück.

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 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.

Christian Osterrieth
Christian Osterreith


Christian Osterrieth, attorney since 1984, practices since 1986 exclusively in the field of national, European and international Intellectual Property law (technology law, trademark law and unfair competition law) and is specialized in patent and trademark litigation as well as licensing.

Christian Osterrieth represents major and global clients from many technology-driven industries, including electronics, computer hard- and software, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. A particular focus of his work is the development and implementation of litigation strategies in multi-national patent litigation.

Christian Osterrieth studied at the University of Paris II (Université de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences Sociales) after his second State Exam (French and international Intellectual Property law).

He is author and co-author of various books and articles on Intellectual Property law and is a frequent speaker at international conferences regarding patent law, trademark law and licensing. He especially takes part in the training for specialty lawyers in Intellectual Property Law.

From 2002 until 2004 he was President of LES Licensing Executives Society, Germany. Since 2012 he is Vice-President of LES International (LESI). He is a member of the patent committee of GRUR, the German Intellectual Property Association, chairman of the IP-Committee of the German Bar Association and member of the patent committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

Christian Osterrieth is honorary professor for patent law at the University of Constance and lecturer at the University of Düsseldorf, and guest professor at the Universities of Strasbourg (CEIPI), France and Haifa, Israel.

Martin Kohler


Martin Köhler, attorney since 1998, is specialized in patent litigation and the preparation of freedom to operate opinions. Martin Köhler is also active in trademark and design rights enforcement as well as in unfair competition litigation. His non-contentious work includes advising on license, research and development agreements as well as on employee invention matters.
Martin Köhler regularly litigates cases in the areas of electronics, mechanical and chemical engineering, automotive technology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

In addition to his legal studies at the Universities of Saarbrücken/Nancy and Trinity College Dublin he attended a basic study period (D.E.U.G.) in French law and postgraduate studies (D.E.S.S.) as a scholarship holder of DAAD in international business law.
Following research work at the University of Rome he received his PhD with a comparative law thesis on the UN Sales Convention (CISG) which was published by the Max-Planck Institute for Private International and Foreign Law.

Martin Köhler publishes regularly on Intellectual Property issues and is a speaker at conferences on patent law issues. Furthermore, he is visiting lecturer at Hagen Law School.

Martin Köhler is a member of the editorial boards of “IP Litigator” and of “Patent World”.

Charles Larsen

Ropes & Gray

Chuck is a U.S. lawyer and U.K. solicitor, and has a particular emphasis on intellectual property strategies and transactions in the U.S. and Europe. Chuck represents clients before the U.S. PTO and European Patent Office, conducts patent validity, infringement, and freedom to operate studies for both U.S. and European patents, and advises clients in preparing and filing reexaminations, European oppositions, and other contested proceedings. Chuck also performs intellectual property portfolio due diligence for equity investments and acquisitions, and works with clients to structure their transactions to address the intellectual property risks involved. A significant component of his practice also includes negotiating and drafting complex licensing and commercial agreements involving intellectual property, and advising clients on U.S. export and embargo issues pertaining to their international technology transactions.

Edward Kelly
Edward Kelly
Ropes & Gray

Ed provides intellectual property advice, legal opinions, and represents clients with appeals at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board, oppositions before the European patent office, and re-examination proceedings at the U.S. Patent Office. He also provides strategies for securing patents, trademarks and copyrights to a broad range of clients.

Ed works with a number of clients, protecting and defending IP related to medical devices, telecommunication, technology, semiconductor and MEMs technology, computer network technologies, and software. He also represents clients during investments, on legal opinions and with licensing. He has extensive experience before the Board of Appeals at the U.S. Patent Office, and before the examining and opposition division of the European Patent Office.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ed worked as a hardware and software design engineer in the Signal Processing Group of Raytheon, the Benjamin Franklin Institute for Robotics, and the medical electronic division of Hewlett-Packard (now Philips).

Ulrich Blumenroder


Dr. Ulrich Blumenröder, LL.M. is an Intellectual Property Litigation Partner in the firm’s Munich office with over 20 years of experience. Ulrich practices Unfair Competition Law, Design Patent Law, Utility Model and Patent Law, Licensing, Copyright Law. Ulrich focuses, however, on Patent and Design Patent Litigation in all German courts, especially the courts in Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Munich. Ulrich has also experience in cross-border litigation, organizing and conducting multi-national litigation and Arbitration. The clients range from mid seized German entities to large Korean, Chinese, US and Japanese companies. Ulrich frequently lectures on patent litigation in various commercial institutions and international conferences in Europe, Asia and the US. Currently, lectures on the UPC and the Unitary Patent are his main topic.

Wolfgang Neubeck


Dr. Wolfgang Neubeck is a Partner of Grünecker, and in charge of the firm’s French office in Paris. Prior to joining Grünecker in 2002, Mr. Neubeck worked for two years in the research and development department of a major European High-tech company.

Since joining Grünecker, Mr. Neubeck focuses on patent prosecution and patent litigation. The clients range from local German and French companies to large Japanese, Korean, Chinese and US companies. He represents his clients before the German and European patent office and since 2009 also before the French patent office.

Mr. Neubeck has gathered extensive experience in opposition proceedings before the EPO and regularly pleads at the German Patent Court. His experience also covers cross boarder litigation, in particular litigation cases spreading over Germany and France.

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.(

Jochen Meyer

head of IPR Germany

Laëtitia Bénard

Allen & Overy

Laëtitia leads Allen & Overy’s Paris IP practice and is co-head of Allen & Overy's global Life Sciences Group. Laëtitia is a litigator specializing in domestic and cross-border patent litigation. She has a wealth of experience having acted in numerous complex patent disputes involving pharmaceutical and high tech companies. Laëtitia has also advised on patent portfolios, patent validity, and freedom to operate issues. Additionally, she has extensive experience in disputes involving trademarks, copyright and unfair competition issues. She has specific knowledge of the life sciences field, in which she also advises on regulatory issues and contracts.

Laëtitia was recently awarded ‘Best in Life Sciences’ at the Euromoney ‘Women in Business Law Awards 2014’ which celebrate the best female business lawyers and is recognised as a leading individual for patent litigation by a number of legal directories.

Nicola Dagg

Allen & Overy

Nicola leads Allen & Overy’s global IP Litigation practice from London and is also head of Allen & Overy's global Life Sciences Group. Nicola has considerable experience dealing with the litigious and advisory aspects of matters with a high scientific and technological content. Nicola has acted in many of the most high value and high profile patent litigation cases in Europe. She has also acted on numerous disputes involving trade marks, copyright, designs and breach of confidence.

Nicola previously served as the Deputy Reporter General of AIPPI International. She is recognised as a key individual for IP litigation by the major UK legal directories.

Mathilde Rauline

head of the European patent litigation

Mathilde Rauline is currently Senior Counsel within sanofi patent and is in charge of European Patent Litigations. Ms. Rauline started her carrier as a patent attorney in Nestlé (Switzerland), and when joining sanofi in 2007 was given increasing responsibilities as head of the anti-infective then aging patent portfolios. She has an extensive background in all facets of intellectual property law, including offensive and defensive litigation, dispute resolution, damages assessment, patent prosecution, but also product lifecycle management or counseling clients on patent matters. Ms. Rauline is European and French patent attorney, and tutor at the CEIPI. 

Christophe Geiger

director general

Christophe Geiger is Associate Professor, Director General and Director of the Research Department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg (France). He specializes in national, European, international and comparative intellectual property law, has drafted reports for the European institutions and acts as external expert for the European Parliament and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). He is also General Editor of the Collection of the CEIPI published by LexisNexis, co-editor of the EIPIN series published by Edward Elgar and member of the editorial board of several journals on IP law. 

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard

Hogan Lovells

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard specializes in patent litigation. He is mainly involved in national and multi-jurisdictional patent litigations, mediations and arbitrations, representing international clients, notably in the field of telecommunications and electronics, life sciences and chemistry.
Stanislas Roux-Vaillard was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2002. He became a certified IP specialist of the Paris Bar in 2008. He also holds a US LLM in Intellectual Property (2000). He is the author of a doctoral thesis on the comparison of US and French case law on patentability requirements (2001). He regularly writes articles on intellectual property developments in France.
Stanislas is a partner in the Paris office since 2014.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells in 2006, he worked for a French boutique firm specialized in patent litigation.

Camille Pecnard

senior associate
Hogan Lovells

Camille is an IP lawyer and a Senior Associate of Hogan Lovells Paris office, which he joined in 2006. His legal practice focuses on the transactional and litigation aspects of intellectual property law, in particular patents, trade marks, authors' rights and unfair competition/parasitism.
He is often involved in national and multi-jurisdictional IP litigations (patent, software and design infringement cases).
Camille was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2006. He holds an LL.M. in intellectual property and information technology from Bond University (Queensland, Australia) and a master's degree in business law from the University of Paris II (France).

Thierry Sueur

vice president IP and vice president of European and international Affairs
Air Liquide

Thierry Sueur has spent nearly a quarter of a century as vice president of IP and vice president of European and international affairs at Air Liquide; before that he was at Thomson (now Technicolor), where he was instrumental in developing its world-class licensing operation. Since 2012 he has also been vice president of the French arm of the International Chamber of Commerce, and has helped to shape IP policy in the country as chairman of the IP Committee of French business federation MEDEF and vice chairman of the board of the French Patent Office. Further afield, as chairman of the Patents Working Committee of Business Europe, he has worked hard to ensure that the industry’s voice was heard during the negotiations on the creation of the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court in Europe. Sueur was president of LES International in 2001 and 2002, and received the LESI Gold Medal in 2005. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2007.

Malcolm Meeks

senior IP counsel
France Brevets

Jürgen Dressel

head global patent litigation strategy

Jürgen Dressel has a PhD in organic chemistry. He worked as a medicinal chemist at Bayer Pharma for nine years until 1997 before he moved to the patents department and qualified as a European Patent Attorney.
In 2002 he joined the Generics group in the Novartis patents department, in 2004 returned to the originator business and became responsible for Patents General Medicine which included the cardiovascular, respiratory and neuroscience disease areas.

Since 2006 he is responsible for Pharma IP litigation with focus ex US. Jürgen’s main experience is preparing for and executing litigation between originators and generics.

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