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Kim Jessum

Associate General Counsel
Heraeus Incorporated

Ms. Jessum is Associate General Counsel at Heraeus Incorporated in Langhorne, PA and Secretary of Heraeus Materials Technology North America LLC in Chandler, AZ. Heraeus is a Fortune Global 500 company specializing in precious metals, materials and technologies; sensors; biomaterials and medical products; as well as quartz glass and specialty light sources. Ms. Jessum is responsible for providing intellectual property and general legal advice for various business units in the United States and worldwide. Ms. Jessum received her bachelors degree in chemical engineering and applied science from Lehigh University in 1992 and her masters degree in biopharmaceuticals from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She was awarded her law degree and Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1997. Ms. Jessum is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She holds various leadership positions in the American Bar Association, including the Financial Officer for the Intellectual Property Law Section and serves as a co-chair of the IP Committee of the Delaware Valley America Corporate Counsel Association.

Michael Schneider

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Michael is a German qualified attorney at law ("Rechtsanwalt") based in Munich, one of the future seats of the UPC. He specialises in contentious and non-contentious IP matters, patent litigation and licensing in particular. He has experience across all forms of IPR but particularly patent litigation in the high technology and life sciences areas before all relevant German trial and appeal courts. Michael has recently been involved in co-ordinating strategy for a German based exploitation of a wide-ranging European patent portfolio in the telecoms sector involving consideration of seven other European jurisdictions.

Michael received his PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich and worked at the European Patent Office on European patent litigation projects before joining private practice. Earlier in his career Michael spent some time working in the US, including an internship at the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit.

Stefan Luginbuehl

lawyer, international legal affairs
European Patent Office

Stefan Luginbuehl, completed his law degree at the University of Berne (CH), then worked at a well-established law firm specializing in business law, with offices in Zurich and Berne, and was admitted to the bar in 1999. In 2009 he received a PhD degree from Utrecht University (NL).

Since 2004 he works as a lawyer in the Directorate International Legal Affairs of the European Patent Office where he is inter alia dealing with the developments of the patent system in Europe, with emphasis on the unitary patent and the uniform patent litigation system.

He participated in several Diplomatic and Intergovernmental Conferences on the reform of the European patent system and the international litigation system and is the author and editor of several books and articles on patent procedure and patent litigation in Europe and Asia.

Matthew Weinstein

intellectual property legal counsel

Matt Weinstein is an Intellectual Property Counsel at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Matt counsels several Accenture businesses on intellectual property strategy and protection, including Accenture’s Products and Resources operating groups.  In doing so, he works with developers and business executives to identify new innovations for patent protection, directs prosecution of relevant portions of Accenture's worldwide patent portfolio, assists in the resolution of IP-related disputes, and provides IP subject matter expertise and negotiation support on commercial transactions.

Prior to joining Accenture, Matt was in private practice at Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP, where he gained broad experience in all aspects of patent prosecution, litigation, and transactional work.  He began his career as an information technology consultant.  Matt earned his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, magna cum laude, and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.  

Pamela Simonton

executive vice president and general counsel
Exelixis Pharmaceuticals

Pamela Simonton has 30+ years of global business and patent experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.  As an Executive Vice President at Exelixis, Inc., Pamela is currently focused on overseeing the company’s global patent strategy.  During her first 14 years at Exelixis, she has held numerous positions, including serving as General Counsel, Executive Vice President, overseeing the company’s business development activities and facilities operations, and serving as Senior Vice President, Patents and Licensing, and Vice President, Corporate Technology Development.

Prior to Exelixis, Pamela worked at Bayer Corporation, where she spent 14 years in various positions, including Vice President of Patents and Licensing for Bayer’s Pharmaceutical Division, North America.

Laura Grunzinger

IP counsel
Tredegar Corporation

Laura Grunzinger is IP Counsel for Tredegar Corporation and supports its Tredegar Films Products Corporation and Bonnell Aluminum subsidiaries.  Tredegar Corporation, located in Richmond, Virginia, is a global operating company with industry-leading businesses in the plastic films and aluminum extrusions market, manufacturing in the United States, Brazil, Netherlands, Hungary, India and China.  Laura has her Bachelors in Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines (1997) and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law (2000).

Larry Horn


Larry Horn is President and CEO of MPEG LA, world leader in alternative licenses for standards and other technology platforms. MPEG LA revolutionized patent licensing with the first modern day patent pool. Its pioneering program for MPEG-2 helped produce the most widely used standard in consumer electronics
history and became the template for addressing other technologies.

Today MPEG LA operates licensing programs consisting of over 9,300 patents in 75 countries
with 185 licensors and some 5,900 licensees. Mr. Horn has directed MPEG LA’s licensing and business development since the Company began operation.

Gottfried Schüll


Gottfried Schüll is a prominent and highly reknowned patent litigator. He has handled various high-profile cases for global clients, both as lead counsel and as part of an international legal counsel team. The Dusseldorf Appeals Court has appointed him as an independent court expert.

Gottfried Schüll has handled far more than 500 patent litigation and nullification proceedings over about two decades. Admitted at the German Federal Supreme Court, the Federal Patent Court and the German and European Patent Offices, he has represented clients in sophisticated cases involving information and communication technology, electronics, and semiconductor technology.

He acted as European lead counsel in the game-changing MPEG-2 patent litigation, representing the worlds technology leaders in the field of consumer electronics in cases against top EU computer manufacturers, disk replicators and retailers. In the field of telecommunications he also counselled one of the worlds largest market-capitalised companies in patent litigation and nullification proceedings against the four leading German internet service providers. These and recently filed cases against a smartphone manufacturer involved a multitude of standards-related patents.

Representing his clients, he achieved a fundamental verdict issued by the German Federal Supreme Court confirming the protection for digital data products generated by a patented encoding process.
Mr Schüll obtained his graduate degree in physics from RWTH Aachen University.

Arwed Burrichter


Arwed Burrichter is a senior partner with the law firm Cohausz & Florack. He is a highly experienced European and German patent attorney. Having obtained a PhD in chemistry from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Dr Burrichter prosecutes and litigates patents in the fields of pharma, general chemistry polymer chemistry and biochemistry, and advises on strategic IP decisions.
Dr Burrichter has frequently served as lead patent counsel in various important pan-European pharmaceutical and chemistry-related cases. As such, he has a substantial track record in European Patent Office (EPO) opposition and national nullity proceedings.

Besides his litigation and EPO opposition work, Dr Burrichter maintains an extensive patent prosecution docket for his clients.

Dr Burrichter is known for his perceptive counselling of US clients, which frequently rely on his advice for important strategic decisions in European patent prosecution and litigation matters. He acquired his affinity for the United States and his sense of the particularities associated with the US legal system through more than five combined years of scientific and professional working experience in the United States, including during a period as foreign associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, New York (formerly Fish & Neave LLP).

Koen Bijvank


Koen Bijvank received a master of science degree in organic chemistry from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and a master of laws degree and postgraduate certificate in intellectual property litigation from Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

Koen is a partner and head of the Section Chemistry & Life Sciences at V.O. Patents & Trademarks in The Hague, The Netherlands. His practice involves all aspects of patent law including drafting, prosecution, opinion work, and, in particular, conducting oppositions at the European Patent Office and participating in patent litigation before national courts in Europe. He has gained vast experience in numerous aspects of creating and successfully defending patent portfolios, including the shaping of patent strategies for both small and large sized companies. His main expertise is in the fields of bio-organic chemistry, agrochemistry, medical technology and pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, Koen is a tutor for CEIPI in Strasbourg, France, where he trains candidates for the legal part of the examination to qualify as a European Patent Attorney. He is the current president of the Dutch group of AIPPI, one of the editors of BIE, a leading IP journal in The Netherlands, and one of the founding members and president of the European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT).

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.

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.

Sherry Knowles

Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies

Sherry M. Knowles is an intellectual property attorney with over 25 years experience in global corporate and private practice. From 2006-2010, Ms. Knowles was the Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, where she served as the worldwide head of patents for all litigation and transactional matters, and managed a global department of over 200 people in 12 offices, including the U.S. (3 offices), Europe (7 offices), China (1 office) and Australia (1 office). At GSK, Ms. Knowles was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Technology Investment Board, the Product Management Board, the Legal Management Team and she led the Global Patents Executive Team.

During her leadership at GSK, the company achieved the successful resolution of patent disputes over Requip, Valtrex, Paxil in Europe, Avodart, the US re-issue of the Advair patent, and a number of Consumer Health, biologics and biopharmaceutical matters. Ms. Knowles had the responsibility for over 1900 pending GSK US applications, over 2200 granted U.S. patents, over 14,000 pending foreign applications and over 15,000 granted foreign patents.

Liz Cohen


Liz specialises in intellectual property matters with a particular focus on patent litigation. Liz has over 13 years experience of representing clients such as Syngenta, Les Laboratoires Servier, Smith & Nephew Plc and Novartis Ag in revocation and infringement proceedings in all UK courts right through to The Supreme Court. Liz has also represented clients in the UKIPO and EPO. Most recently, she has jointly lead a team which has successfully obtained preliminary injunctions and other relief for Novartis against generic supplies in many countries around the world. She is often asked to co-ordinate cross border litigation and to advise within Europe and beyond for clients situated inside and outside the UK.

Robert Burrows


Robert specialises in intellectual property law.
He has considerable experience of advising on patent litigation matters in the UK, particularly for clients within the life sciences sector. A number of the cases he has managed in recent years have required the coordination of parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions within Europe and elsewhere in the world in order to ensure that consistent and optimal arguments have been deployed in all jurisdictions. The national and international cases with which he has been involved have required, inta alia, preparation for and attendance at preliminary injunction and main action proceedings in numerous countries within Europe and attendance at inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes in India and Japan.

Robert also advises on other IP rights and is one of a small number of lawyers who have acted in matters concerning plant variety rights. In addition to his litigation experience, Robert regularly assists clients with due diligence on the intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions.

William Cook

Marks & Clerk 

Will is an intellectual property lawyer with a focus on the litigation and licensing of patents, engineering designs and copyright.  He advises major corporations and technology companies in the TMT sector, in particular relating to patents covering electronics, semiconductors, telecoms, software and related fields. He also advises clients in the mechanical, chemical engineering and life sciences sectors.  He has been recommended by the Legal 500 Directory as outstanding, and covering all angles, providing an all-round litigation service. Chambers UK Guide has described him as sought after for contentious intellectual property matters.

Graham Burnett-Hall

Marks & Clerk 

Grahamâ's practice has a particular emphasis on patent litigation and dispute resolution in technically and legally complex areas, for which his science background is a considerable asset.  He advises clients in a wide range of fields, including the chemicals, biotechnology, medical, electronics and TMT sectors. He frequently acts in multi-jurisdictional disputes, co-ordinating and working with legal teams in Europe and the United States. He is one of the few UK practitioners with first-hand experience of running patent litigation in China.

He is a solicitor advocate and has represented clients in the UK patent and appeal courts.  His cases include leading authorities on priority rights and contributory patent infringement and has recently been involved in one of the first cases to consider the impact of the new EPO limitation proceedings on national patent litigation.

Graham also advises on IP due diligence and on freedom to operate issues and in connection with other intellectual property rights including, designs, copyright and database rights.  He is a member of EPLAW and AIPPI.

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 Duesseldorf. 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.

Pierre Veron

Veron & Associes

Pierre Veron 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 Veron 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 Propriete 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 Veron is the editor of Saisie-contrefacon, 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.(

Isabelle Romet

Veron & Associes

Isabelle Romet is entirely dedicated to patent litigation, as the 12 other lawyers of the firm. Admitted to the Bar in 1988, she joined Pierre Véron immediately afterwards. She is a co-founder of the firm Veron & Associes in 2001, along with Pierre Veron, Thomas Bouvet and Sabine Age.

Her practice encompasses patent validity, infringement and ownership in most technical areas, especially in complex technological fields and in an
international context. She has handled landmark cases relating to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, ophthalmology, nanotechnology, molecular diagnosis, genetically modified plants, veterinary and phytosanitary products. Her expertise in pharmaceutical patents goes with a focus on supplementary protection certificates. Green technologies are a growing activity. She remains active in mechanics, electricity and electronics.

Convinced by the interest of alternative dispute resolution, she participated in mediations and negotiations which led to major settlements. She lectures on patent litigation at Sciences Po Paris as well as various universities, intellectual property centers (such as Centre Paul Roubier), international conferences and private seminars.

She is a member of AIPPI, EPLAW, AAPI, LES and, through Veron & Associes, IPO and AIPLA.

She is a co-author of the book Saisie-contrefacon, published by the French publisher Dalloz and edited by Pierre Veron (3rd edition in 2012).

Clemens Heusch

head of litigation, Europe

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.

Bernard Ledeboer


Bernard Ledeboer started his career as an Patent Attorney with V.O. in 1997. Before, he worked at a large law firm in Amsterdam. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and an LLM in Intellectual property litigation.
Bernard’s general expertise lies in the field of mechanical and civil engineering. He has specialized in machine construction, flexible manufacturing systems, conveyor systems, offshore techniques, surgical instruments and consumer products. His clients are of all sizes, with a focus on midsized industrial supply companies. Bernard has a pragmatic approach to IP protection, and is a word smith who enjoys direct communication with his clients. Bernard’s practice is divided between patent prosecution and patent litigation. He has wide experience in patent litigation cases before the court in The Hague, and opposition and appeal cases before the European Patent Office. He applies his litigation experience to build strong patent portfolios for his clients.

Jeffrey Butler

senior associate general counsel

Jeffrey Butler advises international companies on patent, trade secret, copyright and other IP matters, as well as product-liability and contract and other general business matters. He has significant dispute-resolution experience (litigation, arbitration, mediation) in connection with patents, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach-of-contract, product-liability, trademarks and copyrights. He counsels clients on domestic and international licensing, IP defense, assertion, acquisition and exploitation, and also develops global IP strategies for clients in areas such as global defense of IP rights, global patent exploitation, and global IP acquisition.

Jeffrey has advised clients in various industries such as automotive technologies, automatic identification systems, software/firmware, medical/biomedical/dental devices and procedures, pharmaceuticals and  biotechnology, coatings, industrial chemicals, consumer products, nuclear fuels, e-mobility systems, electric vehicles, and green technology/ cleantech.

David Cohen

chief legal and IP officer 

David L. Cohen, Esq. is the Chief Legal and IP Officer at Vringo Inc., where other tasks he oversees Vringo’s world-wide efforts in intellectual property development and monetization.

Prior to Vringo, David was Senior Litigation Counsel at Nokia, where among his other duties, he oversaw many of Nokia’s litigations.  David has also worked in private practice in Lerner David and Skadden Arps. 

Before practicing law, David earned a BA and MA from the Johns Hopkins University in the history of science and history; an M.Phil in the history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University, an MA (with distinction) in legal and political theory from University College London, and a J.D. (cum laude) from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Law Review.  David received the Sara Norton prize from Cambridge University and the First Prize in Lowden-Wigmore Prizes for Legal Scholarship from Northwestern.   David clerked for The Honorable Chief Judge Gregory W. Carman of the Court of International Trade.

Julia Tanase

patent counsel
Thomson Licensing

Julia Tanase is patent counsel for Thomson Licensing, the US Patent and Licensing arm of Technicolor, a global provider of media and entertainment services. At Thomson, Tanase concentrates her practice on world-wide patent prosecution and patent assertion. Julia Tanase has a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and her JD from Fordham University Law School.

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