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Catherine Lacavera

Director of litigation
Google Inc.

Catherine Lacavera joined Google in 2005.  As Director of Litigation, she manages a team of over twenty intellectual property attorneys and technical advisors.  She oversees a docket of more than 200 pending patent and other intellectual property litigation matters both within and outside of the United States, including the Viacom and other copyright litigation against YouTube, and the Apple, Microsoft and Oracle copyright and patent litigation directed at Android.  Ms. Lacavera also advises on complex licenses and acquisitions, both within and outside the litigation context, including the acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. In 2013, she was named one of Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, the most innovative in-house counsel by the Daily Journal and a Rising Star in the Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards.  In 2012, she was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the top 40 under 40 for significant contributions to the community.  Prior to joining Google, Ms. Lacavera practiced patent litigation in New York City at a large global law firm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alexandra Brodie

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

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 world’s 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 world’s 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).

Katy Motiey

Chief Legal Officer
Spansion Inc.

Subroto Bose

IP Counsel
Altera Corporation

Subroto Bose is Patent Counsel at Altera Corporation where he manages patent litigation and patent prosecution.  Prior to joining Altera he was Director of IP at SuVolta, where he contributed to developing and executing the company’s patent filing strategy. Prior to working at SuVolta he worked on patent litigation and patent reexamination matters at several law firms.
Subroto has extensive experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution, and patent reexamination proceedings. He has represented clients in patent litigation proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC), and federal district courts. He has also represented several defendants in filing reexamination petitions as part of a patent litigation defense strategy.

In addition, Subroto has been responsible for preparing and prosecuting patent application for several public and start-up companies. His experience includes developing and implementing an IP strategy and managing a patent portfolio. He has also performed portfolio analysis of large patent portfolios as part of providing advice regarding patent monetization and intellectual property development strategies.

Subroto worked for several years as a hardware and software developer, programmer, systems architect, and product manager prior to being admitted to practice law. He is a named inventor on 9 U.S. patents and several foreign patents.

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.

Dmitry Tulchinsky

Intellectual Property Liason
DuPont Industrial Bioscience

Dmitry Tulchinsky has more than fifteen years of experience in the biotech and chemical industries. He has worked for the last seven years as a patent professional focusing on intellectual property matters in IP strategy development and implementation, licensing, due diligence and portfolio building at DuPont and Johnson & Johnson. Prior to working as a patent professional, Dmitry worked for eight years as a scientific researcher in drug discovery for Novartis, Amgen, UCLA, and The University of Southern California culminating in three drugs candidates entering human clinical trials and one marketed within the U.S.  Dmitry has a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from UCLA and a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Cal State Northridge.

James Boon


James joined Bristows in 2002 and specialises in contentious IP matters. He has a breadth of experience in advising on patent disputes in the telecommunication, electronics, aeronautics and oil and gas fields. Other areas of James' practice include the interplay between IP and competition law and copyright infringement with an IT-focused subject matter. James is experienced in dealing with cross-border litigation in Europe, North America and Asia. He is closely involved with preparations for the UPC and leads a team in our well publicised UPC Moot designed to stress test the UPC procedures in a real time framework.

Richard Pinckney


Richard specialises in contentious intellectual property matters with a particular emphasis on patent litigation in the telecommunications, engineering and electronics sectors. Richard has represented clients in proceedings in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and at the EPO. A significant part of Richard’s patent litigation practice involves coordinating litigation before the UK Courts with parallel litigation in the USA and Europe (particularly Germany) and advising on international patent litigation strategy. As well as advising clients in relation to proceedings before courts, Richard’s practice includes the interaction of patents and FRAND obligations, freedom to operate advice, patent validity analysis, IPR enforcement strategy and the interaction of IPRs and digital media.

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

Ropes & Gray

Ed provides intellectual property advice and 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).

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 Burnell-Hall

Marks & Clerk

Graham’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.

Kevin Jakel

CEO and founder
Unified Patents

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.(

Isabelle Romet

Véron & Associés

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 Véron & Associés in 2001, along with Pierre Véron, Thomas Bouvet and Sabine Agé.

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 Véron & Associés, IPO and AIPLA.

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

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”.

Zoe Butler

Powell Gilbert

Zoë has a broad practice advising clients across the range of IP rights. She is particularly known for her expertise in advising clients in complex patent disputes. Recently, Zoë has acted for a range of clients, from electronics and software companies to pharmaceutical and biotech companies in matters relating to patents, copyright, trade marks and design rights as well as contract and competition law.
In addition to representing clients before the UK courts, Zoë has experience of European Patent Office opposition proceedings, and has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and mediations relating to technology contract disputes. Zoë has been involved in many multi-jurisdictional disputes, working with advisors from across Europe, North America and Japan, and, in many instances, has taken a role in coordinating such litigation. In 2003, Zoë spent 6 months in The Hague seconded to the IP/ICT department of a leading Dutch law firm.
Prior to founding Powell Gilbert in 2007, Zoë was a partner at Bristows. She is a member of AIPPI and EPLAW. She frequently lectures on IP law and is a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice. Zoë was a contributor to the latest edition of the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act.

Isaac Peterson

Director, litigation and intellectual property

Isaac Peterson is Director, Litigation and Intellectual Property for Netflix.  Mr. Peterson manages Netflix's domestic and international patent litigation docket, its patent portfolio, and other litigation.  Prior to joining Netflix, he was a litigator at national law firms specializing in technology and intellectual property. He is a graduate of Duke University and Northwestern University School of Law.

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.

David Young

Swanson & Bratschun

Dan’s practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, including litigation, prosecution, and counseling.  Dan has extensive litigation experience, including first and second-chair trial experience before federal courts throughout the United States, the United States International Trade Commission, and private arbitration.  He has litigated patents covering a wide range of technologies, including memory systems, semiconductors, telecommunications systems, and financial transactions.  Dan has also represented clients in adversary proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including patent reexaminations and trademark oppositions.  Dan also counsels clients on patent prosecution and portfolio management, trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling, and intellectual property licensing issues.
Dan has been recently recognized as a “Rising Star” in the area of Intellectual Property by SuperLawyers magazine, “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, and a top patent practitioner by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.  Dan is a founding board member and current President of the Colorado IP American Inn of Court.

Rosie Hardy

European and UK patent attorney
Withers & Rogers

Rosie is a European and UK Patent Attorney and works as a Senior Associate at Withers & Rogers LLP. Her practice spans the field of physics, engineering and electronics. Within these fields, she has extensive experience in securing patent protection for electromechanical devices, power generation, clean technology, automotive parts, oil and gas exploration, medical apparatus and consumer products.

Rosie works with a range of clients including multi-national corporations, SME's, universities and overseas clients. She has particular expertise advising in-house Patent Attorneys and Senior Executives of US companies to help them develop effective intellectual property portfolios in Europe. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, she specialises in managing and enforcing patent rights, as well as opposing and avoiding infringement of third party patents. Rosie is noted for her blend of technical expertise, commercial savvy and IP strategy.

Prior to working as a Patent Attorney, Rosie worked as a Patent Examiner at the UK Patent Office. This experience enables her to  provide clients with invaluable insight into Patent Office requirements and practices

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