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European Patent Reform Forum USA 2015 - New York Speakers 

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This year's speakers include:


Ian Mackinnon

Ian McKinnon

Ian is Senior Counsel for IBM. He is one of the core members of the patent licensing and sales legal team responsible for generating IP income for IBM. This team focuses on the development and deployment of innovative patent monetization strategies, including managing creation and presentation of infringement and sales collateral. In addition Ian manages the tracking, and resolution of adversely held patents with in the IP Legal function. 

Ian has over 21 years of experience spanning all areas of intellectual property practice. Prior to moving to IBM, Ian was the Intellectual Property Counsel for UTC's Research Center. Ian's UTC responsibilities included the oversight of the IP law department for UTC's Research and Development Center. While at UTC, Ian was instrumental in developing a process for the identification and protection of UTC's cutting edge technology. The processes developed included a process for clearing technology developments early in the process to avoid costly redesigns or licensing.  Prior to Ian's time with UTC, Ian was with Honeywell, working in all manner of IP issues, from preparation and prosecution of patent applications to management of enforcement litigation.

Russ Merbeth

Chief Policy Counsel
Intellectual Ventures

Russ Merbeth serves as Intellectual Ventures's Chief Policy Counsel, leading its government relations strategy, and managing its public policy operations and its office in Washington, DC.  As Chief Policy Counsel, he works with government officials and industry executives in various business and policy development, legislative, regulatory, and standards activities.

Russ has more than 25 years of experience in Washington, DC, representing telecom and technology companies and advising industry associations on public policy development and advocacy.  Prior to IV, Russ was VP of government affairs for Cricket Communications and Leap Wireless representing the companies before Congress, federal regulatory agencies and the executive branch.

Prior to Cricket, Russ served as general counsel for Ionex Telecom in Dallas, TX, and assistant general counsel at Integra Telecom in Washington, DC.  He began his law career in private practice, representing cable, wireless, and satellite communications service providers and industry trade associations.  A Texas native, Russ holds his undergraduate and law degrees from UT Austin, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

David Cohen

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.

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.

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.

Kevin Curran

Global Patent Counsel
Bayer Corporation

Kevin is a registered patent attorney, having practiced law over 16 years, with the goal of helping each client better manage and protect its Intellectual Property, and do so in an efficient, effective and cost-conscious manner. His patent and trademark experience spans prosecution, litigation, client counseling, transactions, and compliance. Over eleven years Kevin has been in private practice focusing on patent litigation and prosecution, and five years have been in-house as senior counsel at multinational corporations, including Bayer HealthCare and SAP, three years of which were at the software company's headquarters in Germany.

Besides Kevin’s litigation experience, he has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications across electronic, biotech, software, and electromechanical arts, such as biomedical devices, medical therapies, business applications, computer architecture and semiconductors.

Matt Levy

Patent Counsel
Computer & Communications Industry Association

Matt Levy is patent counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), where he handles legal, policy advocacy, and regulatory matters related to patents and where he is the lead blogger for CCIA’s Patent Progress. Before joining CCIA, he handled both patent litigation and patent prosecution in private practice. Matt also worked as a software designer for several years for IBM and is co-inventor on a patent based on his work there.

Matthew Golden

Chief Counsel, Global Patents 
Mondelz Global


Allison Hobbs

Legal Counsel
Big Tent Entertainment


Jim Harrington

SVP, Chief IP Counsel
Shire Pharmaceuticals

Jim Harrington is the senior vice president, global chief intellectual property counsel for Shire Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Shire Jim spent five years in Brussels, Belgium where he established and managed the Johnson & Johnson European patent department. He has had a diverse career practicing biotechnology law in the private, corporate and government sectors.  He currently specializes in licensing, acquisitions and global patent litigation. 

Prior to practicing intellectual property law Jim practiced criminal law and before attending law school was the senior forensic molecular biologist in New Jersey’s forensic science laboratory. During his tenure at the laboratory Jim testified as an expert witness in over forty criminal and civil trails. Mr. Harrington is a prolific writer and has published a seminal treatise on Forensic DNA testing, recently cited in a written opinion by the Supreme Court of Arizona. Jim was the legal and scientific correspondent for the newspaper USA Today during the OJ Simpson trial.    

Siu Lo

Chief IP Counsel
Genesis Biotechnology Group

Dr. Siu Lo serves as Chief IP Counsel for Genesis Biotechnology Group, where he provides strategic direction to the company including freedom to operate, patent procurement and portfolio development, manages internal and external prosecution counsel, contributes to the management of IP dispute resolution, and advises on all IP issues. He has 17+ years of patent experience. He drafts and prosecutes a wide range of patent applications for inventions in biotech, diagnostic and chemical fields. 

Previously, he was an associate with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Greeberg & Traurig LL, Kenyon & Kenyon and Goodwin Proctor LLP. He also worked as an in-house patent counsel for Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Dr. Lo holds a doctoral degree from Albany Medical College, and has extensive research experience in medical research. He received his post-doctoral training at Rockefeller University and Brigham & Women's Hospital. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Cornell Medical College before earning his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Paul Coletti

Associate Patent Counsel
Johnson & Johnson

Paul Coletti is an Associate Patent Counsel of Johnson & Johnson, where he has worked since 1987.  At J&J, Paul has overall patent responsibility for J&J’s Medical Devices companies. Paul’s practice extends over all fields of patent law, including prosecution, litigation and client counseling. He is also active in various patent and industry organizations, such as the US Chamber of Commerce, IPO, AIPLA and AdvaMed, and serves on the USPTO-EPO Bar Liaison Group. He is also active in giving presentations to various patent-related organizations.

Paul has a BS in Mechanical Engineering (1980) from Polytechnic Institute of New York (now part of NYU); an MS (1981), also in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University; and a JD (1985) from the University of Notre Dame.   Prior to joining J&J, Mr. Coletti served as an associate in a patent boutique in Chicago, where he dealt with all aspects of intellectual property law. He also worked as an engineer for a brief time with Bell Laboratories.

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.

Jurgen Neugebauer

Jurgen Neugebauer

Jurgen Neugebauer, a partner with CASALONGA in Munich since 2008, has practiced Patent Law since 1993.  He is a German Patent Attorney and is also admitted as European Patent Attorney before the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich. He has extensive experience in opposition and oral procedures before the EPO.

He frequently speaks at various patent conferences including the JPAA (Japan Patent Attorneys Association) study groups on European Patent Law in Tokyo. The CASALONGA Munich office, part of the CASALONGA IP group with more than 100 professionals and offices in Munich, Paris, Grenoble, Toulouse and Alicante, focuses on European patents and on the future EP litigation before the Munich local division and the mechanical cluster of Central Division of the European Patent Court (EPC).

Caroline Casalonga

Caroline Casalonga
Managing Partner

Caroline Casalonga, managing partner of CASALONGA and based in the Paris office, is a French lawyer, specialized in IP litigation with extensive experience in litigation before the French IP courts. She represents technology companies in patent litigation as well as IP litigation in general. The Paris office of the CASALONGA group, a European IP firm, with more than 100 professionals and offices in Munich, Paris, Grenoble, Toulouse and Alicante, focuses on French and European IP litigation and prosecution and on the future EP litigation before the Paris Central Division of the European Patent Court (EPC) and the Paris local division.

Ms. Casalonga has been a member of the Paris bar since 1995. She received her LLM from Cornell University (1996) and subsequently worked with Pennie & Edmonds in NYC.  This experience has enabled her to better understand the needs of US and other international clients.  Ms. Casalonga is an active member of the EPLAW (European patent lawyer association), INTA, AIPPI, LES, ECTA, CAPIP (Coalition Against Piracy Intellectual Property).

Marianne Schaffner


Marianne Schaffner is the National head of the Intellectual Property Group of Dechert in Paris as well as the National co-head of the Life Sciences Group of Dechert Paris. Marianne has extensive experience in strategic domestic, pan-European and international patent and trade secrets disputes for a diverse array of companies, in particular in the Life Sciences, Electronics and Telecoms sectors. As lead counsel, she often coordinates cross-border patent disputes in Europe and in the United States. She has a very good knowledge of the US litigation system (discovery and estoppels notably) and such expertise is a pre-requisite for each client litigating in Europe and in the US. She is also very familiar with the UK and German litigation systems, as she worked in the UK and Germany as well as with the Belgian system as she appears, as co-counsel, before the Belgian Courts. Marianne also advises clients on intellectual property agreements, patent portfolio, patent validity and freedom to operate issues.

Marianne is co-chair of the Life Sciences Patents Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), board member of the French Trademark and Design Association (APRAM), member of the Public Resources Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES). She is also a lecturer in the Advanced Post Master, Research and Valorisation of IP program at the University of Poitiers. She is fluent in French, English and German and understands Dutch.

Rutger Kleemans

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Rutger litigates complex patent cases before the (specialized) Dutch courts and before the European Patent Office.

Patent litigation in Europe often involves different jurisdictions. Patent litigants have to consider different legal systems, court procedures, legal traditions and cultures. Rutger knows his way around this fragmented playing field – and where the pitfalls are – and uses this knowledge to his clients' best advantage.

He has been in the driving seat in pan-European patent litigations (offensive and defensive) including life cycle management litigation. These matters involve mature patent litigation systems, but also litigation in developing systems in Eastern Europe. He is equally happy working as part of a global team, focusing on the Benelux aspects of a case.

He litigates pharmaceutical (including medical devices), biochemical and TMT patent cases, the latter covering software, user interface, data streaming and universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) technology.

Rutger also heads the mainstream IP practice of Freshfields Amsterdam. He handles both contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright, design and slavish imitation/trade secret cases.

He is particularly active in the TMT (mobile communication), pharmaceutical, (bio)chemical, energy and consumer goods sectors. This involvement has given him a good knowledge of related areas, such as (self)regulatory and advertising law.

Graham Burnett-Hall

Marks & Clerk

Graham is an intellectual property lawyer and partner at Marks & Clerk Solicitors. He specialises in patent litigation, advising clients operating in a range of sectors including electronics, telecoms technology, biotechnology, medical devices, chemicals and energy and is known as a trouble-shooter for cases with unusually complex technical aspects.

Graham is a solicitor advocate and has acted as junior counsel at trial in the UK Patents Court and in the Court of Appeal. He frequently acts in multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is one of the few UK practitioners with first-hand experience of running patent litigation in China.

Graham is currently listed or ranked in leading legal directories including Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000, Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars and Who’s Who Legal.

Maureen Kinsler 

Marks & Clerk

Maureen has extensive experience of patent prosecution and handles many internationally diverse patent portfolios for a range of different clients.  As well as drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications, her experience includes opposition and appeal work at the European Patent Office. Maureen also routinely advises clients on due diligence and freedom to operate matters, and provides infringement and invalidity opinions.

Maureen deals with a variety of subject matter, but specialises in photonics, semiconductors, computer related inventions and business methods. She has a wide range of clients including start-ups, universities and global companies.

Maureen has a first class honours degree in physics and a PhD in semiconductor devices from Glasgow University. She also holds an MSc in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. 

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 Dusseldorf. 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.

Tim Whitfield

Tim Whitfield
Powell Gilbert

Tim advises on contentious IP matters, with a strong focus on patent litigation. He represents clients in cases before the English Courts, as well as in proceedings before the European Patent Office. He has extensive experience of advising clients on the co-ordination of international patent litigation strategy. Tim also advises on related issues arising from international technology standards, patent pools and licensing.

Rosie Hardy

UK and European Patent Attorney
Withers & Rogers

Rosie's practice spans the fields 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, rail, oil and gas exploration, medical apparatus and consumer products.

Rosie works with a wide range of clients from individuals to multinational corporations, universities, overseas clients and business support agencies. Working closely with her clients, she has particular expertise in developing commercially effective intellectual property portfolios. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Rosie specialises in managing and enforcing patent rights for her clients as well as opposing and avoiding infringement of third party patents.

Recent highlights include successfully opposing certain key European patents belonging to a competitor and speaking at a series of conferences in the USA on changes to the European Patent System.

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.

Sabine Age

Veron & Associes 

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1994, Sabine Agé has been dedicating herself exclusively to patent litigation since she became a partner of Veron & Associes at the creation of the firm in 2001.

Sabine handles standard related cases in the multimedia systems and telecommunications fields and has acted in particular on behalf of an international telecommunications manufacturer for the French part of worldwide cross-border patent litigations. She is also active in cases relating to pharmaceuticals, chemicals and medical instruments as well as household appliances and consumer goods, for international and domestic industry-based clients as well as research organisations. She deals with legal issues extending from contractual disputes, patent ownership (and co-ownership) to validity and infringement.

Sabine lectures on patent litigation at the International Centre of Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg and at the university of Montpellier, in addition to her speaking engagements for conferences.

Sabine Agé is an active member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and secretary to the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW). She is also a member of IPO and AIPLA through Véron & Associés. 

She is co-author of Saisie-contrefaçon, published by the leading French publisher Dalloz and edited by Pierre Véron (third edition, 2012).

Philip Strassburger

Vice President, General Counsel
Purdue Pharma

Philip Strassburger has served as Vice President and General Counsel since 2012. He joined Purdue in 1999 after serving as Senior Patent Counsel at Pfizer Inc, and as an Associate at the New York law firms of Hedman Gibson, and Bryan Cave LLP. Before he began his legal career, Mr. Strassburger practiced as a chemical engineer in The Netherlands.

Mr. Strassburger began his career at Purdue as Chief Patent Counsel, and was later named Vice President, Intellectual Property Counsel. At Purdue, Mr. Strassburger has worldwide responsibility for intellectual property prosecution and litigation. He has negotiated numerous acquisitions, licenses, and patent settlements throughout the world. He is also responsible for all legal affairs of Purdue, including antitrust, transactional, and regulatory legal matters in the United States.

Mr. Strassburger received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering and his BA in Philosophy from Tufts University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut as well as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Leythem Wall

European Patent Attorney

Leythem Wall is a chartered UK and European patent attorney at Finnegan Europe LLP. His practice involves patent drafting, prosecution, opinions on infringement and validity, freedom-to-operate and international pre-litigation strategy including detailed advice on the Unified Patent Court. He has extensive experience in oppositions and appeals including representation in oral proceedings before the European Patent Office. Mr. Wall has also successfully coordinated oppositions and appeals in US, China and India.
Mr. Wall handles a range of technologies including agrochemicals, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, catalysts, polymers, nanotechnology, aerospace, coatings, superconductors, medical devices, telecommunications and consumer products. Prior to Finnegan he was IP counsel for ExxonMobil in Brussels.
He has a Chemistry Masters Degree from Oxford University and a Diploma in Patent Litigation from the University of Strasbourg. Mr. Wall is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Litigation Committee and Temporary Director of the European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT).




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