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MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2016 - Munich Speakers

September 6, Munich; September 8, Paris




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This year's speakers included:

Margot Fröhlinger

Margot Frohlinger
Principal director, patent law and multilateral affairs
European Patent Office

Margot Fröhlinger, former director of intellectual property at the European Commission, joined the European Patent Office (EPO) in April 2012, where she is principal director of patent law and multilateral affairs. In this role, she deals with issues such as the development of patent law at European and international levels, patent law harmonisation, cooperation with major IP offices (ie, IP5 and Trilateral), the strengthening and improvement of the Patent Cooperation Treaty system and the implementation of the European unitary patent and the EPO’s relationship with the Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee.



Clemens Heusch

Clemens Heusch
Head of European IP litigation
Nokia

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.



Heike Wollgast

Heike Wollgast
Senior legal officer
WIPO

Heike Wollgast is a Senior Legal Officer in the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.  She is a German lawyer and holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Cologne.  Following studies in Germany and Switzerland, she was a research fellow at the Institute of International Law in Cologne and practiced intellectual property (IP) and commercial law in the Berlin office of Luther.  Prior to joining the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Heike also worked for a number of years in WIPO's IP enforcement program.



Claudia Tapia

Claudia Tapia
director of IPR policy
WIPO

Dr. Claudia Tapia is Director IPR Policy at IPR & Licensing within the Ericsson group.

With over 39,000 granted patents, Ericsson has emerged as the company holding the strongest radio communication patent portfolio in the industry covering 2G, 3G and 4G cellular standards. Claudia main‘s responsibility is to engage in the global debate on FRAND and other IPR topics. She is also responsible of other areas related to Ericsson’s IPR strategies and policies in Standards Development Organizations.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Claudia was Director IP Policy in the department Patent & Standards Strategy at BlackBerry. While at BlackBerry, she focused on various aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property rights policies in standards, global patent policies, as well as licensing and litigation.

Claudia holds a law degree from the University of Valencia, an LLM degree specialising in International Patent Law from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and a PhD degree (with a scholarship of the Max Planck Institute) from the Faculty of Law in Augsburg.

She is president of 4iP Council, Spokesperson of IP Europe, vice chair of the IPR WG at DigitalEurope, vice chair of the IP Policy Group in TechUK and a member of several organisations such as AIPPI, ETSI, ITU, LES, and VPP. Originally from Argentina, but brought up in Spain and residing in Germany, she is truly a global citizen, and speaks English, Spanish and German.



Maarten Mooij

Maarten Mooij
Senior IP corporate counsel
Nokia

Maarten Mooij is Dutch and European Patent attorney working as a Senior IP Corporate Counsel at Nokia (previously Alcatel-Lucent) based in Stuttgart, Germany. He is responsible for a substantial docket of in-house and outsourced patent prosecution cases with a strong focus on wireless communications.

Before joining Nokia, Maarten worked for over 10 years in the field of patents in the Netherlands. He started as a patent engineer at a startup company in the semiconductor business. Subsequently, he moved to private practice. He initially worked for the patent prosecution firm NLO, before moving to a law firm specialised in Intellectual Property, i.e. Howrey and Hoyng Monegier. Besides handling patent prosecution and (pre-)litigation cases in the field of telecommunications, he also obtained extensive experience in other technology areas including but not limited to (electron beam) lithography, LED-lighting and data compression.

Maarten studied Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology, where he received a Master of Science (MSc) degree in 2001.



George Moore


Head - transactions patent support & senior patent litigation counsel
Sandoz

George Moore is Head, Transactions Patent Support & Senior Patent Litigation Counsel at Sandoz International GmbH. He leads a team which manages the IP aspects of transactions for Sandoz’s generic pharmaceutical business sourced from third parties. He also manages multi-jurisdictional pharmaceutical patent litigation for a portfolio of products, and advises on pharma-regulatory law and competition law. He is based in Holzkirchen in Germany.

Before joining Sandoz in 2011, George was worked at Apotex Inc. in Toronto, Canada, where he held the role of Patent Counsel, International.  Previously, George worked at Bristows and Allen & Overy in London, where he specialised in patent litigation and patent advisory work for a number of pharmaceutical and biotech clients.

George is a qualified solicitor (England & Wales) and has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.



Matthias Schneider

Matthias Schneider
senior licensing manager
Audi

Matthias Schneider is the lead negotiator for standard-essential patent licensing activities at AUDI AG. He was Vice President for IPR at Siemens Communication Devices and BenQ Mobile and Global Head of Defensive Licensing at Nokia Corp. He has played an important role in the development of the Siemens 2G and 3G SEP licensing program and was the lead negotiator of numerous (offensive and defensive) high-value licensing deals for various companies. He has been advisor of major telecom manufacturing companies and patent licensing entities. He is a Computer Scientist and User Interface Designer and the inventor of more than 20 granted patents.


Anne Vincent


European patent counsel
B. Braun Melsungen



Cordula Schumacher


Partner
Arnold Ruess

Cordula Tellmann-Schumacher LL.M. is a partner of the firm. She specialises in intellectual property law and, in particular, patent litigation and pharmaceutical advertising law.

She is continuously praised bylisted as an expert in her field in IAM Patent 1000 as "an impressive lawyer with a sharp mind and excellent technical understanding"("polyglot and pharma ace" whose "star continues to rise") and Chambers and is highly recommended by Leaders League. Chambers reports about client appraisal: "She is great at co-ordinating cases and actions. She is prudent and really sees the essential, where others get lost in the woods." The JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms highly recommends Ms Tellmann-Schumacher for patent litigation (quote: "very good trial preparation") and she was voted by her peers into the Best Lawyers Ranking. Legal 500 lists her as "strategic thinker identifying the key issues" and as “accessible, expert in her field” who offers a “prompt and reliable service”.

The firm's patent practice is continuously recommended as one of the global top 1000 in IAM Patent 1000 ("The team does a wonderful and very detailed job. Its members are very meticulous and able to navigate complex scenarios and uncertain jurisprudence") and as a "well established and powerful team" with “strength and depth” in Legal 500, "in particular for difficult patent proceedings where the team meets highest standards in timing and quality". Chambers quote clients: "The lawyers are very good, with the experience to know what the real issues are in a case and focus their efforts there. They are creative and go the extra mile. You get quick responses and great answers." and "It is a high-quality, successful firm with a very good track record. The partners are always on top of the case."



Joachim Feldges

Joachim Feldges

partner
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.



Mark Ridgway

Mark Ridgway

partner
Allen & Overy

Mark Ridgway is a partner in Allen & Overy's IP litigation team, based in London. He joined Allen & Overy in 2002 having first obtained a BEng (Hons) (First Class) in Electronic Engineering. Since then, Ridgway has applied his scientific background to a range of contentious matters involving technical subject matter, with a particular focus on: pharmaceutical; biotech; technology; and telecoms patents. He also works on trade secrets litigation, advising clients from the life sciences, consumer electronics, telecoms and financial services sectors. Ridgway's experience includes acting on some of the most high-profile patent litigation cases to come before the UK courts in recent years, often working as part of a cross-border team. This was has predominantly been in the life sciences and high-tech sectors.



Dominic Adair

Dominic Adair

Partner
Bristows

Dominic is a partner at Bristows LLP, specialising in patent litigation. His practice focuses mainly on the life sciences, reflecting his technical background. Dominic has extensive experience of cross-border litigation in and beyond Europe and has worked on all aspects of the pharmaceutical product life cycle, from freedom to operate analyses and early-stage risk assessment of generic competition to end-stage litigation, SPCs and anti-trust issues. Dominic writes regularly on reported patent cases in the UK and at the EPO and is a member of the AIPPI. He is a regular conference speaker and presenter.



Katie Hutchinson

Katie Hutchinson

Associate
Bristows

The main focus of Katie's work is patent and trade mark infringement matters. On the patent side Katie has a particular emphasis on pharmaceuticals and her background in Biochemistry assists in providing a good understanding of the technical aspects of such work. On the trade mark side Katie has worked on matters in different sectors and in proceedings before both the High Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Katie also has experience of copyright matters.

Katie works as part of a team of associates who are responsible for a global pharmaceutical product co-ordination project, in which she manages IP litigation in a range of jurisdictions. She regularly works alongside lawyers and patent attorneys in other jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and Latin America.



Caroline Casalonga

Caroline Casalonga

Partner
Casalonga

Caroline is managing partner of Casalonga Avocats.

Caroline specialises in patents, trademarks and other IP litigation rights. She has more than 20 years of experience in all intellectual property fields from counselling to litigation. She started her career with Paul Mathely, the most famous French IP litigator from the 60s to the end of the 90s, and then joined Pennie & Edmonds in New York City prior to practicing with Casalonga & Associés, as a French and European Trademark Attorney.

She advises large French and International companies on protecting and defending their intellectual property rights in different sectors including electronics, automobile equipment, pharmaceutical goods, and consumer products.



David Barron

David Barron

Partner
Gowling WLG

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 Lawrence Graham team at time in the two largest patent cases ever heard in the UK, involving 31 and 35 patents respectively. He is particularly well-known for his expertise in the relationship between patents and technical standards.

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



Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider

Partner
Gowling WLG

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



Graham Burnett-Hall

Graham Burnett-Hall

Partner
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.



Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson
Partner
Powell Gilbert

Alex Wilson is a partner and founder member of Powell Gilbert, 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.


Tom Oliver

Tom Oliver
Senior associate
Powell Gilbert

Tom is a senior associate at Powell Gilbert LLP, a London based specialist intellectual property law firm.

Tom specialises in intellectual property litigation, with a particular focus on high value patent litigation before the UK courts. Tom’s scientific background make him well suited to advise on scientifically complex disputes - Tom’s recent experience include cases in the pharmaceutical, medical device and telecoms fields.  His cases are typically international in nature and require the development of a multi-jurisdictional litigation strategy involving coordination with legal teams across Europe and North America. 

Tom has extensive experience in a wide range of interlocutory proceedings, including in obtaining preliminary injunctions and orders for the provision of customers’ details.


Karl Barnfather

Karl Barnfather
Chairman and partner
Withers & Rogers

Above all else, Karl is passionate about innovative companies maximising the benefit of the intellectual property system to meet their commercial objectives.
 
A practical client focus complements Karl’s academic achievements which enable him to work in a range of technical fields of research. The benefit of modern Physics degrees covering much electronics, computing and robotics, as well as traditional subjects such as optics and wave theory, and other theoretical aspects of Physics gives Karl an excellent base on which to practise as a patent attorney.

Karl began in IP licensing electronics technology in the corporate sector and is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. He joined Withers & Rogers in 1995 and was unanimously elected Chairman commencing April 2012.

Karl has the Université de Strasbourg (CEIPI) Diploma in European Patent Litigation and will be qualified to practice before the Unified Patent Court. He is also recognised as a leading IP Strategist as one of the IAM 300 IP Strategists and Chair of the LES GB&I IP Strategy Committee.


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