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MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2016 - Paris 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.



Sam Granata

Sam Granata
Judge
Court of Appeal Antwerp

Sam Granata (1970) is a Judge at the Court of Appeal Antwerp (Belgium), external member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO, member of the Legal Framework Group UPC (Subgroup 1: Rules of Procedures of the Court and Subgroup 6: Rules on Mediation and Arbitration), Member of the “Conseil Benelux de la Propriété Intellectuelle” and member of the (Belgian) Board for Intellectual Property Rights (industrial property section).  Throughout his professional career (as a IP-lawyer and mediator, university assistant and judge), Sam has proven to have a strong interest in intellectual property law. 

He obtained a Master of Law at the Catholic University of Law (Louvain, Belgium), a Master in Intellectual Property Law at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire)(N.H., US) and a Master of Arts in Interactive Multimedia at the University of London (London, UK).

Sam speaks fluent Dutch (mother tongue), English and French and has a good working knowledge of German and notions of Italian. He is the co-author “Introduction to the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court.  The (draft) Rules of Procedures of the Unified Patent Court”.



Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson
Senior patent attorney
BT

Pete Wilson is a Senior Patent Attorney with BT (British Telecommunications) where he is responsible for protecting inventions made across a number of fields of technology, including optical networks, software and business methods. He also has experience of patent litigation in a number of different jurisdictions.

Pete began his career in research before joining BT’s patent department. He spent some time in private practice advising on a wide range of IP issues before re-joining BT. He is a European Patent Attorney, a Chartered Patent Attorney and is a professional representative before OHIM. Pete studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering with French at the University of Nottingham and has an LLM in Intellectual Property Law & Management from the University of Strasbourg.



Olivier Thirard

Olivier Thirard
Deputy legal director, IP
Orange

Olivier Thirard received his law degrees from the University of Pau and the University of Strasbourg (CEIPI), France. He is also a graduate of the University of Houston law school (LL.M). He started his career in intellectual property in 1995 in Houston, USA, with Air Liquide America before moving to Paris in 2001 to join the parent company IP department.

In 2006, he joined Orange as head of the Intellectual Property legal department. In his current position, Olivier manages and handles legal IP matters in various fields
including definition and implementation of comprehensive IPR policies for the Innovation division of Orange Group; standardization and licensing activities as well as patent and software litigations.


Sonia Cooper

Sonia Cooper

Senior patent attorney
IP Policy and Strategy, Microsoft

Sonia Cooper (European Patent Attorney, Chartered Patent Attorney, B.Sc.Hons., M.Sc.) is a Senior Patent Attorney in the IP Policy and Strategy Group, at Microsoft and is responsible for IP policy matters internationally for Microsoft, with a focus on Europe. Sonia is also responsible for patent portfolio development for Microsoft Research in Cambridge.

Prior to Microsoft, Sonia was Head of Patents at Skype. Before joining Skype, Sonia worked as a patent attorney at PWF in London, having obtained a Batchelor’s degree in Physics from Bristol University in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in Management of Intellectual Property from QMW University in London in 2000.



Bruce Elder

Bruce Elder

Legal director, IP & licensing
Integrated Device Technology (IDT)

Bruce Elder directs all IP strategy and programs at a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company, IDT.  There, he also leads all licensing activities and manages M&A transactions.  Prior to IDT, he held similar positions in high-tech, after starting his law practice working in IP litigation with a large multi-national law firm 8 years ago. Before his legal practice, Elder had a successful 15-year career in business development, and also worked as a satellite systems engineer for 4 years.  His business development experience included three Internet security software/online payment start-up companies in succession, where he served as Senior VP of sales and marketing in each, and prior to that he had an 11-year tenure in global business development at Sun Microsystems, where he lived as an expatriate in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia before leading Sun’s worldwide healthcare and medical device business in the 1990s.

Elder received a honors degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1985, and received a Juris Doctorate, magnum cum laude, from the University of San Diego in 2008. He has also completed studies in healthcare policy at Harvard University.  He is admitted to practice law as an attorney in California, as a Solicitor in England & Wales, and as a Patent Attorney at the USPTO.



Adrien Renoult

Adrien Renoult
IP corporate counsel
Nokia

Adrien Renoult is Intellectual property corporate counsel at Nokia with four years experience in patent applications, including drafting and patent applications prosecution. Renoult built up his IP experience in a French IP law firm and within the intellectual property group of Nokia.

Renoult's expertise lies in electronic, telecommunication and computer science areas, gained from working 10 years as a research engineer and system engineer at Thales and Sagem.



Charlotte Retzler

Charlotte Retzler
Senior vice president, IP
Ipsen

Charlotte Retzler is the SVP of Intellectual Property at Ipsen, a global biopharmaceutical company with headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
 
Retzler joined Ipsen in 2008 and has been leading the global patent and trademark department since 2011. Prior to joining Ipsen, she held positions of increasing responsibility within the Intellectual Property department of Merck Serono (formerly Serono), based in Geneva. Retzler was trained in IP in private practice in Germany.

Retzler is a European and German Patent Attorney and holds a PhD in Biochemistry.



Ben Ostapuk

Ben Ostapuk
Head of patent litigation
Intel

Ben Ostapuk is an Associate General Counsel in Intel Corporation’s Law and Policy Group, and Director of Patent Litigation worldwide for Intel and its Affiliates.  While at Intel, Ben has been named to the 2016 IAM Strategy 300 World’s Leading IP Strategists, an MIP 2015 Corporate IP Star, a member of Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2013 Worldwide Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders, and a 2011 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.  Ben has been actively managing patent litigation in Europe for Intel since 2011, and lived in Munich for nine months in 2013-14.  Ben joined Intel in 2010 from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a patent litigation partner in the San Francisco office.  Prior to Kirkland, Ben was a patent litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Ben holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he graduated in 1996.


Alessandra Cincotti


Senior legal counsel
Inserm Transfert

Alessandra is responsible for drafting and negotiating technology transfer agreements with industrial partners, academic and research institutions, in French and in English (in particular, collaboration agreements, consortium agreements, consulting agreements, licensing agreements) as well as institutional agreements.

Alessandra advises on intellectual property law, pharmaceutical law, contracts and commercial law; Corporate law and legal monitoring of companies and engages in pre-litigation management.



Gavin Lawson

Gavin Lawson
Senior Manager, Intellectual Property
Gilead Sciences


Mark Chadwick

Mark Chadwick
Senior patent attorney
DSM



Robert Fitt


Senior patent litigation counsel
Mylan

Following a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Oxford University, Rob qualified as a solicitor and worked as a patent litigator in the IP groups at Bristows and Powell Gilbert in the UK. While in private practice he acted for clients in a wide range of technology fields with a focus on conducting pharmaceutical and biotechnology cases before the Patents Court and the Court of Appeal. Rob also co-ordinated proceedings elsewhere in Europe including opposition proceedings at the EPO. In 2014, he moved in-house to Mylan where he manages pharmaceutical patent litigation cases throughout 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.



Gregory Bacon

Gregory Bacon

Senior associate
Bristows

Greg is a contentious IP specialist whose advice covers the full range of IP rights and extends across all industries. He also advises on wider issues relevant to the life sciences sector.

Greg’s particular focus is on patent litigation in the life sciences sector (pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices) and copyright litigation (various media).  He has extensive experience of acting before both the English High Court and Court of Appeal.  In addition, Greg is also involved in strategic multinational litigation through global pharmaceutical product coordination projects for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, where he manages IP litigation in relation to blockbuster drugs in a range of jurisdictions.  Greg's extensive scientific background gives him a valuable understanding of technical issues that can underlie IP matters, particularly in the life sciences field.



Caroline Casalonga

Caroline Casalonga

Partner
Casalonga

Caroline is a lawyer and managing partner of Casalonga, specialising in patent and other IP rights litigation. Her practice covers all areas of intellectual property with a focus on patent litigation matters and counseling. She has a double degree in law and business, with two years of practice in the US. This give her a specific international and business approach to her opinions and pleadings.

She advises large international and French companies on the protecting and defending their intellectual property rights in different sectors, including electronics, pharmaceuticals, automobile luxury goods and consumer products.

Caroline ranks among French's best IP lawyers (Best Lawyers 2016) and is one of the "Top 250 Woman in IP" for 2016.



Gérard Dossmann

Gerard Dossmann

Partner
Casalonga

After an internship in the patent department of the company KODAK, Gérard joined CASALONGA & ASSOCIÉS in 1973. He has been a partner since 1988.
He has a wide experience of patent prosecution in chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Gérard is also strongly involved in European patent oppositions. His experience in oral procedures before Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal is widely recognised. He has handled several cases before the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO.

He has extensive experience in the field of French and foreign litigation. He has made numerous infringement seizures, sometimes in difficult situations to prove infringement. He assists patent lawyers in often complex procedures in France and globally with multinational teams in action for infringement of patents or trademarks. He coordinates pan-European litigation in the field of patents.

Gérard performed many audits, due diligence, portfolio evaluations of Industrial Property rights, freedom to operate within the framework of product launches, acquisitions, mergers, fund raising or IPO start up. He regularly assists clients for contract negotiations, licenses, assignments or know-how.



Alexandra Brodie

Alexandra Brodie

Partner
Gowling WLG

Alexandra Brodie is a partner with Gowling WLG in the UK. She co-chairs the firm's Tech sector and her practice focusses on patent litigation in the telecommunications and electronics sectors. She recently successfully acted for ASSIA in its patent infringement dispute with British Telecommunications, establishing that its flagship Infinity 1 and Infinity 2 broadband systems infringed two of ASSIA's patents in the field of dynamic spectrum management. Alexandra is widely praised for her utter commitment to achieving her clients' goals while creating an energised and supportive team environment with her client's personnel and her team. IAM 2015 describes her as "an all-round IP litigator with a flair for software patent disputes".



Stanislas Roux-Vaillard

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard

Partner
Hogan Lovells

As the partner in charge of patent litigation in the Hogan Lovells Paris office, Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is mainly involved in national and multi-jurisdictional patent litigations, mediations and arbitrations, representing international clients, notably in the field of life sciences, telecommunications and chemistry. Stan brings insight to clients willing to take advantage of French patent law. Admitted to the Paris Bar, he represents clients by advocating in IP French courts, on first instance and on appeal.

With a network of talented patent litigators worldwide, Stan also takes part in the conception and execution of the multijurisdictional strategies of clients, along the specifics of their industry and business model. He is involved in a number of pharma and biotech cases helping clients make the most of their patent exclusivity. He represents clients in the telecom industry in contractual defences to standard essential patents and in non-essential patent claims brought by non-practicing entities.



Pauline Debré

Pauline Debre

Partner
Linklaters

Pauline Debré is a partner, heading the Intellectual Property practice of Linklaters in Paris. Her practice focuses primarily on national and cross border patent litigation, notably in the Healthcare and Telecommunications sectors. Pauline also has a strong experience in arbitration for complex IP disputes involving competition issues.  Pauline is co-Head of the Patent and Standards AIPPI Standing Committee and of the Patent Commission of the French group. She is listed in Chambers Global 2016 in Band 2, in Who’s Who Legal Patent since 2014, and among the “Best lawyers” in IP in France in 2016.



Julia Schönbohm

Julia Schonbohm

Partner
Linklaters

Julia Schönbohm is a partner in the Intellectual Property group of Linklaters, based in Frankfurt. She specializes in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the defence against allegations of infringement. Her practice covers all areas of intellectual property law with a focus on advising on, running and co-ordinating cross-border patent litigation matters. Julia’s clients are mainly from the life sciences, chemical, electronics and semiconductor industry. Julia is also admitted to practice in the US (State of New York).Julia ranks among Germany’s best intellectual property lawyers (Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2015) and is one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” for 2016/17. She was part of the JUVE “40 below 40”, a list of outstanding legal professionals in Germany (among them 20 lawyers).



Yohan Liyanage


Counsel
Linklaters

Yohan Liyanage is Counsel in the Intellectual Property group of Linklaters, based  in London. He has a broad intellectual property practice, covering litigation and commercialisation of intellectual property in a range of industry sectors, with particular experience in relation to patent litigation in the fields of life sciences and telecommunications. He has acted in proceedings before the UK Patents Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the UK Supreme Court), and is frequently involved in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional disputes. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Yohan studied Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge and obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Oxford. He regularly presents on issues relating to patent litigation and is a member of the editorial board of BioScience Law Review.



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.



Peter Damerell

Peter Damerell
Partner
Powell Gilbert

Peter is a partner of Powell Gilbert LLP, a London based specialist intellectual property law firm.

Peter advises on a wide range of contentious IP matters, including patent, trade mark, design right and copyright disputes.  He has extensive experience in handling complex and high value patent litigation before the UK courts. His cases are commonly international in nature, and he often works with legal advisers from across Europe, North America and Japan, contributing to and often co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategies.

Peter has worked on complex disputes across a diverse range of technologies, including pharmaceutical products and formulations, biotechnology, medical devices, telecommunications and engineering.  With his background in life sciences, he has particular experience in providing freedom-to-operate advice to pharmaceutical companies in relation to patent matters and advising on SPC filing strategies, notably where such applications are contested.  He is also experienced in advising telecommunications companies in relation to patent and FRAND issues, having been involved in a number of the leading UK cases in this sector.


David Lancaster


Senior associate
Powell Gilbert

David advises on all aspects of contentious intellectual property law, specialising in patent litigation. He has a background in biochemistry and has particular experience in the life sciences sector. He also represents clients in the telecommunications sector, including in proceedings for determination of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licence terms.

David is a qualified barrister and has represented clients as the advocate in the High Court, the UK IPO and before the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office.

David is a Committee Member of IPSoc, is recommended in Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences – Patent Litigation 2016 and is named as an associate to watch in MIP IP Stars Handbook Patent 2016.



Edward Kelly

Edward Kelly
Partner
Ropes & Gray

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

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

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



Anita Varma

Anita Varma
Partner
Ropes & Gray

Anita is co-head of Ropes & Gray's Intellectual Property Rights Management Practice Group and has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law as a lawyer and as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her experience as a Patent Examiner provides unique insights into the workings of the USPTO and as a UK Solicitor she is qualified to practice before the European Patent Office.

Anita focuses her practice on developing, analysing, and managing patent portfolios in diverse areas of technology for life sciences companies. She leverages this broad patent experience to counsel clients on transactional matters in connection with financial investments, mergers and acquisitions, and collaborations. Anita combines her patent experience with an understanding of regulatory exclusivities to help clients evaluate target portfolios and conduct worldwide due diligence assessments. She has conducted numerous pre-litigation assessments and rendered opinions regarding patentability, validity, non-infringement, freedom-to-use, Orange Book listing and delisting matters, and advised clients regarding the follow-on biologics legislation.


 

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