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MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2017 - Paris Speakers

September 5, The Charles Hotel, Munich
September 7, Paris Marriott Champs Elysees, Paris




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Speakers for MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2017 in Paris included:


Adrian Howes

Adrien Howes
senior legal counsel
Nokia

Adrian Howes is a senior legal counsel at Nokia.  Prior to joining Nokia, Howes worked at Mylan, acted as a consultant for Sony Computer Entertainment and as an associate at the law firm Bird & Bird. He is an English qualified lawyer, and studied chemistry and law at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge, respectively.

Howes' work at Nokia encompasses policy, regulation, licensing and litigation regarding IPR issues. This includes attending IPR meetings at standard setting bodies, dealing with issues on open source software and negotiating agreements relating to both. He is also actively involved in cross-industry discussions on IPR and its place in the next generation of industry standards.



Adrien Renoult

Adrien Renoult
IP corporate counsel
Nokia

Adrien Renoult is an IP corporate counsel for Nokia. Before becoming an IP professional, he spent 10 years in research and development activities, within one of the leading manufacturer of tactical telecommunication equipments. Renoult started its IP career within a French IP law firm. Within Nokia, Renoult is a patents portfolio manager. His responsibilities include the evaluation of the inventions, the drafting and prosecution of the patent applications. Renoult is also part of a working group dedicated to the opportunity and risk assessment of future Unitary Patents.



Bruce Elder

Bruce Elder
legal director, IP& licensing
Interated Device Technology (IDT)

Bruce Elder directs all IP strategy and programs at IDT, a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company.  He also leads all licensing activities and manages M&A trasactions for the company.  Prior to IDT, he held similar positions as associate general counsel at a mobile phone security software company, and a supercomputer company.  He started his law practice working in IP litigation with a large multi-national law firm. 

Prior to his legal practice, Elder had a successful 15-year career in high-tech business development, and also worked as a satellite systems engineer for 4 years.  His busiess development experience included raising venture capital and starting three internet software 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 international business development at Sun Microsystems, where he lived as an expatriate in Eastern Europe and Sutheast Asia before running Sun’s worldwide healthcare and medical device business in the late 1990s.

Elder received a honors degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1985, and received a Juris Doctor degree, magnum cum laude, from University of San Diego in 2008. He has also completed studies in Healthcare economics and policy at Harvard Univesity, and EU law in London.  He is admitted to practice law as an attorney in California, as a Silicitor in Egland & Wales, and as a Patent Attorney at the USPTO.



Marcus Southerden

Marcus Southerden
VP, global IP
Barclays Bank

Marcus Southerden joined the global intellectual property legal team at Barclays in January 2014 and has responsibility for advising Barclays operations and technology, investment, personal and corporate bank businesses, in all regions outside of the US. Southerden’s work encompasses IP policy, strategy, litigation and commercialisation in the emerging FinTech space.

Before joining Barclays, Southerden worked in private practice as an IP litigator at Herbert Smith Freehills, in both London and Hong Kong, with a focus on multijurisdictional patent and software copyright disputes.


Denise Hirsch

Denise Hirsch
VP, global IP
Barclays Bank

Before joining Inserm Transfert in 2006 as head of the intellectual property department and then director of protection and institutional partnerships, Denise Hirsch worked as a patent attorney for thirteen years with Cabinet Lavoix, then for three years as head of patents international therapeutic Area "allergies and respiratory diseases" at Pfizer, and subsequently as head of European patent group - IP department Pfizer from 2003-2005.

Hirsch is a graduate of CEIPI, and holds a Master (DEA) in Organic Chemistry, Université Louis Pasteur and a Master in Business Law, Robert Schumann University. She is an expert in intellectual property in the field of life sciences and a European patent attorney. She was also appointed as a representative of the states in the IMI-IP working group.



Lorenz Kallenbach

Lorenz Kallenbach
VP, global IP
Barclays Bank

Lorenz Kallenbach is a corporate patent counsel at Merck KGaA, where he is involved with innovator biologicals, as well as biosimilar projects. He is responsible for defining and executing the IP strategy of these projects, including the assessment of the IP landscape, coordination of worldwide patent litigation and portfolio development.

Before joining Merck, Kallenbach worked in private practice, focusing on biotechnological cases. He is qualified as a German and European patent attorney. Kallenbach studied biochemistry and received a PhD in the field of epigenetics.



Maximin Gourcy

Maximin Gourcy

IP manager
DS Smith

Maximin Gourcy is the intellectual property manager for the plastics division at DS Smith, a 30-year manufacturer of flexible packaging, filling equipment, dispensing solutions, and rigid packaging returnables in Europe. He manages the IP portfolio including patents, designs and trademarks and assists the division’s teams on all Intellectual Property matters to improve and develop the IP global strategy.
Before joining DS Smith in 2016, Gourcy was an Intellectual Property Lawyer at FCP Avocats, a french law, where he handled various cases from copyright infringement litigation to trademark prosecution and start-ups general business advice.

He launched his own start-up in 2010 providing an innovative digital reading solution and creation platform. He then joined the Eram Group, a leading European fashion retailer, in 2013 as an intellectual property lawyer, for which he managed the IP portfolio including trademarks, patents, designs and domain names, and gave counsels to creative, marketing, and innovation teams.

Gourcy holds a specialised Intellectual Property Master’s Law degree.
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Ewan Nettleton

Ewan Nettleton

senior patent counsel
Novartis

Ewan Nettleton is a senior patent counsel at Novartis Pharma AG in Switzerland where he works on global pharmaceutical litigation co-ordination projects.  This involves managing IP and related litigation in a wide range of jurisdictions.  Nettleton is a qualified UK solicitor (since September 2002), and has an MA in chemistry and a DPhil in protein chemistry from Balliol College, Oxford as well as a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Bristol University.  He is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

Prior to joining Novartis in September 2010, Nettleton was an associate at Bristows specialising in IP law with an emphasis on litigation.  There, he gained experience of patent infringement cases in the English High Court and Patents County Court.  He was also involved in advising pharmaceutical companies considering bringing new drugs to market and on defence of their IP rights for key products in multiple jurisdictions. Nettleton’s experience also extends to the regulatory field, the customs seizures, and to medical devices and IT matters.



Dominic Adair

Dominic Adair

Partner
Bristows

Dominic Adair is a partner in the patent litigation group at Bristows LLP. He specialises in life sciences cases, reflecting his scientific background in this area (BA Natural Sciences and PhD Zoology, University of Cambridge).

He has extensive experience of cross-border litigation in and beyond Europe. This has involved working closely with other lawyers, in-house and external, to ensure alignment with global strategic objectives concerning the defence and enforcement of many portfolios of patents.

In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector, Adair has worked on all aspects of the drug life cycle, from freedom to operate analyses and early-stage risk assessment of generic competition to end-stage litigation, SPCs and anti-trust issues. 

Adair writes regularly on reported patent cases in the UK and at the EPO. He is a member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and sits on the UK council of AIPPI. He is a regular conference speaker and presenter.



Gemma Barrett

Gemma Barrett

senior associate
Bristows

Gemma Barrett is a contentious intellectual property specialist with a focus on patent litigation in the life sciences sector (pharmaceuticals, biologics and chemical processes). Barrett has experience of litigating patents for successful pharmaceutical products before the English Courts and extensive experience of cross-border litigation within Europe and elsewhere in the world, including India and China. 

She also has experience of international arbitration within the chemical and life sciences sectors. Barrett is a qualified UK solicitor and studied biochemistry at Oxford University which gives her a sound understanding of the technical aspects of life sciences disputes.



Caroline Casalonga

Caroline Casalonga

managing partner
Casalonga

Caroline Casalonga, managing partner of Casalonga and based in the Paris office, is a French lawyer, specialised 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
partner
Dechert

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. Schaffner 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. Schaffner also advises clients on intellectual property agreements, patent portfolio, patent validity and freedom to operate issues.

Schaffner 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.
 



Philip Cupitt

Philip Cupitt
partner                         
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Philip Cupitt, focuses his practice on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in all engineering disciplines. His technical experience includes software, telecommunications, electronics, medical devices, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing.


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".



Céline Bey

Céline Bey
partner                           
Gowling WLG

Céline Bey is a partner with Gowling WLG in France specialising in patent litigation. She also has broad legal expertise in other fields of IP and especially in trademarks. Bey works with a large range of industry sectors such as the tech sector, in particular the internet, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, manufacturing and automotive. Appearing before the French courts for almost 20 years has enabled Bey to forge a reputation for excellence, speed and determination. She has a deep rooted understanding of French litigation procedure and has become recognised as a major player in the French market for patents, trademarks and for handling complex cross-border patent litigation.

Bey is a member of EPLAW and AIPPI.



Ulrich Blumenroeder

Ulrich Blumenroeder
partner                         
Grünecker              

Ulrich Blumenröder practices unfair competition law, design patent law, utility model and patent law, licensing and copyright law. Blumenröder focuses, however, on patent litigation in all German courts, especially the courts in Düsseldorf, Mannheim and Munich. Blumenröder has extensive experience in cross-border litigation, organising and conducting multi-national litigation and Arbitration. The clients range from mid seized German entities to large Korean, Chinese, US and Japanese companies. Blumenröder lectures on patent litigation at various commercial institutions and international conferences in Europe, Asia and the US. Since 2013 Blumenröder speaks on the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. There are many papers Blumenröder has published on the topic.



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.


Zoë Butler

Zoe Butler
partner
Powell Gilbert

Zoë Butler is an experienced IP litigator with a strong technical background and has advised clients on IP disputes relating to a broad range of technological areas and industry sectors.

Butler is particularly known for her expertise in advising clients in complex patent disputes, often with an international element, and recently, she has acted for a range of clients, from telecoms/electronics/software companies to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Butler also advises on related issues arising from international technology standards, such as patent pools, licensing and FRAND, as well as regulatory issues and SPCs.

In addition to representing clients before the UK courts, Butler has experience of European Patent Office opposition proceedings, and has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and mediations relating to technology contract disputes. She has been involved in many multi-jurisdictional disputes, working with advisors from across Europe, North America, China, Korea and Japan, and, in many instances, has taken a role in coordinating such litigation. In 2003, Butler spent six months in The Hague seconded to the IP/ICT department of a leading Dutch law firm.

Butler frequently lectures on IP law, and is a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.

She is also a contributor to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act.  In 2016, Zoë was invited to lecture on the Bristol University Law School Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.

Butler has been a partner at Powell Gilbert since its founding in 2007.



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).



Regina Sam Penti

Regina Penti
counsel
Ropes & Gray

Regina Sam Penti provides strategic intellectual property counsel to technology, telecommunications, and medical device companies in the U.S. and Europe. Drawing on a background in electrical engineering and computer science and more than a decade’s experience practicing law, she advises clients on patent portfolio positioning, design and execution of offensive and defensive patent programs, strategic partnerships, and IP-driven transactions.

She conducts and defends IP due diligence in connection with technology licensing and transfers, equity investments, and acquisitions. As a dual-qualified US attorney and UK solicitor, Sam Penti also counsels companies in contested proceedings in the US and Europe, including serving as counsel of record in oppositions before the European Patent Office.

Sam Penti’s clients range from large companies to small startups in the early funding stages, for whom she often serves as de facto in-house IP counsel. She has a deep and diverse experience with various technologies, including medical and diagnostic devices, telecommunications networks, speech recognition, data and network security, and media guidance applications.


 

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