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IP Ones to Watch 2022: MIP recognises Thibault Saurat at Ontex

Thibault Saurat is a group patent manager at Ontex in Belgium

Thibault Saurat, group patent manager, Ontex, Belgium

Thibault Saurat is praised by his nominator for demonstrating the traits of a future leader, developing creative intellectual property strategies and communicating them well to the personal hygiene business.

Saurat focuses his practice on patent drafting, prosecution and oppositions, and has recently started working on trademark matters too. He is also planning to be a patent litigator before the Unified Patent Court.

“He’s agile, inquisitive, and demonstrates strong cognitive flexibility while being an open and clear communicator,” says his nominator. “In my opinion, he’s certainly a young talent to keep an eye on.”

Saurat, who is group patent manager, joined Ontex in 2020 and worked at automotive supplier Valeo before that.

He says his favourite part of his role is the diversity of the tasks.

“I believe it’s a job perfectly tailored for curious-natured persons. There’s always something new to discover and work on.”

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Frederick Braunstein is a senior counsel at TaskRabbit in the US
Stephanie Glyde is an IP counsel at Rio Tinto in Australia
Fredrika Hellberg is a trademark attorney at Essity in Sweden
Xiaolong Meng is an IP counsel at TCL in China
Rachel Armstrong is a senior counsel at Dubai Future Foundation in the UAE
Armin Schwitulla is a senior litigation counsel at Nokia in Germany
Mélodie Sofack is an IP legal counsel at Dassault Systèmes in France
Maria Herlitz Sundelius is a legal counsel at H&M in Sweden
Guillermo Mier Y Concha Martinez is a brand enforcement manager at Red Bull in Austria
Charles Roger is a senior contract and licensing manager at STMicroelectronics in France
Grace Du is a staff attorney at Starbucks in China
Jake Holt is a trademarks corporate counsel at Amazon in the US
Kinga Palińska is an IP team member at CD Projekt in Poland
Dev Narasimhan is a patent portfolio manager at CoMotion at University of Washington in the US
Mila Misevska is an IP lawyer at Play’n Go in Malta
Alix Lesage is a legal counsel at France Brevets in France
Hyeran You is a senior legal counsel at Samsung Electronics in South Korea
Morgan Seisson is a European patent attorney at Nestlé Institute of Material Sciences in Switzerland
Daniela Valera is a legal assistant at Backus (part of AB InBev) in Peru