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European Patent Reform Forum 2015 - Paris Speakers

September 8, Munich; September 10, Paris




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Speakers for Paris included:

Stefan Luginbuehl
Stefan Luginbuehl
Laywer, International Legal Affairs
European Patent Office

Stefan Luginbuehl, completed his law degree at the University of Berne (CH), then worked at a well-established law firm specializing in business law, with offices in Zurich and Berne, and was admitted to the bar in 1999. In 2009 he received a PhD degree from Utrecht University (NL).

Since 2004 he works as a lawyer in the Directorate International Legal Affairs of the European Patent Office where he is inter alia dealing with the developments of the patent system in Europe, with emphasis on the unitary patent and the uniform patent litigation system.

He participated in several Diplomatic and Intergovernmental Conferences on the reform of the European patent system and the international litigation system and is the author and editor of several books and articles on patent procedure and patent litigation in Europe and China


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”, 2013, Wolters Kluwers (Law and Business), 320 p.  An updated version is scheduled in the first trimester of 2016.


Bobby Mukherjee
Bobby Mukherjee
Chief Counsel, IP & Technology Law
BAE Systems

Dr Bobby Mukherjee is a qualified UK and European patent attorney with over 19 years' experience of IP gained in private practice and at BAE Systems plc. He is currently the Head of IP at BAE Systems, which has one of the largest in-house IP teams in the UK.

Bobby was elected President of the IP Federation in July 2012 (two year term).  During his Presidential term, Bobby played a prominent role, on behalf of industry, in actively engaging with the Parliamentary stages of the UK IP Bill 2013-2014. He is also currently an elected member on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Council.

Bobby's career has mostly been spent in the physics field, obtaining and defending patent protection for new products, processes and services globally. He gained a first degree in Natural Sciences (specialising in Physics) from Cambridge University in 1990, and then a Doctorate Degree (D.Phil.) on High Temperature Superconductors from Oxford University in 1995. He has published various research papers in Scientific Journals during that time, and during his work experience at the National Physical Laboratory.

Bobby has been recognised as a top In-house Counsel in the 2015 edition of Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, as nominated by practitioners from around the world. 


Xavier Seuba
Xavier Seuba
Senior Lecturer and Researcher
CEIPI

Xavier Seuba, PhD, is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI), Universite de Strasbourg, where he manages the Training Program for Technically Qualified Judges of the Unified Patent Court, is the Coordinator of the WIPO/CEIPI/INPI Advanced Course on Technology Transfer and the Coordinator of the CEIPI/BETA Project on the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property.
 
His areas of technical expertise include pharmaceutical policies and pharma law, intellectual property law and technical standards regulation. In the area of intellectual property, he predominantly works on issues related to patents and intellectual property enforcement. Xavier Seuba has advised national governments on intellectual property and pharmaceuticals legislation, advising them on issues of policy design and in the context of free trade agreements negotiations. He has also been consultant for several international organizations, including the World Health Organization, the Panamerican Health Organization, the Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market, the Interamerican Development Bank, the Central America Integration System, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development.


Simon Roberts
Simon Roberts
Director of Patents
BT

Simon Roberts, Head of the Patent Division of Intellectual Property Department of BT (British Telecommunications), is a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered Patent Attorney. Simon has a background in lasers and materials science, but in over 20 years at BT he has worked on a wide range of technologies. Although still prosecuting patent applications before the EPO, the USPTO and elsewhere, Simon has extensive experience in patent licensing and litigation.

He sits on the Patents Committee of the IP Federation and is a member of the Training and Education Committee of FICPI, having been a tutor on the FICPI South East Asian Drafting (SEAD) course since its inception in 1997. Mr Roberts has, for more than 20 years, been a tutor for CEIPI (Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle) in London, Strasbourg and elsewhere in Europe.


Mathilde Rauline
Mathilde Rauline

LBP European Patent Litigation
Sanofi

Mathilde Rauline is currently Senior Counsel within Sanofi patents and is in charge of European  patent litigation.

Ms. Rauline started her carreer as a patent attorney at Nestlé (Switzerland), and when joining Sanofi in 2007 was given increasing responsibilities as head of the anti-infective, then aging patent portfolios. She has an extensive background in all facets of intellectual property law, including offensive and defensive litigation, dispute resolution, damages assessment, patent prosecution, but also product lifecycle management or counselling clients on patent matters.

Ms. Rauline is a European and French patent attorney and a tutor at the CEIPI.


Naoise Gaffney
Naoise Gaffney
Senior Prosecution Attorney
Invention Investment Ireland

Naoise (pronounced “Nee-sha” – an obscure Irish name) is Senior Prosecution Attorney at Intellectual Ventures. He is a European, UK and Irish Patent Attorney and a US Patent Agent specializing in multijurisdictional prosecution and the management of sizeable patent portfolios. With a technical background in biotech and ICT, he has experience prosecuting patents in a wide variety of industries including software, biotech, medical devices, telecoms, mechanical devices and materials science. Prior to working in-house, Naoise previously worked in private practice in Ireland, Australia and Japan.

He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin and formerly visiting Professor of Law at Temple University Japan. He is also co-founder of the international pro-bono legal clinic for startups www.start-ed.com, which was established as a forum where emerging business can get basic legal guidance from industry-leading lawyers while law students participate in and learn from the interaction.

Adrian Howes
Adrian Howe
Senior Litigation Counsel
Nokia

Adrian Howes is a senior litigation counsel at Nokia.  Prior to joining Nokia, Adrian worked at Mylan (a US generics pharmaceutical company), having worked at Sony Computer Entertainment and two London City law firms.  He is an English qualified lawyer, and studied law and chemistry at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, respectively.

The majority of Adrian's work has involved litigation in various industry sectors across numerous countries, mainly in Europe.  His primary focus is on patent litigation, but his experience also covers other technical IP issues, their cross-over into commercial and competition law, as well as arbitration and IP policy issues at Standard Setting Organisations.  He is also dabbling with applying for his own patent.

Marie Courboulay
Marie Courboulay
Presiding Judge
IP Chamber of the Paris First Instance Court

Marie Courboulay has been a judge since 1983, and has worked on IP matters since 2002, first in the Court of First Instance of Nanterre, and since 2005, at the Court of First Instance Paris (Tribunal de grande instance Paris).

Marie is the head of the 3rd Chamber at the TGI Paris, specialising in copyright, trademarks, designs and patents. She keeps abreast of the recent developments in patent law and jurisprudence in France and Europe.

Marie Courboulay est juge depuis 1983, et travaille dans le domaine de la propriété intellectuelle depuis 2002, d'abord au tribunal de grande instance de Nanterre puis à compter de 2005 au tribunal de grande instance de Paris.

Elle est juge référent de la 3ème chambre du TGI de Paris, specialisée en droit d'auteur, marques, dessins et modèles, brevets, et concurrence déloyale  directement liés aux litiges de contrefaçon.


Gavin Lawson

Senior Manager, Intellectual Property
Gilead Sciences


Olivier Gicquel

Head of Intellectual Property
Airbus


Edward Nodder
Edward Nodder

Partner
Bristows

Edward has specialised in intellectual property, especially UK patent litigation, for over 35 years.  He has been responsible for more than 100 patent cases, including several landmark decisions.   Beyond the UK, Edward specialises in the international coordination of pharmaceutical litigation and development of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).  Experienced in almost all technical fields, Edward is currently most active in the life sciences sector


Claire Phipps-Jones
Claire Phipps-Jones

Associate
Bristows

Claire is a contentious IP specialist working in diverse sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals and consumer electronics.  She is experienced in patent and trade mark infringement and revocation actions, applications for interim and summary relief, pre-action and third party disclosure and permission to appeal in various courts including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the IPEC.


Laëtitia Bénard
Laetitia Benard

Partner
Allen & Overy

Laëtitia leads Allen & Overy’s Paris IP practice and is co-head of Allen & Overy's global Life Sciences Group. Laëtitia is a litigator specializing in domestic and cross-border patent litigation. She has a wealth of experience having acted in numerous complex patent disputes involving pharmaceutical and high tech companies. Laëtitia has also advised on patent portfolios, patent validity, and freedom to operate issues. Additionally, she has extensive experience in disputes involving trademarks, copyright and unfair competition issues. She has specific knowledge of the life sciences field, in which she also advises on regulatory issues (such as regulatory exclusivity, pricing and reimbursement).

Laëtitia was awarded ‘Best in Life Sciences’ in Europe at the Euromoney ‘Women in Business Law Awards 2014’ which celebrate the best female business lawyers and is recognised as a leading individual for patent litigation notably in Chambers, Legal 500, IAM Patent and Who's Who Legal.


Nicola Dagg
Nicola Dagg
Partner
Allen & Overy

Nicola leads Allen & Overy's Intellectual Property Litigation practice in London and is chair of our global life sciences group. She has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. Nicola has considerable experience dealing with the litigious and advisory aspects of matters with a high scientific and technological content.  Nicola has acted in many of the most high value and high profile patent litigation cases in Europe. She has also acted on numerous disputes involving trade marks, copyright, designs and breach of confidence.
 
Nicola is ranked as a leading IP partner in Chambers UK, Legal 500 and IAM Patent 1000.  Nicola has also been selected as one of the 10 “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in Europe by Who's Who Legal: Patents 2015 and was named as one of the “Top 50 women lawyers in London” in the 2014 Super Lawyers list.


Ulrich Blumenröder
Ulrich Blumenroder

Partner
Grünecker

Ulrich Blumenröder is a partner at Grünecker, Kinkeldey, Stockmair & Schwanhäusser, an IP-firm in Munich, which focuses equally on both IP-litigation and IP-prosecution. Mr. Blumenröder is active in all fields of intellectual property but primarily specialises in patent litigation. He has litigated for both plaintiffs and defendants in all prominent German courts in normal as well as preliminary injunction proceedings. Mr. Blumenröder frequently gives lectures on various topics of patent law.


Ed Round
Ed Round

Partner
Marks & Clerk

Ed advises clients operating in a variety of business sectors, but with a focus on defence and software related technical fields. He has extensive experience of the complex legal issues surrounding patent protection of computer implemented inventions. The primary focus of his work is on obtaining patent protection for clients, allied with advising on other aspects of IP management such as infringement risk, the impact of technical standards, and transaction based issues.

Before joining Marks & Clerk, he spent 3 years in a strategic IP advisory practice at one of the leading global business advisory firms, through which he developed experience of providing strategic, commercially focused advice to clients, to enable them to align their IP strategy with their business objectives.


William Cook
William Cook

Partner
Marks & Clerk

Will is an intellectual property lawyer with a focus on the litigation and licensing of patents, engineering designs and copyright.

He advises major corporations and technology companies in the TMT sector, in particular relating to patents covering electronics, semiconductors, telecoms, software and related fields. He also advises clients in the mechanical, chemical engineering and life sciences sectors.

Will handles litigation in the Patents Court (High Court), Patents County Court and Court of Appeal, and various arbitration procedures. His most recent Patents Court and Court of Appeal cases include the Rovi v Virgin Media (and Gemstar - TV Guide v Virgin Media) electronic program guide (EPG) litigation, the Grimme v Scott contributory infringement case and litigation for consumer electronics and telecoms clients relating to flash memory devices, mobile web browsers, PVR/STBs, interactive television, 3G networks and user interfaces. He has also recently led a major arbitration in the TMT sector over FRAND patent licence fees.


Kay Kasper
Kay Kasper
Partner
ROKH IP

Kay N. Kasper has worked as an attorney since 2002, acting primarily in patent litigation cases. Much focus is placed on the coordination of proceedings abroad as well as on preparatory strategic consulting in the case of such multinational conflicts. Kay also provides advice to clients in arbitration proceedings and license issues related to technical intellectual property rights and design patents. Kay has gained considerable experience in areas such as telecommunications, information technology and medical devices as well as in the fields of mechanics, automotive and coating and packaging technologies. Litigation in the field of standard-essential patents is one of the areas in which he has gained significant experience.

Kay has specialized in intellectual property and patent law in particular, since starting his studies in 1994. During that time he received practical training with the German Patent and Trademark Office as well as various German and U.S. patent attorney and law firms in Frankfurt, Munich and New York.


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).


Thomas Ross
Thomas Ross

partner
Ropes & Gray

Thomas Ross joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in the firm’s business and securities litigation practice group in April 2015. He is an experienced litigator who has handled many complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has extensive experience in domestic and international banking litigation; financial services litigation; structured finance litigation, including acting for servicers; special servicers; trustees and issuers; advising financial institutions on litigation strategy in the context of defaults and restructurings; fund and asset management litigation; pensions litigation; and contractual and professional negligence disputes.


Benoît Strowel
Benoit Strowel
Partner
Hoyng Monegier

Benoît's practice focuses on patent law. Benoît has also built up considerable expertise more broadly in regulatory and other intellectual property issues facing major bio-pharmaceutical companies. Benoît holds a M.Sc. in general biochemistry and molecular biology from King’s College in London. Benoît is a member of both the Brussels and the Paris bars and distributes his times over Hoyng Monegier’s offices in both cities. He is also qualified as UK solicitor. He advises many of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.


Luis Fernández-Novoa
Luis Fernandez-Novoa

partner
Hoyng Monegier

Luis is the Managing Partner of the Hoyng Monegier office in Madrid. He is well-known for his broad expertise in all aspects of IP law, including patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights, as well as unfair competition issues. He is specialised in IP litigation, and mainly in patent litigation, before the Spanish commercial, criminal and administrative courts. He also has experience in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to contractual disputes concerning IP rights. Luis’ experience in patent litigation takes in a wide range of sectors and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics and mechanics. Throughout his career, he has acted for leading companies within their sectors, including Procter & Gamble, Rovi Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Philips, Imperial Tobacco Group, Sony, Imaginarium, Envac, Gamesa, Abbott, MSD, Intervet, Zara Group, Kudelsky, Vringo, SCA, and KPN.


Alexandra Brodie
Alexandra Brodie
partner
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Alexandra Brodie is a partner with Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co 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".


Alex Wilson
Alex Wilson
Partner
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.


Thomas Bouvet

partner
Véron & Associés

Thomas Bouvet is an attorney-at-law specialized in patent litigation. He obtained an LL.M. in the USA and is a Doctor-at-law. Admitted to the Bar in 1996, he immediately joined Pierre Véron to practice patent litigation and is a partner of Véron & Associés since the creation of the firm in 2001.
 
Thomas' activity mainly relates to patent validity and patent infringement litigation in the fields of electronics, telecommunications, mechanics, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, media and biotechnologies. He has extensive experience in patent entitlement cases and in matters for the violation of trade secrets. Thomas also handled a large proportion of cases brought before the French courts for infringement of plant breeder’s rights. He defends employers in actions of compensation for employees’ inventions and regularly advises companies setting up appropriate policies in this respect. He arranged several customs actions.

Thomas lectures on patent litigation at EM Lyon School of Management and Centre Paul Roubier, in addition to speaking engagement for conferences. He is a member of AAPI, AIPPI (co-chair of special committee Q114 on “biotechnology including plant breeders’ rights”), GRAPI (currently President), EPLAW, CIOPORA and an administrator of Centre Paul Roubier.

Thomas is the author of a doctoral thesis on “The Legal Protection of Vegetal Innovation”, and co-author of Saisie-contrefaçon, a book published by the leading French publisher Dalloz (3nd edition 2013) and of Droit et pratique des voies d’exécution published in the series Dalloz Action 2004-2005. He is also the author of the French chapter (and co-author of the UPC chapter) of the book Global Patent Litigation: How and Where to Win, published by Bloomberg BNA (2014)


Pierre Véron

partner
Véron & Associés

Pierre Véron is a member of the Paris Bar. His 14 lawyer firm, with offices in Paris and Lyon, deals only with patent litigation, with a special emphasis on international cases.

Véron is the Honorary President of EPLAW, the European Patent Lawyers Association, which he founded in 2001, and of the French association of patent litigators (Association des Avocats de Propriété Industrielle); he has taught for many years European patent litigation at the CEIPI (International Centre of Industrial Property Studies) in Strasbourg. Between 2007 and 2012, he has served as an expert with the European Commission for the creation of the Unified Patent Court in Europe. He is a member of the Drafting Committee of the Rules of Procedure of this court.

Véron is the editor of Saisie-contrefaçon, a book published by the leading French publisher Dalloz (3nd edition 2012) and of Concise International and European Intellectual Property Law, published by Kluwer Law International (2nd edition 2011); he is also the author of
many publications on patent litigation and on industrial property law.(http://www.veron.com/publications.asp).


Hélène D'Iorio
Helene Diorio

partner
Gowlings

Hélène D'Iorio is a partner with Gowlings in Canada. She is a lawyer and registered patent agent in both Canada and the United States. Hélène’s practice includes patent, industrial design and trade mark prosecution as well as technology licensing and litigation. She focusses on the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and chemical sectors, with leading-edge expertise in pharmaceutical products. She is fluent in English and French.


Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska
Ewa Tefelska

Partner
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Dr. (hab.) Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska, partner at Soltysinski Kawecki &Szlezak, specializes in counselling and litigation in patent and trademark protection law, advertising, and life sciences. She leads cases involving the application of EU law in Poland and specializes in international arbitration. She advises clients in the field of industrial property rights, including unfair competition.

She joined SK&S in 1999 and became a partner in 2006. She combines practice with academic work at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) (being a lecturer at the Chair of European Union Law). Since 1995, she has lectured on EU substantive law at the Centre Européen Universitaire at the University of Lorraine in France. In her capacity as a member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, she advises on global promotions and advertising campaigns. She speaks at national and international conferences in the area of industrial property law and advertising.


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. 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).




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