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March 9 & 10, Hotel Pullman London St Pancras






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2016's expert speaker line-up included:


Patrick Kilbride

Patrick Kilbride

Executive Director for International Intellectual Property, Global Intellectual Property Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Patrick Kilbride is executive director of international intellectual property for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. There, he oversees the center's multilateral and international programs promoting the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights, managing a team of country and regional experts. Previously, Kilbride was Executive Director, Americas Strategic Policy Initiatives, and Executive Vice President, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA), within the Chamber's International Division.

Prior to joining the U.S. Chamber, Kilbride was appointed to serve in the Bush administration as deputy assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Liaison. At USTR, Kilbride worked with state and local officials, business organizations, and non-governmental organizations to advance the President's trade policy agenda; he served as USTR liaison to the network of industry trade advisory committees (ITACs), as well as the President's Export Council; and, he was part of a White House-led, inter-agency team that coordinated efforts to secure congressional approval of pending U.S. free trade agreements.

Previously, Kilbride was director of Government Affairs at the Council of the Americas, where he played leading roles in industry coalition efforts that saw the network of U.S. free trade partners in the Americas expand from two countries to twelve in less than a decade. At the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Kilbride represented U.S. apparel manufacturers as government relations representative, helping to secure enactment of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership and African Growth and Opportunity Acts.

Kilbride began his career in global economic policy as an international trade specialist with the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.



Rosa Wilkinson

Rosa Wilkinson

Director of Innovation & Strategic Communication
UK Intellectual Property Office

Rosa Wilkinson is Director of Innovation and Strategic Communication at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) where she leads activity to ensure that businesses and other organisations can maximise the value of their IP assets and works to ensure that IP policy connects with other policy strands.

Previous roles have included working with UKTI, including leading work to market the UK internationally, and as Director of Public Policy for Lloyds TSB. Her earlier career includes a variety of Whitehall policy roles embracing enterprise, manufacturing, trade and European policy issues. Her civil service career began with a focus on delivery of services for the unemployed.

Outside IPO, Rosa retains an involvement in her family's industrial property business in Yorkshire and mentors a growing dental hygiene business in London. She is a member of the IET's Innovation Policy Panel and of the Big Innovation Centre's Steering Group.



Stefan Luginbuehl

Stefan Luginbuehl

Lawyer - 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.



Carol Arnold

Stefan Luginbuehl

Associate Counsel
Shell International 

Carol is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney; a European Patent Attorney; and also an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. She has over 30 years of experience in patents, having joined the patent profession directly after gaining a degree in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the University of Exeter. Carol has represented Shell on the Council of the IP Federation since 2008, has served as Chair of the Patent Committee, and was elected President in 2014.

Carol has worked on a range of subject areas in the oil products, refining, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and agrochemicals sectors, and has lived and worked in both the UK and the Netherlands.



Kerry Miller

Kerry Miller

Senior IPR Licensing Counsel
Nokia

Kerry Miller is Senior IPR Licensing Counsel at Nokia Networks, based in London, where he is responsible for IPR as it relates to standards, innovation and licensing. Kerry participates in standard body working groups including the ETSI IPR Special Committee and the ITU-T IPR ad hoc group.

Prior to Nokia, Kerry was General Counsel and V.P. of Intellectual Property at ContentGuard, Inc., a patent holding company then owned by Microsoft, Time-Warner and Thomson which focused on digital rights management technologies. There Kerry was primarily responsible for negotiating technology licensing agreements. Prior to that Kerry was the Vice President of Intellectual Property at EchoStar Communications Corp., a large US satellite television provider and maker of set-top boxes. At EchoStar, Kerry was responsible for management of patent litigation, licensing agreements, commercial agreements for the purchase and development of high technology products and for anti-piracy matters.

Kerry has a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a law degree from Albany Law School.



Peter Wilson

Peter 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.



Adam Pilcher

Adam Pilcher

Patent Manager
Metaswitch Networks

Adam is Patent Manager at Metaswitch Networks, the leading network software provider powering the transition of communication networks into a cloud-based, software-centric, all-IP future.  Adam combines his IP experience with his time working as a software developer at Metaswitch to effectively liaise between attorney and engineer, minimising disruption for both.  Adam's focus is on the proactive side of IP, from the early stages of innovation capture or harvest through to filing and prosecution around the world.

Before joining Metaswitch, Adam worked in private practice and is a Registered Patent Attorney.  He holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, where his specialism was Chemistry and Nanotechnology.



Clemens Heusch

Clemens Heusch

Head of European Litigation
Nokia

Dr. 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.



Fiona Bor

Fiona Bor

Head of IP
Mereo BioPharma

Fiona Bor is currently Head of IP at Mereo BioPharma.

Fiona graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University before going on to do a PhD at the Medical Research Council, UK and then a post-doc at Harvard Medical School USA. She started her career as a patent attorney at SmithKline Beecham (later GlaxoSmithKline) qualifying and working as a UK and European patent attorney, handling mainly biological and chemical subject matter. She spent two years in private practice before joining Teva and then Mylan.

Fiona is also qualified as a UK patent attorney litigator and has substantial experience of UK High Court Litigation and litigation in other jurisdictions. She teaches the JDD foreign law course for the UK Patent Examinations and is a regular speaker at conferences.



Kevin Fournier

Kevin Fournier

Lawyer
IBM

Kevin is with IBM for over 18 years and provides legal advice and counsel on intellectual property issues. He advises on transactions such as technology joint research and development projects, joint ventures, business consulting, applications maintenance and development, strategic outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions, software licensing, patent licensing, and IP assignments.

Prior to joining IBM, Kevin worked as a private practitioner in Washington DC and Boston.



Neil Trueman

Neil Trueman

Director of European IP Strategy
Mundipharma International

Neil Trueman is director of European IP strategy at Mundipharma International, one of a network of independent associated companies that includes Purdue and NAPP. At Mundipharma, he is involved in all aspects of intellectual property, from litigation through to commercial agreements, regulatory matters and product lifecycle management. Trueman is dual qualified and has practiced in both Europe and the US. He started his legal career in the UK in 2002, later moving to the US and earning his JD from Northwestern University, cum laude, in 2009.

He has practised in the UK as a solicitor with Bristows and Powell Gilbert, and in the US as a patent attorney with Banner & Witcoff. Trueman holds a PhD in Biotechnology from Cambridge University and an honours degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Durham University. Within the ABA, he is co-chair of the International Patent Litigation subcommittee, and in the UK, where he is now based, he is active in AIPPI.



Elli Oxtoby

Elli Oxtoby

Group IP Director
QinetiQ

Dr Elli Oxtoby is the Group IP director at QinetiQ, leading a team of professionals in conducting all aspects of IP management: strategy; portfolio assessment, development & management;  technology transfer and monetisation. She is a member of the Joint industry and MOD IPR Group

Before joining QinetiQ Dr Oxtoby  was the Head  of IP Commercialisation  at Newcastle University where her responsibilities included  (in addition to portfolio management and technology transfer) management of spin outs, investment opportunities and business planning; she also Lectured Business law to the Biomedical Sciences postgraduate degree. Before that she was in private practice in 2 City firms Eversheds and Hummond Suddards

Dr Oxtoby holds a PhD in Genetics; Bsc in Psychology; received Fellowships from Royal Society; Welcome Trust and EMBO and is a member of the Law Society



Daniel Hermele

Daniel Hermele

Senior Director, Legal Counsel
Qualcomm

Daniel Hermele is Senior Director and Legal Counsel at Qualcomm based in Europe where he is responsible for Technology Licensing and IPR Policy. Dan has more than 15 years of experience in patent portfolio creation and management, technology licensing, IPR policy including the FRAND-based IPR policies of standards organisations, patent enforcement, and the interface of IP and competition law.

Dan is frequently invited to speak on the topics of innovation and technology licensing in the telecommunications and ICT sectors as well as the importance of the patent system and the open standardisation system based in supporting these. Dan serves in the IPR committees of several standards organisations such as ETSI, ITU-T, ANSI, TSDSI, is Chair of the techUK IP Policy Group, and participates in many other working groups focussing on these topics.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Dan worked in-house for Nortel Networks where he was IP Regional Lead, EMEA and prior to that in private practice in a London firm of patent and trademark attorneys. Dan is a barrister of England and Wales and a European and British patent attorney. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Law both from the University of Bristol in England.



Jody Giesser

Jody Giesser

Senior Patent Counsel
DSM Nutritional Products

Jody Giesser is a Senior Patent Counsel for DSM Nutritional Products Ltd, with over 30 years of experience as in-house counsel.  She has worked in the biological, pharmaceutical and food industries, specializing in prosecution, licensing and portfolio management.   Jody is a US Patent Attorney, and admitted to the New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois Bar.



Rosie Stoakes

Rosie Stoakes

Group Head of IP
Glory Global Solutions

Rosie has been in the patent profession for over 25 years and has worked as an in-house practitioner throughout this time.

Her early career within a UK government department involved invention protection before becoming a member of the licensing and litigation project team responsible for negotiation of contentious and non-contentious IP exploitation.   Later roles included leading the IP group within a digital broadcast equipment company and General Manager of Sony’s European IP Department, with responsibilities including patent and trademark protection with an emphasis on standards-essential patents, freedom to operate and IP aspects of M&A and JVs.

Rosie joined Glory Global Solutions Ltd. in 2012 as Group Head of Intellectual Property and is responsible for all aspects of IP.  These include policy and strategy for establishing a strategic portfolio of registered IP rights, all IP aspects of the company’s commercial dealings and guiding integration with the Japanese parent company’s IP function.

Rosie is a council member of the IP Federation and has been a guest lecturer for the Bournemouth University IP certificate course.    



Earl Nied

Earl Neid

Program Director, Standards & IP Rights
Intel

Earl Nied is the Program Director of Standards and Intellectual Property Rights for Intel Corporation’s Global Public Policy Group. Earl is responsible for Intel's worldwide policies on Intellectual Property Rights issues relating to Standards. He chaired the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee (IPRPC) 2012-2015 and serves on the ANSI Board of Directors. 

He is an active participant in the: International Telecommunications Union Telecommunication (ITU-T) Standardization Sector IPR Ad Hoc Committee; European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) IPR Committee; and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Standards Setting Committee.  In addition, Earl has been a consultant to several international standards development organisations including the Audio Video Coding Standard Workgroup of China (AVS) and the China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI).



Calum Smyth

Calum Smyth

Global Head of Intellectual Property
Barclays

Calum started professional life as an aeronautical engineer and retrained as a lawyer with a London City law firm. Calum went on to specialise in IP litigation with a focus on multijurisdictional patent disputes in the electronics and telecoms sector for clients including Intel and Nokia.  After 7 years in private practice Calum moved in-house to Kraft Foods to lead the European Patent & Design function based in Zurich.  After 5 years with Kraft Foods, Calum joined Barclays in 2012 as the Global Head of Intellectual Property.  Calum is an associate member of CIPA and sits on the UK Council of AIPPI.



Lyle Ellis

Lyle Ellis

Senior Patent Attorney
Vodafone

Lyle Ellis is a qualified European and UK Patent Attorney with solid private practice training and a broad experience in practical, contractual and commercial application of patents and IPR in industry. Lyle currently leads Vodafone’s patent function and provides expert support to Vodafone’s leadership and strategic projects, with the goal of leveraging IPR to improve return on investment in innovation and to manage and reduce risk from third party IPR.
 



Colin Lamond

Colin Lamond

Patent & IP Consultant
Nissan Technical Centre Europe

Colin works with Nissan Technical Centre Europe as executive consultant in the IP department. In this role he provides strategic and tactical intellectual property advice to Nissan’s European centre for technology development, product evaluation, and engineering and vehicles testing.

He is involved in all stages of managing Nissan’s local IP, from identifying and capturing inventions through to post-grant management of the patent portfolio, and ensuring due diligence processes. He is also the European lead for a global IP training program for Nissan engineers. He previously worked in in-house and in private practice across diverse technologies including electronics, medical devices, and automotive engineering.



David Galaun

David Galaun

Senior Patent Attorney
Cisco Systems

David Galaun graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with a Masters degree in Engineering before completing an MSc in IP at Queen Mary, University of London. 

David joined the IP department of BT where he spent almost 5 years, qualifying as a European Patent Attorney in 2004 and a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2006. In the summer of 2006 he joined NDS, which was acquired by Cisco in mid-2012. 

David currently manages Cisco’s video portfolio and Woptical portfolio.



Pieter van den Bulck

Pieter van den Bulck

Group IP Counsel
SABMiller

Pieter van den Bulck has more than 5 years of experience in protecting SABMiller’s trademarks and related IP rights in its key region of Africa, all the way from brand development to registration and enforcement. Pieter joined SABMiller’s Rotterdam based Group Trademark Department in 2006 as Trademark Paralegal. The company supported him to become a certified Benelux and EU trademark attorney and Pieter was subsequently promoted to Assistant IP Counsel in 2009 and IP Counsel in 2012.


In 2015, Pieter accepted SABMiller’s offer to relocate to its head office in the United Kingdom to work closely with other functions and to be best positioned to get involved in new product development at a very early stage. Pieter was also appointed to advise the global marketing department in relation to trademark related aspects of new product development and to manage the Grolsch trademark, one of SABMiller’s global brands.



Adrian Howes

Adrian Howes

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.



Alice Hume


Global Head of IP
Qlik

Alice Hume is an IP/IT and commercial lawyer with experience both in-house and in private practice. Hume has worked across patents, trademarks, design and copyright for clients in the technology, pharmaceutical, music, TV and film industries, and has experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Hume also has experience on the business side, having worked for Skype's Insights and Marketing teams as a Planning and Reporting Manager and a Partner Marketing Manager.



Mark Chadwick

Mark Chadwick

Senior Patent Attorney
DSM



Alpha Indraccolo


Associate General Counsel, Europe
Teva Europe



John Hutchison


Patent Attorney
Novartis

 



Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

senior partner
Valea

Andrew Hammond is a founding partner of Valea AB and a European Patent Attorney. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and has been working in the IP field since 1983, initially as an Examiner at the European Patent Office and since 1990 in private practice in Sweden.

Most of his time is spent in post-grant patent proceedings. He is frequently in Munich representing clients before Opposition Divisions and the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office. He is also heavily involved in several global litigation cases. Andrew is a CEIPI-tutor and regularly holds lectures and seminars on all aspects of European patent procedures.



Benjamin Hoffman

Benjamin Hoffmann

Chartered Patent Attorney
Valea

Ben’s background is in chemistry, and after finishing his DPhil he joined the patent profession in 2005.  Ben qualified as a UK and European Patent Attorney in 2009 while working in private practice in the UK. He has worked with wide a range of technologies, with particular expertise in pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, printable electroactive compositions, polymer films and wood preservative technologies. He has experience in all aspects of patent work, including drafting applications and managing prosecution of international patent portfolios, advising on infringement and validity, and in particular handling oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office.



Paul Brady

Paul Brady

partner
Abel & Imray

Dr Paul Brady is a European and Chartered Patent Attorney and a partner at the UK firm Abel & Imray.  Paul has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and an M.Sc. in Applied Biology/Biotechnology He qualified as a Patent Attorney in 2001 and his practice covers much of the life-sciences space, in particular pharmaceuticals.  He has worked in the in house patent department of a major pharmaceutical company and also advises medium and small drug development companies.

Paul and his team provide commercially-focused advice on patents and related rights in the life sciences sector, including patent drafting and filing strategies, due diligence, freedom to operate, dealing with third party rights, and life-cycle management.  They regularly carry out SPC filing programmes across Europe for their clients.  They also obtain SPC-equivalents in the major commercial jurisdictions outside Europe.  Paul and his team represent Seattle Genetics and filed the appeal that resulted in the Seattle Genetics CJEU referral.



Dario Tanziani


partner
Adams & Adams

Dario has 28 years experience and has represented a variety of multinational research based pharmaceutical companies with blockbuster drug patent litigation.

Dario's practice includes patent searches, transactional matters and prosecution of new patent filings. He has also contributed on aspects of South African and African patent law in several books and professional periodicals.



Danie Dohmen

Danie Dohmen

partner
Adams & Adams

Danie Dohmen is a patent attorney, notary public and partner at Adams & Adams. He holds BSc and LLB degrees. He specialises in patent and design litigation, commercialisation and opinion work and has for a number of consecutive years been ranked in tier 1 for patent litigation in South Africa. Many of his matters are reported patent law cases. He also plays an active role in SA IP policy issues.



Megan Moerdijk

Megan Moerdijk

partner
Adams & Adams



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.



David Por

David Por

partner
Allen & Overy

David is an experienced litigator specialised in all areas of intellectual property. His practice concentrates primarily on complex and cross-border intellectual property disputes, with a particular focus on patent cases, in which he also advises on validity and freedom to operate issues. David has notably represented leading actors in the patent wars of the telecommunications sector, as well as numerous pharmaceutical companies in proceedings against generics.

David has become a specialist of the interplay between intellectual property and competition law, notably in the field of standardised technologies.



Pravin Anand


managing partner
Anand & Anand

Pravin Anand, managing partner of the Firm, completed his law studies in New Delhi in 1979 and since then has been practicing as an Intellectual Property Lawyer.

He has been a counsel in several landmark IP cases involving the first Anton Piller Order (HMV cases); the first Mareva Injunction Order (Philips case); the first Norwich Pharmacal Order (Hollywood Cigarettes case); Moral rights of Artists (Amarnath Sehgal case); Recognition for Pro- Bono work for rural innovators at the grass root level' (National Innovation Foundation Award - Govt. of India); First order under the Hague Convention (Astra Zeneca case) and several significant cases for pharma clients such as Novartis, Pfizer and Roche.



Brian LaCorte

Brian LaCorte

partner
Ballard Spahr

Brian LaCorte focuses on patent litigation before federal district courts throughout the United States, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. A seasoned intellectual property litigator, LaCorte practices before administrative tribunals such as the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. LaCorte directs the distinguished patent litigation team in the firm’s Phoenix office and has been
involved in several nationally prominent patent and trademark litigation matters.

LaCorte has litigated more than 50 IP matters, many of which involved significant patent litigation around the country, including in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Arizona, the Eastern District of Texas, the Central District of California, and the District of Delaware. LaCorte has significant trial experience, including a successful jury verdict from a one-month jury trial that involved complex economic valuation issues with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. LaCorte emphasises his patent litigation practice in software patent litigation, but his cases cover a wide variety of industries, including medical devices, medical informatics, biotechnology, mechanical, computer, and electronics, as well as e-commerce systems and consumer products.

 

Lulin Gao

Lulin Gao

Chairman
Beijing East IP

Dr. Gao is the founder and Chairman of Beijing East IP and Beijing East IP Law firm. Dr. Gao is one of the founding fathers of the modern China intellectual property legal system. Before he served for the China Patent Office, Dr. Gao served at different government departments, including the State Planning Commission, for many years.

Dr. Gao currently serves as the Honorary President of the All-China Patent Agents Association (ACPAA), Advisor of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) in Washington D.C., Vice Chairman of the China Internet Society, Senior Counsel of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Panelist of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center (ADNDRC) and the Domain Name Dispute of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Dr. Gao’s strong technology background paved his road to become one of the greatest intellectual property minds in China who chooses to remain active in China’s intellectual property field, because of his visions and goals to not only help foreigners to learn more about China’s intellectual property laws, but also to urge and witness the growth of China’s very own intellectual property rights protections.



Dragon Wang

Dragon Wang

Vice President
Beijing East IP

Mr. Wang is the Vice President of the firm responsible for business development. Mr. Wang is a senior patent attorney and litigator focuses on mechanical field related matters including prosecution, invalidation, reexamination, appeal, and litigation before the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), Patent Re-Examination Board (PRB), and the People’s Courts. Wang also advises on corporate China IP portfolio management.

Wang has extensive working experience as both an in-house patent counsel and a private patent practitioner. Wang joined Beijing East IP as the leading
patent attorney and manager in the Mechanical
Division of the Patent Department. In his managerial
role, he actively provides counseling and strategic
planning in creation, enforcement, and commercialisation of Chinese patent portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 corporations in the mechanical field.

Wang has authored many articles related to protection and enforcement of Chinese patent rights. He is also very active at many IP conferences, seminars, and academic events, where he frequently acts as a moderator and speaker.



Simon Kahn

Simon Kahn

partner
Boult Wade Tennant

Simon Kahn is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in the High Tech and Electrical Group.

Simon deals with the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications in the UK, Europe and around the world. He has significant expertise in managing worldwide filing and prosecution strategies, contentious European proceedings including oppositions and appeals, as well as due diligence.

He works with clients ranging from SMEs to large corporations, based in the UK, Europe and the US, in a wide variety of high tech industries. These include scientific instruments, telecommunication systems and control technologies. He is especially involved with patents related to instruments for molecular analysis, communication and signal processing techniques, optical components and computer architectures.

Simon has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London. His doctoral research related to mobile radio and Wireless LAN systems and protocols, although he has extensive experience with other RF technologies and communication systems as well.



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).



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".



Gordon Harris

Gordon Harris

Partner, Head of IP
Gowling WLG

Gordon conducts litigation in all UK and European Courts for clients seeking to protect their IP, or those who have been accused of infringing other people's rights. He is known as a fighter who will explore every avenue to get the right result, including, going to the Supreme Court to change over 100 years of patent law in order to ensure the right outcome for a client.

He has conducted ground-breaking cases on designs and brands in the European Court of Justice, and contested the validity of patents in the European Patent Office.

He has over 25 years' experience in IP and is involved in law reform and development through various committees and organisations. All of which allows him to provide decisive commercial advice to clients and to help them to decide the best avenue to take in any given case.



Alice Stagg

Alice Stagg

Senior Associate
Gowling WLG

Alice advises a range of clients on all aspects of intellectual property enforcement and exploitation.
Recent High Court cases include acting for a global industrial mining company on a misuse of confidential information, copyright infringement and breach of contract claim and for a medical device manufacturer alleging infringement of a patent for a hydrophilic coated intermittent catheter. 

In her practice, Alice draws from in-house experience on secondment to a global toy and games company.



Thomas Farkas

Thomas Farkas

Associate
Gowling WLG

Dr Thomas Farkas advises international clients on all aspects of intellectual property enforcement and guides his clients to find a tailored IP strategy.
His experience includes acting as legal counsel for a global player in the fashion industry and he is increasingly engaged in the field of trade secrets; representing a client from the retail sector regarding the misuse of confidential information, the misappropriation of designs and a breach of contract claim against a former employee.

Commenters state Thomas has the ability to understand his client's needs and pursues a pragmatic approach. Thomas is a stipendiary at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition and undertakes various speaking engagements at international seminars and is a recurring guest lecturer in IP Law at the Queen Mary University of London.



Özge Atilgan Karakulak

Ozge Karakulak

Partner
Gün & Partners

Özge Atilgan Karakulak is a partner with the law firm of Gün + Partners which is internationally renowned for its expertise among others in intellectual property, and Turkish commercial and corporate law. Her practice focuses on patent rights, life sciences, antitrust and public procurement.

Özge has been involved in and has led many patent infringement actions against generic pharmaceutical companies and initiated with Mehmet Gün the first ever pharmaceutical data protection and exclusivity actions in Turkey. She combines her IP litigation expertise with her extensive knowledge of life science sectors. She advises a number of multinational life science companies on a wide range of matters including registration procedures, promotion practices, pricing and reimbursement regulations, distribution relationships and co-marketing deals, as well as on issues of merger control, vertical restraints and abusive conduct.

She serves as a counsel to the Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies and the Association of Research-Based Medical Technologies Manufacturers in Turkey, and advises on many IP and regulatory policy papers and drafting laws and regulations proposed to the Turkish governmental authorities.



Selin Sinem Erciyas

Selin Erciyas

Partner
Gün & Partners

Selin Sinem Erciyas is a partner in the IP department, specialising in patent law and life sciences issues.

Selin handles contentious and non-contentious administrative oppositions and court actions involving patents and trademarks and takes responsibility in a number of patent infringement actions, declaration of non-infringement actions and nullity actions. She represents her clients before the Ministry of Health in relation to regulatory issues and assists pharmaceutical companies in regulatory examinations before the MOH. Selin also serves as counsel to the Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (AIFD).

Selin is a graduate of Ankara University and holds an LL.M. Eur. degree in European and International Commercial Law from Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich.



Natalia Gulyaeva

Natalia Gulyaeva

partner
Hogan Lovells

Natalia Gulyaeva is recognised as a leading Russian IPMT specialist and is named in legal directories including Chambers Global as a highly recommended Russian IPMT practitioner who is "really on top of things". She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia in the intellectual property field. Natalia joined the firm in 2000 and, since 2004, has headed Moscow Intellectual Property, Media and Technology (IPMT) practice.

Natalia advises clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work including IP dispute resolution, portfolio management and strategic counseling as well as TMT specific transactional work and regulatory advice. Natalia is admitted to represent clients before the Russian PTO, Chamber for Patent and Trademark Disputes, Russian IP Court and other Russian courts.

Natalia is also a member of the International Association of Trademarks (INTA), and Rhine International Association of Lawyers. Natalia is a co-author of the Russian section of ICLG Telecoms, Media and Internet Laws and Regulations 2014, as well as of the Russian Section of Domain Name Law and Practice: An International Handbook (Second edition, Oxford University Press).



Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

partner
Hogan Lovells

Sarah Turner is Partner in the firm's London office and is a member of the international IP, Media & Technology (IPMT) practice and the Life Sciences Team. She advises on all aspects of intellectual property but specialises in patent litigation (including EPO proceedings); the protection of confidential information and technology transfer and licensing transactions. Although she has worked with many industry sectors over the years her focus is biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She has a Physics degree and is a qualified Solicitor Advocate in the English civil courts.



Mark Marfe

Mark Marfe

associate
Hogan Lovells

Mark studied Cellular and Molecular Pathology at University of Bristol (2001 BSc Hons - specialising in Immunology, Virology and Neoplasia).

Mark joined the Lovells intellectual property team in 2006 and is now a Senior Associate in the intellectual property department of Hogan Lovells handling patent litigation.

Mark obtained the Bristol University Diploma in IP law in 2007. As a solicitor-advocate, Mark has higher rights of audience in the English Courts.



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.



Charlie Balme

Charlie Balme

Partner
Marks & Clerk

Charlie is an intellectual property lawyer who advises on the enforcement and commercialisation of UK and Community IP rights across a wide range of technology.  Charlie has significant experience in patent disputes in the biotechnology field and in commercial contract IP matters.

Charlie has particular experience of patent, trade mark and designs litigation in the Patents County Court (now the IPEC), High Court and Court of Appeal in industry sectors from biotech and telecoms to manufacturing and retail, and on matters involving a range of technologies including electronics and mechanical engineering. Charlie also has experience of mediation and arbitration, and of FRAND and essential patent-related disputes. Charlie often works on multi-jurisdictional IP matters, both commercial and litigious, involving IP specialists in many European countries, often acting in a coordinating role for US and other clients.



Pankaj Soni

Pankaj Soni

partner
Remfry & Sagar

Pankaj Soni is a partner in the patent group, with more than 17 years’ industry and legal experience. He manages patent litigation and prosecution in relation to electrical/electronics, computer and mechanical technologies. He has litigated matters in the Indian courts and the US federal courts for Fortune 500 clients.  His expertise includes drafting applications, setting litigation strategy, handling technical aspects of claim construction and carrying out infringement/invalidity analysis. Soni has also led client negotiations for litigation settlements and cross-licensing agreements.

Soni's qualifications include a JD from Fordham University School of Law (New York), an MBA and a master’s in computer science from Illinois State University.  He is admitted to practise in India, New York and New Jersey.



Roberto Dini

Roberto Dini

founder
Sisvel

With more than 40 years of experience, Roberto Dini is one of the best known and appreciated Intellectual Property experts. He began his career with Indesit where he was Head of the Patent and Trademark Office.

In 1982, Dini founded Sisvel, which has become a world leader in managing IP and maximising the value of patent rights.

With Sisvel he has developed invaluable experience in setting up and managing patent pools and other forms of IP aggregation. He has extensive expertise in filing and prosecuting patents; drafting contracts for the acquisition or licensing of patents; negotiating with multi-national companies; and assisting patent owners in enforcing their patent rights, especially in the consumer electronics field.

Dini is a Member of the Italian Industrial Property Consultant Association, a registered Patent Attorney before the European Patent Office (EPO) and Trademark and Design attorney before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). Dini is currently the president of LES (Licensing Executives Society) Italy.



Russell Edson

Russell Edson

Senior associate
Withers & Rogers

In addition to his broad experience in private practice dealing with patent and design prosecution and Freedom to Operate (FTO) advice, Russell also gained in-house experience on a year-long part-time secondment to a multinational consumer product company based in Geneva.

Russell has particular experience in mechanical technology areas including oil exploration and extraction, medical instruments, automotive, aerospace, packaging and manufacturing technology, as well as computer implemented control systems and graphical user interfaces.




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