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MIP European Life Sciences Forum 2018

April 24, Le Méridien Piccadilly London



Speakers at the MIP European Life Sciences Forum 2018 included:

Aaron Smethurst

IH_Aaron Smethurst - UCB

director, intellectual property policy

Aaron Smethurst is the director of intellectual property (IP) policy at UCB. In this role he is responsible for ensuring internal IP best practices and policies deliver patient and stakeholder value, and for communicating UCB’s IP policy positions to external stakeholders.

Prior to joining UCB, Aaron developed an extensive network and policy acumen through various international and IP policy advocacy positions, including at: AbbVie, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CropLife International, Eli Lilly, and the office of U.S. Trade Representative.

Aaron holds a MS Degree in Business/Government Relations with a specialization in Intellectual Property Management and an honors certificate in International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Aaron lived in Washington, DC for over a decade and recently moved with his family to Brussels. Previously he spent six years living outside the United States—four years in Germany, including working in the German Bundestag in Berlin, and two years in Japan teaching English on the JET Program. Along the way, he has acquired varying levels of proficiency in German, Japanese, and French.

Dieter Kuhn

IH_Dieter Kuhn - DSM

senior patent attorney

Dieter Kuhn was head of IP of generics company Acino Pharma AG before joining DSM Nutritional Products in 2017.

Dieter has experience in FTO, patent prosecution and patent litigation in the field of life sciences and regularly teaches in FTO seminars.

He has a technical background in chemistry with a diploma from ETH Zurich.

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials with solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance.

Jody Giesser

IH_Jody Giesser -DSM

senior patent counsel

Jody Giesser is a senior patent counsel at DSM Nutritional Products.  Her practice encompasses mostly prosecution and transactional work in the biological sciences area.  She is a member of the New York Bar and the USPTO.

Philipp Cepl

PP_Philipp Cepl - DLA Piper

DLA Piper

Dr Philipp Cepl is an experienced patent litigator who represents clients from various industries in all patent related matters. Cepl advises clients on all matters relating to intellectual property, especially in both complex local patent litigation and cross-border strategic litigation advice. He has participated in more than 130 patent infringement cases, in particular in the life sciences sector (pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices), as well as in the field of high tech patent litigation. Philipp was involved in numerous nullity and opposition proceedings.

Prior to joining DLA Piper at its Cologne office in October 2017, Cepl worked in the patent litigation teams of two leading international law firms in Düsseldorf (2003-2017).



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