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Intellectual property for open innovation and digital transformation.

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@ Microsoft European Headquarters
Munich, Germany


An overall two-day summit within Microsoft's premises in Munich, one of the world’s most famous brands in the tech industry, on the hottest technological, regulatory, legal and intellectual property issues impacting the services, finance and the industry, and emerging concepts supporting the intellectual property protection and innovation enhancement flow in the transformation value chain. A C-level engagement to showcase the most updated content on technological regulatory / legal and IP issues, and foster the presence of though leader to emulate valuable business models and business-oriented massive digital transition around the best practices in the services, finance and in the industry. Premier Cercle will bring Microsoft's German headquarters the most seasoned speakers from US, Asia, Europe to position Microsoft as the legitimate and authoritative port-of-call for enhanced common good.


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Phil Hogan

Commissioner for Trade

European Commission


Alen Arslanagic

Co-Founder & CEO

Visium SA


Alen is the co-founder and CEO of Visium SA. Visium develops Artificial Intelligence solutions for the world's best brands, was founded in 2018 and it has a team of 40 engineers and business profiles who have demonstrated extraordinary passion and achievements. Alen holds a MSc in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management from Imperial College London. Before that, he graduated from a BSc in Business Administration from University of Geneva and later spent a year at EPFL studying Computer Science. He has founded five companies over the years, has gained extensive entrepreneurial experience and skills which enabled him to catalyze the success of his latest venture.

Peter Berg

Vice President Intellectual Property

Infineon Technologies


Peter Berg is Vice President Intellectual Property at Infineon Technologies, a world leader in semiconductor solutions with a focus on automotive semiconductors, power discretes and modules and security integrated circuits and solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Before joining Infineon, Mr Berg was Chief IP Counsel at Draexlmaier Group, a premium automotive supplier. Former steps in his career included VP Legal Affairs for Development & Service Operations of Tetra Pak in Sweden und Managing IP Counsel for mobile communications and Chief IP Licensing Counsel for Siemens in Germany.

Thomas Buchholz

Chief Digital Patent Counsel

BSH Home Appliances Group


Dr. Thomas Buchholz works for BSH Home Appliances Group, the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe. BSH’s brands comprise among others Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau & Thermador. Thomas owns a PhD in computer science and is a German & European Patent Attorney. He has many years of experience in prosecution, litigation and licensing. At BSH’s IP department he is responsible for the complete range of digital technologies, e.g. connected home appliances, artificial intelligence, navigation of autonomous robots and licensing of standard-essential patents.

Cassandra Derham

Senior IP attorney, Head of Technical IP

Amadeus Intellectual Property


Cassandra Derham started her IP career twenty years ago and qualified as a European Patent Attorney (EPA) and Chartered Patent Attorney (CPA) in private practice in London, building on a Masters in Physics with Medical Physics from the University of Bristol. After nearly a decade in and around Gray’s Inn, she moved from private practice to industry, which has taken her from the South East of England (in high-tech) to the South East of France, where she works for Amadeus She is the head of Technical IP, which is the team responsible for creating Amadeus’s IP portfolio including classic registered rights such as patents and designs alongside more mysterious unregistered rights such as Open Source, trade secrets, know-how and defensive publications.

Oliver Fendt

Senior Open Source Manager



Oliver Fendt is Senior Manager Open Source Software and owner of the topic Open Source Software (OSS) at Siemens. In this role he is heading the Open Source Task Force, a companywide board of experts, which oversee the license compliant use of OSS in products, solutions and services. Oliver has more than 18 years’ experience in open source software, its license conditions and how to comply to the different licenses. During this time, he kicked off several initiatives and projects. He further developed several trainings about Open Source Software. Oliver is governing board member of the OpenChain project and heads the OpenChain Reference Tooling Work Group.

Laura Gisler

Head of Intellectual Property



Jerry Gnuschke

Vice President, Licensing and Ventures



Carolyn Herzog

EVP & General Counsel

ARM Inc.


Carolyn is EVP, General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Arm, the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, where she leads worldwide legal regulatory and public affairs. Carolyn came to Arm from Symantec, the world’s largest cybersecurity company, where she was the Deputy GC and CCO. Previously, she was GC at AXENT Technologies and worked at The World Bank in Washington, DC. Carolyn has served as an Advisory Board member to IPWatch Systems Corporation and on the Boards for the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe. She has been recognized as a Distinguished GC by the Director’s Roundtable and an Attorney That Matters by Ethisphere.

Andreas Iwerbäck

Director Group Technology & IP Intelligence

Husqvarna Group


Andreas has 20 years’ of experience from patent related work, covering the whole value chain of patents; from filing and prosecution to licensing and litigation. Participated in hundreds of license negotiations worldwide, with major focus on Asia and Japan in particular. Successful litigation campaigns and several M&A and Due Diligence projects, including the world largest IP transaction; Nortel/Rockstar acquisition. Current role of Director of Technology & IP Intelligence at Husqvarna Group includes securing actionable intelligence to C-level stakeholders and group management. Member of management team in group organization Innovation & Technology that drives innovation and ventures related to AI, robotics and digital.

Christian Kaliner

Assistant General Counsel and Director Legal EMEA

Red Hat


Christian Kaliner is Assistant General Counsel and Legal Director EMEA of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies.. Before joining Red Hat Christian Kaliner has worked in the software, IT and telco industry for almost 20 years, recently as Global Head of Legal & Compliance at Siemens Convergence Creators Group, a separately managed group of companies specialized in software solutions for media, telco and space. His previously held positions include Group Deputy General Counsel at Atos S.E., the largest European based IT provider, and General Counsel for Siemens IT Solutions and Services.

Matthew Kuipers, Ph.D.

Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property

Uber Technologies, Inc.


Matthew Kuipers leads Intellectual Property for aerial-vehicle rideshare and various autonomous-vehicles programs. His primary responsibilities are to clear IP risks for Uber's businesses, protect Uber's technology, and build external relationships. He manages and grows Uber's patent portfolios in these technology areas. Matt works on developing collaborations to accelerate innovation and commercialization through joint development projects, standards, and open source. He assists the litigation team on defending against third-party patent threats. Regarding open source, Matt is on the governing board of a number of Linux Foundation's projects, such as The OpenChain Project and InterUSS. Matt earned a JD from Cornell Law School and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Catherine Lacavera

VP, Legal



Catherine Lacavera is the Vice President of Litigation, Employment, Regulatory Investigations, Law Enforcement and Information Security at Google LLC. She manages a team of about 300 attorneys and technical advisors, and oversees a global litigation docket that has included more than 1000 patent and other intellectual property matters. Ms. Lacavera also advises on complex licenses and acquisitions. She obtained her Bachelor of Computer Engineering, Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. She has been named one of Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, one of the world's 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP, and a Woman Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder. Previously, Ms. Lacavera practiced IP litigation in New York City at a global law firm.

John Lindgren

Chief Executive Officer



Lionel M. Lavenue


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner


Lionel M. Lavenue is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Reston, Virginia office, and leads the firm’s Aerospace, Aviation, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry group. With experience in more than 180 district court litigations, Lionel's practice focuses on IP matters including patent trial litigation and patent portfolio management for a variety of technologies (including appeals), especially those related to aviation, UAS, UAV, and drone technologies. Lionel has experience in the preparation of over 1,000 patent applications and filing more than 75 IPR petitions and covered business method (CBM) petitions. He frequently speaks and writes on aviation and UAS topics.

Claudia Milbradt


Clifford Chance


Dr. Claudia Milbradt heads the German IP practice of Clifford Chance and is a partner in the Düsseldorf office since 2005. She advises clients since 1999 in the field of intellectual property. Claudia has significant experience in technology transfer, patent license agreements, research and development and litigation (preliminary injunction proceeding, action on the merits, nullity actions, invalidity proceedings) and strategic advice protection of trademarks and patents. Moreover, she is a member of the Global Tech Group of Clifford Chance and regularly holds speeches and publishes articles in legal law journals, books and compilations such as “Patent Litigation in Germany” (2012) or “R&D Agreements – a Guideline” (2011).

John Mulgrew

Head of IP



Medha Rolvering

Global Head of IP

Software AG


Vivian Sapienza

Legal Counsel - EMEA



Nicolas Schifano

Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel



Among his responsibilities, Nicolas leads Azure IP Advantage, a program designed to protect Microsoft’s customers innovations in the cloud. Nicolas is also responsible for Open Source and IP policy at Microsoft. Prior to that, Nicolas led Microsoft’s standards and intellectual property policy engagements, first out of the Microsoft office in Brussels, then at Microsoft’s headquarters in the USA. Nicolas is registered with the Washington bar as in-house counsel. He is also a French and European patent attorney. He has an educational background in computer science, electrical engineering, intellectual property and business laws. Nicolas is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property.

Phillip Speed

Co-Founder & CEO

Quantum Base


Phillip Speed. Co-founder & CEO Quantum Base. Phill has experience of building and running large technology companies and start-ups, having gained experience leading multi-million-pound strategic projects with organisations including, ICL, Marks & Spencer, Boots, News International, Reed Elsevier, The Guardian Media Group and Nortel amongst others. Quantum Base is a company at the forefront of Quantum Security, building a portfolio of products and IP using nanoscale devices, exploiting various quantum phenomena that deliver fundamental security for the first time. Q-ID® Optical is an unbreakable secure quantum nanoscale ‘tag’ which can fit onto any product or any surface has almost zero cost, and delivers unbreakable security using a simple scan from a standard smart phone to validate the authenticity or legitimacy of any product in real time.

Ken Stanwood

Chief Technology Officer



Kenneth Stanwood is Chief Technical Officer of WiLAN Inc. He is an inventor and entrepreneur with more than 150 issued US patents and numerous foreign counterparts. He supports WiLAN’s technology licensing teams and is responsible for WiLAN’s government relations efforts. However, his primary responsibility is WiLAN’s internal research and development which is heavily oriented towards collaboration with universities. While Mr. Stanwood has more than 30 years of experience in wireless communications and signal processing, his current research covers areas as diverse as Fin Tech, Video over Satellite, and improving the efficiency of mass transit. Mr. Stanwood holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences with Highest Honors from Oregon State University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Nikolaus Thumm

Senior Fellow

European Commission, Joint Research Centre


Nikolaus Thumm is Senior Fellow at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Spain. He is responsible to set up a work-program at the interface of digital technologies and policy under the European Digital Single Market strategy. The focus is on standardization, standard essential patents, licensing, open source, counterfeiting and illicit trade. Until 2013 he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. Before, he was working as Senior Economic Counselor for the Swiss Federation. He was chairman of the United Nations' Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public partnership group. He has been member of different expert groups with the European Commission, the OECD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Tibor van Melsem Kocsis

CEO - Founder





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