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Intellectual property for open innovation and digital transformation.

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An overall two-day summit streamed online, powered by Microsoft services, one  of the world’s most famous brands in the tech industry, on the hottest technological, regulatory, legal, data and intellectual property issues impacting services, finance and the industry, notably some verticals (mobile devices, automotive industry, smart metering), with a focus on 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 . Premier Cercle will bring on this unique platform the most seasoned speakers from US, Asia, Europe to position IP as the legitimate and authoritative port-of-call for enhanced common good


Chief Executive Officers
Chief Operations Officers
Chief Legal Officers
Chief Technology Officers
Heads of Global Patent Operations
General Counsels
Chief IP Officers
In-house Counsels
European IP practitioners
IP consultants


Vishal Amin J.

U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) [EOP/OMB]

The White House


In 2017, Vishal Amin was nominated by the President and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate to serve as the White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), or “IP Czar.” In this key role advocating for American innovation, he has represented the United States as an Under Secretary level official, directing U.S. IP Diplomacy and leading trade and law enforcement delegations to advocate for American IP interests abroad. He also directs a legal and policy team, part of the National Economic Council, that advises the President and coordinates key policies among Cabinet departments. For over fifteen years, Vishal has been at the center of federal intellectual property policy. Vishal holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for Internal Market

European Commission


Jenni Lukander

President of Nokia Technologies



In June Jenni Lukander was handed one of the top roles in the IP value creation world when she was appointed president of Nokia Technologies, giving her oversight of the Finnish telco’s vast licensing arm. The promotion marked a rapid rise through Nokia’s IP ranks for Lukander; in October 2018 she was made head of the company’s patent business, having served briefly as head of licensing, and before that as global head of litigation and competition. Her background as a competition specialist should serve her well given the numerous antitrust considerations in handling a global portfolio of SEPs. Nokia’s attempts to license its intellectual property into new sectors has already been met with some resistance, with Daimler filing a complaint before the European Commission over the telecoms company’s licensing of its wireless patents in the auto space. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

Filip De Corte

Head of IP Crop Protection



Filip De Corte is Head of Intellectual Property at Syngenta Crop Protection. Filip joined Syngenta in 2013. He also worked for Cargill and Johnson & Johnson. Filip has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. He is a qualified European Patent Attorney and European Patent Litigator and passed the US patent bar exam. He also has an MBA of the Vlerick School of Management. Filip taught patent law in Antwerp as well as at the University of Leuven.

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



Laura Gisler is an American attorney, currently working as the Head of IP at Polestar, where she responsible for the oversight and execution of all IP portfolio and operational activities. At the moment based in Gothenburg, Sweden, she moved there to join Volvo Car Group as IP counsel, focusing on tech IP issues including open source, software licensing, and strategic portfolio development in digital automotive. She has a JD from the University of St Thomas and a BA and MA from Trinity College. Previously, she was a Patent Attorney at IBM in the US for four years, drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to machine learning, data compression, the Internet of Things, and digital and wireless communications. She is registered to practice before the USPTO, is a member of the Minnesota Bar, and is a yoga practitioner, ceramicist and vegan

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.

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).

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.

John Mulgrew

Head of IP



John Mulgrew has a mechanical engineering degree from Rice and a JD from GW Law. He started his legal career at several prominent law firms in New York and Washington DC. As an assistant general counsel at Microsoft, Mr. Mulgrew led teams handling a wide variety of licensing, litigation support and other IP transactional-related matters. He has provided support for Microsoft’s European IP matters and drafted multi-party agreements with companies, universities, governments and research organisations. He joined Uber in 2017 to lead the IP team, but over time his responsibilities have expanded to include multiple client-facing teams.

Tibor van Melsem Kocsis

CEO - Founder / World Economic Forum Global Innovator



Tibor is the CEO of DiManEx a company that reinvented inventory by making 3D printing easy for supply chain teams. The DiManEx platform allows you to identify the right parts for additive manufacturing, digitize your inventory and print parts on-demand through a network of industrial-quality facilities. Prior to founding DiManEx, Tibor held a number of executive roles in the commercial, supply chain and manufacturing domain. Inspired at London Business School, IMD in Lausanne, at Singularity University and still learning everyday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

John Lindgren

Chief Executive Officer



John became the President & CEO of IPValue in August 2017. Prior to IPValue, he spent 10 years as the President & CEO of Conversant Intellectual Property Management in Ottawa (formerly MOSAID). MOSAID was the first publicly traded patent licensing company to be taken private. Before joining Conversant, John enjoyed a 20-year career focused on patent licensing with Texas Instruments in Dallas and Tokyo. John holds a JD from SMU, graduating magna cum laude, and was the editor-in-chief of the SMU Law Review. He earned an MSEE from SMU and a BSEE from Duke. John is a member of the Texas, CAFC, and the USPTO bars. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law and is an Ashbury College Foundation board member.

Medha Rolvering

Global Head of IP

Software AG


Medha Rolvering is the Global Head of Intellectual Property of Software AG, where she works closely with R&D communities to help awareness of IP and manages all IP related topics of the company. Medha is an experienced patent manager and has previously worked in different technology areas like Product Development, Customer support and Master CD production for products. She has worked globally with technology focused departments and Patent Law firms to deliver actionable strategies that have helped drive IP strategy. Her responsibilities also include providing expert insight and best practice knowledge on patent analytics, portfolio assessments, patent licensing, patent benchmarking. She has represented Software AG in IP podium discussion engagements including being a guest Lecturer for IT law at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt.

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.

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.

Vivian Sapienza

Legal Counsel - EMEA



Vivian Sapienza works for the open-source unicorn Confluent, a software and cloud service company that makes an event streaming platform powered by Apache Kafka. She is the commercial lawyer responsible for sales support in the Central Europe region (Germany, Switzerland & Austria). Vivian has over 10 years experience as commercial lawyer, with focus on IT contracts (pre and post-sale) and Intellectual Property Law, and has worked in legal departments of multinationals as Accenture and as senior associate in the law firm Demarest. She holds a LL.M. In Intellectual Property & Competition Law from the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (Max Planck) and a LL.M. in Contracts Law from Insper. She is also privacy certified (CIPP/E).

Victoria Van Camp

CTO and President, Innovation and Business De



Victoria Van Camp joined SKF 1996. She held a number of positions, based in; the Netherlands, US and now in Sweden. Her previous positions include, amongst others; President, Business and Product Development. Director, Industrial Market Technology and Solutions. Director, Product Innovation Lubrication BU. Victoria was born in 1966 and holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD. in Machine Elements from Luleå University of Technology Sweden. Victoria Van Camp is a member of SKF Group Management, Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (IVA) and she is also board member of Billerud Korsnäs AB and Amexci AB.

Dr Ulrike Till

Director, AI Policy


Experienced IP lawyer focused on helping organizations maximize their IP assets to transform and drive opportunities and performance. Significant commercial background and exposure to complex international litigation, commercial negotiations, competition law, settlements and agreements. IP Policy and digital transformation experienced. Broad industry experience including pharmaceuticals, medical device and IT technology sectors. Prior roles include Partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, Assistant General Counsel at Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Global Head of IP at Sandoz.

Audrey Plantureux

Responsable Propriété intellectuelle



Après une dizaine d’années en qualité de juriste Propriété Intellectuelle au sein des sociétés Ralph Lauren et BIC où elle a notamment développé son expérience en gestion de portefeuilles de PI et lutte anti-contrefaçon, Audrey décide d’axer son expertise sur les nouvelles technologies en intégrant en 2010 la société Sage, 3ème éditeur mondial de logiciels de gestion où elle monte le département PI, puis plus récemment la société OVH, où elle déploie actuellement un programme de sensibilisation, capture et protection de l’innovation hardware et software. OVH est un fournisseur mondial de cloud hyperévolutif (hyperscale) qui, au travers de ses 27 datacenters sur 12 sites et 4 continents ainsi que ses 2100 salariés, offre aux entreprises une valeur et des performances de référence dans le secteur.

Aurélie Jimenez

Member of the Boards of Appeal | Legal Board of Appeal | Dir.

European Patent Office


Aurélie Jimenez is a member of the French judiciary. She joined the EPO in 2018 as a legal member of the Boards of Appeal, after having served in different Courts in the Paris region, and ultimately as a IP specialized judge in the first instance Court of Paris. She holds a Research Master Degree in IP Law from the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, as well as a Master Degree in Political Sciences from the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris. In the Boards of Appeal, she is Legal Member in Technical Board 3.5.06, one of the boards dealing with computing technology and artificial intelligence.

Martin Müller

Chairman Board of Appeal 3.05.06

European Patent Office


Martin Müller studied computer science (Informatik) at the University of Karlsruhe and received a Dr.-Ing. degree in computer science from Saarland University. His scientific interests included logics, computational linguistics, cognitive science and compiler technology. He joined the EPO as an examiner in 1998, where he worked mostly in the fields of pattern recognition and video games, and was appointed Member of the Boards of Appeal in 2010. In 2019 he became chairman of Technical Board of Appeal 3.5.06, one of the boards dealing with computing technology and artificial intelligence, and Member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

Sven Schuwirth

Vice President Digital Experience and Business

Audi A.G.


Sven Schuwirth was born on December 28, 1972 in Pfullendorf. After studying business management and engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and the Haas School of Business at the University of California in Berkeley, he started his career at AUDI AG in 1999.In 2004, he was appointed Head of Brand Development and Corporate Identity. In his position as Head of Brand Strategy, he was responsible for product, portfolio and communication strategy as of 2008. From 2009 to 2016, Schuwirth was Head of Brand Development and Digitalization. After that, he was responsible for Digital Business at AUDI AG.In 2018, Sven Schuwirth moved to BMW AG as Head of Brand BMW.

Cedric Manara

Director, Head of Copyright



Yotam Drechsler

Chief Executive Officer

BrainQ technologies Ltd.


Yotam Drechsler has an extensive background in math, computer science and cognitive science. As former BCG strategy consultant, Yotam worked with the senior management of multinational companies to conduct large scale transformations, and with global funds in support of multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisition activities. As the CEO and Co-founder of BrainQ he supervises the execution of the strategic development and market penetration of the company's medical device.

Dr. Anna Wieczorek

Founder of IP research firm L | R specialising in Chemistry & Biotechnology

Laudea Research GmbH


Dr. Anna Wieczorek is the founder and managing director of IP research company Laudea Research. As an experienced IP analyst specializing in chemistry and biotechnology, she founded Laudea in March 2018. Previously, she had spent several years working in major European research and scientific facilities. At Laudea, she supports corporate clients and patent law firms in IP search and analytics, helping clients to make better strategic decisions. Before launching Laudea Research, Dr. Wieczorek was responsible for managing European projects at CPA Global in London.

Dr. Christine Haupt

Head of Microsoft Enterprise Services Germany

Microsoft Germany


Since April 1st, 2020, Dr. Christine Haupt is the new Chief Operating Officer (COO), heading the Marketing, Operations and SME Customer business units at Microsoft Germany. She is responsible for marketing and for the business groups Cloud&Enterprise, Microsoft 365, Surface Commercial and Dynamics 365 as well as for the fast-growing business with small and medium-sized enterprises. Before that she oversaw the service business of Microsoft Germany. That included both the consulting and the premier support business. Christine Haupt studied physics in Würzburg and completed her Ph.D. in San Francisco.

Denise Benz


Allen & Overy


Denise Benz is a German qualified attorney and an Associate at Allen & Overy in Munich. She represents clients in patent infringement and invalidity proceedings as well as in arbitration proceedings across a range of technologies, including telecommunications, IT and semiconductors. One of her main practice areas are complex cross-border patent disputes. Denise specializes in the interface of patents and antitrust laws, focusing on disputes involving standard essential patents and FRAND issues.

Michael Moore

Partner, Solicitor



Michael has acted in multi-jurisdictional patent disputes working with legal teams in Europe and the US relating to a range of technologies, from mobile and internet-based technologies and RFID devices to insulin-like growth factors. Michael led a number of the successful teams in the litigation for Virgin Media and TiVo against Rovi Corporation in their long running patent dispute.  On the commercial side, Michael has experience of negotiating and drafting agreements in relation to a broad range of commercial contracts dealing with the acquisition, sale and licensing of intellectual property rights.

Marlou van de Braak

Director Legal (Global Intellectual Property & Global Commerce) Global Legal Affairs

Heineken International B.V.


Chris Fowler

General Counsel Technology

BT Legal and Co Sec


Chris is the General Counsel Technology at BT Group plc. Technology is the part of BT which builds and runs BT’s fixed and mobile networks, its internal IT and its research and development unit. Chris is also a Director of BT’s joint venture MBNL Limited which builds and manages mobile infrastructure in the UK. Previously Chris was the COO for BT Legal during which he defined and implemented BT Legal’s new operating model, created its technology strategy, adopted alternative providers & lead on its managed services agreement with DWF. Before that Chris was the General Counsel for Commercial and was responsible for the commercial lawyers across BT’s enterprise trading divisions. Prior to joining BT Chris worked in the legal departments of Experian and Volkswagen Audi Group.

Magali Touroude Pereira


Touroude & Associates


European and French patent attorney & engineer in biotechnology, Magali founded the IP Law firm Touroude & Associates in 2015. Serial entrepreneur (creation of 2 successful firms), she worked more than 15 years for both sides: law firm and industry (Top french IP firms Regimbeau and Plasseraud & IP manager at L’Oréal). Convinced of the close relationship between IP and business, Magali graduated in 2017 from Exec. MBA at EDHEC Business School. Magali has launched in 2017 a disruptive digital service of patent attorneys, unique in Europe, to facilitate access to IP for innovators:

Marie-Avril Roux Steinkühler

Certified IP/IT Lawyer - Paris - Berlin



Marie-Avril Roux is a seasoned IP lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in business and intellectual property, with focus on copyright, entertainment, media, new technologies and trademarks. After 15 years practice in Paris, she is now based in Berlin and further advises or litigate for her clients in France and Germany. Her particularity: a specialized bi- and international IP practice in three languages, French, English and German. Marie-Avril has been practicing in all areas of copyright and entertainment Law: publishing, music, cinema, television, radio, live performance, advertising, art, counterfeiting, plagiarism, sponsorship, patronage, privacy, image, advising producers, publishers, authors, artists and celebrities. She litigates in France and also in Germany. Her practice also includes the representation of creators and artists and the management of their rights.

Dr. Kai Brandt

Head of Patents Electrics/Electronics



Dr. Kai Brandt is head of patents Head of patents digital/electric systems, mobility at AUDI AG. Kai defended unjustified claims of Patent Assertion Entities in China, Europe, and the US. Therefore, he has developed and implemented a number of effective defense strategies. Currently, Kai is also involved in the ongoing discussion about standard essential patents (SEPs) in the internet of things era. During his professional life, he conducted licensing negotiations for right holders as well as implementers of SEPs. Therefore, he has a deep insight in the stakes held by the different actors in the discussion. He worked several years in Beijing and has been enforcing patents and trademarks in China and other Asian jurisdictions.

Stephanie Mielert

Senior Legal Expert IP

Fraunhofer Society


Stefanie Mielert is a Munich-based German lawyer with extensive legal and executive experience in the technology domain. Since joining the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Fraunhofer) in 1993, Stefanie has advised on a variety of IP-related matters – from strategy to operational, and relating to Fraunhofer’s national and international activities. Respecting the unique role and mandate of Fraunhofer Stefanie in her work focuses on IP Governance in the context of a robust (global) innovation system. Stefanie was Head of Legal at Fraunhofer from 2005 to 2010 and Head of Fraunhofer Legal Corporate Governance from 2010 to 2018. She is now Senior Legal Expert Standards, IP, and Innovation.

Julian Adamson

Global IP Headhunter



Julian Adamson is a highly experienced IP executive search consultant with a comprehensive understanding of the global IP talent market. Julian specialises in industry and private practice IP recruitment & talent benchmarking, predominantly within the German, Nordic and US markets. His expertise covers the full IP sector, in particular patent prosecution, litigation and licensing.

Amanda Brock




Amanda is CEO of OpenUK, the UK body for “open technology being open source software, open hardware and open data”; Chair of the Open Source and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs; European Representative of the defensive patent pool, Open Invention Network; OASIS Open Projects' Advisory Council Member; Advisory Board Member KDE; Advisory Board Member Beamery and Mentors C Suite individuals. As a C Suite lawyer, she first encountered open source as General Counsel of Canonical, sponsor of the open source operating system ubuntu, was a member of the Open Stack Drafting Committee in 2012 and has a long-standing engagement with the platform economy. She is a regular international keynote speaker, podcast guest and author, writing across the tech press and as Editor of Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice”, 2nd Edition, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2021

Suat Topsu




After a Ph.D. and a postdoctoral fellowship (Versailles, France), I've been recruited at the University of Paris Sacaly as a "Maitre de Conférences" (Lecturer) and as Professor in 2008. For 10 years, my researches dealt with the new generation of atomic clocks, nanotechnology for cancer therapy and optical wireless Communications or LiFi. In 2012, I founded OLEDCOMM in order to transform this technology into a product and bring it to the world. Since 2018, I am managing Erganeo S.A.S., an investment company founded by French Government dedicated to push disruptive technologies from academic laboratories to the market.

Patrice Vekemans

CEO and co-founder of Fovea IP



Patrice Vekemans is CEO and co-founder of Fovea IP. He is passionate about the virtues of brands, innovation and customer service. Patrice held top management roles with Akzo Nobel as European Marketing Director retail brands and with Toyota and Lexus as Marketing Director and Retail Director in Belgium and Luxembourg. Throughout this experience he has observed that genuine customer focus inspires innovation which is an essential building block for strong brands. With Fovea IP all these areas combine in an exciting opportunity to help IP professionals deal with ever growing demands for top quality information accessible instantly. Patrice believes strongly in the power of technology but keeps genuine customer service central.

Pawel Piotrowicz

UK and European patent attorney

Venner Shipley LLP


Pawel Piotrowicz is a UK and European patent attorney at Venner Shipley with over 20 years experience advising on intellectual property specialising in high tech fields including electronics and software.  Pawel is handling the appeal in which questions have been referred to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) in G1/19 (CONNOR/Pedestrian Simulation) regarding patentability of computer-implemented simulations. He has been involved in the case from the very start having drafted and filed the application in 2003.  The referral is only the second time that questions relating to patentability of computer-implemented inventions have been considered by the EBA.  Given the ubiquity and importance of computer simulation in research and development, the outcome of the G 1/19 referral will have an impact on the assessment of patentability of not only simulations and computer-aided design software, but also potentially other forms of computer-implemented inventions, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Katharina Hiersemenzel

SVP Public Policy

Constantin Film


Katharina Hiersemenzel is an experienced entertainment lawyer and has worked in copyright policy and as a production attorney. Until recently, she worked as Director Public Policy at Netflix, one of the world's leading online streaming networks, focusing on copyright and film production policy. Prior to working at Netflix, Katharina has worked as Copyright Policy Counsel at the Motion Picture Association in Brussels and as copyright lawyer in Munich, Sydney and Berlin with a focus on European TV and film production and distribution. Katharina graduated in law at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich and is admitted at the Munich bar.

Giuseppe Abbamonte

Director for Media Policy

European Commission


I have been the Director for Media Policy at the European Commission since 2016. My Directorate is in charge of : Copyright law. We prepared and negotiated the reform of the European copyright regulatory framework. Broadcasting law. We updated and negotiated the audiovisual media services regulatory framework. The MEDIA programme, which provides financial support to the European audiovisual industry and the fight against online disinformation. We elaborated and are now implementing the European strategy on countering fake news and disinformation. Before then I was in charge of the Directorate responsible for the elaboration of the European Data Strategy. In my former positions at the European Commission, I supervised and directed the elaboration of the European Cybersecurity Strategy and a European law on network and information security. I worked many years in the Antitrust and Consumer Protection departments of the European Commission.

Isabella Fu

Associate General Counsel



Isabella Fu is an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, where she leads the team of attorneys responsible for patent prosecution, counseling, and dispute resolution. She joined Microsoft in 2003, and until recently was responsible for IP litigation for the company, worldwide. Before joining Microsoft, Isabella was Director of Litigation at Intel Corporation. She practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe before moving in-house. She has an A.B. in Physics from Harvard-Radcliffe College, and a J.D. from Columbia University.

Begoña Glez. Otero

Senior Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Compe


Spanish legal scholar with cross-functional background in education management, law, and research. Dr. Otero has practiced law as in-house counsel of a well-known international company and as a member of a Spanish IP firm with outstanding national roots. She has also served as a consultant in the IPR SME Helpdesk of the European Commission. Trained in some of the most relevant knowledge centers of IP: The University of Santiago de Compostela (doctoral thesis Extraordinary Prize), the Dutch Institute for Information Law, and the MPI for Innovation and Competition. In 2019 she joined the MPI as Senior Research Fellow to focus on the intersection of IP and Competition law of software and emerging technologies: IoT, AI, quantum computing.

Alden Abbott

General Counsel

U.S. Federal Trade Commission


Alden F. Abbott is the General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  As the Commission’s chief legal officer and adviser, the General Counsel represents the agency in court and provides legal counsel to the Commission and its bureaus and offices.  Prior to rejoining the Commission in April 2018, Mr. Abbott served in legal management positions at the Heritage Foundation (2014-2018) and BlackBerry (2012-2014).  He also held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. federal government (in the FTC, the Commerce Department, and the Justice Department) prior to his retirement in 2012, as a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service.  He speaks French, Spanish, and Italian.

Ira Blumberg

Senior Vice President, Client Strategy and Services

VideoLabs Inc


Ira Blumberg is Senior Vice President, Client Strategy and Services at VideoLabs Inc., a Silicon Valley patent startup. He has 25+ years of experience as an attorney focused on patents and patent licensing in high-tech. Prior to VideoLabs, Ira was Lenovo's Vice President of Intellectual Property from 2012 to 2019. From 2010 to 2012, Ira was a Licensing Executive at Intellectual Ventures, based in Tokyo. Prior to IV, Ira was Vice President of Licensing at Rambus Inc. from 2004-2010. From 1997 to 2004, Ira was a Senior Licensing Attorney and then Director of Licensing at Intel. While at Intel, Ira negotiated, drafted and closed the patent license agreement between Intel and LG Electronics that became the basis of the US Supreme Court case Quanta Computer Inc. v LG Electronics, Inc. Before going in-house, Ira was an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, CA and Hughes, Hubbard and Reed in Washington, DC. Prior to his legal career, Ira was a computer engineer, holding engineering and management positions, including as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Ira earned his JD from the University of Virginia and his MS in Computer Science and BS in Applied Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Edward Meintzer

CFO & Director of Communications

Open Invention Network


Keith Bergelt is CEO of Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, created to support freedom of action in Linux and adjacent open source technologies. Funded by Google, IBM, NEC, Philips, Sony, SUSE and Toyota, OIN has over 3,300 community members and owns 1,300 global patents and applications. Having previously led two hedge funds, served as a technology advisor for TPG, headed business development, IP, and licensing for Cambridge Display, and acted as GM of the Strategic Intellectual Asset Management business unit at Motorola, he is a frequent speaker on corporate strategy, finance and IP management.

Nikolaus Thumm

Senior Fellow

European Commission's 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 / World Economic Forum Global Innovator



Tibor is the CEO of DiManEx  a company that reinvented inventory by making 3D printing easy for supply chain teams. The DiManEx platform allows you to identify the right parts for additive manufacturing, digitize your inventory and print parts on-demand through a network of industrial-quality facilities. Prior to founding DiManEx, Tibor held a number of executive roles in the commercial, supply chain and manufacturing domain. Inspired at London Business School, IMD in Lausanne, at Singularity University and still learning everyday.

Ludwig von Reiche

Managing Director

Intellectual Property 2 Innovate


Ludwig von Reiche is Board Member of IP2Innovate, the European business coalition that is working to bring a better balance to Europe’s patent legal system so that it supports innovation and economic growth to the benefit of all.Ludwig is also Managing Director of NVIDIA ARC GmbH and co-lead of NVIDIA’s global Ad- vanced Rendering Center. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, it develops globally leading visualiza- tion software products, including the physically-based renderer NVIDIA Iray® and the volumetric rendering and visualization platform NVIDIA IndeX®.Prior to joining the company, Mr. von Reiche worked in Private Equity and served as CEO of a Ger- man banking software development and services group. Before that, he had been an international ex- ecutive with IBM for over 13 years, where he headed multi-country business development and sales organizations.

Kent Baker

Head of Intellectual Property

u-blox AG


Kent has over three decades of hands-on business, technology, and intellectual property expertise.  He has served in key roles developing global intellectual property asset, innovation, and monetization strategies for Fortune 100 companies including Qualcomm and PARC Xerox.  Kent’s extensive knowledge is focused on developing fully integrated, practical approaches to addressing business challenges related to standards, standards policies, standards essential patents (SEPs) and regulatory issues. His knowledge extends to mobile communications, IoT, medical devices, and network architectures supporting drones and automobiles. His current role as Head of IP Strategy & Licensing for u-blox AG broadens Kent’s appreciation of the patent licensing paradox experienced by implementers of standard essential patents (SEPs).  

Andreas Reiss

Corporate Technology Corporate Intellectual Property GP CT IP

Siemens Gas and Power GmbH & Co. KG


Andreas Reis is a European patent attorney and IP counsel working within the service department of Siemens Gas and Power. In this role he is working within the area of small and medium gas turbines and steam turbines, power transmission as well as controls and digitalization. Herein, he is primarily responsible for the strategic IP protection of the research and development as well as IP related contract matters. Previously, he was working for Atotech Deutschland GmbH handling the IP support of the equipment development and Eckart GmbH handling i.a. the new business area. During this time he was responsible for all IP related matters. He started his career in the area of intellectual property in the patent law firm Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH after acquiring his doctor’s degree in natural sciences within the field of chemistry.

Lisa Ritchie

Senior Counsel

Philip Morris International


Lisa’s IP career spans 20 years and three countries, with experience both in-house and in private practice. Lisa is currently Senior Counsel at Philip Morris International, where she is global lead of trademark, copyright and design litigation and online enforcement for PMI’s suite of Reduced Risk Products. Lisa has been listed as an ‘Influential Woman in IP’ and an ‘IP Global Leader’.


Phil Hogan

Commissioner for Trade

European Commission

Jerry Gnuschke

Vice President, Licensing and Ventures



Claudia Tapia Garcia

Director IPR Policy & Legal Academic Research, RIPL Strategy & Portfolio Management



Nitin Gaur


IBM WW Digital Asset Labs at IBM


Alexey Morgunov

Manifold Research

CEO & Co-Founder




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