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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.


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


Phil Hogan

Commissioner for Trade

European Commission

Amin Vishal J.

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

The White House


Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for Internal Market

European Commission



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



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

Jerry Gnuschke

Vice President, Licensing and Ventures



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



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



Medha Rolvering

Global Head of IP

Software AG


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



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.

Claudia Tapia Garcia

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



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.At the beginning of 2019, he returned to AUDI AG to take charge of the newly established “Brand Audi, Digital Business and Customer Experience” division. Since April 1, 2020 Sven Schuwirth focuses on premium services in and around the car, new mobility services, establishing a digital ecosystem and digital commerce with the company’s „Digital Experience/ Business“ area.

Nitin Gaur


IBM WW Digital Asset Labs at IBM


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. 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


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. The other focus of her practice is trademark protection. She advises international companies on their brands and new technologies. She manages and develops trademark portfolios in more than 70 countries, in addition to designs and domain names. She advises, drafts and negotiates license agreements, coexistence etc., provides representation before the French trademark office INPI, the German trademark office DPMA, the EUIPO, and the Court of Justice of the European Union. She practices also in Data privacy Law. Her clients are mainly involved in publishing, production, fashion, food industry, finance mainly, and she counsels several NGOs. She likes to support her clients in their projects and develop these projects with them, being flexible and inventive. Her first training at Sciences Po in commerce and finance, and then her experiences in mergers and acquisitions, gave her an operational approach and allowed her to support the establishment of French companies' activities in Germany. And as it is great to always improve and adapt, she has resumed her studies and is currently completing an LL. M. in IP German law at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

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.




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