IPBC Europe 2018


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Pascal Asselot
Managing director and co-founder, Ajax IP
Pascal Asselot is a co-founder of Ajax IP, a provider of global patent risk management solutions. Ajax IP deploys risk analytics, expertise, mitigation capabilities and capital in order to offer selected players a competitive advantage in dealing with patent risks. Our solutions are global, novel, comprehensive and intelligent.
Previously, Mr Asselot led the development and licensing group at France Brevets – the first sovereign patent fund in Europe – from its inception in March 2011 until September 2016. He built a team of highly recognised licensing executives from the ground up and developed the strategy that triggered the launch of multiple global licensing campaigns to generate tens of millions of dollars.
From 2004 to 2011 Mr Asselot managed various licensing programmes in Asia for Thomson Licensing (now part of Technicolor), developing a strong network in the region. He has been recognised in the IAM Strategy 300.
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Andy Bartlett
Divisional director, UK Intellectual Property Office
Andy Bartlett leads the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO’s) initiatives to improve the international patent system, including on substantive patent law harmonisation, improving the Patent Cooperation Treaty, collaboration with other offices and work-sharing initiatives like the Patent Prosecution Highway.

He joined the IPO as a patent examiner in 1990 after graduating in physics from the University of Birmingham.

He has also acted as a policy adviser to the IPO chief executive and was in charge of the examining group dealing with applications for software and business method patents from 2001 until 2015, including acting as practice lead for this contentious issue, which is regularly considered in the UK courts. He is currently responsible for the teams supporting rights granting and maintenance of patents, trademarks and designs within the IPO and for development of the IPO’s digital services.
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Rubén Bonet
Co-founder, president and CEO, Fractus
Rubén Bonet is co-founder, president and CEO of Fractus, a European technology company specialising in the global wireless and telecoms industries which was named a 2005 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Mr Bonet has an MSc in telecommunications engineering and an MBA from IESE Business School. Earlier in his career, he was a strategy consultant at Arthur Andersen. His accomplishments include spinning off Fractus from an R&D university, funding it with €20 million of venture capital and expanding it across the United States and Asia. He has also developed strategic partnerships with large industrial corporations, completed a later-stage management buyout and negotiated various patent technology licensing agreements.
Mr Bonet was recently appointed entrepreneur in residence at IESE Business School and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) chair at IP Europe, representing European SMEs.
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Kurt Brasch
Head, patent transactions, Uber

Kurt Brasch leads patent transactions for Uber. His primary responsibility is to grow the company’s patent portfolio. He has closed more than 20 bilateral deals and launched and managed Uber's UP3 Patent Purchase Programme in April 2017. In October 2017 Mr Brasch was named one of IAM's Top 40 Global Market Makers in the patent space.

Before joining Uber in 2016, Mr Brasch led strategic initiatives and patent divestitures for Google’s patent transactions team and headed multiple patent licence negotiations. He was named one of the Top 10 IP Personalities of 2015 by IAM for his work on Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion and Patent Starter Programme.

Before Google, Mr Brasch had a 22-year career at Motorola in patent management and licensing and product management. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.

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Jean-Marc Brunel
Chief IP officer, Safran
Jean-Marc Brunel was appointed chief IP officer at Safran in June 2017. Before taking on this role, Mr Brunel led the Safran Aircraft Engine Intellectual Property Organisation and the Safran Group Intellectual Property Centre of Excellence for eight years. Mr Brunel graduated from the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies and is a qualified French and European patent attorney. He also has an advanced degree in European patent litigation from Strasbourg University School of Law. Mr Brunel is a lecturer and a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Licensing Executives Society International, the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office and the Association of European Patent Professionals. Mr Brunel was awarded a gold trophy from the IP Directorate (Leaders League) on Safran’s behalf. He was recently named in the IAM Strategy 300 and a Managing Intellectual Property Corporate IP Star.
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Isabel Cantallops Fiol
Partner, Valea AB
Isabel Cantallops Fiol specialises in patent prosecution in the areas of software, business methods, telecoms, life sciences and medical devices. She began her IP career in 2002 as a technical consultant and later became a US patent agent at Clifford Chance LLP’s New York office. During her time in the United States, Ms Cantallops Fiol drafted and prosecuted patent applications and undertook US patent litigation. She also has experience assisting with invalidity and infringement opinions, due diligence and transactional operations. Before joining Valea AB in 2012, she worked as a US patent agent at Baker & Hostetler LLP. Ms Cantallops Fiol has a master of science in neurobiology and physiology and a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University, as well as five years’ postdoctoral research experience in neuroscience (biotechnology). She has numerous scientific publications and has contributed as a referee to several scientific journals.
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William Chelton
Senior patent counsel, Dolby Laboratories
William Chelton is a UK and European patent attorney and senior patent counsel in Dolby Laboratories’ European patents team, based in Amsterdam. Previously, he was IP counsel at Philips, before which he worked in private practice in the United Kingdom. Dr Chelton’s practice has always been focused on the field of computer-implemented inventions, including statutory exclusions from patentability. He has a PhD in electronic and electrical engineering and is a member of the International Patent Organisation’s European Practice Committee.
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Charles Clark
Director, intellectual property, Centrica PLC
Charles Clark is director of intellectual property at Centrica PLC, a leading FTSE 100 energy company. Before joining Centrica in 2016, Mr Clark was head of intellectual property at Edwards Ltd – a role that included being responsible for Atlas Copco’s vacuum solutions division during a significant growth period for the business.
Mr Clark joined Centrica’s technology and engineering corporate division shortly after its formation in order to implement IP strategies, best practices and awareness across the business. Developing and embracing new technologies is an increasingly important part of Centrica’s strategy to satisfy the changing needs of customers, in both the consumer and business sectors. As a result, establishing intellectual property and incorporating it into the company’s strategies is key to its success.
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Giustino de Sanctis
Founder and CEO, Vectis
Giustino de Sanctis is the founder and CEO of Vectis, an IP and technology licensing business unlocking the value of innovation sharing for implementers and IP owners. Mr de Sanctis leads a team of senior licensing professionals to connect patent owners with product makers, building long-lasting, mutually beneficial collaborations and bringing added value to every party involved in the process.

A recognised leader in patent pools and IP licensing, Mr de Sanctis led the creation and launch of joint licensing programmes in LTE/4G and 802.11 (WiFi). Before that, he structured and managed Audio MPEG’s MP3 licensing programme, one of the most successful licensing programmes in the consumer electronics industry. Mr de Sanctis has negotiated agreements with the top consumer electronics, mobile and software companies, coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigations, creating a global licensing team and introducing to the licensing industry a pioneering vertical licensing strategy and unique reporting verification system.
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Elio De Tullio
Board member, International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises
Elio De Tullio is a board member of the International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises and the managing partner of IP firm De Tullio & Partners.
He is an attorney at law who was admitted to the Italian Bar in 1994 and a litigator before the Italian corporate courts, specialising in intellectual property.
Mr De Tullio has been a registered European and Italian trademark and design attorney since 2005. He has considerable expertise in assisting companies – in particular, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – and associations operating internationally in the technology sector.
Mr De Tullio works closely with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the European Commission and the EU-China and EU- Association of Southeast Asian Nations IP rights SME Helpdesks.
Mr De Tullio lectures at several Italian universities and is a speaker at international conferences and seminars. He has written articles for numerous international publications.
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Dominique Ducay
Senior director, strategy and business development, Clarivate Analytics
Dominique Ducay is senior director of strategy and business development for IP services at Clarivate Analytics.

He graduated from EAD Paris and has an executive MBA from HEC Paris with a strategic focus on business transformation and new business model design.

Over the past 30 years, Mr Ducay has had numerous sales and marketing management responsibilities in the professional information industry at companies such as Dun & Bradstreet, Dafsa/Primark, Wolters Kluwers and Thomson Reuters, with a specific focus on developing customer-focused cultures. Driving the transformation from print to online at Wolters Kluwer, Mr Ducay was named managing director of its online business unit, before taking on several sales leadership roles at Thomson Reuters in the scientific and IP industry. Recently, he has focused on developing Clarivate Analytics’ IP services business in order to provide corporations and firms with a Virtual IP Office flexible solution on demand.
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Johanna Dwyer
CEO, QipWorks, LLC

Johanna Dwyer is CEO and founder of full-service IP business QipWorks, LLC. Previously, Ms Dwyer founded the Innovation Lab for Saudi Aramco, where she developed IP strategy and technology commercialisation processes, advised Aramco’s venture capital funds and built collaborative engagements.

As general manager of Federated Wireless, Ms Dwyer executed a turnaround and positioned the company for wireless spectrum sharing. At BlackBerry, she led a global team responsible for setting the direction of next-generation industry standards for mobile communications. She developed, articulated and operationalised processes for identifying, evaluating, managing and monetising IP investments and built programmes to progress licensing and commercialisation opportunities.

Ms Dwyer has an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and degrees in mathematics and engineering. She is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, serves on the board of editors for the Research-Technology Management journal and is an inventor on 83 patent families.

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Jako Eleveld
Head, IP licensing, Royal Philips

Since 2009 Jako Eleveld has been on the executive management team of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards – a leading industrial IP organisation that handles all IP matters for Royal Philips.

As head of IP licensing, Mr Eleveld leads a successful global team handling all patent and technology licensing, IP venturing and new IP business development for the company.

Mr Eleveld has 20 years’ experience in intellectual property. Previously, he was responsible for the IP portfolio and transactional matters of Philips Semiconductors (now NXP), Philips Group Innovation and Philips Consumer Lifestyle. His experience covers the entire spectrum of intellectual property, including portfolio management, standardisation, acquisition, licensing, litigation, M&A and other transactions – always with a good understanding of the relationship between intellectual property and business. He is also a board member of various IP companies.

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Mattia Fogliacco
CEO, Sisvel Group

Mattia Fogliacco was appointed CEO of Sisvel in January 2017, but has been part of the Sisvel Group’s executive management team as chief new business officer since 2014. Founded in 1982, Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing intellectual property. Sisvel identifies, evaluates and maximises the value of IP assets.

Mr Fogliacco has a background in business and innovation management. He has an MSc from Bocconi University and a CEMS master's in international management. He has published articles on the markets for technology and the commercialisation of intellectual property. Before joining Sisvel, Mr Fogliacco was managing director at iiinnovation SA, a company focused on licensing and IP transactions. He also served as senior international manager at a service provider of Deutsche Bank, managing three IP and innovation investment funds.

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Olivier Gicquel
Head, IP operations management, France, Airbus
Olivier Gicquel is a European, French and UK chartered patent attorney. He has gained extensive experience in all aspects of patent law, including patent drafting, patent prosecution, opposition before the European Patent Office, freedom to operate, litigation, licensing, patent acquisition, settlement negotiation and IP contractual negotiation. Mr Gicquel is a mechanical engineer and has worked both in corporate in-house departments in the automobile industry – including Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Peugeot Citroen – and in private practice in France (Cabinet Poupon) and the United Kingdom (Rouse & Co).

Mr Gicquel joined Airbus in 2009 as head of its French IP department. In 2017 he was made responsible for all of Airbus’s IP operations. He has been an assessor for the French National Committee of Employees’ Inventions since 2014.
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Jan Willem Goedmakers
Head, intellectual property, Stamicarbon BV
Jan-Willem Goedmakers has a master’s of science in chemical engineering from the University of Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He has worked in several technical and managerial positions at General Electric Plastics, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2002 he developed an interest in patents and became IP leader for Lexan polycarbonate. In 2010 Mr Goedmakers became head of intellectual property at Stamicarbon BV, where he is responsible for all of the company’s intellectual property and IP strategy, as well as that of its parent company, Maire Tecnimont. His focus is on developing and streamlining internal and external patent processes in order to ensure alignment with the business strategy as well as cost efficiency. He is a qualified European patent attorney.
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Patrick Hofkens
Director, IP rights policy, Ericsson
Patrick Hofkens is director of IP rights policy in the IP and licensing unit of Ericsson. He focuses primarily on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory-related topics and the IP rights policies of standardisation organisations. Previously, he worked for Option – a wireless technology company active in the telecoms sector which focuses on the design and development of products and services for the machine-to-machine market – where he held the positions of corporate secretary and chief development officer. Mr Hofkens also served as chair of the board of directors of M4S, a spinoff of IMEC, which is develops reconfigurable radio frequency transceivers. Before that, he worked in private practice as counsel at Loyens&Loeff. Mr Hofkens has a master’s in law from the University of Leuven and an advanced master’s in company law from the University of Brussels.
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Gareth Jones
Vice president, intellectual property, BenevolentAI
Gareth Jones is vice president of intellectual property at BenevolentAI, the largest private artificial intelligence (AI) company in Europe and one of the five largest private AI companies in the world. BenevolentAI applies AI technology in order to enhance and accelerate scientific innovation. It has already achieved major breakthroughs in human health and entered into licence agreements with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Previously, Mr Jones was head of intellectual property at SwiftKey, where he built and scaled IP operations in preparation for one of the largest UK tech exits of 2015/2016. He has a background in technical leadership and software development and has worked with IBM, Vodafone and Microsoft.
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Patrick C Keane
Executive shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Patrick C Keane is a globally recognised IP professional who combines technical, legal and business expertise. He has significant experience in electrical engineering and computer science and is an executive shareholder in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC’s firm-wide management team, which assists with diversity and inclusion initiatives. Mr Keane balances patent litigation strategy, targeted use of US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) post-grant America Invents Act proceedings and the strategic development of IP portfolios in order to optimise clients’ business leverage, revenue and product sales.
Mr Keane’s expertise includes transactional skills relating to standard-essential patents and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory issues, as well as Internet of Things licensing models. He is active in the Federal Circuit Bar Association as co-chair of the USPTO Committee and interfaces with global initial public offering leadership to help drive policy-based initiatives aimed at improving IP quality and efficiency.
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Ian Lewis
Underwriter, Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates Ltd
Ian Lewis has almost 30 years’ experience in helping businesses – from start-ups to multinational corporations – to protect themselves against the financial impact of IP-related exposures, such as litigation costs and expenses, liability and business interruption and other financial losses.

Mr Lewis has worked on both sides of the insurance industry – as a broker (advising insureds directly and structuring solutions) and as an underwriter (usually in a primary lead capacity). He leads the IP practice at Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates Ltd, a global commercial insurer that underwrites many forms of IP risk for commercial clients, including infringement liability, litigation and transactional, consequential and financial loss exposures on a global basis.

Mr Lewis has advised corporations, government bodies and trade associations in the European Union, the United States, Canada and various Far Eastern countries on IP risk transfer mechanisms and has authored numerous articles on insurance solutions for IP exposures.
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Antonio Lopez-Carrasco Comanjuncosas
Senior patent expert and in-house counsel, Telefónica

Antonio Lopez-Carrasco Comajuncosas is a senior patent expert and in-house counsel at Telefónica. Previously, he worked for Deutsche Telefonwerke and the European Space Agency. He was also an examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO) for 12 years and was head of the patent department at Oficina Ponti. He has extensive experience in patents and related IP rights portfolio management, as well as strategic business support (ie, prosecution, licensing, litigation, tech transfer and patent monetisation).

Mr Lopez-Carrasco Comajuncosas teaches innovation protection and technology transfer (IP rights strategy and management) for postgraduate courses at the Open University of Catalonia. He frequently lectures to international audiences on patent matters – including at the IP Business Congress, the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) and the EPO – and is the coordinator of the CEIPI course on European patent law.

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Francesco Machetta
Director, intellectual property, Bracco Imaging SpA

Francesco Macchetta is director of intellectual property at Bracco Imaging SpA. He is president of the Italian Association of Patent Attorneys in Industry and vice president of the IP group of Businesseuropa.

Mr Macchetta serves on the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) and is a member of the SACEPO Working Party on Rules. He is also a council member of the European Patent Institute (epi), a member of the epi European Patent Practice Committee and a council member of the Italian Institute of Industrial Property Consultants.

Mr Macchetta qualified as a European patent attorney and Italian industrial property consultant in 1985 and passed his US Patent and Trademark Office qualifying examination in 1991. He has more than 35 years’ experience of IP matters in Europe and internationally in the pharma and biotech industry.

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Ian MacLean
Vice president, IP services, TechInsights
Ian MacLean provides strategic direction and leadership to a team of specialised engineers, analysts and customer service professionals dedicated to enabling IP groups and law firms to derive value from their patent portfolios. Previously, he was vice president of patent intelligence services at Chipworks. During his career of more than 20 years, Mr MacLean has held senior sales, marketing and business development roles in leading technology companies. He has a BA from the University of Western Ontario.
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Paul Georg Maué
Head, group intellectual property, Straumann Group
Paul Georg Maué, vice president of Institut Straumann AG, has almost 30 years’ experience as a patent professional. He is globally responsible for the Straumann Group’s intellectual property, overseeing its IP departments located in Basel and Curitiba. At present, he focuses on due diligence and litigation.
Previously, Mr Maué has had various responsibilities in large corporate IP departments, as well as the small patent and search business unit of a service provider in Basel. He has been involved in two major mergers and advised individual inventors and a pharmaceutical start-up.
Mr Maué studied chemistry at the universities of Bonn, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt and entered the IP field after completing his PhD. He is a European and Swiss patent attorney and an active member of various patent attorney associations, including the Association of Swiss Industry Patent Attorneys (of which he is president) and the European Patent Institute.
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Malcolm T Meeks
Patent director, France Brevets
Malcolm T Meeks, patent director at France Brevets, has more than 17 years’ experience as a patent professional. He is responsible for the company’s due diligence and litigation management globally. He also manages the company's ‘Patent Factory’ programme, in which it partners with innovative French small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and research institutions to aid them (including financially) in building valuable patent portfolios.
Previously, Mr Meeks was director of corporate patents at Infineon Technologies. He was responsible for leading patent licensing efforts and advising on IP issues at the management board level.
Mr Meeks began his career with US law firm Finnegan. He has an electrical engineering degree from Clemson University, a law degree from Cornell Law School and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practise law in the United States and is a registered US patent attorney.
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Claudia Milbradt
Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
Claudia Milbradt heads Clifford Chance LLP’s German IP practice and has been a partner in its Dusseldorf office since 2005. She has advised German and international clients on IP matters – including patents, the German Employee Inventions Act, trademarks, copyright, licensing law and technology transfer – since 1999. Ms Milbradt specialises in patent and trademark litigation (eg, preliminary injunction proceedings, action on the merits, nullity actions and invalidity proceedings) and strategic advice for cross-border IP litigation. She has significant experience in technology transfer, patent licence agreements and R&D projects. Ms Milbradt advises on IP transfer and allocation in the course of M&A transactions and joint ventures, IP security agreements, IP usufruct and IP protection systems and supervises an experienced team in IP due diligence.
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Yelena Morozova
Patent attorney, Finnegan
Yelena Morozova is an experienced patent attorney with technical expertise in various fields of engineering, particularly information technology and software, telecoms and mechanical. Ms Morozova��s experience includes patent drafting and prosecution of patent and design applications internationally, developing and implementing IP strategies tailored to business plans, worldwide patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate searches and infringement and validity advice.
Ms Morozova has worked with a diverse range of global clients, from start-ups to large corporations, and is well adapted to understanding and meeting the different aims and requirements of individual clients. Having an appreciation of different legal approaches employed in the United States and Europe, Ms Morozova aims to provide pragmatic advice and is particularly suited to finding creative solutions that enable businesses to meet their commercial objectives.
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Philippe Nguyen
Chief operating officer, Secure-IC
Philippe E Nguyen is currently chief operating officer at Secure-IC, a spin-off company from Institut Mines-Télécom. He is responsible for IP policy and management across the company, to which the 'Patent Factory' programme is key.
Previously, Mr Nguyen held several positions at Thales, Thomson and Technicolor in the engineering, technology and science areas. He was formerly scientific and technology director in a start-up company which he also co-funded, dealing with securities on multimedia contents.
After a PhD on smart silicon retinas at Paris-XI Orsay University, he was also a researcher at the French Ministry of Defence and Paris-XIII University.
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Pat Patnode
President, GE Licensing & Technology Ventures
Pat Patnode is president of GE Licensing & Technology Ventures, leading a global team in developing new commercial opportunities for GE’s vast IP portfolio. GE Licensing & Technology Ventures enables business partners to access GE’s technologies and use them in innovative ways, helping them to accelerate their own technology development and differentiating them in the marketplace through licensing, joint development partnerships and the formation of new companies.
Previously, Mr Patnode was GE Ventures’ general counsel, managing the team responsible for all legal and compliance needs for the various GE Ventures business units. His experience spans numerous industries and subject areas, including securities, intellectual property, complex commercial and licensing transactions and litigation. Mr Patnode joined GE Ventures from GE Global Research, where he was chief compliance officer. Mr Patnode received his JD from Albany Law School and his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.
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Grant Philpott
Chief operating officer, information and communications technology, European Patent Office
Grant Philpott is the European Patent Office‘s (EPO’s) chief operating officer for patenting in the information and communications technology (ICT) field and is responsible for approximately 2,000 patent examiners, managers and administrative staff. During his 28 years at the EPO, he has worked across a range of technical fields, including mechanics, industrial chemistry and ICT. He has been a member of the committee responsible for organising the European qualifying examination for patent attorneys, and worked in the controlling office and on several automation projects. Previously, he held managerial positions, including principal director of the computers and telecoms operational areas and director of the EPO’s semiconductor patenting directorate in Munich. Before joining the EPO, Mr Philpott spent three years as director of the Brazilian subsidiary of a German small to medium-sized enterprise, and nine years as an engineering officer in the British Army. He has a master’s from Cambridge University.
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Ilkka Rahnasto
Head, patent business, Nokia

Ilkka Rahnasto is head of patent business at Nokia. With more than 100 licensees, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest IP portfolios – reporting around €1.6 billion in patent and brand licensing revenue in 2017.

From 2001 to 2010 Dr Rahnasto led the creation of Nokia’s patent licensing business. He then served as deputy chief legal officer of Nokia and head of legal and intellectual property for Nokia’s devices and services business until its sale to Microsoft in 2014, when he returned to lead the next chapter of Nokia’s patent operations.

Dr Rahnasto has graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Helsinki and an LLM from George Washington University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His book on IP rights, external effects and antitrust law was published in 2003. In 2017 he was ranked first in the IAM Market Makers listing.

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Diny Rovers
Head, intellectual property, Avantium

Diny Rovers is the corporate patent counsel and head of intellectual property at Avantium, a leading chemical technology company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry. Together with its partners around the world, Avantium develops efficient processes and sustainable products made from bio-based materials.

Ms Rovers joined Avantium at a time of significant growth and is transitioning Avantium’s IP department to bring more elements in-house. The IP team creates IP awareness across the company and provides support in acquisitions and partnering initiatives. Before joining Avantium in 2016, Ms Rovers was a senior patent attorney at Shell, where she worked in different technology areas in both Europe and the United States.

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Nicolas Schifano
Senior director and assistant general counsel, Microsoft

Nicolas Schifano is senior director and assistant general counsel at Microsoft, where he leads cloud and IP policy and strategy.

Among his responsibilities is the leadership of Azure IP Advantage, a programme designed to protect Microsoft’s clients’ innovations in the cloud. He is also responsible for open source and IP policy.

Previously, Mr Schifano led Microsoft’s standards and IP policy engagements – initially from the Microsoft office in Brussels, then at Microsoft’s headquarters in the United States.

Mr Schifano is registered as in-house counsel with the Washington State Bar Association and is also a French and European patent attorney. His educational background is in computer science, electrical engineering, intellectual property and business law. He is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property.

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Jesper Sellin
Attorney, Valea

As a legal consultant, Jesper Sellin advises clients from all sectors on a variety of matters related to IP rights. He is involved in litigation, negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, due diligence, providing strategic advice on legal issues and management of IP portfolios.

Mr Sellin joined Valea in November 2010 and has excellent experience in the field of intellectual property. His strong business sense emanates from working on legal IP matters from various perspectives. In 1999 Mr Sellin began working for the Swedish Patents and Registration Office and he has also worked as an in-house attorney for Pharmacia/Pfizer Global IP. He is excited to bring his legal expertise into new technology areas, whether blockchain technology or bioscience.

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Calum Smyth
Global head, intellectual property, Barclays
Calum Smyth graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Bath University and retrained as a lawyer with a London firm. He specialised in IP litigation with a focus on patent disputes in the electronics and telecommunications sectors for a range of clients, including Intel and Nokia.
Mr Smyth joined Barclays in 2012 as global head of intellectual property and established the bank’s global IP function. This is responsible for all aspects of intellectual property affecting the bank, including litigation and brand protection, patent and trademark prosecution, strategic IP rights management and group structural reform.
Mr Smyth recently moved to Barclays Group Innovation Office to establish the bank’s first function focused on IP strategy, management and commercialisation.
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Ton van Hoef
Senior vice president and chief IP counsel, ASML
Ton van Hoef is senior vice president and chief IP counsel at ASML. He is responsible for worldwide IP management, including procurement and licensing. After obtaining a master’s degree in electronics, he worked as a patent attorney at Philips Electronics and later served as chief patent counsel at Hunter Douglas. Mr van Hoef joined ASML in 1997 in order to create and manage the corporate IP department. He is a qualified Dutch and European attorney and has been involved in large licensing deals, merger projects and worldwide litigations.
Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chip-making equipment, with offices in more than 60 cities in 16 countries. Its mission is to invent, develop, manufacture and service advanced technology to provide high-tech lithography, metrology and software solutions for the semiconductor industry.
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Eva van Wanrooij
Director, intellectual property and head, patent department, Nutreco
Eva van Wanrooij is director of intellectual property at Nutreco, a global leader in animal nutrition and aquafeed. Together with her team, she is responsible for all IP-related matters at Nutreco. Before joining Nutreco, Ms van Wanrooij worked as patent director for Johnson & Johnson and IP counsel for Philips in various aspects of intellectual property, including portfolio management, licensing and IP counselling.
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Lucy E Wojcik
Head, intellectual property, Ocado Group plc
After graduating in materials engineering from Imperial College London, Lucy E Wojcik trained as a patent attorney in two private practice firms before qualifying as a European patent attorney and chartered patent attorney in 1999 and moving to an in-house role for BAE Systems plc. Having gained significant commercial IP experience, Ms Wojcik became a freelance IP consultant and patent attorney for Leonardo MW (a subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA) and, more recently, for Ocado Innovation Ltd. She was appointed head of intellectual property for Ocado Group plc in 2016. She is also a visiting lecturer on the IP practice and management course at Brunel University.
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Stephan Wolke
Head, corporate intellectual property, ThyssenKrupp AG
Stephan Wolke studied physics, philosophy and macroeconomics at Bonn University and graduated with a doctorate in physics. He spent the first five years of his professional career at McKinsey & Company. After founding (and later selling) two businesses, Dr Wolke held several positions at Bayer AG and Danaher Corp. He joined ThyssenKrupp in 2011 at the corporate level and is responsible for intellectual property and services. He is also head of the ThyssenKrupp Intellectual Property GmbH management board.
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Keith Woomer
Partner, Parallel North IP
Keith Woomer, a partner at Parallel North IP, has more than 15 years’ experience in global IP management, evaluation and transactions. He has developed and implemented innovative IP processes which enable the robust and profitable monetisation of assets. Mr Woomer’s keen attention to detail and pragmatic assessment capabilities have facilitated the negotiation of favourable terms in numerous transactions. Previously, he directed the acquisition of key assets for InterDigital in order to enhance a licensing programme worth more than $300 million, and the monetisation of assets for LSI/Agere to achieve more than $100 million in revenue. He is well known in the industry and has been invited to speak at several IP industry conferences, including those held by the Licensing Executives Society, the IP Dealmakers Forum, Ocean Tomo and IP Business Congress. Mr Woomer is also CEO of Integrity IP, a US-based IP consulting firm.
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Koenraad Wuyts
Chief IP officer, KPN Group

Koenraad Wuyts obtained bachelor’s degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Leuven in 1992. He entered the IP field in 1994 and qualified as a European patent attorney in 1999.

Mr Wuyts is chief IP officer of KPN Group, which develops information and communications technology operations worldwide. Before joining KPN, he was head of patents and licensing at the IMEC research centre in Belgium. Over the past 20 years, Mr Wuyts has developed extensive experience in patent portfolio management and IP rights law and frequently lectured at international conferences.

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