Chairman day 1 | Richard Vary
Partner bij Bird & Bird
Chairman day 2 | Wouter Pors
Partner, Bird & Bird
Wouter became an IP lawyer in 1989. In IP he focuses on patent litigation, which also helps him to keep in touch with innovative technology. He handles a wide range of patent disputes, varying form mechanical issues through software and business method patents to biotech disputes, for both national and international clients. In addition, Wouter also involved in quite a lot of trademark and copyright litigation, including Dutch Supreme Court and cases before the European Courts. In recent years, database protection and trade secrets have become more important. Wouter has handled litigation on these issues and has participated in various expert meetings on the new European trade secret regime. Wouter is the secretary of the Dutch group of AIPPI. He is also an expert on issues regarding the Unitary Patent Court.
Principal Director Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office
Margot Fröhlinger former Director at the European Commission in charge of Intellectual Property joined the European Patent Office in April 2012 where she is Principal Director for Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs. In this function she deals with issues such as the development of patent law at European and international levels, patent law harmonisation, cooperation with major IP offices, (IP5 and Trilateral), the strengthening and improvement of the PCT system, as well as with the implementation of the Unitary Patent and the EPO’s relation with the UPC Preparatory Committee.
Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court and Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP
Kevin specializes in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, focusing specifically on patent litigation, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. He is the author of many articles and a frequent speaker in the UK, Europe and the US on intellectual property issues. Kevin qualified as a solicitor in 1971 and became partner in 1973. Kevin is recommended by ‘Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession’ as being cited by peers as ‘the doyen of patent law’.
Bart van Wezenbeek
Patent Attorney and Senior associate, V.O. Patents & Trademarks
Bart van Wezenbeek started his career in the patent field after he had worked in pharmaceutical research for more than 12 years. He had spent almost three years as a patent information specialist before he switched in 1990 to the patent attorney profession. From his biology education and pharmaceutical experience, Bart is well suited to deal with inventions in all biological and life science areas, from food and feed applications to deep sequencing and from microbiological diagnostics to gene therapy. Bart has further specific experience in plant related inventions and molecular biological diagnostics. Bart is currently heading our patent search and analysis department. Next to his work at V.O. he is involved in the training of trainee patent attorneys and patent information specialists.
Head Patent Department, Van Doorne
Judge Court of Appeal of Antwerp, Belgium
Partner and Dutch and European Patent Attorney, NLO
Michele di Sciuva
Partner and Patent Attorney, Studio Torta, Italy
Dr. Werner Fröhling
Managing Director and Chief IP Counsel, Flooring Technologies Ltd., Malta
Dr. Werner FRÖHLING, since 2011 Managing Director of Flooring Technologies Ltd. (Malta) and Chief IP Counsel for the Swiss Krono Group (Switzerland), is a European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney, German Patent Attorney and Swedish IP Attorney. He studied, and took his doctor’s degree, in physics at the Free University of Berlin and continued his career as scientist at the research institute of AEG-TELEFUNKEN in Berlin. As patent professional he has worked for many years, from 1986-1998, in Germany (amongst others for AEG-TELEFUNKEN and Daimler) and, from 1999-2011, in Sweden (Head of the patent department and Chief IP Counsel of AB Volvo Group in Gothenburg). He is active in national and international organizations such as EIRMA, epi, CEIPI, VPP and LES, and is regularly lecturing on IP matters at national and international conferences and seminars.
Director Intellectual Property, Bracco Group, Italy
Francesco Macchetta has more than 30 years of experience in IP matters, including patent procurement, evaluation, enforcement and defense internationally in multinational pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Currently Francesco is Director Intellectual Property; Bracco Group: corporate IP department with offices in Milano, Geneva, Princeton and Minneapolis.
- PastPresident AICIPI (Italian Association of Patent Attorneys in Industry)
- Current Council member and former member of the Board and vicePresident of EPI (Institute of professional Representatives before the European Patent Office- EPO).
- Member of the Board of Directors of FEMIPI ( Federation Europeen des Mandataires de l’Industrie en Propriete Industriel)
- Member of the Board of Ordine Consulenti Proprietà Industriale (Roster of Italian patent attorneys) and former VicePresident of the same
- Member of IP committees of CONFINDUSTRIA, and BUSINESSEUROPE and current vice-chair of IP Committee of BUSINESSEUROPE. Member of SACEPO (standing advisory committee before EPO and its WP Rules) and epi (member European Patent Practice committee, associate member Litigation Committee) .
- Member of the Supervisory Board of the EQE (European Qualifying Examination)
- Member (observer, in Businesseurope
Author of papers on IP matters and invited lecturer at conferences and academy in Italy and internationally. Past lecturer and coordinator, in Italy, of CEIPI (Uni Strasburg) basic course for European patent attorneys. In the last few years increasingly involved in study, presentations and debates on the unitary patent protection and the unified patent Court.
Dr. Klaus Grabinski
Judge, Federal Court of Justice of Karlsruhe, Germany
Dr Klaus Grabinski was appointed as judge in the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) in 2009. At the Federal Court of Justice he is allocated to the 10th Civil Division (X. Zivilsenat), which has inter alia jurisdiction in patent dispute matters. Before, he was Presiding Judge at the District Court in Dusseldorf in one of the two Patent Litigation Divisions (2001-2009), Judge at the Court of Appeal in Dusseldorf (2000-2001), Legal Researcher at the Federal Court of Justice (1997-2000) and Judge at the District Court in Dusseldorf (1992-1997).
Dr Grabinski studied law at the Universities of Trier, Geneva and Cologne. He is co-author of a commentary on the European Patent Convention (Benkard, Europaisches Patentubereinkommen, 2nd edition) and a commentary on the German Patent Act (Benkard, Patentgesetz, 11th edition) and author of several articles concerning Patent Law, Civil Procedure and International Private Law.
Dr Grabinski is member of an Expert Panel that is advising the Preparatory Committee of the future Unified Patent Court on different work streams. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on patent law.
President of the IP Federation and Senior Patent attorney, Pfizer, UK
James is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney with over 25 years’ experience of IP work gained in private practice, Fisons plc and Pfizer Limited. His career has mostly been spent in the pharmaceutical field, obtaining and defending patent protection for new products globally. He gained a first degree in chemistry with biochemistry from Oxford University, and an LLM in IP litigation from Nottingham Trent University. James was President of the IP Federation (based in London) for a first term for 2010-2012, and re-elected for 2016-2017.
Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court
Vice-President 3rd Chamber – Intellectual Property Paris Court of Appeal, France
Marie Courboulay has been a judge since 1983, and has worked on IP matters since 2002, first in the Court of First Instance of Nanterre, and since 2005, at the Court of First Instance Paris (Tribunal de grande instance Paris).
She is the head of the 3rd Chamber at the TGI Paris, specialising in copyright, trademarks, designs and patents. She keeps abreast of the recent developments in IP law and jurisprudence in France and Europe.