Speakers' CVs

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Harri SalmiHarri Salmi

LL.M. Mr Harri Salmi studied law at the University of Helsinki in Finland and also did a post-graduate course in intellectual property at the Helsinki University of Technology. He began his career in Helsinki working as a corporate lawyer at Polar Corporation and later specialised in intellectual property as an associate lawyer at Attorneys-at-law Heikki Haapaniemi Ky (now HH Partners Oy) from 1993 to 1995.

In November 1995 he joined the Trade Marks Department of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM) in Alicante, Spain. He held the posts of Head of Group and Legal Advisor until joining the Designs Department as Examination Co-ordinator in November 2003.

Mr Salmi was appointed as a Member of the Boards of Appeal of the OHIM (now EUIPO) in September 2005 and is currently a member of both the Second Board of Appeal (trade marks) and the Third Board of Appeal (designs).

He is the author of “Uudet kansainväliset tavaramerkkijärjestelmät: Madridin sopimus, Madridin pöytäkirja ja EY:n yhteisötavaramerkki” (The International Trademark Systems: Madrid Agreement, Madrid Protocol and the Community Trade Mark) and the main co-author of “Tavaramerkki” (The Trade Mark, 1st edition 2001, 2nd edition 2008). He has also contributed chapters concerning Finnish Law and the Community Trade Mark to “Innovation, Justice and the Changing Markets, Keijo Heinonen's 80th birthday celebratory publication” (in Finnish, 2003); “Advertising Law in Europe and North America”, 2nd Edition (1999); Handbuch des Werberechts in den EU-Staaten”, 2. Auflage (1997) and “European Product Liabilities”, Second Edition (1997).

Mr Salmi is a frequent lecturer on trade mark and design law at national and international seminars and conferences. He has also published various articles in international legal magazines, year books and reviews. He is fluent in Finnish, English and Spanish.


Mercedes Avilés

Degree in Economics from the University of Seville
Industrial property agent before the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office (OEPM)
Senior innovation manager by the Spanish Association for Quality (AEC)
MBA from the EOI Business School, Seville
International trade manager with the Andalusian Government
Pool of potential observers under the SME Instrument (H2020)

Large background as innovation manager in terms of assessing SMEs and research for IP rights protection and technology transfer related issues at the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid and the healthcare research institute at Hospital 12 de Octubre.

Independent evaluator for calls launched for innovative projects by the Spanish Economy and Competitiveness Ministry (MINECO) and FIPSE (Foundation for Innovation and Prospective in Health in Spain).

Three years and a half abroad (Brussels) working in an international environment. Short-term stay at the European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry as blue book trainee.


María López BerlangaMaría López Berlanga

Master of advanced studies in economy and innovation management from the UCM
Master of advanced studies in analytical chemistry from the UCM
Degree in chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)
Junior manager of quality systems in the health sector at the Spanish Association for Quality (AEC)
Director of systems quality management at the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (AENOR)

Quality and strategic planning manager at the Hospital 12 de Octubre's research institute
IPR manager, and innovation manager, at the Hospital 12 de Octubre's research institute
IPR technician at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC)
Innovation technician at the Result’s Transfer Unit in CNIC

Independent evaluator for calls launched for innovative projects by the Foundation for Innovation and Prospective in Health in Spain FIPSE, and other national research organisations.


Nia RobertsNia Roberts BSc(Hons) CPA CPhys MInstP

Nia is currently Head of IP Strategy and Commercialisation with the Health Department of the Welsh Government, helping Welsh health bodies to engage with intellectual property and to implement a strategic approach. Nia previously worked for twelve years with the Welsh Government Economic Development department, helping businesses with their IP and also managing PATLIB Cymru, the Welsh PATLIB service.

After graduating from Manchester University with an Honours degree in Physics, Nia joined the European Patent Office in Rijswijk where she worked for five years as a search examiner. She returned to the UK in 1992 to work for an international scientific instrument manufacturer, qualifying as a patent attorney and European patent attorney. In 2003 she moved back to Wales. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA), a member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist.

In addition to Welsh and English, Nia speaks Dutch, French and German and has Level 1 in British Sign Language. She lives in beautiful North Wales with her husband, two children and dog.


Linnar ViikLinnar Viik

Co-Founder, Member of the Board, Pocopay

When traversing the European tech scene of the last 20 years, you'll likely run into Linnar. He’s a former executive at Skype and Fortumo, advisor at the Nordic Investment Bank, and Board Member of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology. Linnar lectures innovation management in Estonian IT College and Tartu University and has been advising Estonian and many other governments on ICT and innovation policy. Linnar is co-founder and member of the board of Pocopay - all European everyday banking app and Mobi Solutions - active investment and holding partnership in European startup scenery.


Roger A. Hildebrandt Roger A. Hildebrandt

Roger A. Hildebrandt has been working for the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) since 2008.

His main activities include the co-ordination of the co-operation with the German patent information centres and business supporting organisations as well as the co-ordination and management of the German part of various EU co-financed IP-related projects such as IPeuropAware, IPorta, InnovAccess, VIP4SME. Prior to joining the DPMA, Roger worked as project officer at INTERACT (Vienna) where he successfully supported managing authorities, joint technical secretariats, monitoring committees and audit authorities across Europe in the implementation of European territorial co-operation programmes and as a consultant for private sector development on behalf of international donor organisations, where his fields of activity comprised the elaboration, management and evaluation of operational programmes and auxiliary documents of manifold European Community initiatives and European structural funds programmes, foremost in Eastern and South Eastern Europe.


Jolanta KurowskaJolanta Kurowska

Ten-year experience in international project management, international co-operation, promotion and translation at the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland. Head of the International Projects Division in the Patent Literature Department. Responsible for the co-operation with the European Patent Office under the National Action Plans recently replaced by the Bilateral Co-operation Plans.


João Amaral

João Amaral

Degree in Law and a postgraduate course in industrial property.

Head of the External Relations Department of the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property since 2013, having worked before as a legal adviser and a trade mark examiner in the Office.

Co-operation with the Portuguese judicial authorities in the field of enforcement of industrial property rights, in particular by performing examinations in order to help determine the existence of trade mark infringements.

Provision of training and advice on industrial property matters (namely to the Office's own staff, the general public and professional associations).

Conduct of audits regarding the Office's quality management system (ISO standards).


José Ricardo Cotrim Saraiva de Aguilar  José Ricardo Cotrim Saraiva de Aguilar 

Graduated in law at the Law Faculty of Coimbra University (2000), post-graduated in bank, insurance and stock market law (2001) and corporate law (2003) at the same faculty.

Relevant skills and competences in legal issues specifically focused in intellectual property law, with continuous work since 2002.

2001 - ...:  Instituto Pedro Nunes as Legal Advisor.

2003 - ...: Lawyer (Coimbra Bar District).

2008 - ...: Part of Instituto Pedro Nunes Knowledge Valorisation and Commercialisation Unit.

Current activities in intellectual property law (industrial property law and copyright law), supporting the drafting of technology transfer agreements and other science / company documents and agreements.

Additionally, has relevant intervention as trainee and lecturer, both in specific training programmes, post-graduate studies and graduate studies.

Regular participation as attendee and as speaker, in several events on technology transfer and IP matters, organised by the most relevant global entities (AUTM, LES, ASTP, ERA, OECD, OMPI, WIPO and EPO).

2009 - 2011: Board of Directors of PROTON EUROPE, the Pan-European Network of Public Research Organisations

2011 - ...: Invited lecturer on the Biomedical Pharmacy Degree of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Coimbra University, co-responsible for the module "Regulatory Affairs and Patents".

2015 - ...: European Commission independent expert, assisting EC services with tasks in connection with Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation in the fields of business management, spin-off and start-up companies.


Jouni HynynenJouni Hynynen

Since 1996 Jouni Hynynen has worked as innovation advisor. With his fifteen colleagues he offers free of charge consultation for entrepreneurs and innovators in innovation and IPR matters.

Innovation Advisors form the main part of EPO's Patlib network in Finland.

Jouni Hynynen graduated from Jyväskylä University with a master degree in nuclear physics in 1989. He  has worked e.g. as scientist, physics teacher and entrepreneur.

During his career Jouni has been wanted visiting lecturer. He has also contributed to several governmental projects for developing IPR and innovation services for SME's.

Since 1990 Jouni Hynynen has given some 500 lectures for entrepreneurs, students and personnel of SME's in creativity and intellectual property rights.


Daniela FilováDaniela Filová

Head of ARID PATLIB Centre, Czech Republic

Patent search and patent analysis expert

2011 - 2016  Comprehensive certified courses, coaching and e-learning in IP and business matters by EPO, participation in PATLIB pilot project - "Reorienting patent information centres"

2011 - 2016  Certified supplementary coaching from other areas of IP and inventing matters (e.g. TRIZ)

2012 - 2013  Four-semester course - Industrial Property Training Institute - Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic

In her focus on connecting technology and industrial rights she is specialised in advisory work and searches in the patent field. She is a recognised expert for many companies that actively work with IP or are just starting out in these matters. She works with private inventors, SMEs and with bigger companies, where her work is used as a support for the development teams and for the managers with their innovation strategies based on IP.

At the present time she is focused on her own business in live steam model engineering and manufacturing. This involves designing, pattern-making, casting of metals, machining and related business matters.


Sally Long

Head of Business Support Policy, UK Intellectual Property Office

Sally heads up the Business Support Policy team within the IPO. The team is responsible for developing initiatives to improve access to the IP system for SMEs to ensure that they are able to identify their IP, develop IP strategies to successfully manage it and grow their business.

Previously Sally worked in the IPO’s Business Outreach & Education Team leading on outreach activities in respect of education; this includes working in partnership with Aardman Animations to develop the web based resource “Cracking Ideas” and the nationwide Cracking Ideas competition along with the now closed IPO sponsored “Wallace and Gromit Presents a World of Cracking Ideas” exhibition. This exhibition, aimed at promoting the importance of innovation and creativity received over 500,000 visitors during its three year run.

Sally has worked for the IPO for over 20 years, spending 14 years of this time specialising in the area of Trade Marks examination and disputes. She has also managed the IPO’s Central Enquiry Unit (now called Information Centre) which deals with enquiries relating to all areas of intellectual property.

Sally was a member of the Business Outreach & Education Team for 7 years and regularly speaks about intellectual property at business workshops, exhibitions and seminars.


Andrew ReithAndrew Reith

Andrew joined the UK Intellectual Property Office in January 2012 offering help and advice to callers in the Information Centre before becoming a Business Events Manager where he travelled the country arranging and hosting seminars and workshops. He now works as a Business Engagement Manager to spread IP information through pre and new start business support organisations.

Prior to working for the Intellectual Property Office Andrew worked for many years in a variety of customer service and sales roles within many industries ranging from utilities to local media.

Andrew is a native of South Wales and studied electronic engineering at the University of Manchester. He is a big sports fan and can regularly be found in the stands at Old Trafford or The Millennium Stadium.


Frank HafnerFrank Hafner

Frank Hafner has been Director Relationship Marketing at the European Patent Office (EPO) since 2014. He is responsible for communication and marketing matters pertaining to the co-operation with national IP offices in Europe and beyond. Prior to that, he was Director Marketing Communications of the European Patent Academy and Director Public Relations of the EPO.

Before joining the EPO in 2005, Frank headed the marketing and communications department of management consulting firm Bain & Company in Germany and Switzerland. He started his career at Siemens AG in 1984 as a community relations and media relations officer. Frank holds a PhD from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (1990).


Christoph HoockChristoph Hoock

Christoph Hoock has been director of PATON (Thuringia patent centre = Landespatentzentrum Thüringen in Ilmenau, Germany) since 2010.

In 2013 and 2014, Christoph was a member of the PATLIB programme committee. He lectures at the Technical University in Ilmenau, Germany on intellectual property and IP management.

He holds a PhD in Chemistry. After five years of experimental work as chemist (research on steroids and antiviral compounds) he joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1997 as information specialist (Byk Gulden/ Altana/ Nycomed). From 2002 – 2010 he was head of patents and market research at AWD, a pharmaceutical company in Dresden, Germany.


Heikki Rantanen

B.Sc. (Eng); eMBA

15 years in Finnish mechanical engineering industry, R&D and IPR
10 years in own consulting company, R&D and IPR consulting
Since 2004 in public organisations, innovation advisory and financing


Cyrille DuboisCyrille Dubois

Cyrille Dubois is Manager International Cooperation at the Luxembourg Institute of Intellectual Property (IPIL), which is the sole PATLIB Centre in Luxembourg.
He has been developing and managing projects in the technology and competitive intelligence and intellectual property fields, both at national and EU level, for around 20 years.

Cyrille Dubois is involved in several initiatives, including the IPorta I+II projects and the European IPR Helpdesk since 2011, where he supervises the development of publications. Stakeholder management, as well as national initiatives aiming at boosting SMEs' IP practices, are part of his work.
Cyrille Dubois regularly participates as speaker in training sessions, events and conferences.


Sigrid KohllSigrid Kohll

Sigrid Kohll-Stein studied electro-technical and biomedical engineering at the Technical University in Karlsruhe, Germany and has had a career in international consulting firms.

She has been working as external relationship manager at the Luxembourg Institute of Intellectual Property (IPIL), which is the sole PATLIB Centre in Luxembourg, since 2015.

From 2004 to 2015 she worked as senior business developer at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (former CRP Henri Tudor). During this time she also managed the IPorta I+II project from 2011-2016, and interacted with over 30 national IP offices in order to provide better intellectual property support services to SMEs. Furthermore she spent one year as seconded expert in the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia.


Caroline BigotCaroline Bigot

With a multidisciplinary training in business management, law and science at the university, then IP at the CEIPI, Caroline works at INPI to implement and enrich the IP skills of French players of innovation.

She has been promoting IP and educating public and private actors, creating, organising and coordinating actions with INPI partners through local and national partnerships in the Paris area for more than four years.

Also, she represents INPI within the Standardisation Commission on the management of innovation, at French, European and International level.
Finally, Caroline has been project manager of Master Class IP since two years ago, the new INPI innovative training for companies to improve their IP strategy.


Mustafa CakirMustafa Cakir

Unit Manager, Intellectual Property and Licensing
Ege University EBILTEM Technology Transfer Office

Mustafa Cakir is an industrial engineer and has been dealing with technology transfer, intellectual property management, licensing and business development operations at Ege University EBILTEM Technology Transfer Office for six years. Mustafa has a wide range of experience in IP management and commercialisation of early stage technologies/ideas through licensing. He assists SMEs, start-ups and researchers in finding international partners for business and technology collaboration by providing information on tender opportunities and international networking.

He is specialised in patent searching, IP due diligence, technology management, and licensing. He managed the projects entitled “Re-orienting patent information centres” and “Disseminating IP knowledge in universities” with the European Patent Office (EPO). He frequently gives lectures and trainings on patent searching, IP management, licensing and technology scouting.
also...

  • certified Turkish patent attorney
  • selected as IPR Helpdesk Ambassador for Turkey
  • completed “International Technology Transfer Mentorship Program” in NIH OTT, USA.
  • completed advanced patent trainings given by European Patent Office in Vienna.
  • completed “Technology Commercialization Course” given by Texas University.
  • completed “Training of Trainers for Technology Transfer Offices” given by AUTM.
  • selected as a committee member of PATLIB conferences by European Patent Office
  • co-author of project handbook -POSMETRANS (Policy measures for innovation in Transport sector with special focus on small- and medium sized enterprises).

Melanie Rawles

Melanie Rawles

Plymouth PatLib Centre

1986-1990 Attended university in Nottingham and gained a 2:1 Honours degree in English and French.
1993-1996 Self-employed as a childminder.
1997-2009 Worked for the Bookstore chain Waterstone’s in Plymouth. Managed accounts for schools and businesses, organised author visits and talks, organised school educational tours behind the scenes at the store.
2009-present Working for Plymouth City Council Library Service. Melanie has had a number of posts including outreach work to encourage excluded groups to use library services, overseeing the delivery of resources to residential and care homes and running a branch library. Currently she is a development officer co-ordinating the recruitment and well-being of volunteers, managing the network of job clubs and Feel Better With a Book groups across the city, she took over the role of looking after the PATLIB centre in September 2015.


Matthias KnöbelMatthias Knöbel

1978 - 1983 Studies at the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden
Since 1983 Graduate engineer in process engineering
1983 - 1986 Shift leader at the brewery Dresden-Coschütz
1987 Designer in company for plant construction in Dresden
1988 - 1990 Development engineer (programmer) in the same company
1990 - 1993 DV Support at BIW GmbH (consulting for industry and commerce) in Weinstadt-Endersbach (near Stuttgart)
1993 - 1996 Scientific staff member at the TU Dresden, Institute of Traffic Planning and Road Traffic
Since 1996 Employee at the Patent Information Centre (PIZ) at the TU Dresden
Since 2008 Head of PIZ Dresden


Otto ScharffOtto Scharff

Otto Scharff is director at the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO). He has a Master of Arts in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. His professional background includes working with international issues at the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the European Commission. He has also worked as an Advisor at KPMG. Since 2005 he has been responsible for development and production of NIPO’s information services, marketing, and communication.


Mihail Aurel ȚÎȚUMihail Aurel ȚÎȚU

Sc.D. in Industrial Engineering (1999), Ph.D. in Economy specialising in management (2007), consultant in intellectual property. Currently Univ. Prof. Eng. & Ec., Sc.D. & Ph.D., manager of PATLIB Centre and administrative support structure Intellectual Property Protection, editor-in-chief of the Nonconventional Technologies Review, editor of the Management of Sustainable Development Review, member of the Research Centre in the field of quality and management, General Secretary of SAMRO, evaluator for research projects, CNCSIS evaluator, President ARTN Sibiu branch, Vice-president ARTN Romania. Field of interest: quality management, intellectual property management, experimental research and data processing, strategic management, device design and non-conventional technologies. 41 books, 36 patents, 22 innovations, 339 scientific papers, 9 international research projects as manager, 12 national research projects as manager, 11 international research projects as member, 46 national research projects as member, 17 software products, member of the editorial staff of certain international reviews. Guest professor at Esslingen University Germany, University of Applied Science Frankfurt, University of Geneva, and University of Brussels. Manager of an European Research Project in the field of intellectual property management in partnership with 15 countries to an approximate value of EUR 2m, project title: "Making full value of good ideas by leveraging intellectual assets for financing SMEs in SEE", SEE Programme Document reg. no. INTRA-5107984, Project Code SEE/D/0237/1.2/X. Awards and distinctions in the field of intellectual property protection: special awards, gold, silver and bronze medals (2006-2016) in Belgium, Switzerland, Kuwait, Poland, Croatia, Russia, Romania, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Moldova, Germany, China, etc. Consultancy in implementing quality systems in 21 organisations.


Mussadiq HussainMussadiq Hussain

After finishing his secondary school in Pakistan, Mussadiq Hussain came to Switzerland for his higher studies and obtained bachelor and master degrees in international business administration and management information systems from the European University in Geneva. He joined World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1996 and has been engaged in its different areas of activities and services over the past years. Currently, he is positioned as Program Officer in the Innovation and Technology Support Section of WIPO. He is responsible for coordinating and managing the Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) projects and carrying out the relevant trainings in the WIPO member states. Moreover, he is a member of Rsearch4Life team on behalf of WIPO’s Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program and undertakes the day-to-day user administration tasks.


Irene Kitsara

Irene Kitsara currently holds the position of IP Information Officer in WIPO's Access to Information and Knowledge Division. She was the Project Coordinator of the Patent Landscape Reports Project from 2010 until 2015, while she coordinated and contributed to the Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports. Ms Kitsara is currently working on the preparation of Patent Landscape Reports and on WIPO´s Manual on Open Source Tools for Patent Analytics, while she also provides patent information training courses in various Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs).

She joined WIPO in 2009, when she co-drafted the WIPO Guide to Technology Databases. Previously to her WIPO employment, Ms Kitsara worked for the European and International Relations of the European Patent Office, preparing country reports on innovation and patent systems, and also for the European Patent Academy on an on-line forum for the preparation of candidates to the European Qualifying Examination for patent attorneys. Admitted in the Athens Bar Association, with studies at Athens Law School and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Ms Kitsara worked for German and Greek law firms, for the Directorate General Internal Market of the European Commission, the Max-Planck-Institute for International and Foreign Social Law, and the Greek Ministry of Interior Affairs.


Nigel Spencer Nigel Spencer

Research & Business Development Manager, The British Library

Nigel Spencer manages services at the British Library's Business & IP Centre, a dedicated space in the Library where entrepreneurs can access a collection of free business information as well as a range of training and mentoring services and networking activities. Nigel has over 20 years of experience of managing services and projects at the British Library and regularly writes and presents on the role of information in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship


Jorma HanskiJorma Hanski

Jorma Hanski is responsible for the Patents and Trademarks department in the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. He joined the office in 2013 after a long career in the private sector.

After graduating from the University of Helsinki in 1986 Jorma worked a few years as a legal counsel in the performing right society in Finland active in collective rights management. In 1990 Jorma joined a major Finnish corporation working first in the legal service but after having undertaken extensive post-graduate studies moved on to occupy various positions in strategic planning and corporate restructuring projects. Before joining the Finnish Patent and Registration Office Jorma was for five years a CEO of a leading Finnish patent law firm.

Jorma has extensive experience in restructuring and transforming organisations and operating processes. He has a special interest in new service development and creating ways of doing things in close relationship with the customers.


Laurence Joly

Laurence Joly 

Laurence Joly joined the French Industrial Property Office (INPI) as an economist in 2001. Since 2010, she has been the chief economist and head of the Observatory for Intellectual Property, which is part of the French Industrial Property Office's Directorate of Innovation, Marketing and Communication (DIMC). The Observatory is a centre of expertise, analysis and reflection for all economic and strategic issues relating to intellectual property. Its task is to analyse INPI's legal, economic and strategic environment and provide useful insight into intellectual property issues for both the INPI and economic and political decision-makers.


Daniel Shalloe

Daniel Shalloe 

Daniel Shalloe, a mechanical engineering graduate, joined the European Patent Office as a patent examiner in 1989 and moved to the newly formed Vienna office in 1991. Since that date, he has specialised in patent information. He is the editor of the EPO’s Patent Information News newsletter and project manages the EPO’s Patent Information Conference. Since early 2016, he has also been responsible for the EPO’s patent information training programme.

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