Dimitar KarastoyanovDimitar Karastoyanov

Professor Dimitar Karastoyanov is a distinguished scientist in the field of mechatronics and automatisation, with more than 30 years' experience in the field of innovation technologies. He has nine patents and 13 patent applications, including two PCT applications. He is is author of eight science books and more than 280 scientific publications.

Professor Karastoyanov is a member of scientific organisations and committees in the field of automation, robotics and informatics. Two of his patents and eight applications emerged from a project on a “supportive computer interface for people with damaged vision”. The interface reproduces some well-known works of art such as paintings and tapestries and as a result they can be “seen” with the help of supportive Braille symbols.

Dietmar Pressner

Since 2011 Dietmar Pressner has been the Global Vice President for Intellectual Property for Royal DSM N.V.,  coordinating IP efforts in patents and trade marks in Europe, the US and China. He is also the director of the DSM IP Assets B.V. and, since 2013, a board member of the Patent Documentation Group (PDG).

He initially joined DSM in 2004 as an IP cluster leader in nutrition in Switzerland and later in materials in the Netherlands. In his 22 years of professional expertise he has also worked in the IP field for Henkel and Bayer, both in Germany and the US.
He holds a Dr. rer.nat. in Polymer Science from the University of Mainz in Germany and the Max-Planck-Institute of Polymer Research and has completed qualification as a European Patent Attorney and a US Patent Agent.

Roland Feinäugle

Roland Feinäugle manages the department for awareness, marketing and business use of patent information at the European Patent Office. He holds a doctoral degree in physics in the area of space sensor technologies and a post-graduate degree in law.

He joined the EPO in 2002 where he headed the unit for patent information training and was responsible for training programmes including digital learning technologies. In 2016 he took over the patent information marketing department which is responsible for representing the users in the application management of the EPO’s patent information products and services as well for the awareness, communication and marketing activities relating to these patent information products and services.

Heiko Wongel

Heiko Wongel

Heiko Wongel is the director of the Patent Information Promotion directorate of the EPO. He holds a physics degree from the University of Hamburg.

He started at the EPO (The Hague) in 1990 as patent examiner. In 1999 he moved to the classification department. He was in charge of this department from 2009 to 2011. Since 2011 he has been leading the patent information promotion team in the Vienna office of the EPO. The tasks of his team include promotion, marketing and feature planning for the EPO’s patent information tools, the organisation of patent information events like the EPO Patent Information Conference as well as user support and training of patent information users.

Hans-Christian HauggHans-Christian Haugg

Following his law studies at the University of Munich and a PhD in patent law, Hans-Christian Haugg became a lawyer in a law firm specialised in the field of intellectual property rights.

In 1995 he joined the EPO starting in the Patent Law and Patent Administration departments. In the framework of the Conference for the revision of the EPC 2000 he became a member of the taskforce and was in charge of related legal aspects. Hans-Christian Haugg then joined the Administrative Council Secretariat before taking over responsibility as Director of the Legal Division of the EPO in 2007. In this function he is also head of the newly established Unitary Patent Protection Division which will deal with all matters concerning the administration of Unitary Patents.

Yolanda Sánchez García Yolanda Sánchez García

Yolanda Sánchez García is the product marketing manager of the European Patent Register application and responsible for its promotion, training and market research. She is also closely involved, based on user consultations, in the planning and development of new services and features of the Register, including the Unitary Patent Register.

Yolanda started at the EPO in Vienna in 2002 as a project manager in the Cooperation department. In 2006 she joined the Promotion department, where she has been working since.

Yolanda holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry (Universidad de Barcelona and Molecular Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA), a post-doctorate (Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Munich) and a postgraduate degree in marketing.

Ilja RudykIlja Rudyk

Ilja Rudyk is Senior Economist in the Chief Economist Unit of the European Patent Office. The Chief Economist Unit was set up to provide economic insight into issues relating to patents, innovation and economic growth. It aims to contribute high level expertise and analysis to public and expert forums and to foster well-informed debate. Before joining the EPO Ilja was working as financial architect in the IT sector and as researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. He has been involved in several research projects focusing on patents and patent systems. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Munich.

Geert BoedtGeert Boedt

Geert Boedt took a BSc in Applied Informatics and spent many years working for various international organisations all over the world. In 2004, Geert took up his position at the European Patent Office. He currently is a member of the “Awareness, marketing, Business use of PI” team, located in Vienna. One of the tasks of this unit is to provide PI users with guidance on how to make proper use of the intelligence imbedded in patent data but also how to avoid pitfalls. Geert is closely involved in the promotion, training and development of the PATSTAT product line; EPOs’ flagship products developed specifically to carry out statistical analysis. He specialised in patent statistics and patent indicators and assists many patent data users all over the world.

Jean-Marie Le GoffJean-Marie Le Goff

Jean-Marie Le Goff is an applied physics and data scientists at CERN where he has been working since 1988. He holds a PhD in particle physics and a DPhil in computer sciences.

His main focus is on the application of advanced IT techniques and concepts to Particle Physics experiments. He first studied how to move objects over the internet using CORBA to service the control system middleware of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments at CERN. He then complemented the concepts of UML layers with a description-driven layer for classes and objects which led to the development of a software (C.R.I.S.T.A.L.) dedicated to the tracking and assembly of detector parts. This versatile software found applications outside particle physics, in particular in industry as Enterprise Resource Programming (ERP) software and Business Process Management (BPM), and in accounting and finance.

He is currently working on the use of emerging graph techniques for data management and visualisation in conjunction with techniques he acquired in his previous work. This led to the development of the Collaboration Spotting software, a generic platform for visual analytics of large datasets. The platform is being used to build various demonstrators including for compatibility and dependency relationships in software and metadata of an experiment at CERN, in scientometry with publication and patent information, and neurosciences.

Lutz MaicherLutz Maicher

Lutz Maicher studied Business Computing at the Universities of Leipzig, Germany and Rennes, France. In his subsequent doctorate within the context of the DFG Research Training Group “Knowledge Representation”, he expanded his expertise in the field of semantic technologies and factual databases. In 2005, Dr Maicher established TMRA, the most important international conference in the field of Topic Maps. Starting in 2007, Dr Maicher was head of the research group “Topic Maps Lab”, developing innovative enabling technologies for collaborative and flexible data management. In May 2011, Lutz Maicher moved to the Fraunhofer IMW, where he is managing the Competitive Intelligence Division. The main focus of this division is the data-driven analysis of the global competition of knowledge-intensive technology companies. Since 2014 he holds a professorship in the field of the digitization of technology transfer at the computer science department of Jena University, Germany.

Stefan RügerStefan Rüger

Professor Stefan Rüger read Physics at Freie Universität Berlin and gained his PhD in Computer Science at Technische Universität Berlin (1996) on the Theory of Neural Networks. During the next two decades he carved out his academic career in the area of Multimedia Information Retrieval, first at at Imperial College London (1997-2006), then at the Knowledge Media institute of The Open University, UK. He currently holds an Honorary Professorship from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Stefan is interested in the intellectual challenge of visual processing with a view to automated multimedia understanding. He has co-founded DynAikon Ltd, a startup that provides solutions in movement description & gesture recognition for live media arts.

Ian WetherbeeIan Wetherbee

Ian is the Technical Lead and Manager for the Google Patents team, where he works on everything from interface design to machine learning. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Galia Angelova

Galia Angelova

Galia Angelova is an expert in computational linguistics, intelligent management of digital content, big data, user modelling and 3D technologies. She has a PhD in Mathematics from the Hungarian Computing and Automation Institute MTA SZTAKI. Currently she is professor in computer science at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and teaches computational linguistics to MSc students in Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski”. She has coordinated many R&D projects funded by the European Commission, the Bulgarian National Science Fund and the Volkswagen Foundation (Germany). She is author of numerous publications, and asupervisor of PhD students in Computer Science.

Stephen AdamsStephen Adams

Stephen Adams is the managing director of Magister Ltd., a UK-based consultancy specialising in patents information founded in 1997. Mr Adams holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Information Science from City University, London, and is a Member of both the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). He is the author of two editions of “Information Sources in Patents”, published by Walter de Gruyter KG, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Elsevier journal “World Patent Information”. He received the IPI Award in 2012 for outstanding contribution to patent information. He is the current Vice-Chair of PIUG Inc., the International Society for Patent Information.

Andreas FeichtnerAndreas Feichtner

Andreas Feichtner graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich. He is admitted as a German and European Patent Attorney. After more than ten years in an industrial IP department and two years of private practice at a law firm he started in 2011 at BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, one of the leading companies for home appliances.

Since that time he has been head of Intellectual Property Support and Controlling. The tasks of his team include, inter alia, patent information and searches. Furthermore, he is leading a team of patent professionals who are responsible for IP related legal advice for one of the BSH business units.

Jürgen MühlJürgen Mühl

Jürgen Mühl, a German national, joined the European Patent Office in 2009 and has been working for the EPO’s Asian Information Services team since then. He is mainly in charge of services related to Korea and provides information to users on a variety of topics such as patent documentation, searches in free information sources and regular updates on new IP-related developments in Korea and other Asian jurisdictions. He is also giving trainings and seminars on Asian patent information topics on a regular basis.

Before joining the office, Jürgen obtained a Master's degree in Korean Studies at Ruhr University Bochum. He also spent part of his studies in Korea for language education at Ewha University in Seoul.

Xu Zhijiang

Xu Zhijiang (Mr.) is Assistant Commissioner, SIPO. He has more than 30 years’ working experience in SIPO. Currently he is mainly in charge of the administrative issues related to the patent documentation and information.

Lu Huisheng

Lu Huisheng (Mr.) is Director of International Communication Division of Patent Documentation Department, SIPO. Entering SIPO in 2006, he is currently in charge of international cooperation on patent documentation and classification issues.

Thomas T. Moga

Thomas T. Moga is a partner with the law firm of LeClairRyan. A registered patent attorney, his experiences include preparing and prosecuting patent applications, developing domestic and foreign patent portfolios, preparing freedom-to-operate and other patent-related opinions, licensing and policy development. Mr Moga also manages patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions in Asia, including overseeing initial investigation, working with local investigators and counsel, and preparing administrative and judicial documents. A frequent speaker on the TRIPS Agreement of the WTO and on global patent portfolio development and enforcement, Mr Moga lived and worked in Taiwan and China. He was a Fulbright Scholar in China and acted as an instructor to patent examiners at China’s State Intellectual Property Office. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association. Mr Moga is the author of "Patent Practice and Policy in the Pacific Rim” (Thomson Reuters), a multi-volume treatise on patent law and practice in Asia, and "China’s Utility Model Patent System: Innovation Driver or Deterrent" (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)..

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