Luciano Bosotti received his degree in Electronic Engineering from the Turin Technical University in 1976. The recipient of patents himself, he began his career in the area of intellectual property as a corporate patent attorney and has been active for over 30 years in private practice. His experience covers all areas of intellectual property law, including litigation, prosecution and client counselling. He has been a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on intellectual property law topics. His main areas of expertise are information and media technology, telecommunications, computers, software-related inventions, semiconductor devices, medical and biomedical devices, sanitary products, rubber and plastics materials, food-related technology and automated packaging machinery.
Admitted to practice before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office as well as the OHIM (Community Trademarks and Designs Office) and a member of AIPPI and FICPI, Mr Bosotti is fluent in English, German and French. He is the president of the Board of Directors of Italy's professional institute of Patent Attorneys (Ordine dei Consulenti in Proprietà Industriale) and a member of SACEPO (Standing Advisory Committee of the EPO).
Bettina de Jong is Head Patent Analysis at Shell International. She manages the team of patent information specialists in The Hague, London and Houston.
Bettina is chair of the Dutch patent information user group WON, PDG Board member, and chair of the Working Group Certification of the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG).
Enrico Forti, PhD University of Bologna, is Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at University College London, Department of Management Science & Innovation. His research focuses on innovation and strategic management with particular attention to strategy evolution and contemporary industries that are migrating toward more fluid and project-based production. His work includes large econometric studies of naturally occurring data to explain patterns of innovation and outcomes in creative work. Enrico teaches international business and global marketing strategy at University College London and is a visiting researcher at London Business School (Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship).
Pat Frain is an Adjunct Professor at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He was the Director of NovaUCD, the innovation and technology transfer centre at University College Dublin, until he retired in 2011. He is a physicist by qualification and an alumnus of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.
Pat is the coordinator and one of the founders of the European Knowledge Transfer Society (EuKTS), an international not for profit association established to increase the quality and recognition of the knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) profession. Until recently Pat was a Member of the Board of ProTon Europe, where he served as President in 2008 and 2011. He is a Fellow and Board member of the Institute for Knowledge Transfer and a past chair of AURIL (UK and Ireland). He is also a member of the International Advisory Boards of a number of publications in the innovation and technology transfer space.
Gerben Gieling (1967) studied chemistry at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (1985-1991), specialising in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. In 1997 he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from that same University. He joined the patent department of Solvay Duphar as a patent information specialist in 1996. In 1998 he moved to Synthon BV where he leads the patent information team and the library. Gerben is board member of WON (Dutch patent information group) and teacher in the Patent Information Specialist course (aka the WON course) as organised by GOOpleidingen. In his leisure time he develops administrative and analytical database tools for usage within Synthon, reads all kinds of books and plays the clarinet.
Loredana Guglielmetti, PhD University of Napoli, University of Roma "La Sapienza". Director of the Division XI "Inventions and Utility Models" at the Directorate for the Fight against Counterfeiting, Italian Patent and Trademarks Office, her activities focus on ITC systems and patenting procedures. Since October 2010 she has been following primarily the introduction of novelty search - carried out by the EPO - in the new Italian patenting procedures and the alignment of the Italian Patent system to the European standards. She has previously been Director of the ITC - Communication Systems - Office at the Ministry of Justice and Director of the administrative office at the Juvenile Court in Florence. She has been collaborating with the academic magazine "Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali" since 2006.
Susanne Hantos is a Senior Associate and the Manager of the Patent Intelligence Services division of Davies Collison Cave, an Australian intellectual property law firm. Susanne is a chemist, a librarian, a registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney and a Canadian patent agent who specialises in searching and analysing patent and non-patent information in order to provide intellectual property advice. Susanne is the current Chair of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG), the International Society for Patent Information.
Christopher Kim is currently the CPC Program Coordinator at the USPTO, where he is responsible for the implementation of CPC within USPTO. Christopher has over 17 years of experience working on international projects, including Trilateral and IP5 harmonization projects. He was involved in the reform of the IPC at the outset from 1999 to 2005, as well as the Trilateral Classification Working Group, and the IP5 WG1 Working Group on Classification. His areas of expertise include patent information, documentation, standards, data exchange and classification.
Jane runs her own business, Extract Information Limited (www.extractinfo.info) , providing consultancy, search services, and training, for patent offices, pharmaceutical and technology companies. Prior to starting Extract Information, Jane worked in many roles in the information industry, including Lighthouse IP Group, ProQuest Dialog and DataStar on product development of IP search tools and content. Prior to that Jane worked as an Information Analyst at The Technology Partnership (TTP), a technical R&D consultancy, EMBL, Wellcome PLC, The British Library and Thames Water. Jane has degrees in Chemistry, Information Science and a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. She serves on the editorial advisory board of World Patent Information, the UK PATMG management committee and the CEPIUG Patent Information Certification Training Working Group.
Dr. Thomas Lorenz is Vice President, of the BASF Group Information Center at BASF SE. He is based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the largest R&D site of the company. Current global responsibilities include patent, literature and business information search and analysis services, provision of enduser information systems, information acquisition and distribution, management of internal research information and research-specific IT services. He joined BASF in 1988 after taking a degree in physics, followed by a PhD in chemistry at Kaiserslautern University. For a long time in his professional career he performed different functions within the informatics area at BASF. He has been a member of various industrial and governmental advisory boards. Currently he is president of the Patent Documentation Group, PDG.
Guido started searching online patent databases in 1991 when he was a junior attorney at his father's IP office, then he established the firm Quaestio srl where he leads a team of searchers in all areas of IP, provides training and update. He has worked at thousands of search projects, published papers and chaired forums and conferences about patent information with particular regard to the Italian situation. He has supported the mission of the Italian patent information users group AIDB since the beginning in 2004, trying to give a personal contribute in improving the culture of patent information in Italy and has chaired the association in the years 2007-2012.
Alessandro Piras took his degree in Chemistry in 1997 from the University of Trieste. In 2002 he obtained his PhD in Chemical technologies and advanced materials from the University of Udine. In 2004 he was the cofounder of a start-up company involved in technology transfer activities in the field of nanotechnology and in the development of market applications of nanomaterials and nanoparticles.
He joined Dintec – Consorzio per l’Innovazione Tecnologica in 2007 as a patent information specialist. His work includes technology reports, patent monitoring, green patent evaluation and IP services to the Italian Chamber of Commerce network. He is the project manager of the “Patent, Trademark and Design Observatory”, realized on behalf of Unioncamere, the Italian Union of the Chamber of Commerce. He was recently involved as green patent expert in the European project FIDIAS – Innovative Financial Instruments for Sustainable Development in Alpine Space. From October 2013 he is the chairman of AIDB – Italian Patent Information Users Group.
Born in 1952 in Crocetta del Montello (Treviso), after completing his studies in oenology Mario Moretti Polegato joined the family business, which has been focused on agriculture and wine production for three generations and has became one of the most important wine companies in Italy.
In the mid-90s, he has revolutionized the footwear sector inventing and patenting a new technology which makes rubber bottom sole shoes breathable. Thanks to his invention, Mario Moretti Polegato has created one of the strongest market player in the footwear sector.
Mario Moretti Polegato is Chairman of Geox Group, which is ranked 1st footwear brand in Italy and one of the premium company worldwide in the life-style casual footwear segment. The Geox Group counts 30,000 employees between direct and indirect, it sells its products in 103 countries and it's listed in the Milan stock exchange since December 2004.
Mario Moretti Polegato was nominated Entrepreneur of the year 2002 by Ernst&Young, the Italian stock exchange and Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, for the best national and international strategic use of market levers and opportunities, combined with constant innovation.
Mario Moretti Polegato was named "Innovator of the Year 2010" at the CNBC European Business Leaders Awards, organized by CNBC in partnership with the Financial Times, for his ability to develop a fashionable brand starting from a new technology.
Mario Moretti Polegato teaches "Intellectual Property" in schools and universities, in Italy and in the world.
He is also Member of the International Advisory Council of Bocconi University in Milan.
He is Honorary General Consul of Romania for North-Eastern Italy.
He is Member of the Executive Council of Confindustria (Italian confederation of Industrialists).
He is member of Aspen Institute Italia.
Maurizio Sobrero, PhD MIT, is Full Professor at University of Bologna, Department of Management and Founding Faculty Fellow at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Tecnology in Moscow. His research activities focus on innovation and technology management, with particular attention to new firm creation, university-industry technology transfer and the evaluation of intangible assets. He has taught graduate and executive courses in Europe, Asia and South America, working with different companies on several consulting projects. He has assisted numerous Italian and international institutions in the development and implementation of innovation policies and is currently serving as National Expert on Social Science and Humanities named by the Italian Ministry of University and Research for the EU 7th Framework programme and for the preparation of the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme.
Thulin, B.Sc. and with a degree in Informatics from the Stockholm University,
has been a patent searcher since the early 1980s.
After working for the Swedish Board for Technical Development and at Patent information AB she joined AWAPATENT AB, a leading patent attorney firm in Europe, in 1992 as patent information specialist.
Marjolaine is a member of SACEPO/PDI and of SIPIG (Swedish IP Information Group) and has been a speaker at several international patent information conferences.
Pierre is French/German citizen. He studied law at the Universities of Strasbourg (D.E.S.S. at CEIPI - Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle), Heidelberg and Munich. Pierre worked as a research assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property (Munich) where he obtained his PhD on cross-border patent litigation with special emphasis on French and German law. After working in private practice, Pierre joined the European Patent Office in 2001 where he worked in Directorate Patent Law focussing on Biotech-inventions and acting as a legally qualified member in grant and opposition proceedings. He works in Directorate International Legal Affairs since 2009 where he is inter alia responsible for the unitary patent and its implementation at the EPO.
Kristin Whitman has seven years of experience in the patent information industry at the search firm Landon IP, and holds a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. She was a founding member of the Intellogist.com website, an online community and free source of reviews for patent search tools, and is a contributor to @Intellogist on Twitter.
Lidia is an
Italian and European Patent Attorney partner of Studio Torta. She is an expert
in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, in particular as regards innovative
delivery systems, medical devices and polymers. Further to drafting and
prosecuting patent applications, Lidia is an expert patent searcher member of
the Italian Patent Information User Group.
She has been speaker in various events related to patenting in the pharmaceutical field and to patent searches.
Burkhard Schlechter is an expert on patent search and classification systems. He regularly gives trainings on efficient search strategies using classification systems on free patent online services as well for his colleagues at the Austrian Patent Office where he started as an Examiner 22 years ago.