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Krzysztof Klincewicz, Professor at the Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw. Rector's Deputy for Intellectual Property Management of the University of Warsaw and board member of UWRC Sp. z o.o, special-purpose company managing the University's technology transfer. Coordinator of the experts team at the Green Technology Accelerator GreenEvo, Ministry of Environment. Member of the United Nations' Technology Executive Committee and of the Executive Committee on Loss & Damage of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with previous experience in high-tech industry in Poland, Finland and in the UK.
Anthony (Tony) Trippe is Managing Director of Patinformatics, LLC. Tony has been a patent information professional for nearly twenty years, and has spent the last seventeen specializing in technical intelligence, patent analytics and patent landscape reports. Mr. Trippe is an influential thought leader in the patent analysis space, has been named one of the Top 300 IP Strategists by IAM Magazine, and invented the term Patinformatics. He is also the author of the popular patinformatics blog.
Dr. Oliver Pfaffenzeller heads a Siemens IP team responsible for IP matters in the field of medical devices. He is also in charge of reporting on Chinese patent law within the Siemens patent department. He is qualified as a European Patent Attorney and a German Patentassessor.
Bernd Wolter started out as patent searcher with Fresenius Medical Care. Later he joined Siemens AG in Munich in the same function. Together with his colleagues he is covering the whole Siemens portfolio with searches mainly for freedom-to-operate, opposition and analyses. Bernd chairs the PDG's Education and Training workgroup which he represents in the effort to set up an international certification scheme for patent searchers. Bernd is also a member of PIUG.
Giulia Trombini completed her post-doc at the Department of Management at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 2013. She gained her PhD in Business Economics with a focus on markets for patents from the Advanced School of Economics in Venice in 2012. In 2013, her PhD thesis was nominated among the three best PhD dissertations on innovation studies by ISPIM-Wiley.
Her research includes open innovation, vertical division of innovative labor, patents and the relationship between innovation and industry dynamics. Her works have been presented at major conferences dealing with innovation studies: DRUID Society Conference, Academy of Management, Industrial Organization Conference, and EURAM.
Giulia is now affiliated to Cisco System - Corporate Development Group working on patent intelligence and technology innovation management.
Ms 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 registered Australian and New Zealand patent attorney and a Canadian patent agent who specializes in searching and analysing patent and non-patent information in order to provide intellectual property advice. She has a B.Sc. Honours degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and a M.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Susanne also has a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a Master of Industrial Property (MIP) degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. In June 2014, Susanne was appointed as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of World Patent Information. She is also the current Immediate Past President of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) which is the International Society for Patent Information.
Gerard van der Ligt studied Mechanical Engineering in the late seventies and started working for Philips Lighting in 1981 as a production engineer. He joined Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S) in 1996 as a patent information specialist and became manager of the patent information department in 2002, which evolved into the current Business Intelligence department of IP&S, providing patent search, IP Intelligence and Market Intelligence, to support all business processes of Philips IP&S. Gerard is board member of the PDG.
Christian Soltmann is coordinator for the business use of patent information at the European Patent Office in Vienna.
He holds a PhD in materials science and a MAS in Intellectual Property. After having worked several years as a materials scientist in the field of metals, ceramics and electron microscopy, he specialised in intellectual property and became a patent examiner and patent searcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, with an emphasis on data mining and patent statistics for high-tech sectors and emerging technologies. In addition, he has lectured at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne on intellectual property and IP management.
Patent Information Analyst specialized in Competitive & Patent Intelligence. He holds a double degree in Information and Knowledge Management of the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, and in Information Science of the University of Granada, Spain, where he actually is involved in a PhD program dedicated to patent analysis. In his professional career he worked in the field of Technology Watch and Knowledge Management for companies in Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore and Spain and has also participated in several international conferences and workshops.
Christine Kämmer studied Chinese, Japanese and Philosophy at the University of Göttingen (Germany) and spent part of this period in Asia for language and culture studies and internships. She obtained a Ph.D. in Chinese studies at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and is fluent in Chinese and Japanese.
In 2005, Christine joined the EPO and has been working in the Directorate Product Distribution and Specialised Services since then. As a member of the Asian patent information services based in Vienna, she is mainly responsible for Chinese patent information. The Asian patent information services are offered by the EPO to help users to better understand patent information from Asian countries. In her daily work, Christine gives advice on Asian patent information and documentation matters, including assistance with searching free information sources from China. She also delivers speeches and training courses on this subject on a regular basis.
Jürgen Mühl joined the European Patent Office in 2009 and has been working in the team for Asian Patent Information, Directorate Product Distribution and Specialised Services. He is mainly in charge of services related to Korea and provides information to users on a variety of topics such as Korean patent documentation, searches in free information sources and regular updates on new developments in the Korean patent system. He is also giving trainings and seminars on Asian patent information topics on a regular basis.
Before joining the office, Jürgen obtained a Master degree in Korean Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and also spent part of his studies in Seoul for language education. Jürgen is fluent in Korean.
Dr. Ahn has been active in the field of intellectual property since she started to act as a patent attorney in 2003. She worked for law firms and also as an in-house counsel in Korea for about 7 years. After having moved to Germany, she completed her LL.M. and PhD in the field of intellectual property and competition law in Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law. She joined df-mp in 2013 and is a member of the firm’s pharmaceuticals and chemistry practice groups.
Peter Kallas is Head of Chemicals and Engineering Information at the BASF Group Information Center.
He obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Heidelberg and joined BASF in 1989.
He is Chairman of the PDG working group IMPACT and of the German working group ARPAD. Among other things he is a member of several committees and working groups at the EPO (SACEPO/PDI), at WIPO (Task Forces) and in providers' advisory boards.
Linus Wretblad is the CEO at Uppdragshuset AB, a company specialising in professional search services and IT-tools for supporting the innovation process and assess risks and possibilities relating to IPR matters. He has a Master of Science in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Sweden as well as a DEA in microelectronics from Université Joseph Fourier. Linus Wretblad has also MBA studies on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Business Consulting from Stockholm University.
He started the career in the IPR world as an examiner at the Swedish Patent Office in 1996 and then decided to further focus within the topic of innovation by being one of the co-founders of Uppdragshuset in the year 2000. Linus aim is to support the innovative process from a business perspective, combining all IPR-tools from Patents to Open Source. He has a specific interest for increasing the public knowledge on IPR and innovation.
Linus is currently the President of Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG) and takes also part in the Patent Information Professional Certification project (QPIP). He has also been active in the Association of IP Professionals in Swedish Industry (SIPF). Linus has been a speaker and with lecturing experience from numerous Innovation and IPR related conferences and events.
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
Dr. Sergei Ikovenko is one of leading consultants and project facilitators in innovation technology of design. He has conducted more than 900 courses on innovation and TRIZ (Theory for Inventive Problem Solving) topics for Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Dr. Ikovenko was the primary instructor to deliver corporate TRIZ training programs at Procter & Gamble (about 1,500 engineers trained during 3 years), Mitsubishi Research Institute (300 engineers), Samsung (600 engineers), Intel (300 people) and other companies. He is a primary Innovation instructor of Siemens Innovation Tool Academy, General Electric Global Research (1700 scientists trained) and TRIZ Innovation Initiative of Hyundai Motor.
Dr. Ikovenko received special awards for development of innovation at Procter & Gamble and Unilever. He got an award from Samsung Electronics for integrating TRIZ indo Samsung Six Sigma Black Belt training. A special Award from Hyundai Motor of 2008 concluded a 7-month innovation program led by Dr. Ikovenko that yielded 81 patents and ROI of more that 120 million dollars. The Program of 2009 yielded 245 mln dollars of ROI and 122 patents.
Dr. Ikovenko is a Director of Innovation Leadership at a consulting firm GEN3Partners in Boston, holds doctorate degrees in Industrial Engineering, and in Environmental Engineering and Sciences as well as Master degree in Patent Law. He has effectively utilized his TRIZ expertise to receive 93 patents in various engineering fields. Dr. Ikovenko is the President of the International TRIZ Association. Dr. Ikovenko is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, QFD Black Belt and Lean Master-Practitioner.
Severin de Wit, formerly an attorney and partner at Simmons & Simmons, is now managing partner of IPEG Consultancy, a group of 22 IPR consultants, mostly with technical backgrounds and educations from seven mostly European countries.
Frédérique started her career as a patent information professional in 2002, after working as a researcher in a biotech company. Since 2007, she has worked as an experienced patent information professional in the area of biotechnology at DSM. Frédérique is secretary and board member of the Dutch patent information user group WON and an active member of the PDG working group on biotech.
Originally from Belgium, Dominique Winne, is an examiner in the field of Audio Video Media at the EPO in The Hague. He studied Image Communication and Signal Processing and researched digital watermarking for authentication at the University of Bristol (UK). In 2004, he joined the EPO in the field of colour correction (H04N1). Among other activities, he now coaches newcomers to the Office, chairs oral proceedings in examination and is a speaker at the EPO's Search Matters and Examination Matters events.