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Your moderators for Tech Day 2022 are:
Magdalena Kolasa, Lawyer, Patent Law: Opposition & Substantive Law, EPO
Kirsten Niebuhr-Ebel, Patent examiner, Biotechnology, EPO
|Wednesday, 16 February 2022
13.00 - 13.15 hrs
Opening speech: Fostering innovation for planetary health
António Campinos, President of the EPO
As the race for sustainable innovation intensifies, the President explains how the EPO is stepping up its commitment to sustainability by deepening collaboration within the Office, as well as with local, regional and international partners. The aim: to minimise the EPO’s environmental impact while ensuring high-quality services and disseminating the latest patent knowledge on sustainable technologies.
13.15 - 14.00 hrs
Keynote: Accelerating climate innovation
Philipp Offenberg, Senior Manager, Europe at Breakthrough Energy &
The European Green Deal, which aims to make the European Union climate-neutral by 2050, is now the driving force behind Europe scaling sustainable innovation. Breakthrough Energy is looking to ensure this happens in areas such as green hydrogen, sustainable aviation fuels, direct air capture and long-duration energy storage. Philipp Offenberg will talk through the challenges and opportunities involved in accelerating climate innovation. Ben Gaddy will highlight the Fellows programme which directly supports the innovators and entrepreneurs bringing these technologies to market.
14.00 - 15.00 hrs
Roundtable with Q&A: Technologies of Transformation
Innovation is key to the pursuit of environmental, economic and social sustainability. This session showcases success stories in energy, transport, materials science and resource management. The discussion explores the role of patents in fostering innovation across sectors, as well as how SMEs, global industry players and policymakers can help transform the technology landscape to deliver greater sustainability.
Dialogues on sustainable innovation
15.00 - 15.15 hrs
Introduction to Dialogues on sustainable innovation
The EPO is one of the largest public service organisations in Europe, employing some 6 400 staff of 34 different nationalities. Of them, over 4 100 are highly qualified scientists and engineers working as patent examiners in all fields of technology. Ahead of the dialogues on sustainable innovation, your Tech Day moderators raise awareness of the high-quality services that patent examiners provide to thousands of innovators applying for patents each year.
Dialogues on technologies for planetary health
15.15 - 15.45 hrs
Resource management: Transforming e-waste
IGNEO's clean solution for transforming e-waste into sustainable metal concentrates makes this French company a leader in the field in Europe. Not only does the solution offer a sustainable approach to reducing the tens of millions of tons of e-waste that go unrecycled each year; it also neutralises the harmful emissions involved.
in conversation with EPO metallurgy examiners
15.45 - 16.15 hrs
Lowering CO2 emissions: Towards green fuels & chemicals
Kim Aasberg-Petersen, R&D Director, Haldor Topsoe
in conversation with EPO patent examiners
Dialogues on technologies for human health
16.15 - 16.45 hrs
Food: Plant-based meat
16.45 - 17.15 hrs
Healthcare: New generation vaccines
Wrap-up and outlook
Speakers and panellists
Lawyer Opposition & Substantive law, EPO
Magdalena studied law in Lodz and in Munich where she obtained her LLM in IP and PhD in trade secrets law. Before joining the Office in 2013, she spent several years in private practice and academia. At the EPO, she advises on oppositions and substantive patent law, with a focus on computer-implemented inventions and artificial intelligence. She has authored several publications on trade secrets.
Patent Examiner Biotechnology, EPO
Confidential Counsellor, Ombuds Office, EPO
Kirsten has over 20 years' experience as a biotech examiner. Before joining the Office, she spent ten years in research at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig and at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Interpersonal coaching is one of her passions: as a certified business mediator and coach, she delivers presentations on communication and collaboration and is a confidential counsellor in the Ombuds Office.
Senior Manager Europe, Breakthrough Energy
Philipp built up his energy, climate action, and sustainability expertise while working in high-level public policy positions. Currently, he is the Breakthrough Energy Europe team manager in Brussels, where he oversees the team's research and development campaign, Germany strategy, and EU level programs. Before joining the team, he worked as an advisor on energy and climate policy in the strategy department of former European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker. He has also worked as a research associate at the King's College in London and the Jacques Delors Institute in Berlin. In addition, Philip has obtained two master's degrees, one in public policy and another in communications and history.
Director, Breakthrough Energy Fellow
Ben and the Breakthrough Energy Fellows team identify and support clean energy and climate innovators. Before joining, he spent four years in Chicago at the Clean Energy Trust, where he helped early-stage climate and energy companies bring their technologies to market. During his fellowship at the US Department of Energy, Ben researched the challenges cleantech start-ups face in scaling their innovations to manufacturing. He holds a PhD in materials science and engineering, a BS in electrical engineering, and an MBA.
Founding Director, Lextel Partners Ltd.
James is a writer and editor specialising in intellectual property. He worked for Managing Intellectual Property from 1996 to 2017 and was responsible for editorial content as well as events and awards dinners. He now writes for various publications and associations, including WIPO Magazine, IPWatchdog and Bloomsbury Legal, and has hosted episodes of the Talk Innovation and Talking MARQUES podcasts.
Inventor & Managing Director, Sugru
Jane invented Sugru, the world's first mouldable glue. It is highly adhesive without becoming brittle, making it easy to fix everyday items and cut down on waste. Ní Dhulchaointigh grew up on a farm where replacing items was not easy. During her master's degree in product design, she hit on the award-winning idea for her invention. She founded a company and, together with her team, spent some 8 000 hours in the lab. In addition to a European Inventor Award, Time once listed Sugru as one of the world's best inventions.
Technology Analyst and Innovation Policy Lead, International Energy Agency
Simon is a technology analyst at the International Energy Agency. Before taking up the position, he worked as a researcher for various organisations and institutions, including the European Commission. With a decade of international experience in technical and policy-related aspects of energy, Simon now co-leads work on energy technology innovation policy and investment. In this role, he is responsible for tracking investment in demand-side topics and new technologies. Simon holds a PhD in environmental technology and energy policy from Imperial College London.
Chair of Automotive Engineering, TUM School of Engineering and Design
Markus researches and teaches electromobility, driver assistance systems and automated driving, and mobility data and mobility concepts. He is Director of Research at TUM's Munich School of Engineering, the Science Center for Electromobility, and Singapore's CREATE project. After studying mechanical engineering, Prof. Lienkamp then completed his doctorate. He began his career at Volkswagen (VW) as part of an international trainee program and worked on a joint venture between Ford and VW in Portugal. Upon returning to Germany, he led the brake testing department at VW's commercial vehicle development section. Later, he led the company's electronics and vehicle research department, where his priority was developing concepts for electromobility.
Head of Global Industry Academia Cooperations, Covestro Deutschland AG
Christoph studied chemistry and received his doctorate in 1996. After completing his postdoctoral studies, he worked at Bayer AG's Central Research department, initially in laboratory and project management. Dr Gürtler progressed through several positions and later worked under the board member responsible for research and development. In 2007, he co-founded the CAT Catalytic Center, an industry-academia collaboration between RWTH Aachen University and Covestro (former Bayer MaterialScience). Christoph is named inventor in over 170 patents, of which some 50 relate to carbon dioxide technology. Together with Walter Leitner and their team, he was a finalist at the 2021 European Inventor Award (Industry).
Chief Economist, EPO
Yann joined the EPO as Chief Economist in 2016. He has extensive experience providing economic insight into patent, innovation, and economic growth related issues, and regularly contributes high-level analysis to public and expert forums. Yann led the chair on IP and Markets for Technology at MINES ParisTech where he was previously a professor of economics.
Site Manager, Igneo
Yannick is the plant manager at Igneo, a French company that develops technology to transform raw e-waste into sustainable, high-quality metal concentrates. He studied at the University of Lille, where he obtained degrees in materials science and chemistry. Upon completing his studies in 2008, he embarked on a varied career and gained experience in several technical fields. Yannick has conducted research and development in the plastic and glass packaging industry, worked as a testing engineer focused on product quality, and managed a laboratory in the aerospace field.
Patent Examiner and Team Manager Metallurgy, EPO
Jan-Christoph joined the EPO as an patent examiner in June 2007. Since 2016, he has worked in search and examination in the field of extractive metallurgy. Previously, he has worked at the Paul Scherrer Institut, and Chemetall GmbH, (now Albemarle), mainly on materials for lithium-ion batteries. He received a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Bayreuth.
Patent Examiner Metallurgy, EPO
Valentina began her career as a researcher and project leader in the aluminium and aerospace industry before joining the EPO in 2005. Currently, she works in the metallurgy field, with particular focus on the additive manufacturing of metal objects. Valentina is also chairperson in examination and opposition proceedings and passed the EQE in 2016.
Patent Examiner, Electrochemistry, EPO
Valérie has been working as a patent examiner for 18 years at the EPO's site in The Hague and Munich. Currently, she works in the field of electrolysis. Before embarking on a career at the EPO, Valérie studied engineering at the INP Grenoble where she focussed on electrochemistry and material sciences.
Patent Examiner, Coatings, EPO
Karen joined the EPO as an patent examiner in 2003 and initially worked in the hydrogen field. More recently, she has focussed on thin film coatings. Through the European Patent Academy, she provides training for national patent offices and recently completed an internship with a patent attorney firm in The Hague.
Founder & CEO, Novameat
Giuseppe is the inventor of the world's first 3D printed plant-based meat. He holds a PhD in biomedicine and master's degrees in tissue engineering and bioengineering. While working as an assistant professor and researcher, he designed and generated various 3D bioengineered tissue models, including muscle, bone, cartilage, cornea, skin, oral mucosa, peripheral nerve, tympanic membrane, and blood vessels implants. Giuseppe was named one of the "Nine Innovators to Watch in 2019" by the Smithsonian Magazine and is in demand as a keynote speaker, presenting at TEDx and conferences for European Parliament and the United Nations.
Patent Examiner, Food, EPO
Dominika joined the EPO in 2008 as a patent examiner in food science and technology. She is a member of the centralised opposition department and chairs oral proceedings in opposition, an experienced trainer and moderator with the European Patent Academy and works for the European Co-operation department.
Dominika holds an engineering degree in food technology and passed the EQE in 2014.
Patent Examiner, Food, member of the opposition directorate, EPO
Doris joined the EPO in 1997 after obtaining her PhD in food science. For over two decades, she has worked predominantly in food technology and science, where she has been responsible for searches, examination and opposition. In addition, she is gérant (chief classifier) in several areas and provides external training for the European Patent Academy. In 2021, Doris passed the EQE.
Vice President Patents, CureVac
Marcus is an expert UK and European attorney with over 36 years of experience in the profession. He is currently Vice President of intellectual property at CureVac, a company that develops therapies based on mRNA. Prior to joining, he spent the majority of his career at GSK or its legacy companies, where he worked mainly in vaccine development. For nearly 20 years, Martin was Vice President and later head of GSK's vaccine patent group. His work focusses on all patent-related aspects, including intellectual property due diligence and collaborative and licensing agreements.
Patent examiner and Team Manager, Immunology, EPO
Helena joined the EPO as a patent examiner in 2000 and worked in various technical fields including biotechnology and in pharmacy. For the past 12 years she has worked in the immunology field, also taking up the role of Team Manager. Helena is actively involved in search, examination and opposition proceedings.
Patent Examiner, Immunology, EPO
Zoran received his PhD from the UIC in Chicago and worked at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry. Since joining the EPO in 2006, he has worked as a patent examiner in the field of immunology, where he is responsible for search, examination and opposition proceedings. Zoran passed the EQE in 2013.
Principal Director Communications, EPO
Luis joined the EPO in 2019 to lead the newly formed Principal Directorate Communication. During an extensive career spanning almost three decades, he has practised industrial property law, taught postgraduate courses, served as a commercial law professor, and worked as a legal advisor in the Geographical Indications field.
Vice President Patent Granting Process, EPO
Steve joined the EPO in 2019 and as Vice President is responsible for the Patent Grant Process, PD User Support and Quality Management, and managing the EPO site in The Hague. He graduated with an LLB (Hons) and during his career has helped steer IP policy issues in government and served on several executive boards.
Vice President Corporate Services, EPO
Nellie joined the EPO in January 2019, having previously held the post of Chief of Staff and acting head of the Academy at the EUIPO. She contributed to the strategic planning of the Office and the EUIPO's digital transformation. Nellie holds a degree in computer science as well as an MBA.
Vice President Legal / International Affairs, EPO
Christoph was appointed Vice President for Legal and International Affairs in 2019. Before accepting the position, he was a directorate head at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, and has served as Chair of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation. He began his career as an attorney in Bremen, focusing on commercial, economic, and tax law.