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President, IPO, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Henry Hadad is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, NJ, where he is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel responsible for all aspects of patent and trade mark procurement, counselling, litigation, and policy. He was also Chief IP Counsel at Schering-Plough Corporation, and held prior roles at Johnson & Johnson and in private practice.
Henry is a member of numerous IP organisations, and is currently President of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. He holds a BSc in biology from Haverford College and a J.D., cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law.
Executive Director, IPO
Mark is the Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Owners Association where he advocates for improvements to IP laws worldwide. Mark previously had a long career with Corning Incorporated, where as Vice President and General Intellectual Property Counsel, he directed all IP matters worldwide. His accomplishments for Corning included growing the IP department three-fold while aggressively pursuing Corning's IP interests in US and international markets; crafting global IP strategies through assessment of the evolving competitive environment; developing patent portfolio management strategies and procedures to achieve a 25 000+ patent portfolio; negotiating IP arrangements of all types; and successfully resolving dozens of intellectual property disputes in US and foreign courts.
Earlier in his career, Mark was an associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; judicial clerk to Chief Judge Paul Michel at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and senior research engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Mark received his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law School; his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts; and his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, with highest honors, in physics from St. Lawrence University.
Principal Director User Support and Quality Management, EPO
Niclas joined the EPO in 1990 as a patent examiner in mechanics. From 2000 to 2004 he was Head of President's Office. He was then based for three years in Bangkok, at the Thai Ministry of Commerce within the premises of the Department of Intellectual Property. In 2008 he became Director of IP5/Trilateral Affairs and International Organisations. In 2016 he was made Director of International Co operation. In 2017 he was appointed as Principal Director of User Support and Quality Management, a position in which he leads a strategic support area dedicated to relationships with EPO users and management of the quality policy.
Chief Operating Officer Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO
Roberta leads 1 400 highly qualified patent examiners in Munich and The Hague. During her 20 years at the EPO, she has been Principal Director of Vehicles and General Technology and of Handling and Processing and a director in Polymers and has worked in a broad range of chemical fields – including medicinal chemistry, pesticides and cosmetics. She is Chair of the EPO's Operational Quality Committee and has contributed to the implementation of the EPO's Quality Management System, which was awarded ISO 9001 certification in 2014 and 2017. Before joining the EPO, she worked as a project manager at Procter & Gamble in Brussels. She has a degree in chemistry from the Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in organic chemistry from the Technical University of Munich.
Director in Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO Munich
Gareth studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Cambridge. He joined the EPO in 1992 as a patent examiner and has since held various positions in quality management, international and legal affairs and IT project management. He is now responsible for the end to end patent granting process in a department of 100 patent professionals working in the fields of aerospace, vehicle seats and other mechanical and transport related technologies.
Director in Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO The Hague
After completing his PhD in artificial intelligence in 1997, Régis briefly worked as an assistant professor at the University of Avignon before joining IBM France in Paris as an R&D engineer for multilingual speech recognition systems. In 1999, he joined the EPO in The Hague as a patent examiner in the field of speech and audio processing. Since 2012, he has been a director in Mobility and Mechatronics and a member of the Computer Implemented Inventions and Patent Law and Procedures working groups.
German and European patent attorney and partner, TBK
Rainer studied mechanical engineering and graduated from the Technical University of Munich in 1990, where he also worked as an assistant professor. He has held positions as an R&D engineer at MTU in Munich and Airbus Industries in Toulouse. He has particular knowledge of mechatronics and automotive engineering, office machines, data processing, optics and patent litigation. He joined TBK, a leading intellectual property law firm, as a partner in 2000.
European patent attorney, D Young & Co
For Anton, no two days at D Young & Co are ever the same. Working across a broad range of technology, his responsibilities are as varied as his clients, encompassing drafting, prosecution, opinion work and oppositions.
Before joining D Young & Co in 2012, he completed a doctorate on "Experimental Studies of Graphene & Carbon Nanotube Structures for Nanoelectronic Applications" at the University of Oxford.
Before that, he did a master's degree, specialising in both particle and condensed matter physics. This taught him the underlying physics of key technologies in today's high-tech sector, including semiconductors, lasers, photovoltaics and detection techniques. He enjoys transferring this technical knowledge to his work, and ensuring clients get the best possible representation.
He represents clients across a range of sectors, including electronics, engineering and IT, as well as consumer goods, business and finance, oil and gas and medical technology. Besides supporting D Young & Co's clients, he very much enjoys working with – and learning from – many of the UK's best patent attorneys.
Examiner and Team Manager Chassis, Frames, Chains, Safety, EPO Munich
Before joining the EPO in 2003, András worked for three years for a spin off company of the German Aerospace Center as an automotive engineer working on numerical multi body simulation of vehicle structures. He also spent a year as a researcher at the University of Karlsruhe. In addition to carrying out patent search and examination in the fields of heavy vehicles, vehicle body structures and cabriolet roofs, at the EPO he has gradually become involved in chairing opposition proceedings, working as a continuous knowledge transfer expert for Asian prior art and training examiners. Since 1 January 2018 he has managed a team of 11 examiners.
Senior Prosecution Manager, The Boeing Company
Eric works in the Intellectual Property Management group at The Boeing Company, which is the world's largest aerospace company and files hundreds of patent applications every year. The Manager of Core Prosecution is responsible for managing both the in house team of patent practitioners and all outside counsel in the United States and around the world. This involves ensuring patent quality at all stages of prosecution and in all jurisdictions where applications are filed, to achieve the highest possible portfolio value for Boeing around the world.
Global Head of IP and Head of Privacy, Uber, USA
John's practice spans all aspects of IP, with an emphasis on strategic portfolio development, responding to defensive threats and generating portfolio value. He advises clients on wide-ranging IP-strategy issues, including developing robust portfolios, structuring collaborations with strategic partners and negotiating in- and outbound tech transfers. His current focus in transactional work involves applying data analytics to find and acquire strategic patent assets. Previously, he concentrated on multi-party product development and fundamental research collaborations that lowered development costs, improved product quality and created deeper relationships. His focus in portfolio development is on data analytics to build deep portfolio knowledge and better-quality assets at a lower cost.
John currently leads the teams that take care of all legal matters for IP, products and marketing for Uber. They provide legal support and strategy for: (i) business development deals; (ii) M&A diligence for privacy, products, open source and IP; (iii) marketing and branding; (iv) open source initiatives and compliance; (v) brand protection; (vi) patent portfolio development, licensing and risk mitigation; and (vii) standards-bodies participation.
EPO Attaché to the United States
Albert is based in Washington, DC. He previously served as the United States Intellectual Property Attaché to Latin America (2011 to 2015), based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began his career over 25 years ago at a law firm, practising in both patent prosecution and patent litigation, before moving on to work with a number of other law firms and as an in house counsel. He has represented clients in a variety of patent related and transactional matters and in patent litigation across a broad array of technological fields. He earned an engineering degree from Villanova University and a law degree from Rutgers University.
Director of Intellectual Property for the Americas/ Deputy General Counsel, Continental Automotive Systems
Themi graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in December 1999. His main areas of practice are IP licensing, patent litigation case management, due diligence, patentability, process improvement and patent prosecution.
European patent attorney, Marks & Clerk
Ed advises clients operating in a variety of business sectors, but focuses on defence and software-related technical fields. He has extensive experience of the complex legal issues surrounding patent protection for computer-implemented inventions. The main focus of his work is on obtaining patent protection for clients, allied with advising on other aspects of IP management such as infringement risk, the impact of technical standards, and transaction-based issues.
Before joining Marks & Clerk, he spent three years in strategic IP advisory practice at a leading global business advisory firm, through which he developed experience of providing clients with strategic, commercially-focused advice enabling them to align their IP strategy with their business objectives. He became a partner at Marks & Clerk in 2004.
Ed was listed as an expert by Who's Who Legal in 2016.