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Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

President of CIPA

Stephen is a UK chartered patent attorney, a European patent attorney, a trade mark attorney, an accredited mediator and a solicitor-advocate. For 15 years he was editor of the CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts. During a career spanning nearly 40 years he has practised at major international law firms and at one of the leading UK patent attorney firms, as well as in-house at a major industrial company. He was most recently a partner and then consultant at Baker & McKenzie, where he worked for 17 years. He is a visiting professor at the University of Law (formerly the College of Law), a visiting lecturer at University College London and a tutor on the IP Diploma Course of the University of Oxford. He is also a council member of AIPPI UK.

Christian Platzer Christian Platzer

EPO director, Information and Communications Technology sector

Christian graduated in electrical engineering and computer science from the Technical University in Vienna, Austria, in 1988. After developing microcontroller designs for industrial applications, he joined the EPO in 1990 as an examiner in the field of computer-implemented inventions, dealing with patent applications relating to processor architectures, memory management, medical informatics and business methods. Since 1996, he has been involved as a presenter, tutor and organiser in both the EPO's in-house training programme for examiners and seminars offered to outsiders. He has represented the EPO in co-operation activities with various European countries and in China, Taiwan, Singapore, the USA and Canada. He has also lectured at the ETH Zurich on the topic of patentability of business methods and computer-implemented inventions at the EPO. In 2005, he was appointed to the post of director in the area of ICT.

Gerry van DoorenGerry van Dooren

EPO director, Information and Communications Technology sector

Gerry graduated in electrical engineering, specialisation telecommunications, from Eindhoven University of Technology in 1989. He did his second degree at the same university, obtaining a DSc in the field of telecommunications in 1994. He was a senior antenna engineer at the European Space Agency's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk (NL) from 1994 to 1997, where he worked on such projects as the Meteosat and Polar Platform programmes. He joined the EPO in 1997, working in the fields of antennas, microwaves, radar, sonar, lidar and GPS. He has participated in missions for the European Patent Academy, and lectured for a number of years at the Antenna Centre of Excellence in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, on the subject of patenting antennas. In 2011, he was appointed to the post of director in the area of Audio, Video and Media, which now belongs to the ICT sector.

Daniel Closa Daniel Closa

EPO senior expert

Daniel worked for Thomson in France from 1984 to 1987. He joined the EPO in Berlin in November 1987 and was transferred to the Munich office in November 1991, where he has been a senior expert since 2015. He worked in different ICT fields and in particular in the business method field from 1998 to 2014. He has been a member of the working group in charge of the Chapter II Guidelines since 2015. He passed the European qualifying examination in 1998, and since 1999 is member of Committee III in charge of the legal paper of the EQE. He is member of the opposition division and is a trainer for EPO examiners and national patent offices. He is co-author of the book "Patent law for computer scientists".

Caroline DayCaroline Day

European patent attorney, Haseltine Lake

Caroline qualified as a chartered patent attorney in 2004 and as a European patent attorney in 2006. She has experience of patent prosecution in a wide range of physics, high tech and communication-based technologies, from ion engines used to reposition satellites in space and kitchen equipment to fibre optic sensors, quantum cryptography, optical apparatus, electronics and all manner of computer-implemented inventions. She also has experience of all stages in a patent's life, from drafting a patent application to hearings before the UK courts on the validity and infringement of patents.

David RobinsonDavid Robinson

European patent attorney, Marks & Clerk

David is the managing partner at Marks & Clerk's Manchester office. He specialises in patent matters relating to computer software, computer hardware and business methods, with a focus on advising in connection with the inherent patentability of computer-implemented inventions. He manages patent portfolios of leading multinational software companies, as well as working for universities and SMEs. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in computer science and maths, before going on to obtain a master's degree in mathematical logic and the theory of computation. He then completed a PhD in automated reasoning before joining Marks & Clerk.

Paul OpenshawPaul Openshaw

European patent attorney, Openshaw & Co.

After graduating with a physics degree from Bristol University, Paul spent eight years working in the research and development fields of signal processing, electro-optics, lasers, displays, and communications systems. He then became a European patent examiner at the EPO in Munich. Later, he "switched sides" and practiced in-house for one of the US's leading telecoms corporations and then for a private London practice with a particular reputation for obtaining software and business method-related patents. In 2004 he founded Openshaw & Co. He has extensive drafting, prosecution and opposition experience in many advanced technologies, for example mobile telecoms, multimedia, social media, internet, decision-making networks, information processing, software patents, business methods, encryption, pattern recognition, optics, photonics, sensors, etc. He has acted as a CEIPI tutor, and served for over ten years on the European qualifying examination committee (opposition paper).

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