Speakers

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In alphabetical order:

Thomas Bereuter

Thomas Bereuter

Programme manager, Innovation Support, EPO

Thomas is a certified licensing professional (CLP) with over 20 years of experience in the international commercialisation of early-stage technologies. He has founded and supported several high-tech start-ups and university spin-offs. He also led the business incubation and technology transfer waves in Austria in the early 2000s. 

William Bird

William Bird

Professor, Free University of Brussels, and British, German and European patent attorney, IPLodge

William has extensive experience in patent searching, landscaping and drafting, patent prosecution and litigation, freedom-to-operate analysis and IP valuation. He previously worked as a manager in industrial product and process R&D and technical marketing, and as a patent attorney in the Middle East, Africa and the UK.

Ruben Bonet

Ruben Bonet

Co-founder, president and CEO, Fractus

Ruben runs Fractus, a European company specialised in the global wireless and telecom industries. He is also entrepreneur-in-residence at IESE and holds the SME Chair in IP Europe, representing European SMEs.

Mark Bowkett

Mark Bowkett

Managing director, T.E. Laboratories

Mark has been a managing director for 25 years. He is responsible for his company's R&D&I activities including funding, management and strategy. He focuses on converting IP into financial assets.

Willem Bulthuis

Willem Bulthuis

Venture capital partner, CEO, WBX Ventures

Willem is an advisor to high-tech start-ups and corporates focused on converting IP into financial assets. He was formerly an executive at Philips, NXP Semiconductors, Giesecke & Devrient and Secunet, and an investment manager at UnternehmerTUM and Partnership Ventures.

Bernd Burchard

Bernd Burchard

VP IP management, Elmos Semiconductors

Bernd is a high-tech start-up founder. He has also invented multiple break-through products and has a proven track record as an innovation leader.

Alison Campbell

Alison Campbell

Director, Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Alison was the chair of AUTM, the global knowledge and tech transfer association based in the US and also the chair of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP). She previously served as a non-executive director on a number of companies, acted as an international advisor to government departments and was awarded an OBE in 2010 (UK) in recognition 

Christian Chun

Christian Chun

Chun & Partner

Christian is an expert in prosecution and litigation relating to patents, trademarks, and designs. He also specialises in IP licensing and monetisation and is a business consultant.

John Daly

John Daly

CEO, Curran Scientific

John is CEO of Curran Scientific which provides and develops state-of-the-art fluid handling technologies for applications in biotechnology, medical devices and electronics.

Joe Doyle

Joe Doyle

Intellectual property manager, Enterprise Ireland

Joe has over 10 years of experience in facilitating the integration of IP strategy and business strategy in companies. He has a strong background in university R&D as a researcher, inventor and co-founder of an IP-rich university spin-out company.

Angela Duffy

Angela Duffy

Investor, strategic advisor, NDRC

Angela mentors new ventures. She is a product portfolio and business opportunity specialist, with expertise in customer needs innovation practices and new technology project management. Angela was previously global strategic marketing manager for Medtronic in the US, principal engineer and IP manager in R&D Medtronic, Ireland.

Anders Engström

Anders Engström  

Senior technology transfer officer, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Anders has over 30 years of experience in technology sales and transfer in B2B.

Cornelius Enuezie

Cornelius Enuezie

Founder, COZAREN

Cornelius has 25 years of pharmaceutical patent experience. He is a specialist in identify business opportunities for patent portfolios. Cornelius is also an experienced searcher and provider of biopharmaceutical patent information.

Danila Fazio

Danila Fazio

European and Italian patent attorney, Neenah Gessner

Danila is responsible for IP asset management and negotiating IP-related agreements like co-operation and license agreements. He was previously a patent attorney in a law firm.

Dimitris Giannocarro

Dimitris Giannocarro

Co-founder and CEO, IamIP

Dimitris is a patent entrepreneur who teaches and trains technology companies and IP managers how to make the patent management process more efficient and transparent. He holds over 17 patents in the area of power systems and is co-founder of IamIP.

David Goodfellow

David Goodfellow

Patent attorney and IP strategist, APTIV

David has 15 years of in-house experience helping technology companies realise their IP and business goals and driving the full IP cycle from ideation to monetisation. He also has extensive experience in guiding business through different patenting strategies, from high volume to highly selected patenting.

Jürgen Graner

Jürgen Graner

Founder and CEO, Globalator

Juergen is a CEO with leadership experience in six countries on three continents. Over the course of his career he has also coached over 100 CEOs in promoting business growth.

Sandrine Guillermin

Sandrine Guillermin

IP strategy manager, Transitions Optical

Sandrine manages a patent portfolio and global IP strategy at Transitions Optical. She has a background in chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Christian Hackl

Christian Hackl

Senior IP advisor, European IP Helpdesk

Christian is assistant professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and managing director of TUM-Tech, the technology transfer company. He is a regular lecturer for the EPO on the topic of IP management and strategy, technology commercialisation and managing director and shareholder of a renewable energy start-up.

Margaret Hartnett

Margaret Hartnett

Founder, Hartnett Innovations

Margaret is a senior researcher, European and Chartered patent attorney, and company director, with almost 20 years of experience in executive-level research, innovation and intellectual property. She also has a track record of growing and exiting a hugely successful AI start-up.

Raymond J. Hegarty

Raymond J. Hegarty

IP strategist, consultant and author, “Billion Dollar IP Strategy”

Raymond is the author of two bestselling e-books on intellectual property, including “Billion Dollar IP Strategy” (2019). He has extensive experience in building IP-intensive businesses and was formerly vice president of Global Licensing for Intellectual Ventures, licensing a portfolio of 40 000 patents.

Bowman Heiden

Bowman Heiden

Deputy director, Center for Intellectual Property (CIP), and lecturer, Chalmers University

Bowman has managed innovation projects with industry, university research institutes, healthcare providers and start-ups. He has also trained hundreds of business managers in the IP executive and CIP internship programme. Bowman was formerly innovation director for the Qatar Science & Technology Park.

Joe Hogan

Joe Hogan

Founder and CTO, Openet

Joe is a recognised global industry expect in 5G mobile technology, and is named on over 40 patents. Joe was named Irish Technology person of Year for 2018 by IBEC Technology Ireland and the Irish EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ for 2011. He is active in the Irish tech start-up community and co-founded the ‘Mentoring for Scale’ initiative run by DCU Ryan Academy.

Bastian July

Bastian July

CEO, GoodIP, and general counsel, ProGlove

Bastian co-founded GoodIP, a recommendation and matching platform for innovative technologies. He has successfully negotiated various multi-million euro patent license agreements for Osram and previously managed Osram's patent litigation.

Bernard Keogh

Bernard Keogh

General counsel, Nuritas

Bernard is responsible for the IP estate of Nuritas which is a biotech discovery and development company. He also has over 25 years of experience in the technology and communications industries.

  Rena Maycock

Rena Maycock

Co-founder and CEO, Cilter

Rena is a business columnist at The Currency. She is also a director and co-founder of Intro Matchmaking.

Yann Ménière

Yann Ménière

Chief economist, EPO

Yann is a senior expert on economic issues relating to patents, innovation and growth. He formerly held a chair in IP and Markets for Technology at MINES ParisTech, where he was also a professor of economics.

Nikos Minas

Nikos Minas 

IP strategist and European patent attorney, Hanna Moore & Curley

Nikos advises high-growth organisations on how to maximise the value of their innovations through the adoption of commercially-driven IP strategies. He is an expert in a wide range of sectors including electronics, semiconductors and software.

Ia Modin

Ia Modin

Partner, Westerberg & Partners

Ia is a specialist in commercial contracts and intellectual property law. She advises clients from most industry sectors on legal and strategic matters relating to the development and commercialisation of intellectual assets.

  Herb Nestler

Herb Nestler

Nestler Learning & Development

Herb has been a communications consultant to the European Patent Academy and a leadership coach for the EPO for 15 years. He is also a professional development consultant to companies such as Bosch, Airbus and Continental and a producer of radio and television broadcasts.

Fiona Nicolson

Fiona Nicolson

Partner, Bristows, and president, Licensing Executive Society International

Fiona advises growing SMEs and helps them to enter new markets through licensing and other collaborative ventures. She has experience in many sectors including life sciences, IT, software, engineering, consumer products and academia.

Alison Orr

Alison Orr

Business development manager, Inngot

Alison is an expert on IP lending and finance. She is also an associate lecturer in IP and international business at a University in Yorkshire, UK. Prior to joining Inngot, Alison worked in IP private practice, and as an advisor within the Enterprise Europe Network.

Ruud Peters

Ruud Peters

IP business leader, Peters IP consultancy

Ruud Peters has 15 years of experience as chief intellectual property officer at Philips. During that time he has transformed Philips' IP department from a cost centre into a successful profit-and-loss operation. Ruud is also a board member of several technology and IP licensing companies.

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn

President and CEO, IPWatchdog

Gene is a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. He is recognised as one of the world's top 300 IP and one of the top 50 most influential people in IP.

Cameron Ross Dunne

Cameron Ross Dunne

Director of IP management, Openet

Cameron manages all aspects of intellectual property in Openet. He is responsible for IP policy creation and enforcement within Openet and ensuring that Openet respects other parties’ IP and defending Openet against accusations of IP infringement. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and has also participated in the international telecommunications sector.
 

Ilja Rudyk

Ilja Rudyk

Senior economist, EPO

Ilja has co-authored several studies on the role of patents and technology for the European economy. He provides expert economic insight into issues relating to patents and innovation.

Martin Salzburger

Martin Salzburger

IPR portfolio manager, Airbus Group

Martin has a senior role leading the economic exploitation of IP at Airbus. He also has extensive experience in the automotive industry and previously held several positions at Daimler and Volkswagen

Martin Schneider

Martin Schneider

Founder, Schneider Feldmann

Martin is an expert in all areas of IP law, as well as in distribution, licensing, competition, advertising, media and IT law. He coaches and advises start-ups in IP, company law and shareholder agreements.

Daniel Shalloe

Daniel Shalloe

Head of events, training, publications, EPO

Daniel joined the EPO in 1989 and has been working in the field of patent information since 1991. He has been editor-in-chief of the EPO's quarterly newsletter, Patent Information News, for over 25 years and supervises the organisation of a number of annual conferences and events.

Jeremy Skillington

Jeremy Skillington

VP business development, Inflazome

Jeremy began his biotechnology career in the business development group of Genentech, Inc in 2002. At Genentech, he was responsible for executing over 40 licensing, investment and collaboration transactions. He then led business development and was a member of the senior management team at Opsona Therapeutics before becoming a founder and CEO of immuno-oncology company TriMod Therapeutics. He joined HS Lifesciences in 2014 to provide start-up and business development support to portfolio companies ImmunoQure AG and Ethris GmbH.

Jeff Skinner

Jeff Skinner

Executive director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Jeff has co-founded over 30 technology-based spin-outs and has been a high-tech entrepreneurship lecturer since 1997. Jeff also chaired the accreditation panel of the global tech-transfer professional body RTTP for a decade.


  Uwe Stilkenböhmer

Uwe Stilkenböhmer

Partner, Eisenführ Speiser

Uwe has 20 years of experience as a European patent attorney. Specialising in chemistry and life sciences, he has also prepared IP professionals for the European Qualifying Examination as a CEIPI tutor since 2006.

Rhona Togher

Rhona Togher

Founder and CEO, Restored Hearing

Rhona has experience in managing all aspects of Restored Hearing from finance to product development. After studying physics at University College Dublin, she used her technical expertise to create innovative products.

Dave Townley

Dave Townley

Co-founder and CTO, Neurent Medical

Dave has over 17 years of experience designing and developing medical devices. Prior to Neurent Medical, he held senior positions in R&D, technical operations and programme management with large and small medtech companies where he gained broad global industry experience. He holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, an MSc in Quality & Technology Management and an MSc in Innovation Management.

Bruno Vandermeulen

Bruno Vandermeulen

Independent lawyer and IP specialist

Bruno has 30 years of litigation experience in multijurisdictional IP disputes in the sector of life sciences, chemicals and electronics. He is the founder and former head of Bird & Bird's Belgian IP practice.

Lucas von Reuss

Lucas von Reuss

Co-founder and CEO, Quant IP

Lucas has a background in economics and journalism and aims to give non-IP professionals access to patent information and applies machine learning to patent data.

Declan Weldon

Declan Weldon

Head of office, OCPKE, and deputy director, Trinity Research and Innovation

Declan joined Trinity College Dublin in 2017, bringing over 20 years of experience leading global RDI teams involved in multiple industry sectors. He leads the combined functions of industry engagement, technology transfer, campus companies and academic consultancy.

Robert Williams

Robert Williams

Chief scientific officer, Life Scientific

Robert has 24 years of experience in pharma and plant protection R&D and new product development at Schering-Plough, Biovail Technologies and Life Scientific Ltd. He joined Life Scientific Ltd in 2008 where he is responsible for leading product development activities.

Vivienne Williams

Vivienne Williams

Co-founder and CEO, Cellix

Vivienne is co-founder and CEO of Cellix Ltd, a biotech specialising in tools for cell-based assays. Vivienne has 12 years of experience in developing and commercialising analytical tools. Vivienne holds an M. Sc. in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded the Trinity Innovation award, was shortlisted for the Microsoft WMB Women in Technology award, and holds several patents.

Stephan Wolke

Stephan Wolke

Head of intellectual property and services, ThyssenKrupp

Stephan is currently responsible for intellectual property and services and heads the management board of ThyssenKrupp Intellectual Property GmbH. He previously held positions at McKinsey & Company, Bayer AG and Danaher Corp, as well as founding two of his own businesses.

Alexander Wurzer

Alexander Wurzer

Associate professor, CEIPI, University of Strasbourg

Alexander is managing partner at Wurzer & Kollegen, a consulting firm specialising in strategic IP management. He is also chair of the German standardisation committees for quality in IP management and patent valuation.

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