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Pavol HanusPavol Hanus

Pavol Hanus studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and has an interdisciplinary PhD in bioinformatics. He joined the European Patent Office (EPO) as an examiner in the area of telecommunications. He is an expert and trainer on searching and examining patent applications concerning industry standards. Pavol is also involved in the development of EPO examiner tools for prior art search, acting as product owner responsible for defining and prioritising user requirements. He has passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) and has experience as trainer and presenter at Search Matters, for national patent offices and the European Patent Academy..

Jürgen MühlJürgen Mühl

Jürgen Mühl, joined the European Patent Office in 2009 and has been working for the EPO's Asian Patent Information Services since then. He is mainly in charge of services related to Korea and provides information to users on a variety of topics such as patent documentation, searches in free information sources and regular updates on new IP-related developments in Korea and other Asian jurisdictions. He also gives training courses and seminars on Asian patent information topics on a regular basis.

Before joining the office, Jürgen obtained a Master's degree in Korean Studies at Ruhr University Bochum/Germany. He also spent part of his studies in Korea for language education at Ewha University in Seoul.

Eva Straková

Eva Straková studied economics at the Appalachian State University, North Carolina (United States). She joined the EPO in 2004 as a patent formalities officer and in 2012 she transferred to Vienna. Here, as a member of the EPO's Asian patent information services, she is mainly responsible for Indian and Russian patent information. The Asian patent information services are offered by the EPO to help users, mainly from industry, understand and use patent information from Asian countries.

Andrei Iancu Andrei Iancu

In his role as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world, with more than 12 000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. He also serves as the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr Iancu was the Managing Partner at Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focussed on intellectual property litigation. Mr Iancu appeared in a variety of high-profile matters in front of the USPTO, U.S. district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has represented clients across the technical and scientific spectra, including those associated with medical devices, genetic testing, therapeutics, the internet, telephony, TV broadcasting, video game systems and computer peripherals.

Mr Iancu has also taught patent law at the UCLA School of Law, and has written and spoken publicly on a variety of intellectual property issues. Prior to his legal career, Mr Iancu was an engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Throughout his career, many organizations have recognised Mr Iancu for his work. Among his legal community accolades, the Daily Journal, California Lawyer magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and many others have acknowledged his expertise in commercial litigation and intellectual property law. Mr Iancu has also been the recipient of the Patent and Trademark Office Society 36th Annual Rossman Award, the Hughes Aircraft Malcolm R. Currie Innovation Award, and the Melville B. Nimmer Copyright Award. Mr Iancu holds a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. He also has a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, both from UCLA. Mr Iancu was born in Bucharest, Romania. He has lived in the United States since the age of 12. He and his wife Dr Luiza C. Iancu have two children, Ariella and Robert.

Simon Dewulf

Simon Dewulf

Simon has been active in innovation research since the 90s. His PhD at Imperial College researched patent-data-driven innovation logic. The methodology innovation logic proposes property function connections by adjective-verb analysis. It brings a structured approach to idea generation for problem solving, technology transfer or new product development. The software PatentInspiration focuses on using the patent database for innovation logic in technology-driven companies. Simon is active in Belgium and Australia, where he opened an innovation research and training centre in the Australian rainforest.   

Heiko WongelHeiko Wongel

Heiko Wongel is the director of the Patent Information Promotion directorate of the EPO. He holds a physics degree from the University of Hamburg.

He started at the EPO (The Hague) in 1990 as patent examiner. In 1999 he moved to the classification department. He was in charge of this department from 2009 to 2011. Since 2011 he has been leading the patent information promotion team in the Vienna office of the EPO. The tasks of his team include promotion, marketing and feature planning for the EPO’s patent information tools, the organisation of patent information events like the EPO Patent Information Conference as well as user support and training of patent information users.  

Roland FeinäugleRoland Feinäugle

Roland Feinäugle manages the department for awareness, marketing and business use of patent information at the European Patent Office. He holds a doctoral degree in physics in the area of space sensor technologies and a post-graduate degree in law.

He joined the EPO in 2002 where he headed the unit for patent information training and was responsible for training programmes including digital learning technologies. In 2016 he took over the patent information marketing department which is responsible for representing the users in the application management of the EPO's patent information products and services as well for the awareness, communication and marketing activities relating to these patent information products and services.

Nigel ClarkeNigel Clarke

Nigel S. Clarke is manager of the EPO’s patent information research function. He joined the EPO in The Hague as patent examiner and was subsequently IT project manager. Moving to the EPO in Vienna, Nigel took up positions in international cooperation, and then market research. Until 2016 he was head of unit responsible for the EPO's flagship online information services including Espacenet and the European Patent Register. He has authored or co-authored several book chapters and papers on patents, patent information, and innovation, and has lectured widely on these topics. Leaving academia, Nigel started work in the UK Scientific Civil Service in research and project management where he worked mainly on focused energy beams (laser, electron, ion, atom, X-ray) for microanalysis. He also held a number of special responsibility posts. He published numerous scientific papers. Nigel specialised in physical chemistry at the University of Exeter and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. His PhD at reactor and synchrotron sources was in neutron science and he carried out post-doctoral research on carbon fibres at the University of Surrey. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a UK Science Council Chartered Scientist. He has visiting academic positions at Cambridge, London, Loughborough and Oxford Brookes universities. Nigel serves on the Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal, World Patent Information.

Björn JürgensBjörn Jürgens

Björn Jürgens is senior analyst at the CITPIA patent information centre of the Innovation and Development Agency of Andalusia (IDEA), a major public institution dedicated to innovation and R&D fostering for SMEs in Southern Spain. He has worked in the field of patent analytics and competitive intelligence for more than ten years and has extensive practical experience in patent searching and using patent databases on a daily basis. He is member of EPO’s PATLIB network, the EU IP helpdesk ambassador scheme and the Enterprise Europe Network from the European Commission and he was conference committee member for the PATLIB Conferences in 2012 and 2013. He has participated in several PATLIB and EPO Patent Information Conferences as a speaker and recently published in peer reviewed journals (WPI & JISIB) articles about patent database comparisons and the use of patents for technology watch activities.

Björn Jürgens has an academic background in Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (Germany). He has a Master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Granada (Spain). Furthermore he holds a PhD in the field of bibliometric patent analysis and is involved in the SCIMAGO research group dedicated to data visualization and innovation metrics.

Catriona Bruce

Catriona Bruce

Dr Catriona Bruce heads the Patent Analytics Hub at IP Australia, providing information on innovation trends to support decision makers in public research and government. With a background in biotechnology, and a focus on research translation, Catriona has 12 years' experience across the Australian public service, including roles at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.  

Alessandra SlagadoAlessandra Salgado

Alessandra Salgado is an Associate Programme Officer at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). As part of IRENA Innovation & Technology Centre, she performs analytical work and research in innovation, patent trends and quality assurance for renewable energy. Alessandra has disseminated this work through speaking engagements in conferences and workshops, in different locations in Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America. She has participated as a contributing author in multiple publications, in the context of patents: WIPO Global Innovation Index 2018 and Biofuels innovation based on patents trends (BE Sustainable Magazine).

Before joining IRENA, she worked for five years in the private sector as an Engineer, having this experience at Mckinsey&Company and INTEL Corporation. Alessandra Salgado has a degree of Master of Science with a major in mechanical engineering for sustainable energy from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and holds a bachelor on Industrial Engineering.  

Toshiki Yamaguchi

Toshiki Yamaguchi is a deputy director in patent information policy planning office at the JPO. He holds a master's degree in chemistry and joined the JPO in 2011 as a patent examiner in the field of inorganic chemistry. In 2016 he moved to examination policy planning office and was responsible for patent classification. After that he transferred to patent information policy planning office in 2018 and is in charge of data exchange and data quality management.   

Pierre HeldPierre Held

A French national, Pierre Held is an Administrator, Directorate Classification and Documentation, EPO, The Hague. Master’s degree in chemistry, DEA in organic molecular and supramolecular chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Strasbourg, France. He joined the EPO in 1997 and worked as a patent examiner in organic, industrial and combinatorial chemistry. In 2004, he joined Directorate Classification and has been managing the trilateral and IP5 co-operation in classification since then. He coordinates all international classification activities of Directorate Classification and Documentation. He is a member of the EPO-USPTO bilateral Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) Joint governance Board and EPO’s project manager for the implementation of the CPC at national offices. He represents the EPO in various committees and working groups, e.g. IPC Committee of Experts and IP5 Working Group1. He provides training both within and outside the EPO. He regularly holds seminars or speaks at conferences and events and is a member of the EPO's Asian Patent Expert Group.   

José Alconchel y Ungría

José Alconchel y Ungría

Jose Alconchel Ungría is currently Director of Classification and Documentation at the EPO. He has been working at the EPO for more than 31 years, starting as a patent examiner in the field of internal combustion engines. He was Director in patent examination in Vehicles and General Technology for 14 years. Since 2012, he has been involved in the implementation of CPC with the USPTO and other national offices, in particular in training and quality assessment.

He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.   

Alexander Klenner-Bajaja

Alexander Klenner-Bajaja

Alexander Klenner-Bajaja has a PhD in Bioinformatics from the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. After his post-doctoral studies at the Fraunhofer Institute SCAI, where he was responsible for the implementation of a scientific data and text mining platform, he joined the European Patent Office (EPO) in The Hague in early 2014. He is a member of EPO's Data Science team which is embedded in the Business Information Transformation (BIT) directorate general. The data science team is in charge of creating solutions using artificial intelligence to solve challenges along the patent grant process such as automated classification of applications and automated prior art search.

Yolanda Sánchez García

Yolanda Sánchez García

Yolanda Sánchez García is the Product Marketing Manager of the European Patent Register application and responsible for its promotion, training and market research. She is also closely involved, based on user consultations, in the planning and development of new services and features of the Register, including the Federated Register, Register Alert and Unitary Patent Register.

Yolanda started at the EPO in Vienna in 2002 as a Project Manager in the Cooperation department and transferred in 2006 to the Promotion department, where she has been working since.

Yolanda holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry (Universidad de Barcelona and Molecular Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA), a post-doctorate (Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Munich) and a postgraduate degree in marketing.

Francis Leyder

Francis Leyder

Francis Leyder is an analytical chemist by training. Whilst at the University of Liège, he followed the first course organised on online searching. After obtaining his PhD, he joined Labofina, Research Centre of the Petrofina Group, to carry out literature and patent searches whilst training as patent attorney. He qualified as European Patent Attorney in 1988. After the merger into the Total Group and subsequent reorganisations, he became head of the Patents Department of Total Research & Technology Feluy, until end 2015. His practice concentrates on opposition work, for which he regularly searches for prior art. He is now free-lance and cooperates with several agencies. In 2019, he became one of the epi delegates to SACEPO/PDI.

Eric de CockEric de Cock

Eric de Cock (NL) studied Food Technology at the Agricultural University in Wageningen. He graduated in both Food Chemistry and Food Microbiology. After having held different positions in a tobacco company, he followed his dream and became a professional photographer. After five years he went back to the industry and started at the patent department of Meyn (poultry processing equipment) where he was responsible for the complete portfolio for almost 12 years. In 2018 he decided it was time for pastures new and joined Tata Steel as an IP consultant. Eric became a Patent Information Professional in 2007, a Dutch Patent Attorney (Electricity / Mechanics) in 2012 and a European Patent Attorney (Electricity / Mechanics) in 2016.

Christian Soltmann

Christian Soltmann is a product manager in the Vienna sub-office of the EPO. He holds a PhD in materials science and a MAS in intellectual property. After several years in the field of fundamental and applied research, he specialised in intellectual property and became a patent searcher and examiner at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. He joined the EPO in 2013 and is today involved in the maintenance and further development of the EPO's worldwide legal status database (INPADOC).

Marjolaine ThulinMarjolaine Thulin

Marjolaine Thulin, B.Sc. and with a degree in Informatics from the Stockholm University, has been a patent searcher since the early 1980s. After working for the Swedish Board for Technical Development and at Patent information AB she joined in 1992 AWA Sweden AB, part of AWA Holding AB a leading IP firm in Europe. She is a senior patent information specialist and Qualified Patent Information Professional (QPIP). Marjolaine is a member of SACEPO-PDI and of SIPIG (Swedish IP Information Group) and has been a speaker at several international patent information conferences.

Frederic Baldour

Frederic Baudour

Frederic Baudour earned his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from University of Mons Hainaut (Belgium) and a degree in Applied Economics Management from Facultés Universitaires Catholiques de Mons – FUCAM (Belgium).

He began working as an information scientist for UCB Chemicals in 1996 and became information manager when UCB created the Surface Specialties division from the acquisition of the Coatings, Adhesives & Additives business of Solutia. He later moved into the role of senior information analyst following the purchase of Surface Specialties by Cytec Industries and then the divestiture of the coatings business to Allnex.

Frederic currently works in ALLNEX's Knowledge Management Office, is a member of the Supervisory Board of ISBQPIP (International Standards Board for Qualified Patent Information Professionals), President of CFIB (French Patent Information Association), former vice-president at CEPIUG (Confederacy of the EU-user groups), and former ALLNEX representative at the PDG (Patent Documentation Group).

Stephen Adams Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams is the managing director of Magister Ltd., a UK-based consultancy specialising in patents information.  Mr. Adams is a Qualified Patent Information Professional (number 20190044100092) and holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Information Science from City University, London, as well as professional memberships of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the UK's Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).  He is the author of two editions of "Information Sources in Patents", published by Walter de Gruyter KG, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Elsevier journal "World Patent Information".  He received the IPI Award in 2012 for outstanding contribution to patent information.  He has recently completed a third term on the Board of PIUG Inc., the International Society for Patent Information.

Rosanna Lindquist Rosanna Lindquist

Rosanna Lindquist is an information research scientist in R&D for the Hershey Company, a global confectionery and snacking company, where she is part of the Technical Intelligence team. Rosanna specialises in technical and patent research with a focus on packaging and design. She is also passionate about business intelligence and enjoys using IP as one of many resources in her arsenal.

Rosanna is acting board member and secretary of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG). She is also an active member of the Special Library Association's Competitive Intelligence Division.

Rosanna holds a Masters in Library & Information Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Creative Writing from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

Tony TrippeTony Trippe

Anthony (Tony) Trippe is Managing Director of Patinformatics, LLC. Patinformatics is an advisory firm specializing in patent analytics and landscaping to support decision making for technology based businesses. In addition to operating Patinformatics, Mr. Trippe is also an Adjunct Professor of IP Management and Markets at Illinois Institute of Technology teaching a course on patent analysis, and landscapes for strategic decision making. Tony is an influential thought leader in the patent analysis space, recently wrote the Guidelines for the Preparation of Patent Landscape Reports for the World Intellectual Property Organization, has been named one of the Top 300 IP Strategists by IAM Magazine, and is the author of the popular Patinformatics blog.

Burkhard Schlechter

Burkhard Schlechter

After completing his Master's Degree in Engineering (TU Graz), Burkhard acquired advanced skills in patent engineering in Siemens' patent information department in Munich. In 1991 he joined the Austrian Patent Office as a patent examiner.

During his years at the office he was additionally assigned responsibility for quality control on search products and was head of QM-Board SERV.IP from 2010 to 2017. He has many years of experience with generating and developing effective search strategies and different patent classification schemes. He specialised as an expert and trainer for patent search.  He has extensive experience in lecturing on IP at universities and dedicated IP events.

Linus WretbladLinus Wretblad

Linus has 20 years of experience, supporting IPR and innovation processes, starting as an examiner at the Swedish Patent office, now focusing on prior art searches and patent landscape analysis. He has a Master of Science in Physics & Electronics and a French DEA degree in microelectronics, and additional MBA studies on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was the president of the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG) 2015-2017 and currently one of the board members of the ISBQPIP for certification of Patent Information Professionals. Linus is the co-founder of Uppdragshuset, providing high level patent information search services. He is recently involved in a EUROSTAR project with the Technical University of Vienna on AI supported information retrieval, resulting in IPscreener offering a platform for semantic AI text based screening of prior art.

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