13 July 2020

10.00 hrs

Event moderator:
Roberta Romano-Götsch, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, Biotechnology & Chemistry, EPO

Welcome to the manufacturing revolution
Deepening collaboration, facilitating innovation and growth
António Campinos, President of the EPO
in conversation with
Christian Archambeau, Executive Director of the EUIPO

 10.15 hrs

Taking stock
In 1983, Chuck Hull used epoxy resin in thin laminated layers, one on top of the other, and etched their shape with ultraviolet light: the electrolytic 3D printer was born. Today, every 3D printer works on the basis of his idea. Chuck provides a rare personal glimpse into how he expects the industry to continue shaping tomorrow.

Charles W. HullCo-founder, Executive Vice President and CTO, 3D Systems

 10.30 hrs
The 3D printing IP landscape
EPO data helps inventors, investors and policy makers define their business and patent strategies in this booming field.

Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, EPO

 11.00 hrs

14 July 2020

  Event moderator:
Roberta Romano-Götsch, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, Biotechnology & Chemistry, EPO
16.00 hrs
The impact of 3D printing/AM on IP rights

Will infringement ever be the same again? In the age of AM manufacturing and the digitisation of industry, strategies for protecting innovation will have to change dramatically. Knowing exactly how to navigate the new terrain will be crucial to
business success.

Thomas Prock, patent attorney, Marks & Clerk

16.15 hrs

Panel discussion 

3D printing/AM: challenges for the IP system

Every disruptive technology unleashes new potential and poses new challenges. At the same time as enabling innovation, could AM also lead to more instances of infringement and litigation? Clearly, any understanding of the implications of AM will benefit from systemic, legal, corporate and scholarly insights.

Grant Philpott, Chief Operating Officer, Mobility & Mechatronics, EPO

Rosa Maria Ballardini, Associate Professor, University of Lapland
Virginie Fossoul, DG GROW, European Commission
Heli Pihlajamaa, Director of Patent Law, EPO
Thomas Prock, patent attorney, Marks & Clerk
Stephan Wolke, Head of Corporate Intellectual Property, thyssenkrupp

 17.00 hrs

15 July 2020

  Event moderator:
Roberta Romano-Götsch, Chief Operating O¬fficer, Healthcare, Biotechnology & Chemistry, EPO
16.00 hrs

Expert insights into AM practice, start-ups and IP strategy

Adding a new layer to the experience of innovation and growth Johannes Homa , CEO of Lithoz, explains how one day his technology seemed far from perfect, the next he happened to see a caterer making crepes, prompting a vision of how the technology might succeed. Eventually the vision became a reality, patent applications were filed, the invention commercialised and an international business developed. Expertise played a role, but experience is what ultimately made it count.

16.15 hrs

Panel discussion 

Bringing inventors and investors together: the role of IP portfolios in creating funding and growth opportunities for SMEs and start-ups

As AM is integrated into existing manufacturing workflows, it will revolutionise how goods are developed, created and sourced. Meanwhile, potential investors and business partners, whether public or private, are constantly looking to identify high-growth firms early on. Could IP rights help create unique opportunities for these firms?

Nicolas Vigneron, Head of Customer Engagement Service, Customer
Department, EUIPO

Shiva Dustdar, Head of Division, Innovation Finance Advisory, European Investment Bank

Richard Gaignon, CEO, 3DCeram
Arno Held, Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures Holding

Alexandros Papaderos, Head of Patents and Licenses, Technical University of Munich

 17.00 hrs

16 July 2020

16.00 hrs

All change in a time of disruptive technology: what’s next for AM and IP?
Most debates about the future are less concerned with what will happen than when it will happen. Fostering and protecting rapid innovation is all about timing. As business, technology and IP co-evolve, inventors and investors alike must be aware of what they themselves can change within the innovation ecosystem if they wish to be able to play their strongest hand.

Patrick Dixon, founder and Chairman, Global Change

 16.45 hrs
 17.00 hrs

AM innovation and the race against COVID-19

In the midst of the current global health crisis, the emergency onsite use of AM technologies has helped save lives where the coronavirus has hit hardest. Cristian Fracassi is at the forefront of some of the latest efforts to push the boundaries of AM innovation in areas where the stakes could not be higher.

Cristian Fracassi, CEO and founder, Isinnova

 17.15 hrs Outlook

Razik Menidjel, Chief Operating Officer, Information & Communications Technology, EPO

Speakers' profiles

Rosa Maria Ballardini
Associate Professor and Vice Dean (research), Faculty of Law, University of Lapland

Rosa Maria Ballardini has researched and taught IP law at various universities since 2005. She focuses on the interface between law and technology; current topics include sustainability and social innovation models. She holds a PhD from Hanken School of Economics, an LLM in IT and IP law from the University of Edinburgh, and a law degree from the University of Brescia. Granted the title of Docent (Docentti) in Intellectual Property Law by the University of Helsinki in 2017, Rosa was previously a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley/Boalt Hall.

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Patrick Dixon
Founder and Chairman, Global Change

Patrick Dixon is founder and Chairman of Global Change, a growth strategy and forecasting company. He has worked with over 400 of the world's largest firms, including Google, Microsoft and IBM. Patrick founded an IT start-up while still studying medicine and acted as a consultant throughout his medical career. In 1988, he published the first of his 16 books, The Truth about AIDS, and established ACET, an agency focused on AIDS care and prevention. Patrick has delivered keynote addresses in over 60 countries.

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Shiva Dustdar

Head of Innovation Finance Advisory Division, European Investment Bank

Shiva Dustdar joined the EIB in 2003 and currently heads up its Innovation Finance Advisory division. She was previously Director of High Yield at Fitch Rating Agency and has also worked in the M&A Advisory and Emerging Markets Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan in New York and London. In 2000, Shiva co-founded the European High Yield Association (EHYA), and in 2006 Credit Magazine identified her as one of the Top 50 Women in Credit. Shiva holds a BA in economics from Columbia University and an Executive MBA from London Business School (LBS).

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Virginie Fossoul

Policy and legal officer, DG GROW, European Commission

Virginie Fossoul is a policy and legal officer in the European Commission's Intellectual Property and Fight against Counterfeiting unit (Directorate-General GROW). Before joining DG GROW, she worked in the Copyright unit (DG CONNECT), where she worked on the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. Previously, she worked as an IP lawyer at a Brussels-based law firm and as a researcher at Brussels University (ULB).

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Cristian Fracassi
CEO and founder, Isinnova

Cristian Fracassi is the CEO and founder of Isinnova, a research and development agency based in Brescia, northern Italy. In addition to investing in stand-alone innovation projects, Isinnova helps recruit R&D engineers for firms looking to develop new products or production processes. Cristian founded the high-growth company five years ago after training as a structural engineer and architect. He has a PhD in materials engineering and a master’s degree in economics.

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Richard Gaignon
CEO, 3DCeram

Richard Gaignon graduated with a degree in ceramic engineering from ENSCI in France and with an MBA from HEC Paris. Formerly General Manager of Ceric, an engineering company specialising in the production of heavy clay building materials, he became CEO of 3DCeram in 2009. He was President of EuTeCer, the European Technical Ceramics Federation, from 2016 to 2018.

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Arno Held

Chief Venture Officer, AM Ventures Holding

Arno Held has more than 15 years' experience in industrial laser applications and Additive Manufacturing. For seven of those, he worked in strategy and business development for EOS, the world leading provider of industrial AM technology. In 2015, Arno - together with Johann Oberhofer - started AM Ventures, a venture capital firm geared towards supporting start-ups that are focused on industrial AM hardware, software, materials and applications. The firm provides unique access to funding, technology and world leading AM expertise. Today, the team manages a portfolio of 18 companies in seven countries. Arno studied industrial engineering and management in Karlsruhe, Shanghai and St. Gallen.

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Charles W. Hull

Co-founder, Executive Vice President and CTO, 3D Systems

Chuck Hull is the inventor of stereolithography, the first commercial 3D printing technology. With the founding of 3D Systems in 1986, he initiated the 3D printing industry and continues to lead it today with cutting edge innovations ranging from state-of-the-art production 3D printers to precision healthcare and medical 3D printing solutions, on-demand parts manufacturing services and digital design tools. Chuck is listed as inventor on over 100 patents worldwide and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the US in 2014, the same year he won the European Inventor Award in the category Non-European countries.

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Johannes Homa

Co-founder and Managing Director, Lithoz GmbH

Johannes Homa holds a PhD in materials science from Vienna University of Technology. He is co-founder and managing director of Lithoz GmbH, a leader in the additive manufacturing of advanced ceramics. He also co-founded the company Cubicure GmbH and is president and founder of the AM Austria initiative. He is technical director of the Austrian 3D Printing Forum, the co-inventor on several patents and the author of numerous publications in the field of AM.

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Razik Menidjel

Chief Operating Officer, Information & Communications Technology, EPO

Razik Menidjel was appointed the EPO's Chief Operating Officer Information & Communications Technology, in December 2019. He joined the EPO as a patent examiner in 1999 and later became a director in the Industrial Chemistry cluster. In 2015, Razik took up post as Head of VP 1 Office. He then went on to become Special Advisor to the President in 2018. Razik holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen (Germany) and a Master's degree in physics and in chemistry from the Université Louis-Pasteur in Strasbourg (France).

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Yann Ménière

Chief Economist, EPO

Yann Ménière joined the EPO as Chief Economist in February 2016. He was previously a professor of economics at MINES ParisTech, and also lectured on the economics of IP at Imperial College London, the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and CEIPI. His research and expertise relate to the economics of innovation, competition and IP.

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Alexandros Papaderos

Deputy Head of the Office for Research and Innovation, Technical University of Munich (TUM); Head of TUM Patents and Licenses

Alexandros Papaderos is responsible for the innovation and technology transfer activities at TUM. He has more than 19 years of experience in the fields of protection and commercial exploitation of research results, collaboration between academia and business and university entrepreneurship. Alexandros's track record includes numerous IP commercialisation cases, negotiation and conclusion of research collaboration contracts with academic and industrial partners as well as a broad portfolio of creation of university start-ups and spin-offs. He is a member of the Committee for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) and the TTO Advisory Group of the EPO.

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Grant Philpott

Chief Operating Officer, Mobility & Mechatronics, EPO

Grant Philpott is the EPO's Chief Operating Officer in the Mobility and Mechatronics sector, with responsibility for a broad range of technologies from the automotive and aerospace industries through to AM, consumer goods, construction and wearables. In short, the "Things" of IoT. During his 31 years at the EPO, he was previously COO in the ICT sector, where he was at the forefront of ensuring the EPO's stable and predictable approach to software patenting. Grant is also a member of the EPO's senior management committee headed by the President of the EPO.

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Heli Pihlajamaa

Director of Patent Law, EPO

Heli Pihlajamaa has assisted extensively with EPO policy by developing, strengthening and promoting the EPC, including proposals for legal changes, compliance of operations with patent law-related norms and case law. She also advises senior EPO management on policy issues and legal amendments. Before joining the EPO, she worked in both the private and public sectors in Finland.

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Thomas Prock

Partner, German and European patent attorney, Marks & Clerk

Thomas Prock advises clients in technology-driven fields, particularly in the electronics sector, and in internet-related matters, as well as in computer-implemented and mobile telecommunication inventions. With an active interest in the effects of 3D printing on IP portfolios, Thomas and his team advise clients on protecting tangible inventions, whether designed for 3D printing or traditional manufacturing. Having qualified as a UK and European patent attorney, in 2014 Thomas became one of the few professionals to also qualify as a German patent attorney.

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Roberta Romano-Götsch

Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, Biotechnology & Chemistry, EPO

Roberta Romano-Götsch, as Chief Operating Officer of one of the three technical sectors at the EPO, is responsible for leading over 1 600 staff (patent examiners, managers and formalities and administrative staff) in Munich and The Hague. She is also chair of the EPO's Operational Quality Committee. Roberta has a strong background in industrial chemistry, having obtained her PhD in organic chemistry from the Technical University of Munich and worked at Procter & Gamble before joining the EPO in 1997.

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Nicolas Vigneron

Head of Customer Engagement Service, Customer Department, EUIPO

Nicolas Vigneron graduated in private law (LLM, University of Poitiers (France)), and holds a postgraduate degree (DESS) in law and communication. He also holds an Executive Master's in marketing management from ESADE Business School. Nicolas joined the EUIPO in 2000 and has experience in technical co-operation, external relations, online solutions and project and programme management.

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Stephan Wolke

Head of Corporate Intellectual Property, thyssenkrupp, and CEO, thyssenkrupp Intellectual Property GmbH

Stephan Wolke studied at Bonn University and graduated with a PhD in physics. He began his professional career at McKinsey & Company, later held various positions at Bayer AG and Danaher Corp, and joined thyssenkrupp in 2011. Stephan is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the EPO’s European Patent Academy as well as of IP working groups at the Federation of German Industries and the German Association of the Automotive Industry. He chairs a further IP working group at the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, lectures on IP at several universities and is co-author of the new German national standard (DIN) 77006 for quality in IP management.

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