Programme

Please note that the time zone for the programme is CEST.    

Event moderator: Dominika Baráč, Patent Examiner HBC, EPO

Monday, 19 April 2021 
10.00 - 10.10 hrs

Welcome to EPO User Day 2021
António Campinos, EPO President, in conversation with Dominika Baráč

2020 was a year like no other and permanently changed the way we all work. Mr Campinos explains how the accelerated digital transformation of the EPO maintained business continuity and continues to meet the changing needs of users.

10.10 - 11.00 hrs

Panel discussion
Quality, timeliness and digital user services: The EPO's top priorities

In a rapidly evolving patent landscape, quality, timeliness and predictability are more important than ever for fast-track applications. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPO has built on its recognised strengths while remaining agile and responsive to the needs of users of the European patent system. Meanwhile, the Office continues to expand its range of online services.

Moderator: Markus Thieme, Team Manager, M&M, and Advisor to the Vice-President Directorate-General Corporate Services, EPO
Laura Smith-Hewitt, Principal Director a.i. Internal Audit and Professional Standards, EPO
Niclas Morey, Principal Director Quality, Business and User Services, EPO
Yorick Lostetter, Director Business Analysis and Planning, EPO
Heike Vogelsang-Wenke, Vice-President, epi, European Patent Attorney
Denis Dambois, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG GROW, Intangible economy

Q&A

11.00 - 12.00 hrs Breakout sessions
Online Filing 2.0: Discover the new web-based filing system
Language: English

Moderator: Richard Schiettekatte, Head of User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Martin Adu, User Support Expert, User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Alan Garry, Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Eva Bach, Lawyer, Directorate Patent Law, EPO



Online Filing 2.0: Discover the new web-based filing system
Language: French

Moderator: Sébastien Queste, Team Manager, HBC
Serge Anni, Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Catherine Humbert, Project Manager, Business Information Technology, EPO



Online Filing 2.0: Discover the new web-based filing system
Language: German

Moderator: Gerrit Huber, Team Manager, HBC, EPO
Ali Dirgen and Ulrike Engels, Key Account Managers, User Intelligence Unit, EPO



Opposition proceedings by VICO
The EPO has held oral proceedings by video conference (VICO) for some years, with over 2 600 VICOs having taken place to date. Building on this, the Office extended video conferencing to oral proceedings in opposition.
The benefits are clear: VICO functionality increases accessibility, allows parties to participate from around the globe, save time and money, and reduce carbon footprints

Round table
Christina ten Hövel, Key Account Manager and Patent Administration Expert, User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Alexandre Bitton, Team Manager, M&M, EPO
Tobias Irmscher, Lawyer, Directorate Patent Law, EPO
Ricardo Oltra García, Team Manager, M&M, EPO

Stephen Pilling, Senior Expert , Biopharmacy and medical use, EPO 

12.00 - 13.00 hrs Breakout sessions
EPO Mailbox and best-practice interactions with the EPO

Our experts explain how to receive electronic notifications from the EPO and offer tips for smart card-related actions and filing interactions.

Moderator: Barnaby Hoyal, Team Manager, HBC, EPO
Richard Garvey and Roberta Andreatta, Key Account Managers, User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Reinoud Hesper, Head of Department Patent Law, Filing and Euro-PCT, EPO

Iggy Leong, Head of Professional Support, Mathys & Squire LLP 



PCT applications at the EPO

The EPO is the world's largest International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority, conducting 32% of all international search procedures and 63% of all international preliminary examinations. An EPO international search report and written opinion are delivered within three months.


Round table
Camille-Rémy Bogliolo, Head of Department PCT Affairs, EPO
Elke von Brevern, PCT Affairs Expert, EPO
Claudia Gaur, Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Filippo Santi, European Patent Attorney, Barzanò & Zanardo


Q&A
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
10.00 - 10.15 hrs

Welcome and wrap-up of day 1
Event moderator: Dominika Baráč

10.15 - 11.00 hrs Breakout sessions
EP procedure: online filing

Our experts review the formal requirements for the EP procedure and their implications for online filing.


Moderator: Ricardo Oltra García, Team Manager, M&M, EPO
Christina ten Hövel and Mike Lindblom, Key Account Managers, User Intelligence Unit, EPO



Fee payment services – latest improvements and outlook
Find out about recent developments in fee payment, including improvements in the online service for paying fees by credit card and the introduction of a new functionality for bank transfers. You will also learn about future plans and projects.

Moderator: Adrian-Léon Gex-Collet, Drector, M&M, EPO
Alan Garry, Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO
Katrin Garlip, Financial Administration Officer, Revenue Controls, EPO



Patent tools: The European Patent Register and Register Alert
Our patent information databases offer a wealth of information that can help you bring an idea to market and define your IP strategy. The European Patent Register provides procedural and legal status information on patent applications handled at the EPO. Post-grant information on European patents is easy to retrieve from the Federated Register. The integrated Register Alert service can be used to automatically monitor changes triggering a Register event.

Moderator: Alexandre Bitton, Team Manager, M&M, EPO
Yolanda Sánchez García, European Patent Register Product Marketing Manager, Patent Knowledge, EPO
Claudia Gaur, Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

11.00 - 11.05 hrs

Plenary welcome
Moderator: Dominika Baráč

11.05 - 11.45 hrs

Panel discussion
The EPO in the race against the pandemic

In the current, unprecedented crisis, innovation continues to provide ground-breaking solutions, many of which help save lives. Our examiners showcase the EPO's "Fighting coronavirus" platform, which contains more than 276 searches to support the work of clinicians, scientists and engineers in combatting the pandemic.

Moderator: Helena Domingues, Team Manager, HBC, EPO
Stephen Piling, Senior Expert, HBC, EPO
Aliki Nichogiannopoulou, Director Operations, HBC, EPO
Rino Rappuoli, EIA 2017 winner, Chief Scientist, Head of R&D at GlaxoSmithKline, Vaccines
Denis Dambois, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG GROW, Intangible economy

11.45 - 12.30 hrs

Patent Index 2020: The future of Innovation
2020 brought massive economic challenges and innovation is needed more than ever on the path to recovery. Looking to the future, patents will play a key role in driving investment in new technology and fuelling further growth, especially for SMEs and start-ups. Investors, inventors and policymakers share insights on how to overcome the latest challenges.

Moderator: Xavier Seuba, Director Patent Academy and EQE, EPO
Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, EPO
Keith Sequeira, Head of Governance and Coordination, European Innovation Council
Reinhilde Veugelers, Professor, Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, KU Leuven
Alexandre Tsoukalis, Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer, Micrel Medical Devices

Michaela Seimen Howat, Sustainable and impact investing strategist, Chief Investment Office, UBS
 

12.30 - 13.00 hrs

The EPO's contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
Discover how the EPO’s Strategic Plan 2023, as well as its policies on sustainability and diversity & inclusion (D&I), contribute to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Edda Franz, Principal Director General Administration, Environmental Sustainability Programme Manager, EPO
Petra Schindler-Bauer, Team Manager, HBC, and reducing paper consumption Programme Manager, EPO
Christophe Lintz, Director, Business Information Technology, EPO
Cristina Russo dos Santos, Team Manager, ICT, and Diversity and Inclusion Promoter, EPO
Amadou Kamara, Team Manager, M&M, and Diversity & Inclusion promoter, EPO

13.00 - 13.10 hrs

Wrap-up and outlook
Niclas Morey, Principal Director Quality, Business and User Services, EPO

Biographies

Dominika Baráč
Patent examiner in food science and technology, EPO
Event moderator

Dominika joined the EPO in 2008 as a patent examiner in food science and technology. She is a member of a centralised opposition directorate and chairs oral proceedings in opposition cases, and  currently works for Directorate European Co-operation.

Markus Thieme
Team Manager in optics and Advisor to VP Corporate Services, EPO

Markus joined the EPO in 2008. His portfolio covers quality management, process optimisation and computer-implemented inventions. He has held management positions in the telecommunications industry and has a strong background in international co-operation. He holds a PhD from the Technical University of Munich.

Niclas Morey
Principal Director Quality, Business and User Services, EPO

Niclas joined the EPO in 1990. He was appointed to his current position in 2017 where he leads the entirety of operations support, covering the areas of users, classification, patent procedural support and quality and risk management.

Yorick Lostetter
Director Business Analysis and Planning, EPO
Yorick joined the EPO in 1999. He leads the service unit that supports managers in the areas of operational production/capacity planning and performance monitoring. He is involved in improving the timeliness of the EPO's products and services in the patent grant process.

Richard Schiettekatte
Head of User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Richard joined the EPO in 2003. He is responsible for the unit that directly interacts with users and provides support, training and information on procedural questions. The unit is also responsible for addressing technical issues related to EPO services and tools.

Michael Lindblom
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Michael has been working with the e-services of the EPO since 2002 and has spent much time with the practical implementation of the EPO products in the IP user environment. His areas of responsibility include the Nordic countries, the UK and Germany.

Alan Garry
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Alan joined the EPO in 1998. In his previous  position he managed the User Business Assessment team responsible for the CRM ticketing tool and managing the user experience. Alan works in key account management since 2018. His areas of responsibility include the UK, Ireland and Germany.

Sébastien Queste
Team Manager, Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, EPO

Sébastien holds an engineering diploma in formulation chemistry and a PhD in organic and macromolecular chemistry. He joined the EPO in 2007 as a patent examiner in the field of polymers. He was appointed as a team manager in 2017 and manages two different teams, with a focus on people management.

Serge Anni
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Serge joined the EPO in 2007. In his current role, he is in charge of dealing with key accounts, helping implementing online filing tools, Mailbox, My Files and Online Fee Payment.

Catherine Humbert
Project Manager, Business Information Technology, EPO
Catherine joined the EPO in 2000. She is the product owner of Online Filing 2.0, and contributes to other projects under Goal 2 (digital transformation) of the EPO's Strategic Plan 2023. She engages with the EPO's subject-matter experts and external users to build tools that better address user needs, including those of non-specialists.

Gerrit Huber
Team Manager, Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, EPO

Gerrit joined the EPO in 2009. He was appointed as a team manager in 2019. He was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, Cambridge, USA, and holds a PhD in materials science from the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart.

Ali Dirgen
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Ali joined the EPO in 2003. He helped with the introduction of CRM at the EPO and was co-administrator of CRM. His areas of responsibility include Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands.

Ulrike Engels
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Ulrike joined the EPO in 2000. She was a local procedural specialist, and also gave procedural training to EPO formalities officers. Her areas of responsibility include Netherlands, Belgium and, to some extent, Germany. She has also been heavily involved in Online Filing 2.0.

Barnaby Hoyal
Team Manager, Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, EPO

Barnaby joined the EPO in 2005. He currently leads a team of examiners working in the field of non-wovens and absorbents. He also manages a project bringing new search technology to the EPC contracting states. From 2012 to 2016 Barnaby worked for Directorate International Co-operation and was responsible for the co-ordination of IT-related activities in the IP5 programme.

Richard Garvey
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Richard joined the EPO in 1998. His main responsibility is to facilitate streamlined interaction between the EPO and its users. To complement this, he provides user feedback for the next generation of EPO tools under the Strategic Plan 2023.

Roberta Andreatta
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Roberta joined the EPO in 2001. She has been in her current position since  2017  and her areas of responsibility are primarily Italy, Germany and France.

Christina ten Hövel
Key Account Manager and Patent Administration Expert, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Christina joined the EPO in 2003. She has worked as an expert in the various patent grant procedures. As a key account manager, she supports EPO users in relation to online tools and services. She also co-ordinates training events for EPO online tools, mainly in German-speaking countries.

Alexandre Bitton
Team Manager, Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO

Alexandre joined the EPO in 2001 after his engineering studies in France and Sweden and working in the automotive industry. He is a member of a centralised opposition directorate. He passed the European qualifying examination in 2008, obtained a diploma in patent litigation in 2018 and completed an LLM in IP in 2020.

Tobias Irmscher
Lawyer, Directorate Patent Law , EPO

Tobias joined the EPO in 2006 and has acted as a legally qualified member in more than 100 examination and opposition cases. He also teaches at the University of Munich and the International Hellenic University Thessaloniki and is a co-author of the Benkard commentary on the European Patent Convention.

Camille-Rémy Bogliolo
Head of Department PCT Affairs, EPO
Camille-Rémy joined the EPO in 2006, and has held his current position since 2016. He worked at the French Patent Office as a lawyer in international and European legal affairs before joining the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2001, where he specialised in the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

Elke von Brevern
PCT Affairs Expert, EPO

Elke joined the EPO in 2008. She worked as an online filing application manager and  her portfolio included online filing tools for the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Since 2015, she has co-ordinated the implementation of PCT-related projects at the EPO.

Claudia Gaur
Key Account Manager, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Claudia joined the EPO in 2006. She worked in the business assessment area, dealing with quality and statistics and providing customer support. She has extensive experience of the procedural and practical aspects of filing and payment and associated user issues

Ricardo Oltra-García
Team Manager in Agriculture, EPO

Ricardo joined the EPO in 2002, where he has dealt with patent applications for agricultural machinery and worked on all aspects of the procedure, including being responsible for classification in two groups and being the chairman of opposition divisions. His team consists of 21 examiners working in diverse areas of agriculture and farming, including precision and smart agriculture.

Adrian-Léon Gex-Collet
Director, Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO

Adrian joined the EPO in 2003. His directorate covers the technologies relating to combustion engine control, turbo-compressors, rotary pumps, gas turbines, fuel injectors, lubrication and wind turbines. Adrian has gained experience in the diverse technical fields of defence technology, agriculture, liquid coating technology and naval engineering.

Katrin Garlip
Financial Administrative Officer, Revenue Controls, EPO

Katrin joined the EPO in 2003. She is responsible for all tasks related to patent fee payments and refund handling as well as the development of the EPO's various payment services, such as Online Fee Payment , bank transfer preparation and refund claim service. She also deals with finance-related enquiries from external users and participates in cross-departmental projects with an impact on fee handling.

Yolanda Sánchez García
European Patent Register Product Marketing Manager, Patent Knowledge, EPO Vienna

Yolanda joined the EPO in Vienna in 2002. She is responsible for promoting  applications, training and conducting market research. She is also involved in planning and developing new Register services and features, including the Federated Register, Register Alert and the unitary patent register.

Helena Domingues
Team Manager, Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, EPO

Helena joined the EPO in 2000. She manages a team of 15 examiners. For the past 12 years she has examined patent applications and oppositions focusing on therapeutic antibodies and related technologies as well as vaccines.

Stephen Pilling
Senior Expert , Biopharmacy and medical use, EPO

Stephen joined the EPO in in 1998 as a patent examiner. He passed the European qualifying examination in 2004. He has his current position since 2016 and works on search, examination, opposition, training and quality.

Yann Ménière
Chief Economist, EPO

Yann joined the EPO as Chief Economist in 2016. He has many years of experience of providing economic insights into issues relating to patents, innovation and economic growth. He contributes high-level expertise and analysis to public and expert forums on a regular basis. Yann led the Chair on IP and Markets for Technology at MINES ParisTech, where he was previously a professor of economics  and lectured on the economics of IP.

Keith Sequeira
Head of Governance and Coordination, European Innovation Council

Keith is responsible for the team supporting the European Innovation Council (EIC) Advisory Board, preparing the EIC work programmes, hosting the EIC programme managers and overseeing communication activities. Previously, Keith was senior advisor to Carols Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, on open science and open innovation, including Horizon Europe. He was also a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and has worked in the EC on monitoring national policies, Horizon 2020, the 7th Framework Programme, the Innovation Union flagship initiative, innovation indicators and public procurement of innovation.

Edda Franz
Principal Director General Administration, Environmental Sustainability Programme Manager and Diversity and Inclusion Board Member, EPO

Edda joined the EPO in 2014. She is a civil engineer with many years of experience in procurement, building projects and facility management. She has held global and European responsibilities. She currently leads the EPO's environmental sustainability programme, which aims to make the EPO carbon-neutral by 2030.

Petra Schindler-Bauer
Team Manager, Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, and reducing paper consumption Project Manager, EPO

Petra joined the EPO in 2006. She leads a team of examiners in the area of medical technology and is responsible for her team's workflows and products, including timeliness and quality. As reducing paper consumption project manager, she investigates workflows and measures for replacing paper by digital processes with the aim to reduce paper consumption at the EPO by 70% by 2023.

Christophe Lintz
Director, Business Information Technology, EPO

Christophe joined the EPO in 1984.. He was involved in the development of the first series of search and documentation tools for examiners and external users, such as Espacenet that is still in use today. He is also leading the EPO's information and communication technology sustainability project. 

Cristina Russo dos Santos
Team Manager, Information and Communications Technology and Diversity and Inclusion Promoter, EPO

Cristina joined the EPO in 2006. She oversees a team of 10 examiners in the Information and Communications Technology sector. Prior to the EPO, she worked for over 15 years in research and academia, where she held the position of invited professor at the University of Toulon, France.

Amadou Kamara
Team Manager, Mobility and Mechatronics, and Diversity and Inclusion Promoter, EPO

Amadou joined the EPO in 2001 and, until the end of 2018, worked as an examiner in the Mobility and Mechatronics sector. He has managed the Bearing and Suspension team in the same sector since 2019 and has been a diversity and inclusion promoter since November 2020.

Xavier Seuba
Director Patent Academy and EQE, EPO

Xavier joined the EPO in 2020. Previously, he was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Open University of Catalonia and Academic Co-ordinator at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in Strasbourg. Xavier has also worked as a consultant for several international organisations and governments on international trade negotiations and policy matters. He has authored over 100 scientific publications, including nine books.

Laura Smith-Hewitt
Principal Director a.i. Internal Audit and Professional Standards, EPO

Laura joined the EPO in 2000. She leads the "Quality, simply delivered on time" programme, part of the EPO's Strategic Plan 2023. She has worked as a patent examiner in the areas of laboratory technology and electrochemical sensors and had assignments in the President's Office, operational team management, talent management, international co-operation, patent practice and procedure, quality management and online filing software.

Filippo Santi
European Patent Attorney, Barzanò & Zanardo

Filippo joined the private practice of Barzanò & Zanardo in Rome in 1999, where he heads the department in charge of foreign patent filing and prosecution. He previously worked as an information technology consultant for petroleum refineries. He is a member of the Harmonisation Committee of the epi and a tutor at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in Strasbourg.

Reinoud Hesper
Head of Department Patent Law, Filing and Euro-PCT, EPO

Reinoud joined the EPO in 2000. He is responsible for legal issues concerning the filing of European patent applications and the processing of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in the European phase. Previously, he worked at the Europa Institute at the University of Utrecht. He is a co-author of the Singer-Stauder commentary on the European Patent Convention.

Iggy Leong
Head of Professional Support, Mathys & Squire LLP

Iggy joined the IP law firm Mathys & Squire LLP in 2007. Based in London, Iggy currently leads a team of over 80 staff. He is responsible for all aspects of IP operational matters. Iggy is highly experienced in facilitating interactions between national and regional IP offices and his firm. He has worked in IP for nearly 30 years, both in-house and in private practice. 

Reinhilde Veugelers
Professor, Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, KU Leuven

In addition to her professorship at KU Leuven, Reinhilde is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a member of Academia Europaea; the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts; and VARIO, the expert group advising the Flemish Minister for Innovation.

Alexandre Tsoukalis
Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer, Micrel Medical Devices

Alexandre co-founded Micrel Medical Devices in 1980. He studied electrical engineering. He has been involved in the design of spectrophotometers and infusion pumps, as well as numerous research projects with several European universities and companies.

Heike Vogelsang-Wenke
Vice-President, epi, and European Patent Attorney

Heike joined the Munich-based IP law firm Grünecker in 1987. She co-heads its biotech department, focusing on opposition and appeal proceedings. Her background is in biotechnology and molecular biology. She is a member of the Board of the Association of German Patent Attorneys and a Council member of the epi. She was elected Vice-President of the epi in 2017 and re-elected in 2020.

Denis Dambois
Policy Officer, European Commission, DG GROW, Intangible economy

Denis joined DG GROW in 2017. He is responsible for patent-related policy. Previously, he worked at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research, dealing with R&D-related IP and technology transfer issues, before moving to the IP unit of DG Trade, where he was responsible for international IP issues. He has also headed the Research and Innovation Section of the EU delegation to India. Denis is a qualified European patent attorney.

Aliki Nichogiannopoulou
Director, Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, EPO

Aliki joined the EPO in 1998. She has worked as a patent examiner as well as in Patent Law and European and International Co-operation. A molecular biologist by training, she has been involved in a range of projects and activities, including for the raising of awareness of IP at academic institutions. She regularly represents the EPO at conferences and workshops and has a special interest in the legal and ethical aspects of patents in life sciences.

Rino Rappuoli
EIA 2017 winner, Chief Scientist, Head of R&D at GlaxoSmithKline, Vaccines

Rino has a PhD in biological sciences. He is also Honorary Professor of Vaccinology at Imperial College, London, and Extraordinary Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Siena. He has won the European Inventor Award in the Lifetime achievement category, published 736 works in peer-reviewed journals, introduced novel scientific concepts and developed licensed vaccines. He is among the world's leading scientists dedicated to the sustainability of global health.

Michaela Seimen Howat
Sustainable and impact investing strategist, Chief Investment Office, UBS

Michaela joined UBS in 2018 from Scope Ratings, a European credit rating agency, where she was a senior analyst. She has worked in financial services for more than 15 years, including as a rates strategist at Royal Bank of Canada and Barclays and as a bank analyst at Moody's. Michaela studied economics at the universities of Passau and Münster in Germany.
 

Martin Adu
User Support Expert, User Intelligence Unit, EPO

Martin is an experienced trainer who has worked in e-services at the EPO since the early days of online filing software in 2000. He has supported users with the technical implementation of online filing as well as the use of the smart card for many years.

Eva Bach
Lawyer, Directorate Patent Law, EPO

Eva joined the EPO in 2002. She is responsible for legal aspects of the filing of European patent applications and the processing of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications in the European phase, including the EPO's electronic filing tools. She has legally accompanied the launch of Online Filing 2.0.
 

Quick Navigation