LES Member *
  • Fees
    Early Fee:
    Reduced Fee:
    Late Fee:
  • Amount
    CHF 1 300.–
    CHF 1 500.–
    CHF 1 800.–
  • Deadlines
    until 31 January 2013
    until 30 April 2013
    from 1 May 2013
Non Member *
  • Fees
    Early Fee:
    Reduced Fee:
    Late Fee:
  • Amount
    CHF 1 600.–
    CHF 1 800.–
    CHF 2 100.–
  • Deadlines
    until 31 January 2013
    until 30 April 2013
    from 1 May 2013
Accompanying Person **
  • Fees
  • Amount
    CHF 450.–

All fees including 8% VAT.


…from Sunday, 23 June, 17h00, on-site registration is possible at the registration desk at the congress center Davos.

* LES DAVOS 2013 (LES Member or Non Member) Registration includes:

– Admission to all scientific sessions, workshops and commercial exhibition
– Coffee breaks and lunches
– Welcome Reception at the Davos Congress Centre
– Gala Dinner
– Farewell Dinner
– Conference materials

** Accompanying Person's Registration Fee includes:

– Admission to the commercial exhibition
– Welcome Reception at the Davos Congress Centre
– Gala Dinner
– Farewell Dinner


Should you need to cancel your registration for any reason, you may assign your registration to another person. A written notification is needed and a handling fee of CHF 50.– will be invoiced.

If you cancel your registration prior to 31 March 2013 you will receive a refund less a cancellation fee of CHF 100.–. Cancellations made after 31 March 2013 will not be refunded.

If, for reasons beyond the control of the LES 2013 Conference Organising Committee, the Conference is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after the deduction of expenses already incurred.

Programme at a glance –
"Spirit of Licensing"

LES Pan European Conference DAVOS 2013

Please take note that the Programme is subject to alterations.

Sunday, 23 June 2013
  • from 17.00
  • Registration
  • 18.00
  • Welcome Reception at Davos Congress Centre
Monday, 24 June 2013
  • 08.45
  • Opening Address
  • 09.00
  • Plenary Sessions
  • 12.30
  • Lunch
  • 13.45
  • Workshop Sessions
  • 19.30
  • Gala Dinner at Morosani Schweizerhof
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
  • 09.00
  • Plenary Sessions
  • 12.30
  • Lunch
  • 13.45
  • Workshop Sessions
    Excursions, sports and culture programme
  • 19.00
  • Farewell Dinner at Schatzalp – Magic Mountain

Plenary Speakers

These information will be supplemented continually.

Go to Workshop Speakers >

  • Felix Addor
    Felix Addor, Prof. Dr. iur., is Deputy Director General and General Counsel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (Swiss Ministry of Justice), the federal agency in charge of all intellectual property matters in Switzerland. He has been Director of the Institute's Legal & International Affairs Division since 2000. In his position, he is responsible for legal and policy matters within the Swiss federal administration regarding all fields of intellectual property at the national and international level. In addition, Mr. Addor has been a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bern, since 2008. He lectures on intellectual property law, international negotiations and global governance. Besides this, he is a Member of the Boards of the Swiss Association of Competition Law and of the Swiss Forum of Communication Law, and a Member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property. Prof. Addor has authored numerous articles and he is a regular guest lecturer on intellectual property and on negotiation issues at various academic institutions and conferences. He received an MLaw (1990, magna cum laude) and a Dr. iur. (1997, summa cum laude, awarded by the Professor Walther Hug Foundation) from the University of Bern, and he was admitted to the Canton Bern State Bar in 1990 (currently non-practising status).
  • Hans Blöchle
    Hans Blöchle is Managing Director of Inventio AG, the Intellectual Property unit of the Schindler Group and is responsible for all IP matters of the world’s number 2 in elevators and escalators. He holds a master degree in process engineering from University of Karlsruhe, Germany and is European Patent Attorney since 1990. In 1985 he started his professional career as Patent Professional at the Corporate Patent and License Department of Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart. In 1993 he moved to Switzerland to lead the Patent Department of Schindler. Since 1996 he is responsible for all IP matters including litigation and Schindler’s global licensing system. Under his dedicated leadership Inventio won more than 30 court litigations in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Brasil, China and USA. Further he is engaged in several professional associations and played a substantial role in the creation of the Swiss Patentanwaltsgesetz.
  • Jeremie Desjardins
    Mr. Desjardins started his career as a consultant for industrial performance improvement in Paris where he managed restructuring projects for various industries. He joined Bombardier France in 2006. As a Marketing Manager for the European market, Mr. Desjardins was responsible for the service strategy for maintenance in Europe. The following year, he took on the role of the Services Sales Director for Germany in Berlin. Having been promoted to Business Leader responsible for after sales services Germany in 2008, Mr. Desjardins managed 270 people spread across three main locations and successfully restructured the business. In April 2010, he was appointed Business Leader of the PRIMOVE business unit that focuses on Bombardier’s revolutionary wireless eMobility solution. In this role, he leads a team of 50 engineers and business experts who develop and market the convenient inductive charging technology PRIMOVE for electric rail and road vehicles. Under Mr. Desjardins’ lead, PRIMOVE evolved from an innovation to a product. The first contracts for PRIMOVE equipped buses in passenger operation have been signed in 2012; paving the way for its commercialization worldwide. Mr. Desjardins holds a degree in Engineering from French engineering school EPF and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.
  • Arian Duijvestijn
    Arian Duijvestijn graduated in technical physics from Delft Technical University.  He joined Philips in 1986 and held various positions in development of optical drives before joining Philips Intellectual Property & Standards in 1993.  After qualifying as a Dutch and European Patent Attorney, he was appointed as manager of Philips’ patent portfolio related to semiconductors in 1998.  In 2004 he joined the management team of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards and is currently responsible for all IP matters relating to Philips Lighting.
  • Heinz Goddar
    Heinz Goddar, Prof., Dr., a German Patent Attorney and European Patent and Trademark Attorney, is a partner of Boehmert & Boehmert, with his office at Munich. Technical background (as well as PhD degree) in physics, with a focus on polymer physics. He teaches Patent and Licensing Law as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany, as a Lecturer at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), Munich, Germany, as a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, U.S.A., and the National ChengChi University, Taipei, and as a Consultant Professor at the University of Huazhong, Wuhan, China. He is a member of the Professors Committee at the Institute for International Intellectual Property (IIPP) at Peking University (PKU), Beijing, China, and of the Advisory Board of the Tongji Global Intellectual Property Institute (TGIPI), Shanghai, China. Goddar is an Adjunct Professor and an Honorable Consultant in International Legal Services at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan. He is also a Director at the Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP), Delhi. He is a Past President of LES International and of LES Germany and has received the Gold Medal of LES International. Contact and further information:
  • Alisa Harbin
    Alisa Harbin, J.D., is Head of Group Litigation & Intellectual Property at Novartis International AG. She is a member of the Legal Leadership Team and reports to the Group General Counsel. In her currently position, she is responsible for ensuring management of existing and new litigation and governmental investigations and proactively prepares for and prevents future litigation and governmental investigations. Responsibility is for multiple Divisions, major business units, geographic or functional areas; including counseling management on the legal implications of the Division’s/business unit's/area's activities and problems. Group Litigation/IP is responsible for providing strategic guidance on IP matters, advising on the overall approach to utilization and purpose of IP at Novartis, advising on the balance of claim scope with policy concerns, overseeing the general business advice on the intellectual property matters and participating in developing and implementing overall IP strategy for the Divisions of Novartis: Pharma, Sandoz, NIBR, Vaccines & Diagnostics, Animal Health, OTC and Alcon Eye Care. Alisa assumed the position of Head of Group Intellectual Property in July 2007 and Head of Group Litigation/IP in April 2012. Prior to her current role, Alisa was Head of Global IP at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Division, as of April 2006, upon the acquisition of Chiron Corporation by Novartis. She was previously Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel (Jan. 2005) of Chiron Corporation. At Chiron she was responsible for providing and overseeing the general business advice on intellectual property matters and participated in developing and implementing overall IP strategy for the three business units of Chiron Corporation: Biopharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Blood Testing, including the Chiron-Ortho Joint Business for blood screening. She developed and directed the IP strategy, including patent filing, procurement and defense for the "Fourth Business Unit" of Chiron, Corporate Royalties, deriving greater than 290 million USD in 2004. Before her tenure at Chiron Corporation, she served at Alza Corporation as a Patent Attorney (1994-95) and at Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin as an associate (1992-94). She received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Washington D.C. in 1992, and holds a Bachelor in Chemistry, with a specialization in Biochemistry, from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the New York Bar and licensed to practice before the US PTO.
  • Mathew Heim
    Mathew Heim is Senior Director and Counsel in Qualcomm’s European Government Affairs Department. His work focuses principally on innovation and technology policy, intellectual property rights and standardisation policy, as well as competition policy and antitrust matters. Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2009, Mathew spent over a decade advising companies on EU and international political, legal or regulatory issues. He has represented commercial interests during numerous European policy and legislative initiatives such as the European Audio-Visual & Media Services Directive and the Mobile Roaming Regulation. In the field of competition law, Mathew has advised on antitrust investigations into areas such as mobile roaming charges, compulsory licensing in the pharmaceutical intelligence market, the soft drinks sector and in technology licensing. In the field of mergers, he advised on cases including Airtours/First Choice, Telia/Telenor, HP/Compaq, EMI/Time Warner, Carnival/P&O, Oracle/PeopleSoft and Google/DoubleClick. Mathew was awarded degrees in History from Bristol University and in Politics from Exeter University, before studying law and being called to the UK Bar. He is a member of the EU Committee of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and currently Co-Chair of the AmCham EU Competition Committee.
  • Bertram Huber, Dr., Rechtsanwalt
    Principal, IP*SEVA Intellectual Property for Sustainable Energy Ventures (formerly Head of Corporate IP, Robert Bosch, Germany)
    Bertram Huber, a principal of IP*SEVA, is an international intellectual property expert based in Backnang (near Stuttgart), Germany. He is Rechtsanwalt (Attorney-at-law) under German law. He holds a Doctor degree in Law (Dr. jur.) from the University of Tuebingen. As former Senior Vice President of Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany, and Head of Corporate Intellectual Property he was reponsible from 2000 until 2009 for the global intellectual property activities, in particular the strategic development and management of the patent portfolio and licensing activities of the Bosch Group. Bosch is the worldwide number 1 automotive supplier and ranks among the most active patent applicants in the world. Before joining Bosch in 1995, Dr. Huber headed the Legal and Patents Department of the telecommunications company ANT Nachrichtentechnik GmbH since 1983. He began his professional career in 1978 at AEG-Telefunken AG. Dr. Huber has extensive negotiation and technology licensing experience with a main focus on China, Japan and other parts of Asia as well as Europe and the Americas. Over many years he participated in the elaboration of IPR/patent policies in the context of technical standards, e.g. at ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). His special focus is on patent strategy, organization of IP management on a global scale, technology collaboration, licensing and other IP related contractual as well as practical challenges (including research and development cooperation and technology transfer of all types), patent commercialization / exploitation as well as IP education and consulting. In many parts of the world, Dr. Huber is a frequent lecturer in conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops in a wide range of IP related topics. He is active in a number of Intellectual Property organizations, such as AIPPI (Special Committee Chair Q198), LES (Past President LES Germany), GRUR and VPP.
  • Konstantina Katcheves
    Konstantina Katcheves, MS, Esq. is Global Head of Intellectual Property for Lonza Group responsible for patent, trademark and licensing strategy as well as related litigation.  Her responsibility is to ensure intellectual property strategy and global business alignment.  Prior to joining Lonza, Ms. Katcheves was a partner in the business department of the 250-lawyer firm of Saul Ewing LLP, she was a founder of her own law practice and business and she has experience as a patent examiner.  She is an author and speaker on a broad range of professional topics in the fields of intellectual property and commercialization.
  • Dr. Stefan Kluthe
    Dr. Stefan Kluthe is head of the Patent and Trademark Department of Sulzer AG and responsible for all IP matters within Sulzer AG. He studied physics at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken (DE) and majored in experimental physics. He subsequently worked at the Physics Institute of the University of Zurich (CH) where he was awarded his Dr. phil. in 1994. His thesis dealt with solid state physics especially with high pressure nuclear magnetic resonance studies on metals and fullerenes. Stefan Kluthe started his professional IP career as Patent Professional at Ciba-Geigy AG (CH) in 1995. He joined the Sulzer Patent Department in 1997, heading it since 2001. Stefan Kluthe successfully passed the examination as a European Patent Attorney in 1998. In addition he his Swiss Patent Attorney. Stefan Kluthe has a broad worldwide experience in fighting Patent, Design and Trademark infringement by third parties and is an expert for both infringement and nullity lawsuits, in particular for respective proceedings in Germany and USA.
  • Dr. Michael A. Kock
    Dr. Michael A. Kock is Head Intellectual Property for Syngenta Crop Protection AG based in Basel, Switzerland. He studied chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology in Hamburg Germany and Nanjing, China and graduated with a Diploma in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology. He started his carrier in pharmaceutical research before he focused on intellectual property. Michael is a qualified European and Swiss Patent Attorney. Michael is member of the IP advisory committees of several industry associations (CropLife, International Seed Federation, European Seed Association), regularly lectures on IP and has published several papers on IP issues in peer reviewed IP journals.
  • Raimund Lutz
    Following completion of his law degree, Raimund Lutz worked for three years as a Judge and public prosecutor in Munich before working at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Bonn, in the division for commercial and economic law. In 1989, he joined the German Patent Office as the Head of the Berlin division, and from 1997 he was, in addition, the director of the trade mark division at the Office in Munich. From 2000-2005 Mr Lutz was Deputy director general for commercial, economic and intellectual property law at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Berlin. In 2006, he was appointed President of the Federal Patent Court in Munich where he worked until joining the European Patent Office as Vice-President and Director General of the Directorate General "Legal and International Affairs" in 2011.
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  • Gunter Pauli
    Gunter Pauli was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in March 1956. In 1979 he graduated as “Licencié en Sciences Economiques” from Loyola's University (today University of Antwerp) in Belgium and obtained his masters in business administration from INSEAD in 1982 at Fontainebleau, France. He was the founder and Chairman of PPA Holding and of more than 10 other companies, founder and CEO of the European Service Industries Forum (ESIF),  Secretary General of the European Business Press Federation (UPEFE), founder and president of the Foundation “Mozarteum Belgicum“, Chairman and President of Ecover, and advisor to the Rector of the United Nations University in Tokyo (Japan). His entrepreneurial activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. Under his leadership, Ecover pioneered an ecological factory in 1992, featured on CNN Prime Time News. He founded the "Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives" (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo, and subsequently established The Global ZERI Network as a foundation, redesigning production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems. He is dedicated to design and implement a society and industries, which respond to people’s needs using what is locally available. His visionary approach supported by dozens of projects on the ground landed him an invitation to present his cases at the World Expo 2000 in Germany. There he constructed the largest bamboo pavilion in modern days presenting 7 breakthrough initiatives. It became the most popular pavilion with 6.4 million visitors. He has been visiting lecturer and professor at universities in on all continents, and Member of the Board of NGOs and private companies in Asia, USA and Latin America. Since 2009 he has taken responsibility for the design of an economic development concept based on GNH (Gross National Happiness) principles and values as part of his advisory role in designing an economic development strategy for Bhutan. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences (San Francisco, USA), a creative Member of the Club of Budapest (Hungary), Member of the Club of Rome, moderated the Roundtable of Nobel Science Laureates hosted by HM King of Jordan State and obtained a Doctorate from the Italian Government in systems design. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Pécs, Hungary. Gunter has published 19 books (written 15 - edited 4), which have been printed in +30 languages and 36 fables bringing science and emotions to children. Over 17 million copies have been distributed worldwide. One of his fables “The Strongest Tree” is available in over 100 languages. His next book "The End of Globalization" will be forthcoming in 2012. He is father of four sons, one daughter (adopted) and married to Katherina Bach. Fluent in seven languages and having resided on 4 continents, he is a world citizen.
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  • Henning Sauer
    Henning Sauer graduated in mechanical engineering (MSc.) from Technical Institute of Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (Germany). He joined Bombardier in 2005 and is Global Head of Intellectual Property of the Bombardier Transportation Group. In this function, he is first of all responsible for patents, trademarks and industrial designs and its respective enforcement as well as for transfer of technology licensing management, especially in emerging markets. Henning started his professional career in 1994 as Patent Officer at the Corporate Patent and License Department of Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart (Germany) with a technical focus on thermotechnology. He joined the patent and licensing department of Porsche in 1999 with a technical focus on engines and gearbox systems. Henning is qualified as German and European Patent Attorney and member of LES Germany, LES International and German VPP association.
  • Beat Weibel
    Born in 1966. Studies in Electrical Engineering at ETH in Zurich, 1991 M.Sc. Trainee Patent Attorney with ABB. European Patent Attorney 1995. Head of Corporate IP of Georg Fischer Ltd from 1998 to 2000. Head of IP Department of ABB Switzerland, 2000 to 2007. 2008 LL.M. European Intellectual Property. From 2007 to 2012 Chief IP Counsel of ABB Ltd. Since 2013 Head of Corporate Intellectual Property of Siemens AG. Lecturer at ETH and University of Applied Science Zurich for patent law.

General Information


Ideally located in the heart of Europe, two hours from Zurich airport, Davos is easily and quickly accessible via the major road and rail arteries. It is located in the Canton of Graubünden within the Swiss Alps in the east of Switzerland. Situated in the centre of Davos, the Davos Conference Centre is within a short walk of all amenities.

Transfer from Zurich International Airport to Davos

By train
By rail please take the Intercity express towards Chur and change to the Rhaetian Railway's RegioExpress in Landquart. Between 06.00h and 17.00h, 13 minutes after every full hour there is the following train connection from Zurich Airport Train Station to Davos Platz:

xx.13h - xx.50h, Zurich Airport Train Station - Davos Platz
Please change trains at Landquart
Travel time: 2.40h

Tickets may be bought at the SBB Ticket Shop or via Internet: Link >
You can have your luggage sent from any airport in the world to your rail station destination in Switzerland via the Zurich or Geneva airport. Link >

From the station "Davos Platz" there are regional shuttle busses to the hotels.
Please show your hotel confirmation for a free ride. In addition, all hotels offer a free shuttle from the station to their hotel. Please contact the hotel directly or the organisation team.
By car
By road please take the A13 motorway towards Chur to the Landquart exit and then continue to Klosters or Davos on the N28 main road. Travel time: 2.00h
By taxi
There are special taxi transfers from Zurich Airport to Davos.
Please check at: Link >


English is the official conference language. No translation is provided.

Hotel Accommodation

MCI Zurich Office is pleased to offer a hotel booking service for the LES Pan European Conference Davos 2013. The hotel rates include bed & breakfast, VAT and all taxes. Online booking is available from 1 October 2012.

Documents and Badges

Meeting documents and conference badges should be collected on-site at the registration desk. Name badges must be worn at all times during the meeting.

Invitation Letter

The organizers will be pleased to send a letter of invitation to any individuals requesting one, once their registration form and fee have been received. It is to be understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa. It is not a commitment on the part of the conference to provide any financial support. You may request such a letter from the Conference Management, MCI Schweiz AG.

Food and Beverage

Coffee and tea and lunch during official breaks are included in the registration fee and will be served in the coffee and lunch break area.

Disclaimer/Insurance and Vaccinations

MCI Schweiz AG as the Conference Management and the LES Committee disclaim all liability for the act of any supplier to this meeting, as well as all liability for personal injury, the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event, for any loss or damage, for delays in transport by air, sea, rail, road, weather, in case of strikes, sickness, war or for other causes.

The conference fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organizers recommend that delegates take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and necessary insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit. No vaccinations are needed when visiting Switzerland.


The currency unit in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (Schweizer Franken: CHF).

Climate and Clothing

In June the weather is likely to be sunny. Temperatures are expected to range between 10° and 21° Celsius.


The speeches and powerpoint presentations, as far as made available by the speakers, and the photo gallery of the Conference are now at your disposal. The user name and the password to log-in have been sent to you with our e-newsletter by email.

Photo Gallery
Congress Centre >
Gala Dinner >
Schatzalp >

Presentations: Monday, 24 June 2013
Plenary (.zip-Download) >
Workshops (.zip-Download) >

Presentations: Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Plenary (.zip-Download) >
Workshops (.zip-Download) >

About Davos

Davos is located in the Swiss Alps and, at 1560 meters above sea level, is the highest city in Europe. It can be easily reached by train from the international Zurich Airport (journey duration: 2½ hours). The journey leads through an impressive lake and mountain landscape.

Davos has always attracted people wishing to benefit, for purposes of relaxation and inspiration, from the pleasant and healthy climate of low-pathogen mountain air in a unique landscape. This was the case with the author Thomas Mann, with his novel "The Magic Mountain", with the painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and with many other famous and less famous persons of their time.

These persons were followed by hundreds of doctors at congresses, then by economic leaders, statesmen and prominent politicians at the World Economic Forum (WEF) that takes place each year in Davos. It is the indescribable aura surrounding Davos that turns it into a special experience. Thus, it is ideally suited as a conference location for experts who dedicate themselves to the licensing of intellectual property.

With its untouched nature and readily accessible romantic valleys, Davos also offers to those seeking relaxation all that is needed to convert a stay into an unforgettable experience. The ideal time for this is during springtime in the mountains, particularly in June.

The LES Pan European Conference Davos 2013 will take place at the Davos Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. The centre is full of architectural highlights, including the spacious entrance hall, the bright and airy circulation lobby and the bold honeycomb ceiling of the Plenary Hall, which spans 45 metres.

The latest extension turned the Davos Congress Centre, in the heart of the beautiful mountains of Graubünden, into one of the alp’s most modern congress venues. The annual meetings of the World Economic Forum (WEF) take the “Spirit of Davos” out into the world. Community values in a “global village”, networking in a village atmosphere, an urban infrastructure in a magnificent mountain landscape.

Come to Davos to experience the "Spirit of Licensing"!


Kindly note that accommodation can only be added if an online registration for the LES DAVOS 2013 has already been made. Hotel accommodation in Davos can be booked by logging into your MyUser Area:

LES DAVOS 2013 MyUser Area

Morosani Schweizerhof

The Morosani Schweizerhof is located in the heart of Davos and close to mountain railways, shopping facilities, and other attractions. This four star hotel offers modern comfort with elegant, traditional art Nouveau décor. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Davos Conference Centre. The 100 rooms, junior suites and suites contain a separate bath or shower, TV, safe and mini bar. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and garden terrace. The new Spa area offers a Turkish steam bath, Finnish sauna and bio sauna, solarium, relaxation, and fitness rooms. Complimentary buffet breakfast is included with a booking.

  • Double Room, double use: CHF 270.–
    Double Room, single use: CHF 210.–

    Rates are incl. breakfast and VAT, excl. city tax.

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Hilton Garden Inn

Enjoy the excellent location directly opposite the Davos Congress Centre and just minutes from world-class skiing. The Hilton Garden Inn was built in 2012, offers complimentary high-speed internet access and 24-hour business center as well as modern fitness center, sauna, and steam room.

  • Double Room, double use: CHF 280.–
    Double Room, single use: CHF 165.–

    Rates are incl. breakfast and VAT, excl. city tax.

    Link >


The Dutch proprietor family realized a unique concept after acquiring the Hotel Grischa in December of 2011. Ninety-three hotel rooms and suites as well as the culinary versatility offering 5 different restaurants, completely do justice to the requirements of a luxurious first class hotel.

  • Double Room, double use: CHF 259.–
    Double Room, single use: CHF 170.–

    Rates are incl. breakfast and VAT, excl. city tax.

    Link >

Hotel Cancellations

Cancellations until 30 March 2013: 100% refund. Thereafter, there is no refund. The Conference Management will try to resell the room.


Journey with the Bernina Express

The trip with the Rhaetian Railway – which was placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 2006 – first leads through the Landwasser Valley towards Filisur. In Albula Valley, the red train then meanders through innumerable loop tunnels and bridges in a wonderful landscape and finally, after passing through the Albula tunnel, ends in Oberengadin, one of the most beautiful Alpine plateaus. With a short stop in fashionable St. Moritz – one of the most famous spa resorts in the Alpines – the journey continues on towards the Bernina pass. Passing Lago Bianco and the spectacular views of Alp Grüm, the Bernina express once again meanders, in innumerable loops, bridges and tunnels, with breathtaking views on glaciers and high mountains (Piz Bernina, 4049 meters a.s.l.) down into the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, towards Poschiavo. There is no mistaking the Southern atmosphere in this beautiful village. Following a lunch featuring regional specialties in the cozy village square, the journey with the Bernina railway leads back to Davos.

Bier Vision Monstein

Monstein Brewery is the highest located brewery in Europe and the first demonstration brewery in Graubünden. The Bier Vision Monstein is located in the old alpine dairy of Monstein, a little mountain village near Davos. Several types of "Monstein Bier" are brewed according to innovative tradition from local springwater, Swiss hop and malt. The guided tour includes a visit to the brewery with tasting of ingredients and Monstein beer at discretion, as well as a stroll through this charming alpine village.

WSL – Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

This visit allows you to glimpse behind the scenes at the Institute. The tour starts with a 15-minute multimedia presentation on the activities and fields of research. You are then introduced to various areas at the Institute and given an immediate insight into the everyday work of our researchers. If you wish to find out more about snow, natural hazards or mountain ecosystems, you are very welcome to visit the interactive exhibition in the foyer. Six exhibits and various models and computer simulations enable you to investigate the subject areas in greater detail and conduct experiments while having fun at the same time.


Golfing at Davos Golf Club

The 18 hole Davos City Executive Golf Course promises athletic highlights and sheer refreshment in an intact mountain and nature region in the middle of the highest town in Europe.

Walking tour to the Walserhuus Sertig

Enjoy a walk to the Walserhuus (= house of the Walser people). Newly constructed in 1999, the hotel/restaurant is ideally situated on a plateau at 1860 metres a.s.l. amidst a pristine landscape on the banks of the river Sertig. The restaurant and the "Arven lounge" serve predominantly Graubünden specialities prepared on the basis of regional products. It's hardly surprising that the Sertig plateau has national cultural heritage protection. From the garden terrace the guests can enjoy a spectacular view of the horn and the high noon Ducan.


Thomas Mann Path

The Thomas Mann Path, which runs from the Waldhotel Davos (former woodland sanatorium), at 1620 m above sea level to the Schatzalp, at 1880 m above sea level, connects the central points in Mann’s novel "The Magic Mountain". There are ten signs along the 2.6 km long path that serve as "literary stations" and provide information about the links between Davos and the works of Thomas Mann. The path highlights include the "favourite place of Hans Castorp", the hero of the novel, and the path ends at Thomas-Mann-Platz on the Schatzalp, which has been established behind the “Alpinum Schatzalp” botanical garden.

Thomas Mann (1875–1955) stayed in Davos from the 12th May to 15th June 1912 to visit his wife Katia, who was being treated at the woodland sanatorium. During his stay, he took many walks around the area above the woodland sanitorium, through which the Thomas Mann Path runs. Thomas Mann described his impressions of Davos in his novel "The Magic Mountain", which was published in 1924.


Application for Sponsorship

We apply for sponsorship in accordance with the terms and conditions in the Sponsorship Agreement.

The sponsor will support the LES Pan European Conference 2013 taking place from
23-25 June 2013 in Davos at the Sponsorship Requirements as listed below.

Sponsorship Requirements:
Partner Sponsor Packages
Gold Sponsor CHF 12 000.–
Silver Sponsor CHF 8 000.– (sold out)
Bronze Sponsor CHF 6 000.–

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Merchandising Sponsor Packages
Bags Sponsor CHF 4 000.–
Laynards Sponsor CHF 2 000.– (sold out)
Badges Sponsor CHF 3 000.– (sold out)
Pens & Pad of Paper Sponsor CHF 1 250.– (sold out)
WLAN Sponsor CHF 3 000.– (sold out)

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Reception Sponsor Packages
Gala Dinner Sponsor CHF 7 500.– (sold out)
Welcome Reception Sponsor CHF 4 500.–

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Exhibition Sponsor Packages
Exhibition Space CHF 3 000.–

more information >

Partner Sponsor Packages

Gold Sponsor (only 2 packages available)
CHF 12 000.– including 8% VAT
As a Gold Sponsor you will be recognised as a main sponsor of the Conference.

Benefits Registration
  • Three (3) conference registrations including attendance at sessions, morning coffee break, afternoon coffee break, lunch, Welcome Function and Gala Dinner
  • Two (2) additional tickets to Welcome Function and Gala Dinner

Benefits Profile
  • Company logo on conference website
  • Company logo and profile in conference final brochure
  • One (1) full page advertisement in conference final brochure (supplied by Sponsor)
  • Opportunity to place two (2) sustainable items in conference bag
  • Opportunity to display your Company logo on conference signage
  • Access to delegate list (3 weeks prior to Conference and updates 1 week prior and immediately after the Conference)
Silver Sponsor
CHF 8 000.– including 8% VAT
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Intellectual Programme
Monday, 24 June 2013

Location: Davos, Switzerland
Venue: Davos Congress Center

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Monday, 24 June 2013
  • 08.45
  • Opening Address:
    • Regula Altmann-Jöhl, President LES Switzerland
    • Philipp Dreier, Chair Organising Committee
    • Martin Schneider, Intellectual Programme
  • 09.00
  • “The Blue Economy”: Inventing a sustainable economical environment for a better world
    • Gunter Pauli Entrepreneur; Author of the 2010 Report to the Club of Rome “The Blue Economy: 10 years, 100 innovations, 100 Mio. Jobs”; founder and director of ZERI (Zero Emission Research and initiative), Founder of the Blue Economy Initiative.
  • 09.45
  • “Grow more from less” – Syngenta’s contribution to food security for the next generation
    The need to address food security has never been greater and is moving up national agendas around the world. While demand for food is growing, farmers' ability to increase productivity is facing unprecedented challenges. Scarcity of water, energy, and land is expected to define food production in the coming decades. Syngenta believes that farmers can produce enough to meet the world’s needs for food, fuel and fiber and safeguard our planet. Syngenta has adopted a system-wide approach that links technology, land and people. These three elements build the foundation for a sustainable production system in which strong rural economies and resource efficiency are fundamental to achieving food security. The role of open innovation, public private partnership, patents and licensing is adressed. Particularly, Syngenta’s new e-licensing platform will be presented, which has been created in order to herald a new era for sharing of plant science innovation.
    • Dr. Michael A. Kock, Head Intellectual Property,
      Syngenta International AG, Basel, Switzerland
  • 10.30
  • Break
  • 11.00 – 12.20
  • Global Challenges for Intellectual Property and Licensing
    High profile panelists, including members of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Intellectual Property (WEF GAC on IP) discuss the impact of IP law policy, protection and enforcement mechanisms on and the need of viable technology transfer structures for the development of a sustainable economical environment worldwide.
    • Felix Addor, Deputy Director General and General Counsel at the Swiss Federal Institut of Intellectual Property, Berne, Switzerland
    • Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert, Munich, Germany (moderator)
    • Alisa Harbin, Head of Group Litigation & Intellectual Property, Novartis International AG, Basel, Switzerland; Member of the WEF Global Agenda Councils on IP
    • Mathew Heim, Senior Director, Qualcomm Inc, London, UK
    • Raimund Lutz, Vice-President Legal / International Affairs, European Patent Office, Munich, Germany
    • Beat Weibel, Global Head of IP, Siemens Group, Munich, Germany
  • 12.30
  • Lunch

Intellectual Programme
Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Location: Davos, Switzerland
Venue: Davos Congress Center

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013
  • 09.00
  • Schindler's Elevators and Escalators: The Role of IP and Licensing in support of Schindler's Moving of 1 billion people per day
    The Schindler Group’s sponsoring of Bertram Piccard’s SolarImpuls Project („Around the World in a Solar Airplane) is a prove of the importance that Schindler attributes to the development of „green“ elevators and escalators that are driven with ever less and – where possible – solar energy. The role of Schindler’s IP portfolio and licensing programme in support of the group’s strategic goals is discussed: Given its incorporation in a Swiss low tax canton for 80 years now, Inventio’s IP portfolio is embedded in an intra-group licensing programme that pursues financial goals. Currently IP gets more important a legal tool, defending Schindler’s strategic positions and paving the way for new developments.
    • Hans Blöchle, Global Head IP Schindler Group, Managing Director, Inventio AG, Hergiswil, Switzerland
  • 09.45
  • “The green mobility”: "PRIMOVE - Progress in Commercializing Electric Transportation Technologies"
    PRIMOVE is a game-changing technology that enables the wireless charging of electric vehicles. Based on automatic inductive power transfer, PRIMOVE liberates e-mobility from the constraints of cables, wires and plugs - making urban transport more flexible and convenient than ever before. The role of IP and licensing is adressed.
    • Jeremie Desjardins, business leader PRIMOVE,Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Berlin, Germany
    • Henning Sauer, Head of IP, Bombardier Transportation GmbH, Berlin, Germany, speaking on „Proactive IP Management for building foundations of future markets and licensing opportunities.
  • 10.30
  • Break
  • 11.00 – 12.20
  • Valuation: IP Portfolios – Is the time ripe for managing IP rights in a profit & loss organisation?
    Are IP rights more than just a tool for legal defense? Should IP departements’ success be measured in a profit center organisation? Is the time ripe for a shift? Leading Chief Intellectual Property Officers discuss today’s function of IP rights and advances and disavantages of organising an IP department as a profit center.
    • Arian Duijvestijn, IP&S General Manager Lighting,Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands
    • Bertram Huber, Dr., Rechtsanwalt, Principal, IP*SEVA Intellectual Property for Sustainable Energy Ventures (formerly Head of Corporate IP, Robert Bosch, Germany)
    • Konstantina Katcheves, Global Head IP, Lonza, Basel, Switzerland
    • Stefan Kluthe, Head of IP, Sulzer Corporation, Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 12.20
  • Lunch

Workshop Speakers

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  • Martin Bader
    Martin A. Bader, Dr. oec. HSG, Dipl.-Ing., a Swiss and European Patent Attorney, is Managing Partner and co-founder of the innovation and intellectual property management advisory group BGW AG St. Gallen – Vienna. He is also heading the Competence Centre for Intellectual Property Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is a lecturer at MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria, CEIPI Master of Intellectual Property Law and Management, Strasbourg, France, and Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen, Germany, with focus on innovation and patent management. Martin Bader is a former Substitutive Council Representative of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) for Switzerland and a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Previously, he was Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Infineon Technologies, a leading high-tech semiconductor company worldwide that was carved-out from Siemens. Contact and further information:
  • Dr. Volkmar Bonn
    Dr. Volkmar Bonn is the head of the trademark and design department of Siemens AG. He studied law in Cologne, Freiburg and Tübingen and holds a Doctor degree in Law from the University of Trier. He is Rechtsanwalt (Attorney at Law) under German Law. After working as a scientific assistant at the University of Trier he started his professional career at Siemens AG in 1992 in the trademark department. From 1993 to 1994 he worked as a general counsel for R+T Umwelt GmbH, a subsidiary of RWE AG. In 1995 Volkmar Bonn returned to the trademark department of Siemens AG. Since 1999 he is the head of the trademark department which took over the design protection in 2010. Volkmar Bonn focuses on litigation of trademark infringement cases including anti-counterfeiting as well as trademark licensing.
  • Dr. Thierry Calame
    Lenz & Staehelin
    Dr. Thierry Calame is an expert in intellectual property matters, with a particular emphasis in patent law. He has vast experience as counsel in patent, trademark, unfair competition and copyright litigation as well as IP related arbitration. Thierry Calame also sits as arbitrator in IP related arbitration. In addition, Thierry Calame advises on licensing, the intellectual property aspects of a wide range of other transactions as well as pharmaceutical law, including regulatory and advertising issues. He holds both a masters degree in chemistry and law. Thierry Calame is permanent lecturer at the University of St.Gallen and has published on a wide range of intellectual property topics. He is the Reporter General of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
  • Patrick Cantrill
    Patrick Cantrill holds a law degree from University College, London. He was admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1984 and in Hong Kong in 1986. His practice covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law – a field in which he has specialised for virtually his entire career. In 1992, Patrick was headhunted to join Walker Morris LLP with the brief to establish and head up the Intellectual Property Department. From a standing start, the IP Department has grown from a standing start to having now 11 specialist lawyers. He has held a number of posts within intellectual property based organisations. For example, he is a past chairman of the Parallel Imports Committee of the International Trademark Association, the USA based major brand owners forum. He has also published articles extensively on intellectual property and is frequently called upon to lecture on the subject in both the UK and overseas, particularly in recent years in China. Patrick is recognised as a leader in his field and since creating the IP Department has been involved extensively in advising and assisting companies, universities and other bodies on a wide range of matters relating to the identification, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property. He has substantial experience of handling and coordinating infringement and/or revocation actions and being involved in multijurisdictional and cross border litigation and has several High Court and Court of Appeal successes to his name.
  • Chetan Chadha
    Mr. Chetan Chadha is a Partner at Chadha & Chadha, an IP Boutique with offices in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune and Cochin. The Firm’s history dates back to the year 1967 and it currently employs 70 people in its 5 offices across India. Mr. Chadha holds an LL.B. Degree from the University of Delhi and is also a qualified Patent Agent. He has been associated with the Firm since the year 2003 and currently spearheads the Gurgaon Office of the Firm. His Patent Attorney training included the FICPI-SEAD course in Singapore and large part of his current practice is devoted to help Indian clients build large IP portfolios. Mr. Chadha has been actively involved in diverse aspects of IP including Patent and Trademark litigation and Patent Prosecution in Electronics and IT field. He has been involved in many renowned cases and represents many large Indian and Foreign Corporations in India. He has been serving on several INTA committees since the year 2006. He has also been elected to serve as a committee member of APAA and FICPI.
  • Roberto Dini
    Metroconsult, Roberto Dini & Partners
    With more than 40 year of experience, Mr. Roberto Dini is one of the best known and appreciated Intellectual Property experts. He began his career with Indesit where he was Head of the Patent and Trademark Office. In 1982 Mr. Dini founded Sisvel, which has soon become a world leader in managing Intellectual Property and maximizing the value of patent rights. In 1987 Mr. Dini founded Metroconsult, an Intellectual Property consultancy wherein he transferred the experience acquired from the industrial world, providing his clients with high-quality services “tailored” to the needs of each individual client. Mr. Dini is a Member of the Italian Industrial Property Consultant Association, a registered Patent Attorney before the European Patent Office (EPO) and Trademark and Design attorney before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). Mr. Dini is currently the president of LES (Licensing Executives Society) Italy.
  • Margarita Divina
    Partner, Baker & McKenzie
    Margarita Divina is a partner in the Moscow office of Baker & McKenzie. She specializes in intellectual property, including general IP advice, and heads transactional, non-contentious and contractual IP sub-division of the Moscow office’s intellectual property group. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 2003, Ms. Divina worked at a major Russian intellectual property law firm. Ms. Divina is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and Association of European Businesses (AEB). She is also a member of board and international delegate of Licensing Executives Society Russia (LES Russia). Margarita Divina is consistently ranked among the top practitioners in Europe. According to Chambers Europe 2010–2012, she is recommended in Intellectual Property and “known for her advice on commercial IP matters.” Chambers Global 2011 and 2012 says that “she is widely known for her transaction-based practice, and is behind much of the firm's IP work in this field. She has more than ten years' experience, and has developed an excellent portfolio of both Russian and foreign clients.” According to Chambers Global 2013 Margarita Divina "maintains a strong profile in the Russian market, and is highlighted for her detailed advice to clients." Ms. Divina is also recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2010–2011, as well as by World Trademark Review 1000 2011 for non-contentious work and Who’s Who Legal 2010–2011 for franchise. According to IAM Licensing 250 2011/2012, she has been ranked as one of Russia’s leading practitioners and “an exceptional non-contentious IP specialist.” Ms. Divina received a degree with honors in law from Moscow State University (1999) and was admitted to practice in Russia in 1999. She completed the postgraduate studies in law at the same institution in 2003. She is also a trademark attorney registered to practice before the Russian Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Danie Dohmen
    Partner at Adams & Adams
    Danie Dohmen is a partner at Adams & Adams and specialises in patent and design litigation, commercialisation and opinion work. Mr Dohmen has for a number of consecutive years been ranked in tier 1 for patent litigation in South Africa. Mr Dohmen obtained a BSc in physics and chemistry in 1993 and an LLB in 1996 from the Randse Afrikaanse University. He is an attorney of the South African High Court, a patent attorney and a notary public. Mr Dohmen represents multinational and national clients, and although his primary focus is in the pharmaceutical field, he acts on behalf of clients in a diversity of fields, including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, transport and safety. Mr Dohmen has litigated a number of cases to the South African Court of Appeal and many of his matters are reported patent law cases. Mr Dohmen also plays an active role in IP policy issues and has represented national and foreign manufacturing groups in both national and international meetings, workshops and seminars on IP policy.
  • Urs Dommann
    Urs Dommann is the European head and a member of the management team of Evalueserve’ IP and Innovation practice. Urs joined Evalueserve in 2005 after 10 years in IP and Innovation roles as a Senior Licensing manager at Unitectra (Technology Transfer Universities Basel, Bern and Zurich) and at a Swiss IP Law Firm. Urs’ team is responsible for delivering Evalueserve’ IP and R&D solutions to corporate and law firm clients.  Evalueserve sets up and operates outsourced IP search / R&D library teams for its clients but is also the leading provider of analytics solutions for corporate in- and out-licensing functions and open innovation teams. Urs holds an MSc in Science from ETH Zurich.
  • Lorenza Ferrari
    Pestalozzi, Zurich
    Lorenza Ferrari Hofer graduated from the University of Basle (Dr. iur. 1993) and was admitted to the bar in 1995. In 2005, she qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer began her professional career at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, where she worked in the Trademark Department before taking on specific tasks in connection with TRIPs Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. She subsequently worked for several years as an in-house lawyer for a major Swiss watch and micromechanics manufacturer. She joined Pestalozzi in 2002. Her professional languages are German, Italian, English and French. Her fields of expertise include intellectual property, unfair competition, data protection and contract law. She has years of experience in the development, licensing, trade and distribution of technology, as well as of therapeutic, health and food products. She regularly lectures and publishes in the fields of international licensing and technology transfer.
  • Hayley French
    Hayley is commercial director and general counsel of Apitope International NV an European biotechnology company. The company focuses on the development of therapies for autoimmune diseases. Hayley joined Apitope from the Basel headquarters of Novartis Pharma AG. Hayley was previously a lawyer in the Life Sciences group of Bird & Bird, London specialising in providing advice for a range of spin-outs, biotech and pharmaceutical industry clients. Prior to joining Bird & Bird, she was Head of Commercial Legal Affairs within the commercial business team at the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research (CAMR) in Salisbury UK and was responsible for companywide legal and IP matters. After obtaining both a PhD in Microbiology and a M.Sc. in intellectual property from the University of London, Hayley joined University College London Ventures for five years and was responsible for the development, management and commercialisation of inventions in the life sciences sector. Hayley is vice president of LES Britain & Ireland and vice chair of the LESI life sciences committee.
  • Benoit Geurts
    Senior Consultant at ClearViewIP
    Benoit has 15 years' experience in technology strategy and intellectual property exploitation. He has a proven track record of providing strategic advice to senior executives as well as transaction brokerage services to a wide range of technology companies. Prior to joining ClearViewIP, Benoit was the co-Founder and Director of Exponent IP, an intellectual property brokerage firm, where he managed to complete a number of multi-million dollar patent transactions. His role included: identification of technology trends and transaction opportunities; analysis of patent portfolios and production of marketing material; negotiation of NDAs and Patent Purchase Agreements; and management of due diligence, patent assignment and fund transfer. He has extensive IP Consulting and Commercialisation experience having worked for some of Europe's leading IP transaction, licensing and technology consulting firms. Benoit speaks fluent French and English.
  • Luca Giove
    Based in Padua (Italy), he specializes in the fields of intellectual and industrial property, as well as information technology law and in these fields has provided assistance to clients, from start-up ventures to multinational corporations, operating in a wide range of industries, with a particular concentration in electronics, pharmacy and medical devices, software and IT services, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, luxury and clothing, wines and spirits, furniture. His experience encompasses patent, trademark and distinctive signs, unfair competition, design, copyright, consumer and advertising litigations, as well as licensing, distribution, technology and know-how transfers,outsourcing and IT arrangements. He also provides assistance in connection with corporate and finance transactions with an intellectual property element, with most matters and transactions having a cross-border dimension. Besides, he handles data protection and e-commerce matters.From 2000 to 2004 he worked with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the Milan office. From 2004 to 2007 he was a senior associate with Bonelli Erede Pappalardo at the Milan office. Afterwards, he set up his own IP/IT practice in the Venice area and opened with his associates the Padua office of Studio Legale Giove at the beginning of 2010. He was born in 1973 and he holds a law degree from the University of Padua where he now teaches Patent and Biotechnology Law and an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). He was admitted to the Venice bar in 2002. He is member of the Patent Commission of the Padua University and of the editorial board of “Il Diritto Industriale” published by Kluwer-Ipsoa. He is the author of several articles and essays both in Italian and English (including “Controlling third party use at the border” in “Trade Marks at the Limit” edited by Jeremy Phillips, Edward Elgar 2006 and “Marketing toy building bricks compatible with Lego bricks does not amount to unfair competition” published in 2008 in the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice). On the topic of geographical indications he wrote an article about the conflict between geographical indications and trademarks under EU law which was published in 2011 on “Il Diritto Industriale”. Luca Giove is a member of the Italian group of LES, AIPPI, INTA and SOAS Alumni Association.
  • Roland Gissler
    Roland Gissler, is Senior Key Account Manager and has been with the company for over 8 years. Before coming to Questel he had a background as Consultant and Sales Manager for patent attorney offices and industrial patent divisions focusing on patent information systems, internal workflow and patent watching.
  • Emmanuel Gougé
    Partner Pinsent Masons
    Emmanuel specialises in intellectual property law (patents and know-how, trademarks, domain names and other distinctive signs, designs, copyright) as well as in information and telecommunication law, dealing with both contentious and transactional matters. By virtue of his admission in England and Wales as well as in France, he has been involved in a range of multi-jurisdictional intellectual property matters, including litigation of electronics, pharmaceutical and chemical patents, validity litigation, compulsory licences as well as trademark and patent infringement. Emmanuel’s experience is complemented by his expertise in drafting and negotiating domestic and international IP/IT agreements and technology transfer agreements. In the context of his transactional practice, he is particularly involved in transfer of technology and licensing agreements. Emmanuel has thus been appointed as President of the Licensing Exclusive Society (L.E.S. France) in December 2011. Emmanuel began practising in intellectual property in 1994 with the French law firm CMS Francis Lefebvre in Brussels and Paris. He pursued his legal practice in 1997 within Bird & Bird, first in London, before moving to the new office launched in Paris. In 2004, together with German and French attorneys, Emmanuel founded the Paris law firm EGAvocats, dedicated to intellectual property and information technology. He joined Pinsent Masons upon the opening of the Paris office in September 2012, where he is a partner in charge of the IP group.
  • Philipp Groz
    Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd.
    Philipp Groz is a partner in the IP/IT group and in the dispute resolution group of the Swiss business law firm Schellenberg Wittmer. He specializes in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, particularly in the fields of intellectual property, unfair competition, licensing and distribution. He also regularly advises clients on non-contentious matters in these fields. He recently co-authored an article on drafting arbitration clauses for IP agreements and a chapter in a handbook on international arbitration in Switzerland. Philipp obtained a law degree from Zurich University and an LL.M. with specialization in IP law from New York University. He practices in German and English.
  • Rainer Hausmann
    Rainer Hausmann is Partner of the International Tax Services group at Ernst & Young Zurich. He has Experiences within International tax planning with regard to cross-border transactions and restructurings, tax optimization projects, financing structures, M&A, intellectual property tax planning and setting up of new business activities in Switzerland. He joined Ernst & Young Switzerland in 1996 after four years of experience at a Swiss law firm. He has been transferred to the International Tax Services group in New York City in 1998 where he headed up the Swiss Tax and Legal Desk in the US with representatives in New York City and San Jose (CA) until summer 2001. Furthermore he is Head of EY Switzerland’s CHINA Competence Center. Mr Hausmann has significant experience in ruling negotiation with Swiss tax authorities and is a frequent speaker at various seminars in Switzerland and abroad as well as publisher of various articles in Switzerland. He has degrees as Attorney at law and Swiss certified tax expert.
  • Johannes Heselberger
    Dipl.-Phys., Attorney-at-Law, European Patent Attorney
    Partner, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, Munich

    The practice of Johannes Heselberger comprises patent infringement and validity litigation, including opposition and appeal proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office as well as national revocation proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court and the German Federal Supreme Court. His technical fields of expertise are medical devices, telecommunications and the automotive industry. Johannes Heselberger has successfully conducted important patent infringement proceedings, often across national borders, for client companies of various sizes that are world leaders in their technology. He is recommended in IAM Patent 1000, among many other guides.
  • Peter K. Hess
    Patent infringement and invalidity proceedings in a number of technical fields, in particular medical devices, laser technology, computer-related inventions such as semiconductor technologies, telecommunications, and software; licensing/technology transfer; complex patent prosecution cases. Currently, Peter K. Hess is lead patent counsel of a BARDEHLE PAGENBERG team of patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law representing a global software company in a worldwide telecommunication patent infringement procedure in Germany, and a global DRAM manufacturer in German invalidity proceedings against global computer companies. Further important worldwide noted cases have concerned infringement proceedings concerning DRAMS (RAMBUS vs. Infineon), hardware emulation systems for the design of semiconductor devices (Quickturn vs. Mentor Graphics), tooth brushes (Omron vs. Procter & Gamble), and automotive parts (particularly for BMW). A common characteristic of many cases is the managing of parallel patent litigations in a number of different European jurisdictions. Most of these cases required a careful coordination with parallel litigation in the US. Since 2002 Peter K. Hess has been a member of the Board of the German Patent Bar Association. He is Vice President of LES Germany, and Chair of the Audit Committee of LES International. From 2006 to 2008, Peter Hess was Managing Partner of the BARDEHLE PAGENBERG firm. Peter Hess was rated, as one of five partners of Bardehle Pagenberg, in the 2007-2012 editions of the "Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitoners", which is based on the results of an extensive market survey conducted by the magazine Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). He is listed in "Best Lawyers" and personally recommended in "Legal 500 EMEA" and in "Juve German Commercial Law Firms 2008-2012", as well as in IAM 1000 “The World´s Leading Patent Practitioners 2012”.
  • Simon Holzer
    Head of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal's Patent and Life Science Team
    Mr Holzer has experience in all areas of IP law, including trademarks, patents, designs, copyright, unfair competition, and free-riding issues. He has been involved in several high-profile trademark disputes that have led to landmark decisions. Mr Holzer is also very active in the field of geographical indications as it relates to IP issues and has provided extensive expert opinions on this subject to the Swiss authorities. Mr Holzer is also an experienced patent litigator. He has substantial practice in both advising and representing clients in complex national and international patent disputes extending across a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and medical devices. He also consults for international pharmaceutical companies on a wide array of drug-related issues such as marketing authorization procedures and regulatory data protection. In 2010, the Swiss Parliament elected Mr Holzer as adjunct judge of the new Swiss Patent Court. This new court has jurisdiction over all patent disputes in Switzerland. Mr Holzer has published widely in legal literature. He has authored a number of books and articles, including the standard reference on the protection of geographical indications in Switzerland, which has been routinely quoted and cited with approval by Swiss courts, including the Swiss Supreme Court.
  • Markus Ineichen
    Dr. Markus Ineichen has been the president of the Olle Larsson Holding AG based in Zug/Switzerland since 2006. The holding owns several subsidiaries, which are active in the field of Medical Technology (such as Medela) and real estate (such as Citypark Immobilien AG). Markus studied the law in Zurich and has a Dr. iur degree from the University of Zurich as well as a master degree in Intellectual Property from the University of Alicante/E. Before joining Olle Larsson Holding AG, Markus Ineichen was working for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (Swiss Ministry of Justice), the last two years of which as head of the trademark examination and opposition sections. Thereafter, Markus worked for one of the major Swiss law firms mainly in the area of Intellectual Property and M&A. Markus is a board member of the Swiss chapter of LES and a member of INGRES.
  • Jean-Marc Janyszek
    Mr. Jean-Marc Janyszek is program manager at the European Patent Office for the projects related to search tools and information management since 2011. He is furthermore director of a search and examination directorate in cluster Applied Physics in The Hague since 2007. Previously, he has been working as examiner in telecom for 15 years. Besides an engineering degree in telecom, he has passed the EQE (European Qualifying Examination) and has a Bachelor degree in law.
  • David Jarczyk
    As President of ktMINE, David Jarczyk plays a pivotal role in managing the overall business operations and innovations of this intangible property data and information services firm. Prior to ktMINE, David served in roles of increasing responsibility as an Economist at Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen, and was a founding partner of Ceteris – recognized by the Inc 500|5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. David has presented for numerous organizations and published articles on various aspects of intangible property economics and valuation. David was named to the 2011 and 2012 editions of the IAM Strategy 300 (formerly 250) – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. In October, 2011, David was voted in as Vice Chair of the LESI IP Valuation Committee and was appointed to the LES CLP Marketing & Outreach Committee in 2012. David is accredited with a CLP designation and also holds an MBA and BS in Economics and Finance from DePaul University in Chicago Illinois.
  • Alan Johnson
    partner Bristows LLP
    Alan Johnson is a partner in London-based Solicitors’ Bristows’ IP department, specialising in patent litigation. On behalf of Bristows he has been following the proposals for the creation of what we now know as the Unitary Patent and UPC for over a decade. In his capacity of Chair of the IP committee of Brussels-based American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (2001-2005) he was closely involved in lobbying on behalf of US industry in relation to the Commission’s first proposals for a Community Patent. More recently Alan has been a member of the UK IPO’s European Patent Reform Consultation Group whose role is to comment on and guide the UK Government’s position in relation to the dossier. Alan also teaches English patent litigation at the University of Hagen, Germany; and is an author of Concise European Patent Law published by Kluwer Law International.
  • Christine Kanz
    Christine Kanz, attorney since 1998, partner of the firm since 2006, advises German and international clients in all Intellectual Property matters, especially in patent law. Next to patent litigation, her further main focus is the drafting of license agreements, cooperation agreements, research and development agreements etc., especially for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She concentrates in particular on the areas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology as well as chemistry and medical devices. Christine Kanz is also experienced in cases of general mechanics and mechanical engineering. She has been specializing in Intellectual Property law already during her legal internship since 1996. After a visitors stay at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich, she received her PhD in trademark law in 2002 at the University of Düsseldorf. Christine Kanz publishes regularly on patent law issues and is a speaker at conferences on patent law issues. Furthermore, she is visiting lecturer at Hagen Law School.
  • Michèle Klingman
    Franke Technology and Trademark Ltd., Hergiswil
    Michèle Klingman graduated from the University of Neuchâtel (lic iur. 1988). After traineeship in the consumer goods industry and law firms in Hamburg and Basel, she graduated from the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg i. B., Germany (LL.M., 1993). She successfully completed a certificate of advanced studies in intellectual property and competition law at the University of Zürich in 2010. Michèle Klingman began her professional career as an in-house lawyer for a major Swiss watch and micromechanics manufacturer. Thereafter, she worked as a freelance legal consultant for several years before joining Franke Group in 2005. She works in French, German, English and Italian. Michèle Klingman’s current professional activity focuses on counseling Swiss and international affiliated companies with a wide range of IP issues, including protection and management of IP rights, IP litigation and drafting of all kind of commercial and IP agreements.
  • Dr. Stefan Kohler
    Stefan Kohler primarily advises companies in legal issues concerning the development and marketing of innovative technologies. He first studied science at the ETH in Zurich which enables him to accurately legally classify technical-scientific facts. Stefan has extensive experience in IP/technology-related litigation and arbitration, in particular in patent and licensing matters. He advises companies on regulatory matters in the life sciences and represents companies in administrative proceedings, including proceedings before the administrative Tribunal. Stefan is a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and teaches aspiring patent attorneys at the Swiss Institute for Intellectual Property in the field of cooperation agreements and technology transfer. In his field of expertise Stefan is the author of a wide range of publications.
  • Philipe Kutschke
    Philipe Kutschke, Dr. jur., is a certified IP lawyer and commercial mediator (CVM) in the Munich office of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG. He practices in the field of IP-related matters, in particular administration of trademark and design portfolios and litigation in trademarks, designs, copyright and unfair competition law in the sectors of consumer electronics, sporting goods, fashion and the food industry. He recently was involved in litigation proceedings concerning German and European law on Geographical Indications, successfully defending a French wine producer against a German wine producer before the German Federal Supreme Court. Besides his work as a lawyer, he lectures on trademark and design law at the Technical University of Munich and at international conferences. Further to that, he publishes articles concerning IP-related topics and is author in a commented case-collection for Community design-related court decisions. He is a member of UNION IP’s Trademark Commission and recently joined ECTA’s Geographical Indications Committee.
  • Olivier Laidebeur
    After obtaining a degree in commercial law with a major in tax law and in 1998, a Masters degree in IP law at the CEIPI in Strasbourg, France, Olivier Laidebeur has worked for several years as in-house IP lawyer in major companies of the luxury goods, software and heavy industry sectors in Paris. He joined Office Freylinger in 2002 and specialises in trademarks, domain names and designs. He also handles consulting, litigation and contracting with regard to all Intellectual Property rights. He also realise IP value assessments, and helps clients in defining IP strategies and structuration. Olivier is regularly appointed as expert in Intellectual Property cases before the Luxembourg Courts by the Public Prosecutor offices.
  • V. Lakshmikumaran
    V. Lakshmikumaran holds a masters degree in Mathematics. He started his career as a lecturer of Mathematics.  Later he joined the Indian Revenue Service and worked in various capacities with the Government of India for about ten years.  He established the law firm Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan in 1985 and has developed the practice in intellectual property (IP), tax and corporate laws. The firm has over 250 professionals and offices in all major cities across India.More than seventy professionals exclusively work in the area of intellectual property.  The team has handled many high profile litigations in various courts in India and also the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).  Lakshmikumaran is also involved in structuring complex cross-border licensing deals which while protecting the intellectual property rights of the lessor also become tax efficient. Lakshmikumaran  gives talks on various subjects in IP, in India as also in other parts of the world. He also handles tax and corporate litigation and advisory, cross border agreements and has been a successful litigating lawyer.
  • Christian Laux
    Christian Laux is a Zurich based attorney for technology, advertising and e-commerce matters combining inside and outside counsel experience with a passion for technology. Christian advises clients on all aspects of IT law, namely outsourcing transactions, other tech driven matters, and has more than 10 years of experience with open source software issues. Christian studied in Zurich, Paris and at Stanford University and has worked in large law firms (Zurich; Mountain View/San Francisco) before founding LAUX LAWYERS, an IT boutique firm offering legal services to the IT sector in Switzerland and abroad. Christian holds a PhD (Zurich), is fluent in German, English and French, and speaks Russian.
  • Dr. Stefan Leppelmann
    Dr. Stefan Leppelmann studied applied physics at the University of Münster and holds a PhD on the application of neural networks in industrial image processing. For this application he received a patent. He founded CLK, a medium-sized company in the field of image processing for the food industry. Since 2009 he works for the TELES Group, where he serves as managing director of TELES PRI GmbH since 2010. The object of TELES PRI is the analysis, exploitation and the enforcement of industrial property rights; the research, development, the sale and the installation of software in the area of project and intellectual property rights evaluation; training and provision of services relating to the exploitation of IP rights as well as the execution of all connected activities. Dr. Leppelmann is member of the board of trustees of the Sigram Schindler Foundation.
  • Cecilia Lou
    Partner King & Wood Mallesons
    Practice areas and industries: Ms. Cecilia Lou specializes in intellectual property law and her practice encompasses commercial IP and IP licensing, enforcement, portfolio management, dispute resolution, and patent and trademark prosecution. Ms. Lou has over sixteen years of IP practice experience in a wide array of technologies and industries, including mechanical, electronic, aircraft, energy, new material, steel and metal alloy, semiconductor manufacture and equipment, medical device, computer software, health care, food, chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Ms. Lou counsels clients on IP commercial transaction, including public offerings, private equity investments, strategic alliances, technology transfers, jointly R&D or outsourcing research issues. She has advised clients in IP due diligence, IP audits, Freedom-To-Operate research, IP risk clearance, and technology evaluation. She also frequently represents clients in technology transaction negotiation, drafting and reviewing jointly research contracts and corporate governance documentation on confidentiality, non-compete, and inventor’s compensation issues. Ms. Lou has an active patent and trademark prosecution practice and advises clients on filing strategies, ownership arrangements, inter partes proceedings before the Patent Reexamination Board and the Trademark Appeal Board, and administrative litigation.

    Work Experience: Ms. Lou joined King & Wood in 2006 as partner, prior to which she was a managing partner of SINKO IP. Ms. Lou received her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Dalian University of Technology in 1992. She completed an advanced computer software engineering program at Shanghai University in 1994 and a master program in laws from the China University of Political Science and Law in 2004. She obtained her degree of Master of Law in Intellectual Property Law in 2007 from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. Ms. Lou was admitted as a trademark attorney in 1995 and a patent attorney in 1996. Her working languages are English, Mandarin, and Shanghai dialect. Ms. Lou is a member of LES, ACPAA, AIPPI, INTA and AIPLA.
  • Susan McBee
    Susan McBee, shareholder in Baker Donelson's Washington, D.C., office, is a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Group and Chair of the Life Sciences Intellectual Property Team.  As a registered patent attorney, Ms. McBee concentrates her practice in the field of chemistry and biochemistry.  She has over 15 years of experience in patent and trademark portfolio management for large Fortune 500 companies.  She is often involved in IP due diligence during acquisitions and licensing negotiations involving her clients. Ms. McBee has represented clients in many chemical, biochemical and engineering fields including agricultural chemistry, polymer chemistry, fermentation and extraction of proteins, food additives and processes, small molecule chemistry, medical devices, metallurgy, packaging materials, electronic materials and associated methods of manufacture and use.  She also has extensive experience with both ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) both as representing patentees as well as third party requestors. Before becoming a patent attorney, Ms. McBee owned a patent search company and worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO in the field of polymer chemistry/light sensitive materials.
  • Pascale Meister
    Pascale Meister is currently working as legal and licensing officer at PACTT, which is the technology transfer office of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV). Her main activities are to negotiate R&D agreements with industrial partners, the valorization of software, the management of shares in start-up owned by UNIL including counsel and support activities to researcher in the creation of start-up and support activites to the management (rectorate) focused on governance. She was previously working as Legal Adviser or as Coporate Counsel specialized in Intellectual Property for different companies actives in various economical sectors, namely at Logitech (consumer electronic goods) for the legal management and support to engineering and business development departments; at SICPA (inks for banknotes printing) as general counsel managing in particular M&A and Divestment processes; at Nestlé (food industry) for the management of the trademarks portfolio of the group; at Richmont (watch industry) for perusing counterfeiting; at Elca Informatique for the drafting and negotiation of license and software development agreements; at Hug Interlizenz AG as trademark attorney and at IGE (Swiss Institute for Intellectal Property) as manager of an examination and opposition proceeding team at the trademark department. She has a master in Law of the University of Neuchâtel and a Master in advanced studies in IT-Law, forensic sciences and security of new technologies of the University of Lausanne.
  • Klaus-J. Melullis
    Klaus-J. Melullis, lawyer by education, was the presiding judge of the patent senate of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH, German Federal Court). Since his retirement from the court in 2009, he teaches Patent Law as an Honorary Professor at the Karlsruher Institute for Technology (KIT, former Universität Karlsruhe Fridericiana), Germany, and is the head of the Research Group for Patent Law there. He is author of various publications on patent, competition, unfair competition and administrative law.
  • Julian Nolan
    Julian is the CEO of Iprova.   With support from Swiss government agency KTI, Iprova has developed new and hugely disruptive software in the Intellectual Property area. Ahead of its public launch, the company is already working with over 10% of the world's top 100 companies by revenue across sectors which include oil & gas, communications, mobile devices and shipping. Prior to founding Iprova, Julian held a number of senior business roles with technology and industrial companies, most recently as the Vice President of Licensing, and member of the senior management team for Honeywell Inc in EMEA, and previously at BT Group plc.  Julian holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in electronic engineering, business and artificial intelligence and has studied at the University of Essex and Cambridge University.  He has been voted as one of the leading IP strategists worldwide for the past 5 years by peer review in Intellectual Asset Management magazine.
  • Erich Oswald
    Dr. Erich Oswald is Chief Technology Officer of Ergon Informatik AG, a privately held software development company in Zürich, Switzerland. Erich holds a diploma in software engineering and a PhD in technical sciences from ETH Zürich. He has over 20 years of experience in software development, design and architecture. Erich's main interests focus on software development process, software architecture, and software quality.Most of his time is spent evaluating and prototyping software technology, coaching colleagues, and advising customers. Erich has been an active member of the Lean, Agile & Scrum group of SwissICT and the Java User Group Switzerland (JUGS).
  • John Paul
    John Paul is a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner, L.L.P. Mr. Paul has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property licensing, litigation, and prosecution. He focuses on strategic planning, complex transactions, due diligence investigations, and licensing and enforcement of IP portfolios to generate revenue. And he chairs the firm's IP management and transaction section. Mr. Paul has analyzed numerous patent portfolios for a wide range of companies and industries, including multimedia electronics, aerospace, medical devices, and consumer products. He has developed strategies and created databases to help companies understand and effectively communicate the legal and commercial significance of IP portfolios, develop more robust portfolios aligned with their business objectives, and generate revenue by monetizing those portfolios. He has set up and directed licensing and enforcement programs that generated significant royalty revenue for leading technology companies; set up and conducted multiple-round private auctions to sell patent portfolios; led negotiations related to IP issues in business divestitures and other complex transactions; and conducted IP due diligence and negotiations for strategic acquisitions of patent portfolios. Mr. Paul serves as counsel to the board of the Licensing Executives Society U.S.A. and Canada and has served as a trustee and vice president. He taught patent law at the Catholic University Law School, frequently lectures on patent law, licensing, and IP management, and writes weekly articles for LES Insights on recent U.S. cases affecting licensing.
  • José Paulo Jesus Rainho
    José Paulo Rainho (JPR) holds a Degree in Physics Engineering and a PHD in Physics (University of Aveiro). JPR is the Coordinator of UATEC – Technology Transfer Unit of University of Aveiro as well as Principal Investigator and Professor at the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering of the University of Aveiro, where he teaches Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship. JPR has a broad experience (more than 10 years) in Technology Transfer, namely, in Intellectual Property Rights registration, management and prosecution; in managing Innovation projects with companies at National and European level; in Valorization of R&D results, analyzing the IP and it commercial potential performing market studies and negotiating with potential licensees at national and international levels. JPR is responsible for the coordination of TT management, licensing, university-°©‐industry liaison and entrepreneurship at the University of Aveiro, where he currently supervises the participation of UATEC in 6 national, Iberian, and European projects. JPR has over 50 national and international presentations in Technology Transfer. JPR is also responsible for the coordination of Innovation and Knowledge Program of Aveiro Region Science Park as well as responsible of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program of Aveiro Region Enterprises Incubator. JPR is also an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the management of companies as CEO and CTO. In the Educational private sector, JPR was also Past President of Talent ID, a non-°©‐for-°©‐profit organization that develops applied and fundamental research in the areas of Design, Marketing and Communication.
  • Dan Richardson
    Business Development, EMEAP
    Dan Richardson leads Intellectual Ventures (IV)’s Business Development activities in Europe. Prior to this, Dan led IV’s patent acquisition activities in Europe. Dan has worked in a variety of roles at front end of innovation in both small and large technology companies. For many years he has been engaged in the challenges of exploiting science and engineering ideas, and in particular how businesses achieve this profitably by using Intellectual Property (IP) as a key strategic asset. He started his career as a weapon engineer officer in the Royal Navy, before working in the defence and aerospace industry as a project manager, business developer and business unit manager. More recently he has been focused on investing in and monetising patents and related technologies. He co-founded the technology development company, Technology from Ideas, that is commercialising early stage technologies, particularly in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. He remains a Non-Executive Director of the company. Dan is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Electronic Engineering from Bristol University and an MBA from London Business School. Dan is also a member of the IET, LES and INTIPSA.
  • Dr. Michael Ritscher
    Michael Ritscher is heading the IP-team of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, one of the most powerful teams involved in many of the cutting edge disputes and projects in the areas of Patent & Pharma, Trademarks & Design, Copyright & IT and Distribution & Competition, both in Switzerland and in many other jurisdictions. Having advised and represented clients for 25 years in all areas of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patents, trademarks and copyrights, Michael is one of the most experienced IP litigators in Switzerland. He also acts as arbitrator and as part-time judge at the Zurich Court of Commerce. Michael has been teaching at the ETH Zurich and is teaching at the University of Lucerne, is president of the most active IP association in Switzerland, INGRES, and co-editor of the Swiss IP journal sic!
  • Giustino de Sanctis
    Giustino de Sanctis is the CEO of Sisvel International S.A., the parent company of the Sisvel Group, an organization world leader in managing intellectual property and maximizing the value of patent rights, with a long history of managing successful patent portfolios, including those related to the audio compression standards known as MP3 and MPEG Audio, and widespread technologies such as the OSD (On Screen Display). With a team of almost 100 professionals working from 6 offices on 3 continents, the Sisvel Group is the administrator of patent pools covering the LTE, UHF-RFID, cdma2000, DVB-T, and DVB-T2 standards, and is actively working to structure patent pools and joint licensing efforts for DVB-C2 and Wi-Fi. Mr. de Sanctis has extensive experience in joint licensing programs and patent pools, having directed numerous patent owners meetings for established licensing programs which he helped organize, and for facilitation of meetings directed toward the formation of future joint licensing programs and patent pools.
  • Dr. Michael Schöll
    Eidg. Justiz und Polizeidepartement (EJPD)
    Michael Schöll is the Deputy Head of the Private Law Division and Head of the Private International Law Unit with the Federal Office of Justice. His Unit is in charge, amongst others, of the ongoing reform of Switzerland's arbitration law. His team also represents Swiss interests with international organizations (e.g. UNCITRAL, the Hague Conference) and contributes to Switzerland's observations in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice (preliminary rulings on Brussels I/Lugano). Before joining the federal administration in 2009, Michael practised in the arbitration department of a Zurich law firm. He holds a doctor of laws degree from Basel University, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and is admitted to practice in Switzerland and New York State.
  • Céline Schwarzenbach
    Céline Schwarzenbach, attorney at law, is partner with Schneider Feldmann AG Trademark and Patent Attorneys. Céline has several years of experience in the area of intellectual property, including portfolio establishment and management, IP strategy, commercialisation, enforcement and litigation. Céline studied law at the University of Zurich and at the University of Liège, Belgium and holds a Master of international Business and Law from the University of Sydney, Australia. She gained her first work experience with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and has worked in major law firms in Switzerland and in Australia. Céline is fluent in German, English and French.
  • Stefan V. Steinbrener
    Dr. Stefan Steinbrener was a Member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal and Chairman of Board of Appeal 3.5.01 (Electricity I) of the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany. Under his chairmanship, the Board has made fundamental contributions to the established case law in the field of computer-implemented inventions. Dr. Steinbrener studied Physics at the Universities of Munich and Regensburg, and holds a PhD degree from the University of Würzburg. After his retirement from the EPO end of 2009, he joined BARDEHLE PAGENBERG as a senior consultant in early 2010. Dr Steinbrener is the author of various publications and lectures on European patent law, inter alia at the University of Strasbourg.
  • Jean-Christophe Troussel
    Jean-Christophe has more than 20 years of experience in contentious and transactional intellectual property and technology matters. He has been assisting clients in a number of sectors, especially life sciences, food & beverage, electronics and luxury goods. Jean-Christophe has an impressive track record in all types of IP dispute resolution, including patent, know-how, trade mark and unfair competition matters. He has consummate negotiation and drafting skills in the field of stand-alone IP transactions and other related types of collaboration in which technology or brands are essential. He also assists clients on issues related to portfolio management and protection, and on new types of challenges such as IP issues in social media and on the Internet. He advises on the IP aspects of mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and finance-driven transactions, including IP due diligences. Jean-Christophe is a long-standing member of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI). He is currently the President of LES Benelux. He is active within INTA, EPLAW and AIPPI and a frequent speaker at IP conferences in Europe. Jean-Christophe combines a Belgian law degree from the University of Louvain and a LL.M. from the University of Chicago. He has work experience in the USA (Foreign Trainee at Finnegan in Washington DC) and in The Netherlands. Before joining Bird & Bird, Jean-Christophe was head of Linklaters' Brussels-based IP group. Chambers & Partners recommended Jean-Christophe's practice as ""analytical, thorough, meticulous and a pleasure to work with" and "highly regarded for both his patent and trade mark work" in 2012 and praised the Brussels IP Team as "A Rolls-Royce service in IP litigation" in this year's edition. Bird & Bird's Brussels IP Team is recommended and ranked in tier 1 as one of the world’s leading patent firms in "Patent Contentious" in Managing IP 2013. Jean-Christophe is also recommended in this year's edition of IAM Patent 1000 as "The “sharp, clear and efficient” Jean-Christophe couples a contentious practice with sterling advisory work" and in WTR 1000 as "An adroit performer on both contentious and non-contentious matters, he is touted as a strong IP all-rounder".
  • Bruno Vandermeulen
    Partner Bird&Bird
    Bruno is partner in our International Intellectual Property Group and heads up the Intellectual Property Team in Brussels. Bruno has experience in all types of intellectual property litigation. He focuses on drafting and negotiating license agreements, conducting intellectual property due diligences, litigating patents and trade marks, and advising clients on cross-border litigation strategies in Belgium and Europe. Bruno also advises and assists European clients in patent disputes in the United States. Bruno is a long-standing member of the Benelux Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) where he has served as board member and President. He is a member of the Belgian AIPPI and of INTA. Bruno is also head of the editorial board for the Belgian IP journal "Intellectuele Rechten / Droits Intellectuels" (IRDI). Bruno practices in Dutch, French and English and contributes to various intellectual property magazines.
  • Erik Verbraeken
    Erik Verbraeken is Director of Legal Operations France for the Building Efficiency Business Unit of Johnson Controls, and Center of Excellence for EMEA intellectual property matters. Before, Erik was Associate Director of the Business Law and Contracts Division of IFP Energies nouvelles (IFP New Energies), and Legal Counsel of Shell International. Erik is currently Vice-President of LES (Licensing Executives Society) France, and a Vice Chair of the European Committee of LES International. In addition, Erik provides courses on European Business Law at the University of Paris (René Descartes). Erik is of Netherlands nationality but lives since 1992 in Paris, France. Erik graduated from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and has a post-graduate degree in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges.
  • Shival Virmani
    Shival Virmani is Vice President, Patent Licensing at Rockstar Consortium. He has several years f combined patent attorney and licensing executive experience in corporate, private and federal government environments. Prior to joining Rockstar, Shival was Vice President Intellectual Property at Vonage, where he was in charge of all intellectual property matters. He has also served as Associate General Patent Counsel at InterDigital, where he was a lead patent licensing negotiator responsible for reaching significant royalty-bearing deals in the wireless space in Europe, North America and Asia, and as Senior Director Licensing/Litigation for Infineon Technologies in Munich, Germany. Before going in-house, Shival was in private practice and worked in the federal government, initially as an Examiner at the Patent and Trademark Office and then as a 337 Staff Attorney at the International Trade Commission. Shival holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Virgina Tech, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University, and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law.
  • Christoph Wildhaber
    Dr. Christoph Wildhaber is Partner with Streichenberg Attorneys at Law domiciled in Zurich. He focuses on Commercial and Corporate Law, National and International Distribution Law. Dr. Christoph Wildhaber supports his clients as regards the development of distribution networks in general. In particular, his main fields of activity are the legal advice for national and international franchisors including structuring their legal organization as well as the design and negotiation of franchise and other distribution agreements. He is Member of the Committee X of the International Bar Association "Franchising” and CEO of the Swiss Franchise Association and a regular lecturer and author of various publications on the subject of distribution law.
  • Mark Wilson
    Director, SR One, GlaxoSmithKline
    Mark is responsible for technology exploitation and spin-out creation, working as part of GSK’s SR One venture capital investment unit. He has led activities to create new companies and to commercialise GSK’s technology base, leading deals with major pharmaceutical companies, contract research organisations and other parties. Mark has worked for GSK in different licensing and business development roles for the last fourteen years, has been involved in over 100 commercial transactions, and has managed portfolios of major alliances. He originally trained as an engineer and has extensive experience of pre-clinical development. He holds a Master's degree and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Leeds, in addition to an MBA from Columbia University and London Business School.

Social Programme

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 23 June 2013, 18.00
Location: Davos Congress Centre
Dress code: Business Attire

Gala Dinner and Dance

Monday, 24 June 2013, 19.30
Location: Morosani Schweizerhof
Dress code: Cocktail Attire

Farewell Dinner

Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 19.00
Location: Schatzalp – Magic Mountain
Dress code: Smart casual