IP in the life sciences industries 2009


Clifford Chance LLP

Königsallee 59
Dusseldorf 40215
Tel: +49 211 43 550
Fax: +49 211 43 555 600
Web: www.cliffordchance.com
Claudia Milbradt

Claudia Milbradt is a partner in the Dusseldorf office of Clifford Chance. She is specialised in the field of intellectual property, including on patents, the German Employee Inventions Act, licensing law and technology transfer, trademarks, copyright and unfair competition. Dr Milbradt primarily advises pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies and is a member of the Clifford Chance healthcare and life science group. She is experienced in litigation (including interim injunction proceedings), as well as non-contentious IP matters – in particular, licensing, research and development and cooperation agreements.

European Patent Office

Bob van Benthem Platz 1
Munich 80469
Tel: +49 89 2399 0
Fax: +49 89 2399 2850
Web: www.epo.org
Ciaran McGinley

Jonas Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Hohenstaufenring 62
Cologne 50674
Tel: +49 221 27758 0
Fax: +49 221 27758 1
Web: www.jonas-lawyers.com
Email: info@jonas-lawyers.com
Martin Viefhues

Martin Viefhues has a wide range of experience in trademark prosecution, litigation and contractual matters, and was previously in-house trademark counsel for one of the world’s leading food companies. He focuses on trademarks, names, industrial designs and domain names, as well as all legal aspects of all kinds of marketing activities, in particular in the health and food business. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group, INTA and MARQUES, among others.

Hong Kong

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Suite 3008 One Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2526 5000
Fax: +852 2524 3000
Web: www.dorsey.com
Email: hongkong@dorsey.com
Cedric Lam

Cedric Lam is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s Hong Kong office and heads the firm’s IP team in Greater China. He has over 12 years’ experience in counselling IP transactions and implementing IP protection strategies, as well as advising on related regulatory and compliance issues, for many multinational and domestic pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices and other healthcare companies. He has been recognised as an Asialaw Leading Lawyer in IP. Mr Lam is also experienced in anticounterfeiting and other IP enforcement matters, and has served as Asia-Pacific regional legal counsel of an international IP collective.

Isabella Liu

Isabella Liu is a senior IP associate at Dorsey & Whitney’s Hong Kong office. She holds a PhD in molecular pharmacology and toxicology from Imperial College, London. Her area of practice covers a broad range of IP issues in China, including patent prosecution and enforcement and commercial IP matters such as brand acquisition, licensing and technology transfer. She also advises on various regulatory issues such as market approvals, product safety, labelling and advertising. Overall, she has considerable experience in helping pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and other healthcare companies to register, defend, enforce, protect and exploit their IP rights in China.


Luzzatto & Luzzatto Patent Attorneys

9 Hagat Street
Omer Industrial Park
Omer 84965
Tel: +972 8 6467 070
Fax: +972 8 646 7080
Web: www.luzzatto.co.il
Email: mail@luzzatto.co.il
Kfir Luzzatto

Kfir Luzzatto was born and educated in Italy. After serving in the Israeli army, he acquired his technical education in Israel, where he obtained a doctorate in chemical engineering. He has received a number of academic awards, including the Landau Award for Research. He has taught university courses on patents and technology, and is the author of numerous technical, scientific and professional articles, including an educational series of articles in the Hebrew press. Dr Luzzatto is the author of The World of Patents, published in 2002 in Israel by Globes Press.


Franzosi Dal Negro Pensato Setti

Via Brera 5
Milan 20121
Tel: +39 02 859 091
Fax: +39 2 720 994 25
Web: www.franzosi.com
Email: info@franzosi.com
Agata Sobol

Agata Sobol is a senior associate at Franzosi Dal Negro Pensato Setti, where she has been working since 2003. She specialises in industrial property litigation, with specific reference to patents. She has published several articles in international IP reviews. A Polish citizen, she graduated in Poland and France and was admitted to the Italian Bar in 2007. Ms Sobol speaks fluent Polish, English, Italian, French and Spanish.

Federica Santonocito

Federica Santonocito is a partner with Franzosi Dal Negro Pensato Setti. She specialises in industrial property litigation and counselling. She graduated from the University of Perugia and then became a researcher in the industrial and intellectual property law department of the University of Perugia. Ms Santonocito is a member of AIPPI and LES, and has authored various articles published in Italian, English and German law reviews. She has also spoken at numerous national and international conferences.


Olivares & Cia

Pedro Luis Ogazon 17
Col San Angel
Mexico City 01000
Tel: +52 55 5322 3000
Fax: +52 55 5322 3001
Web: www.olivares.com.mx
Email: olivlaw@olivares.com.mx
Abraham Diaz

Abraham Diaz Arceo has been an associate with Olivares & Cía, SC since 1998. His area of practice is intellectual property law, mainly litigation, copyrights, trademarks, patents, new technologies, Internet law and domain name dispute resolution matters. He is an active member of the Mexican group of ASIPI, past-president of the Internet Committee of the Mexican Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, and a member of INTA and MARQUES. He has authored numerous articles on the subject of intellectual property law.


Nederlandsch Octrooibureau

New Babylon City Offices
Anna van Buerenplein 21a
The Hague 2595
Tel: +31 70 331 2500
Fax: +31 70 352 7528
Web: www.nlo.eu
Email: info@nlo.nl
BW Swinkels

Bart Swinkels heads the firm’s chemistry and life sciences section and is stationed in The Hague. A Dutch and European patent attorney, he practises in all areas of biotechnology. He has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of complex patent applications and he frequently advises biotech firms on IP strategy. Dr Swinkels was involved in opposition/appeal proceedings on BRCA1, the University of Edinburgh’s stem-cell patent, cross-border litigation on HerceptinTM and due diligence evaluations on the IP assets of biotech firms.

Caroline Pallard

Caroline Pallard is an associate partner of Nederlandsch Octrooibureau in The Hague. A Dutch and European patent attorney, she practises in the field of biotechnology. She has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting complex patent applications, and frequently advises biotech start-ups on their IP strategy. She also has experience in supporting complex licence negotiations. Before joining the firm in 2006, Dr Pallard worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dutch Cancer Institute and subsequently in the patent department of DSM/Gist-brocades in Delft.


Awapatent AB

Matrosgatan 1
Malmo 21118
Tel: +46 40 98 51 00
Fax: +46 40 26 05 16
Web: www.awa.com
Email: mail@awa.com
Inga-Lill Andersson

Inga-Lill Andersson joined Awapatent in 2000 and is the head of the firm’s life sciences specialist group. Her main fields of expertise include chemistry, biotechnology and medicine. She has extensive experience of drafting, filing and worldwide prosecution of patent applications. She has also been involved in due diligence investigations and freedom-tooperate analyses, encompassing infringement and validity issues. Ms Andersson has experience of oppositions before the European Patent Office, as well as national litigation procedures. She has lectured at ia Nordic IPR Forum, the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce and numerous seminars in the United States.

Karl Olsson

Karl Olsson focuses his practice on legal and strategic services relating to the defence and commercialisation of intellectual property rights. His practice includes acquisition, contract and antitrust law matters. He joined Awapatent in 2006. Previously, he worked with international law firm Linklaters and as a lawyer and legal counsel in Malmö, Stockholm and Brussels. Mr Olsson is a member of the firm’s life science specialist group and its management group.

Maria Stenbäck

Maria Stenbäck joined Awapatent in 1994. She handles all patentrelated matters within the life sciences field, including drafting and prosecution of patent applications worldwide, freedom-to-operate analyses and infringement/validity investigations. She has experience of opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO and patent litigation in the Swedish courts. She also has experience from working as an in-house patent counsel for client companies. Ms Stenbäck is the head of the European patent law group at Awapatent and is also a member of the specialist groups for life sciences and litigation.


E Blum & Co

Vorderberg 11
Zurich 8044
Tel: +41 43 222 56 00
Fax: +41 43 222 56 01
Web: www.eblum.ch
Email: mail@eblum.ch
Julia Molitor

Julia Molitor holds a master’s degree in biotechnology, and a postgraduate degree in intellectual property. She previously worked in R&D in different areas of biotechnology (molecular biology, enzymology, microbiology, virology, cell culture, bioprocess engineering) in academia and industry, both in South America and in Europe. Active in the patent field since 2004, she joined E Blum & Co AG in 2006. Fluent in German, English and Spanish, Ms Molitor counsels universities, small and medium-sized companies and international concerns in patent matters, in particular drafting and prosecution of patent applications and supplementary protection certificates.

Regula Béatrice Rüedi

Regula Rüedi studied chemistry and has a PhD in organometallic chemistry. She has several years of practical experience in industry in the fields of analytical chemistry, materials and surface analysis. She became a patent attorney in 1990 and was admitted as a European patent attorney in 1994. Her main activities cover patent law, in particular expert opinions and litigation work in patent infringement and invalidity cases, drafting and prosecution of patent applications and supplementary protection certificates, opposition and appeal procedures, especially in the fields of chemistry, materials, pharmacy, foodstuffs and genetic engineering, as well as advising clients on patent matters.

United States

Clifford Chance LLP

31 West 52nd Street
New York NY 10019 6131
Tel: +1 212 878 8000
Fax: +1 212 878 8375
Web: www.cliffordchance.com
Daryl Fairbairn

ipCapital Group Inc

426 Industrial Avenue
Suite 150
Williston VT 05495
Tel: +1 802 859 7800 267
Fax: +1 802 859 0183
Web: www.ipcapitalgroup.com
Email: info@ipcg.com
John Cronin

Katherine Shore

Woodcock Washburn LLP

Cira Centre 12th Floor
2929 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-2891
Tel: +1 215 568 3100
Fax: +1 215 568 3439
Web: www.bakerlaw.com
Charlie C Lyu

Charlie Lyu devotes his time at Woodcock Washburn to a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, patent litigation, licensing and trademarks. Prior to joining Woodcock Washburn, Mr Lyu worked for a medical malpractice defence law firm, learning the complexities involved with litigation. Additionally, he spent time working in biological research laboratories focused on vaccination development and research. Mr Lyu graduated cum laude in 2008 from the University of Miami School of Law, where his coursework focused primarily on intellectual property issues.

Wendy A Choi

Wendy Choi's practice primarily focuses on patent prosecution for clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. They range from start-ups to large corporations in both domestic and international patent matters. Ms Choi’s practice benefits from extensive first-hand knowledge of the business world. Prior to joining Woodcock Washburn, Ms Choi spent more than 10 years working on patent matters for firms in the chemical, biotechnology and mechanical industries. Combined with an academic grounding in chemistry, Ms Choi’s knowledge of the patent process in scientific industries is substantial.


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