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Andrew Hammond is a founding partner of Valea AB and is Director of IP for the company. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and has been working in the IP field since 1983, initially as an Examiner at the European Patent Office and since 1990 in private practice in Sweden. He qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 1993. Aside from some prosecution and opinion work, most of his time is spent in contentious post-grant patent proceedings. He is frequently in The Hague and Munich representing domestic and foreign clients before Opposition Divisions and the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office. He is also heavily involved in several global litigation cases. Andrew is a CEIPI-tutor in Strasbourg and regularly holds lectures and seminars on all aspects of European patent procedures. When Finland ratified the EPC, Andrew provided a two-year training program for its patent attorneys in European patent law and this was later repeated for the Norwegian profession when Norway joined the EPC.
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