IoT IP 2019


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Charles Clark
Director, IP, Centrica
Charles Clark is director of intellectual property at Centrica PLC, a leading FTSE 100 energy company. Before joining Centrica in 2016, Mr Clark was head of intellectual property at Edwards Ltd – a role that included being responsible for Atlas Copco’s vacuum solutions division during a significant growth period for the business.

Mr Clark joined Centrica’s technology and engineering corporate division shortly after its formation in order to implement IP strategies, best practices and awareness across the business. Developing and embracing new technologies is an increasingly important part of Centrica’s strategy to satisfy the changing needs of customers, in both the consumer and business sectors. As a result, establishing intellectual property and incorporating it into the company’s strategies is key to its success.
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Sharaz Gill
Senior Licensing Counsel, EMEA, Via Licensing
Sharaz Gill is the newest member of Via Licensing Corporation’s programmes team, having joined Via from Skepsis Telecom, where he was Managing Director. At Skepsis, Mr Gill’s work involved technical analysis of SEP portfolios with a focus on patent validity.

Originally an Electronics Engineer, Mr Gill became an Examiner at the EPO in 1990. After becoming a Senior Examiner, he left the EPO in 2005 to pursue a career as a Patent Litigator. His subsequent roles have included Patent Counsel at Qualcomm and Head of Patents and Licensing, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at HTC. In these latter roles, he was directly involved in many of the major disputes in the so-called ‘mobile phone wars’, including Qualcomm v Nokia, IPCom v HTC, Apple v HTC and Nokia v HTC.

Mr Gill is a chartered Engineer, a UK and European Patent Attorney and a non-practising Barrister.
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David Goodfellow
Chief Patent Counsel, EMEA, Aptiv
David Goodfellow is a patent attorney and IP strategist with 20 years’ experience protecting high-tech IP. He has spent the last 15 years in-house, helping technology companies to realise their IP and business goals. In enterprises of all sizes – from start-ups to segment leading multinationals – Mr Goodfellow has driven the full IP cycle from ideation to monetisation. He has extensive experience in guiding businesses through different patenting strategies, from high-volume to highly selected patenting.
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Hanns Hallesius
Head, Group Patents, AB Electrolux
Hanns Hallesius is Head of patent activities at Electrolux Group, a leading global provider of powered home appliances. He has held leading IP positions at the group since 2006. In addition to the responsibility for everyday activities in the patent area, Mr Hallesius drives change in IP management in order to align IP strategy and organisation with Electrolux Group’s business strategy in a constantly changing business environment.

From 1994 to 2005, Mr Hallesius worked at IP law firm Awapatent, particularly in management positions. He has an MSc from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg and an MBA from Copenhagen Business School.
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Raymond Hegarty
Chief IP Officer, Everseen
Raymond Hegarty is an IP strategist and Chief IP Officer at Everseen. Previously, he spent six years as Vice President of Global Licensing for Intellectual Ventures, where he managed a portfolio of 40,000 patents. Before that, he built IP-intensive businesses in Japan, Ireland and Luxembourg, assembled and developed teams and implemented IP exploitation processes and systems. He has closed billions of dollars’ worth of patent and trademark transactions.

Mr Hegarty authored the bestselling Kindle e-books Billion Dollar IP Strategy (2019) and Intellectual Property for Executives (2018) and co-authored the IP transfer pricing chapter in Tolley’s Transfer Pricing Risks Post-BEPS. He has advised the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and policymakers worldwide on national and international innovation and taxation strategies.

Mr Hegarty is a regular conference speaker and is connected to the global professional IP community. He has been recognised by the IAM Strategy 300 since 2011.
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Mathias Hellman
Vice President, IPR Strategy and Portfolio Management, Ericsson
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Clemens-August Heusch
Head, Dispute Resolution, EMEA, Nokia
Clemens-August Heusch is head of Dispute Resolution, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Nokia. He is responsible for litigation and arbitration throughout EMEA, with a strong focus on multinational IP litigation. Since 2008, Nokia has been involved in more than 200 patent cases worldwide.

Before joining Nokia in 2008, Dr Heusch was an Attorney at Law at international firm Bird & Bird LLP. He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Bonn and received an LLM from the University of Maastricht and a doctorate from the University of Cologne. During his traineeship, he worked in the competition law team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Brussels, among others.

Dr Heusch is a registered lawyer at the Cologne Bar and a certified IP lawyer. Fluent in German, English and French, he regularly presents and writes on a range of legal topics. He is based in Germany.
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Henrik Holzapfel
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
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Andreas Iwerbäck
Director, Group IP Intelligence, Husqvarna Group
Andreas Iwerbäck is Director of Group IP Intelligence at Husqvarna Group, where he works on securing actionable intelligence to C-level stakeholders and group management. He has 20 years’ experience in patent-related work, covering the whole value chain of patents – from filing and prosecution to licensing and litigation.

Mr Iwerbäck’s career began as Patent Attorney and he later moved to patent commercialisation. Previously, he worked in the original licensing team at Ericsson, which elevated IP rights from costing millions to bringing in billions. At Ericsson, he was responsible for patent licensing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Mr Iwerbäck has participated in hundreds of licence negotiations worldwide, with a major focus on Asia (particularly Japan). He has run successful litigation campaigns and several M&A and due diligence projects, including the world’s largest IP transaction – the Nortel-Rockstar acquisition.
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Jian Ma
Senior Director, Patent Licensing, Microsoft
Jian Ma is Senior Director of Patent Licensing at Microsoft, where she focuses on strategic IP-business partnerships. She joined Microsoft from Intellectual Ventures and previously worked at Qualcomm. Dr Ma has a PhD in physics.
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Catarina Maia
Head, Technology Licensing Office, INESC TEC
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Elisabeth Opie
International Technology Lawyer, Office of Elisabeth Opie
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Luis Iganacio Vicente del Olmo
Director, IP & Return on Innovation, Telefonica
For 29 years, Luis Ignacio Vicente del Olmo has assisted Telefonica in its innovation and industrial property-related activities. At present, he is Director of IP and Return on Innovation, a role which includes leading the Telefonica Patent Office.

Mr Vicente del Olmo is a member of the board of 5TONIC, the first 5G open lab in Europe, and Vice President of the Licensing Executive Society Spain and Portugal.

Mr Vicente del Olmo teaches IP and Industry 4.0 classes at various international business schools and universities. He has a PhD in physics and a master’s in analysis and the management of science and technology. He is also an industrial engineer and a graduate in innovation management, the telecoms economy and European communities.
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Beat Weibel
Chief IP Counsel, Siemens
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Lucy Wojcik
Head, IP, Ocado