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Nicka Kirstejn

Nicka entered the patent profession in early 2001 after his biotech start-up firm ran out of cash, when joining a large Scandinavian IP firm – who up to that time had handled the IP of his own start-up.

In his early career Nicka specialised in advising universities and early stage companies within technology transfers. He has helped several companies through IP due diligence in successful private and public financing rounds and in giving firms advice on license negotiations.

Nicka understands the value of IP as a business tool, and clients appreciate his pragmatic commercial approach combined with his experience of patent prosecution and strategy in working with small, medium and large companies and academic institutions, ranging from spin-outs to multinationals.

Over the years as team leader and partner, Nicka developed interest in management, and in 2012 moved on to become CEO of one of Europe’s largest IP firms. In 2014, Nicka joined a newly founded patent boutique.

The entrepreneurial drive led to the founding of aera in the beginning of 2018, where Nicka will carry forward the desire to serve his clients, who cherish and value his devotion to solve complicated technical and legal issues before the EPO in both prosecution end opposition proceedings.

Managing IP: IP Star 2021
Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2021

Listed in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Design Attorney
  • Certificate European Patent Litigation Course (Centre d’Etudes Internationales de là Propriété Intellectuelle), Université de Strasbourg, France
  • Business Management Competence Development Program, School of Business and Social Sciences, The University of Aarhus, Denmark,
  • Molecular biologist, Master of Science, The University of Aarhus, Denmark

EXPERIENCE

  • Diagnostics & prognostic markers
  • Molecular biology, particular recombinant nucleic acid
  • Immunology & vaccination techniques
  • Food technology
  • Biochemistry
  • Technology transfer & scouting
  • IP value extraction

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ADIPA (formerly The Danish Association of Patent Agents)
  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

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Per Larsen

Per entered the patent profession in early 2008 after being part of a patent process during his own Ph.D., and subsequent Post. Doc.

After the Post.Doc he specialised in advising universities and early stage companies, including technology transfer, during nearly a decade at one of the largest IP firms in Scandinavia.

Here Per also had a chance to be part of the team that handled international relations, and he was also head of biotechnology.

The entrepreneurial drive led to the founding of aera in the beginning of 2018, where Per will continue to serve his clients with passion and commitment.

Per has helped several companies through IP due diligence in successful private and public financing rounds, and in giving firms advice on license negotiations.

He understands the value of IP as a business tool, and clients appreciate his pragmatic approach combined with his extensive experience in handling cases before the European Patent Office and other major and minor patent jurisdictions, from USA to Japan, and Brazil to Thailand.

Clients appreciate his commitment, including the ability to understand and communicate complicated technical and legal issues.

Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2021
Listed in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Design Attorney
  • European Trademark Attorney
  • Certificate European Patent Litigation Course, Centre d’Etudes Internationales de là Propriété Intellectuelle, Université de Strasbourg, France
  • M.Sc. in molecular biology and chemistry, Aarhus University
  • Ph.D. in molecular biology, Aarhus University

EXPERIENCE

  • Molecular biology and medical related inventions
  • Immunology & radioimmunology
  • Vaccines
  • Diagnostics & prognostic markers
  • Biochemistry
  • Food technology
  • Process chemistry
  • Technology transfer & scouting
  • IP value extraction

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ADIPA (formerly The Danish Association of Patent Agents)
  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

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Anders Sandgaard

Anders has a M.Sc. in Engineering with heavy focus on Electronics & Mathematics from the Danish Technical University, where he worked with nonlinear dynamic systems and time series entered the patent profession in 2003 in one of Europe’s largest IP-firms.

He has from day one been heavily involved with a major hearing aid and provided legal advice to protect all four cornerstones of smart hearing technology – audiology, connectivity, apps and design.

Anders has a profound understanding of the problematic issue of Computer-implemented inventions (CII) in Europe, and since “software patents” have the highest growth rate among all patent categories presented to the European Patent Office (EPO), his skills are in high demand ranging from largest software/hardware developer to the smallest start-up company with the vision to change the world.

With the explosion of the Internet of things (IoT) Anders has been committed to make an enormous effort in providing “invention harvesting” for clients who traditionally did not use IoT interaction, and filed numerous applications on the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to connect and exchange data.

Anders has extensive experience of prosecuting patent applications before numerous patent offices and frequently represents his clients at hearings before the EPO. His work has been used in successful global patent licensing and litigation discussions, and he also conducts opinion work.

Anders has been a CEIPI (Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle) tutor since 2008 and continues to lecture prospective European Patent Attorneys in their preparation for the EQE (European qualifying examination), which tests candidates’ knowledge and aptitude to represent applicants in EPO proceedings and is widely regarded as one of the most demanding professional examinations.

Managing IP: IP Star 2021
Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2020

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Certificate European Patent Litigation Course (Centre d’Etudes Internationales de là Propriété Intellectuelle, Université de Strasbourg, France
  • Master of Science in Engineering & Mathematics from the Danish Technical University (DTU)

EXPERIENCE

  • Electronics
  • Software
  • User Interfaces
  • Audiology
  • Sensors
  • Telecommunication
  • Mechanics
  • Optics

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ADIPA (formerly The Danish Association of Patent Agents)
  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

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Hanane Fathi Roswall

Hanane entered the patent profession in early 2009 with more than 10 years of experience in research and development in Telecommunications and Cyber security. She has worked both in industry and academia in Europe and in Japan.

Hanane applies her prior experience as a scientist to advise clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent drafting, prosecution, oppositions, acquisitions and competitive analysis. Hanane collaborates with a variety of clients ranging from multinational clients to small and medium size high tech companies in medical devices, consumer electronics, software, telecommunications, cryptography, and machine learning techniques.

Clients appreciate her ability to grasp complex techniques combined with her legal expertise in patent drafting, prosecution and strategy.

Her drive towards continuous improvement led to the founding of aera in the beginning of 2018, where Hanane serves clients with wit and passion.

Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2021

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Ph. D. in Wireless Communications, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • M. Sc. E. E. , Aalborg University, Denmark
  • M. Sc. Telecommunication Engineering, Ecole Centrale d’ Electronique, Paris, France

EXPERIENCE

  • Electronics
  • Software
  • Business Methods
  • Telecommunications
  • Cryptography
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Machine Learning Techniques
  • Technology Transfer & Scouting

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ADIPA (formerly The Danish Association of Patent Agents)
  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

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Ylva Skoglösa

Ylva entered the patent profession in 1999. After finishing a Ph.D. at BMC at Uppsala University, she specialized in strategic advising, prosecuting world-wide patent portfolios, life cycle management and litigation. Ylva has been a thought-after advisor for multinational companies, as well as universities and early stage companies, including technology transfer, during over a decade at one of the largest IP firms in Scandinavia.

Ylva has been a long-term part of the team handling international relations, such as the preferred-partner program as well as been responsible for handling international clients. She was long-term member of the management and a board member.

Ylva has helped several companies through IP due diligence in successful private and public financing rounds, and in giving firms advice on license negotiations as well as acquisitions.

She has a solid understanding of the value of IP as a business tool, and clients appreciate her pragmatic approach combined with her extensive experience in handling cases before the European Patent Office and other major and minor patent jurisdictions.

Clients appreciate her commitment, including the ability to understand and communicate complicated technical and legal issues.


Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2021

Listed in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists

 

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Authorised Patent Attorney (SE)
  • Ph.D. in medical research, BMC at Uppsala University, Sweden
  • M.Sc. in biology, Hamburg University, Germany

EXPERIENCE

  • Gene therapy
  • Animal genetics
  • Vaccines
  • Diagnostics & prognostic markers
  • Biochemistry
  • Protein pharmaceuticals
  • Food technology
  • Plant genetics and technology
  • Technology transfer & scouting
  • IP value extraction

MEMBERSHIPS

  • European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • Patentombundsnämnden (SE)

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Nils Jakob Mørkbak

Nils started out as a trainee in a large Danish IP firm in 1999 after finishing his degree in physics & chemistry and ended up as department manager and partner in 2008 before relocating to Germany for private reasons (yes…love) and joined aera in the spring of 2018.

As key account manager on a number of big clients, he has been orchestrating teams of patent attorneys to cover broad technological areas. Nils has assisted several large academic institutions in different countries with evaluating and prioritising their new ideas as well as their existing portfolios.

Nils understands the value of IP as a strategic tool, and clients appreciate his direct and honest approach to when to pursue patenting – and when not to. He has extensive drafting and prosecution experience and has yet to back down from a complicated invention, that being endovascular surgery, quantum computing or time travelling (honestly!).

 

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Business Management Competence Development Program, School of Business and Social Sciences, The University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • M. Sc. Physics and Chemistry, The University of Aarhus, Denmark

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Lasers and optics
  • Still imaging
  • Medical imaging
  • Medical devices
  • Optical communication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Generel physics

 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

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Henrik Skødt

Henrik has extensive experience advising clients on all patent-related matters, most recently with a major German IP law firm and in-house with a major pharmaceutical company.

He has worked with all aspects of IP concerning pharmaceutical inventions, including SPCs. At the pharmaceutical company, he was responsible for EPO oppositions and therefore has substantial experience in both arguing cases before the opposition divisions and boards of appeal of the EPO, as well as working with the commercial aspects of pharmaceutical patenting.

Henrik furthermore has experience with patent litigation in Denmark supporting attorneys at law in arguing patent cases before the Danish courts, primarily in pharmaceutical patent litigation. He has acted as a court-appointed expert (skønsmand), which assists the court in determining the facts of the case.

In addition to working in contentious proceedings, he maintains his drafting and prosecution skills when assisting clients in protecting their innovations. He believes strongly in working closely with each individual client to arrive at the best filing strategy for the client, since the client’s business should take center stage in determining the strategy.

In addition to working with pharmaceutical portfolios, Henrik further has experience with chemical patents in general, in particular polymer-related inventions, such as coatings, hydrogels etc.

Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2021

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Certificate European Patent Litigation Course (Centre d’Etudes Internationales de là Propriété Intellectuelle, Université de Strasbourg, France
  • Ph.D. and M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Copenhagen

EXPERIENCE

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical use
  • EPO oppositions and appeals
  • DK litigation
  • Coatings
  • Polymers
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Diagnostics

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ADIPA (formerly The Danish Association of Patent Agents)
  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

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Rasmus Fredlund

Rasmus entered the patent profession in 2009. After finishing an M.Sc. in Vehicle Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, he joined the Swedish Patent Office as an examiner in the fields of vehicle technology and medical devices. Shortly thereafter he moved to Germany where he joined Suzlon Technology Group – a large Indian wind turbine manufacturer – as an inhouse patent attorney. While working closely with the company’s R&D departments in Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and India, he gained valuable experience in patent drafting, prosecution and portfolio management.

In 2013, Rasmus entered private practice when he joined one of the Tier 1 IP firm in Sweden. There, he worked primarily with patent prosecution in the fields of IT/Telecommunications, vehicle technology and mechanical engineering. He was also frequently engaged in opposition proceedings before the EPO, freedom to operate investigations and litigation proceedings.

Rasmus has extensive knowledge within a wide range of technologies from mechanical inventions to complex cross border inventions that span over several fields of technology, such as software, electronics, sensors and telecommunications.

Having worked as an examiner and an inhouse patent attorney before private practice, Rasmus has gained a balanced view and understanding of the challenges faced in the different practice areas, which is highly appreciated by our clients.

Clients appreciate his positive personality, his solution-oriented approach to IP and his drive to provide solid and dedicated services.

Managing IP – IP Stars: Notable 2021

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Authorised Patent Attorney (SE)
  • M.Sc. in Vehicle Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm/Sweden

EXPERIENCE

  • Automotive
  • ICT & Software
  • Mechanics
  • Medical devices
  • Wind energy
  • Electronics

MEMBERSHIPS

  • European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • Patentombudsnämnden (SE)
  • Svenska Industrins Patentförening (SIPF)

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Emil Agostini

Emil has a M.Sc. in physics and nanotechnologies from the Danish Technical University, where he worked with nanofabrication, renewable energies and catalysis studies, and entered the patent profession in early 2016 in one of Europe’s largest IP-firms.

Emil has worked with clients within the fields of software, mechanics, electronics, medtech, renewable energies, and automotive.

Clients appreciate his creative problem-solving abilities and his drive to combine technical, legal, and business knowledge to give direct and understandable advice.

Within the patent profession he has worked with drafting and prosecution of patent applications, maintained and created client relationships, trained new staff, held presentations introducing IP at new technology fairs and has been proactive within incubators and start-up programs where he has performed mentoring of start-up companies to guide them in the field of intellectual property.

EDUCATION

  • EQE Pre-exam 2019
  • CEIPI Substantial Patent Law
  • DIFI Claim drafting
  • M.Sc. in Physics and Nanotechnologies at the Danish Technical University, Lyngby, Denmark

EXPERIENCE

  • Software
  • Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Renewable energies
  • Automotive

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ADIPA

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Marianne Johansen

Marianne entered the IP profession in 1989 after having worked as an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen for several years. She has a Ph.D. degree on drug delivery systems and has a profound knowledge within life science including pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical formulation, drug delivery systems, diagnostics, biomarkers, medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, biotechnology, stem cell technology, immunotherapy, immunology, cell therapy etc. In addition, she has a profound knowledge and experience in IP aspects within such technical fields.

Apart from the traditional IP aspects like managing IP portfolios, pre-evaluation of possible IP protection of new projects, establishment of IP rights, oppositions and appeals, litigation of IP rights etc., her focus is on the interface between IP protection and market/data exclusivity, especially within the pharmaceutical field. An important issue for her is also all strategic aspects of IPR and she has successfully advised many clients on IP strategy focused on their business strategy.

During her IP career she has held several CEO positions, but always maintained a close relationship with her clients and maintained handling the IP work for clients as she finds it a challenging task involving skills within science, language, legal matter, business and creativity.

Marianne is a high-esteemed advisor for large, medium-sized and small sized companies as well as for university-based clients, both globally and locally based. She has been head-IP advisor for several companies, involved in public offering, mergers and acquisitions, in licensing etc. as well as being involved in due diligence processes.

Besides her IP work, Marianne is an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen and a technical judge at the Maritime and Commercial High Court as well as at Western High Court.

Managing IP – IP Stars: IP Star 2021
Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2021

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Design Attorney
  • Certificate European Patent Litigation Course (Centre d’Etudes Internationales de là Propriété Intellectuelle, Université de Strasbourg, France)
  • M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Copenhagen University
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Copenhagen University Pharmaceutical Sciences, Copenhagen University

EXPERIENCE

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Formulation of pharmaceuticals
  • Technological method for preparing of pharmaceutical
  • Drug substances
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Cosmetics
  • Food and food technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell therapy/stam cell therapy
  • Diagnostics
  • Biomarkers
  • Cosmetics
  • IP strategy
  • IP courses

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board Member of ADIPA – 2019
  • Board Member of DIFI -2019
  • CEIPI tutor

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Dan Fischer

Dan Fischer is a former partner at one of the largest IP law firms in the States, and is the point attorney for clients large and small in various technological fields in order to develop their intellectual property portfolios and become players in their respective fields.

Dan has worked in fields including metals/alloys, semiconductors and circuits, polymers, thermal spray coatings, composites, medical devices, oil pipes, catalytic converters, building construction, truck, car, and other vehicle accessories/components, and drug delivery nanoparticles, giving him a well-rounded practice and experience.

Dan helps grow new businesses, working with them to innovate exciting cutting edge technology. He also seamlessly adapts to the procedures for more established companies, helping guide them with their current portfolio as well as analysing competitor IP issues.

Dan received his J.D. from the University of Southern California, where he worked in the USC IP and Tech clinic. Before attending law school, Dan attended the University of Illinois and received a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering with concentrations in biomaterials and polymers. He also worked in the Materials Lab at FermiLab to develop superconducting cavities for their particle accelerator, specifically through the testing and analysis of supercooled niobium for superconductivity.

Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2021

EDUCATION

  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of New York
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • S. District Court – Central District of California
  • S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. Materials Science & Engineering)

EXPERIENCE

  • Automotive, Transportation & Power Sports
  • Chemical
  • Clean Technology
  • Communications Technology
  • Construction & Home Improvement
  • Electronics & Semiconductors
  • Medical Devices & Procedures
  • Nanotechnology

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Juan Sánchez García

Juan entered the patent profession in early 2012 and, since then, he has been part of both in-house (with a multinational automotive company Paris) and private practice (with one of Spain’s largest IP firms, an IP boutique in Southern France and a top-tier London IP firm) patent teams.

Juan has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting European patent applications and filing oppositions and appeals with the European Patent Office, and has regularly represented his clients at Oral Proceedings in Munich and The Hague. Likewise, he has prepared a significant amount of infringement and clearance opinions.

Juan has worked with small inventors but mostly with large multinational corporations in the aeronautical industry, the automotive industry and the field of aerosol-generating devices. He has also handled patent work, in Europe and in about 20 international jurisdictions, in industry sectors such as oil extraction methods, lighting devices, heating systems, tobacco-based consumer goods, chemical dispensers and optics, among others.

As a result of Juan’s international profile, he is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Master in European Patent Law at Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI)/Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI)
  • M.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering at Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos (ETSIA) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain

EXPERIENCE

  • Aeronautical industry (such as helicopters, power systems, composite materials, landing gears and aircraft doors)
  • Automotive industry
  • Optics
  • Lighting devices
  • Aerosol-generating devices
  • Heating systems (based on different technologies such as surface atomic waves, induction heating, resistive heating and PTC thermistors)
  • Dosing systems for chemicals
  • Tobacco-based consumer goods

MEMBERSHIPS

  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

 

 

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Siddardha Koneti

Sid entered the profession of IP after 6 years in research and development spent in France and Singapore. He was a research fellow at National University of Singapore, holds a PhD in Materials Science from INSA de Lyon, France. He holds a Masters in Nanotechnology from UCB Lyon 1 & Ecole Centrale de Lyon & INSA de Lyon.

Sid has published over 12 scientific journal publications in the fields of 3D electronic structures, Sensors, Image processing, Electron Tomography, Battery materials, Heterogenous catalysts, in reputed journals for example Science.

After working as a scientist in vivid fields of research and development, Sid acquired great ability in understanding complex ideas that is appreciated by our clients.

Sid works on patent drafting and prosecution for clients within the fields of software, mechanics, electronics, MedTech, and automotive.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science from INSA de Lyon, France
  • Masters in Nanoscale engineering from the consortium of UCB Lyon 1 & Ecole Centrale de Lyon & INSA de Lyon, France
  • B.Tech in Electronics and Communications engineering from JNTUA, India

EXPERIENCE

  • Software
  • Electronic Components & Devices
  • Telecommunications
  • Nano & Microelectronics fabrication
  • Material development & characterisation tools
  • Sensors
  • Medical devises
  • Devise integration

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Nikolaj Riis Christensen

Nikolaj Joined the patent profession after being part of multiple patent processes during his Ph.D. and Post. Doc. He has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science from the Drug Research Academy, at the University of Copenhagen, where he worked with drug design, protein interactions and molecular neurobiology in order to study basic properties of proteins and to develop novel treatments for CNS disorders.

Having worked with inventions from the side of the inventor, Nikolaj have a great insight into the transition from basic research to value creation using inventions, helping our clients to benefit from their research ideas.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science, University of Copenhagen
  • M.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of Copenhagen
  • B.Sc. in Nanoscience, University of Copenhagen

EXPERIENCE

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Gene therapy
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Protein and peptide Drug Design