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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 2023
Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2023

Listed in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2023

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 2023
Listed in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2023

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 and 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 potential of Computer-implemented inventions (CII) and artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe, and since AI and 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.

RECOGNITIONS

  • Managing IP: IP Star 2023
  • Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2023

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 and Artificial Intelligence
  • User Interfaces
  • Audiology
  • Sensors
  • Telecommunication
  • Mechanics
  • Optics
  • Medical Devices and Applications

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 2023

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 2023

Listed in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2023

 

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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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 2023

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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Hans C. Nielsen

Hans began his career in the IP industry in the early 1990s and joined aera as Chief Patent Officer in 2023.

Before joining aera, Hans held several senior management positions in another European IP consultancy.  Moreover, before joining the IP industry, Hans worked as naval architect and mechanical engineer in a Danish consultancy designing large commercial ships.

Hans is a senior patent attorney and has vast experience in all fields within the IP industry. He excels in handling complex challenges and is, amongst his colleagues and clients, known as a true ”solution finder”, which means that Hans is likely to provide clear and often unique solutions to opportunities and challenges.

At aera, Hans is focusing on developing our patent business even further alongside focusing also on technology, IP management systems, and business intelligence as fundamental components of a next-gen IP platform for aera.

Managing IP: IP Star 2023
Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2023

EXPERIENCE

  • Naval architecture (design and propulsion)
  • Automotive
  • Mechanics
  • Green Tech (wind, solar & water)
  • ICT
  • Software

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ADIPA (formerly The Danish Association of Patent Agents)
  • FICPI

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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 2023
Recommended Individual – IAM Patent 1000 2023

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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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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Johannes Wehner

Johannes entered the patent business in 2012.

Johannes studied law and chemistry with a strong focus on organic and biological chemistry. In patent law firms based in Munich, Germany, he worked as patent attorney and managing partner. Following his entrepreneurial mindset, Johannes founded his own law firm in greater Frankfurt area, Germany, in 2017.

Johannes enjoys keeping a bigger picture in mind. He practices comprehensive consultancy with international clients regarding their patent and brand portfolio. He strongly believes that regular engagement with inventors supports a creative mindset and keeps his network vivid. Johannes is convinced that close contact to each individual client is the decisive success factor for good IP protection. Clients appreciate his solution-oriented approach to IP and his commitment to provide excellent services.

Johannes has extensive experience in all kinds of patent matters, including drafting, filing and prosecution of patents, mainly in the area of in chemistry, biochemistry and related fields in particular in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry as well as chemical engineering. Johannes is also regularly handling opposition and appeal cases for his clients.

Johannes holds a lecturer position at the University of Frankfurt where he teaches chemistry students the basics of patent law.

Listed in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2023

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • German Patent Attorney
  • European Trademark & Design Attorney
  • Economic Lawyer (University of Bayreuth)
  • Ph.D. and Diploma in chemistry (University of Kiel)
  • LLM in Technology and Intellectual Property Law (University of Liverpool)
  • First state exam in law (Dipl. Jur.) (University of Kiel)

EXPERIENCE

  • Polymers
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Organic chemistry
  • Biological chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical engineering

MEMBERSHIPS

  • European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • Chamber of German Patent Attorneys
  • German Chemical Society (GDCh)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)

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David Loretto

David entered the patent profession in 1999, after more than a decade conducting scientific research in electron microscopy and semiconductor processing at industrial, government and university laboratories, principally in the U.S.

After graduating from law school in New York, David studied Spanish in Mexico and clerked for Judge (now Associate Justice) Samuel A. Alito, Jr. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Newark, New Jersey.

David has extensive experience, obtained at major U.S. and European firms, with patent drafting, U.S. and international patent prosecution, U.S. patent litigation, drafting U.S. non-infringement opinions and advising on licensing and other patent-related agreements.

David has worked with startups and multinational clients, in sectors ranging from advanced laboratory instruments to semiconductor manufacturing to construction materials.

David’s clients appreciate his understanding of the many challenges facing businesses, and  his attention to detail combined with an ability to convey complex technical and  legal issues clearly and, above all, concisely.

EXPERIENCE

  • Electron microscopes and other laboratory instruments
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Home construction materials
  • Metal industries

EDUCATION

  • B.Sc. in physics from Bristol University (1983)
  • Ph.D in materials science and engineering from the University of Birmingham (1988)
  • J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (2002)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • New York state and federal courts

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Laura Gisler

Laura began her legal and patent career in tech, at a large multinational, drafting and prosecuting patents with the USPTO for inventors globally. She focused her work on AI/LLM (Watson Health) and quantum computing, but enjoyed working across technology areas including the Internet of Things, data compression, and digital and wireless communication.

Since her time building a solid foundation in patent drafting and prosecution, she has worked globally with start-ups to large multinationals across industries. Driven by curiosity and connection, she has gained broad experience during that time in diverse areas including building and leading IP departments from the ground up in anticipation of IPO, to creating and implementing strategies for existing companies, to leading IP due diligence for VC funding, including traditional due diligence as well as business-focused IP readiness and value assessments, to working in the more day-to-day tasks of patent and trademark licensing and structuring IP ownership in complex, multi-party joint development projects.

Her practice also focuses on holistic assessment, creation, and utilisation of IP assets within an organisation, with experience in activities like leading harvesting sessions with design and engineering teams, IP-centric software licensing and open source software compliance, as well as strategic patent, design and trademark portfolio creation and management. As global head of IP she was responsible for creating and implementing strategies for launching and protecting global brands.

She brings her US-focused approach to her work with an eye for creating licensing and litigation ready assets.

Through her in-house experience, she has learned common patterns and hurdles that impact IP stakeholders, from engineers to executives. Her clients appreciate her acute awareness of and appreciation for their challenges and her willingness to roll up her sleeves and join them in the trenches of IP management and value creation.

She is an active mentor and a frequently invited speaker and university lecturer in IP strategy.

EXPERIENCE

  • Electronics
  • Software
  • Mobile Applications
  • Telecommunications
  • Machine learning Techniques: AI, neural networks, LLM
  • Automotive
  • Information Security
  • Quantum Computing

MEMBERSHIPS

  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Minnesota Supreme Court

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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.

Managing IP – IP Stars: Rising Star 2023

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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Mattias Salling Dahllöf

Mattias entered the IP profession in 2015. After completing his M.Sc. and Ph.D. within inflammation, diabetes, and druggable targets from the University of Copenhagen he joined a Danish private practice, and has also worked for a leading UK based IP firm before joining aera.

He works with large international clients primarily in pharma and biotechnology, as well as with universities and start-ups.

Clients appreciate his attention to details and his ability to maintain the focus on the commercial value on innovation.

EDUCATION

  • Certified Danish Patent Agent
  • CEIPI Basic Training in European Patent Law
  • M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine, University of Copenhagen
  • Ph.D. in Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen

EXPERIENCE

  • Molecular biology
  • Immunology & radioimmunology
  • Vaccines
  • Diagnostics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug substances
  • Medicine
  • Cosmetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Protein chemistry
  • Small compounds
  • Food and feed technology
  • Patent litigation

 

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Pierre-Henri Degoy

Pierre-Henri holds a master’s degree in Biotechnology and Genomics; and entered the patent profession in 2017 after graduating from the CEIPI.

He has notably worked for a leading French IP law firm and as an in-house attorney for a major pharmaceutical company, with a deep focus on RNAi-related IP such as ASOs, siRNAs, antimiRs, and blockmiRs.

This experience in both the private practice and the industry worlds has enabled him to build up a keen sense of service as well as an acute understanding of the commercial interest of IP, and an in-depth insight into the needs of corporate clients.

His clients and colleagues appreciate his solution-oriented mind, and his ability to understand and communicate on complex IP situations.

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Litigation Certificate from Politecnico di Milano
  • European Patent Attorney
  • CEIPI diploma in Patents and Trademarks / Industrial Designs
  • M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Genomics and Biotherapy of the University of Limoges (France)
  • B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of the University of Toulouse (France)

EXPERIENCE

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular biology
  • RNA interference (ASOs, siRNA, antimiRs, blockmiRs)
  • Litigation

MEMBERSHIPS

  • European Patent Institute (EPI)

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Szonja Szenczi-Molnár

Szonja advises Danish and international pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as universities on how to best secure patent protection for their inventions.

Szonja entered the patent profession in 2015, first as a student assistant at a boutique patent firm in Copenhagen, while completing her MSc degree in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.

Prior to coming to Copenhagen, Szonja completed her BSc in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.

Szonja completed all EQEs on the first attempt in 2022 and is currently enrolled at a university diploma course at CEIPI (completion date: May 2024), which will allow her to represent clients at the UPC.

Szonja has gained extensive experience in patent drafting and prosecution through her previous positions, and she known for het diligent approach and out-of-the-box thinking when drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Szonja also has experience with opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO.

To upkeep her legal knowledge, Szonja actively participated in in-house training of paralegal and patent attorney staff members and has acted as a bench-marker for Paper D of the EQEs since 2023.

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Medicinal Chemistry, Master of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, Bachelor of Science with Honours, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

EXPERIENCE

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Use
  • Polymers
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • EPO Oppositions

MEMBERSHIPS

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

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Stefan Lautmann

Stefan has been in the patent profession since 2004. Early in his career he became partner in an IP firm based in Karlstad, Sweden. After many years of work he resigned and took a three-year partial break from the IP field but was eventually persuaded to return to head the patent department of another Stockholm based IP firm. Upon return to the business, he was asked to chair the board of SEPAF, the industry organization for Swedish intellectual property companies, which he did for two years.

Stefan has extensive knowledge within a wide range of technologies including mechanics, mechatronics, and material science. Today his primary focus is within metallurgy, where he serves several leading companies.

Stefan experiences include drafting, prosecution, oppositions, and portfolio management.

EDUCATION

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Intellectual property course for the European patent litigation certificate
  • Engineering physics at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm/Sweden

EXPERIENCE

  • Materials, particularly metallurgy
  • Mechanics
  • Mechatronics

MEMBERSHIPS

  • European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • Listed as representative at the EPO and the UPC

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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

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Joachim Møller Larsen

Following a few intermittent positions within academia and teaching, Joachim entered the patent profession when he joined the Danish Patent- and Trademark Office and worked with examination of patent applications within the life sciences and medical technology for 8 years.

He has a master’s degree in Biology-biotechnology from the University of Copenhagen and during his master’s thesis he worked with molecular cloning and pathway engineering to provide a biological system for producing the highly complex sesquiterpene compound thapsigargin, which can be used in the form of a prodrug to target solid tumors.

Having worked extensively with patent applications from a broad range of technical fields, Joachim has a strong knowledge of patentability assessments and patentability searches as well as the patenting procedure in general.

Education:

  • M.Sc. in Biology-biotechnology, University of Copenhagen
  • B.Sc. in Biology-biotechnology, University of Copenhagen

Experience:

  • Patentability search and assessment
  • Molecular tools and systems for genetic engineering
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Protein and biochemistry
  • Human, plant and microbial physiology

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Frederik Bernstorff

Frederik joined the patent profession after completing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin prior to which he completed a Bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering at Swansea University.

For his Masters thesis he investigated the mechanical properties of Polypropylene mesh used to treat organ prolapse in order to broaden the understanding of this type of treatment to enable better solutions to be developed.

Frederik works on patent drafting and prosecution for inventions within the fields of mechanics, material science, MedTech, IoT, electronics, software and automotive.

EDUCATION

  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
  • B.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering

EXPERIENCE

  • Biomedical Devices
  • Mechanical Testing of Materials
  • Materials Characterization
  • Metallurgy