Following earlier editions in London (2014), Berlin (2017) and Paris (2019), the fourth International IP Enforcement Summit will bring together key European and international decision-makers, law enforcement authorities, multinational companies and other relevant players to discuss ways to improve protection and enforcement of IP rights in the EU and around the globe.
The Summit aims to bring strategic and practical guidance and share good practices on how the fight against counterfeiting and piracy should contribute to a healthier society, a more sustainable environment and a stronger economy.
The event will be held online due to the pandemic situation.
Panel I. IP infringement online – Collaboration or regulation, what should come first?
A global perspective on how to engage right holders, intermediaries and enforcement authorities to collaborate against illegal activities including, in particular, IP infringement online.
Panel II. IP enforcement as a tool to protect sustainability investments
While businesses invest into environmental friendly processes and products, IPR infringers not only ride on this goodwill but also generate environmental damage due to counterfeit goods.
Panel III. New technology for IP enforcement online
What challenges do digital and technological transformation pose to IP protection and how can this be used to improve IP enforcement?
There will also be several breakout sessions during the two days.
IP Summit Hosts:
The Swedish Intellectual Property Office, PRV, is the authority for intellectual property in Sweden. It constantly works with cutting edge ideas which enables it to strengthen Sweden's growth and competitiveness.
The European Commission has responsibility for coordinating the EU policy on IP and ensuring that appropriate mechanisms of protection and enforcement of IP rights are in place in the EU. It also works with trade partners to improve their IP protection and enforcement in non-EU countries.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is the EU agency responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design. In 2012, the Office was given the responsibility for the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights which works to support the protection and enforcement of IP rights.
Speakers and interventions
by order of appearance in programme
Peter has been the Director General of the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) since March 2018. The PRV’s main task is to promote growth and strengthen Sweden’s capacity for innovation and competitiveness.
Before this, Peter spent 5 years as Chairman of the Market Surveillance Council, a national coordination body for market surveillance in Sweden, which acts as a forum for the exchange of experience and information between authorities, and which also facilitates contacts between authorities and business and consumer organisations.
Before joining the Market Surveillance Council, Peter was the Director-General of SWEDAC, the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment, the government authority responsible for checking the quality and safety of products. Prior to this, he worked as a project manager at the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA) - an association of national accreditation bodies in Europe that are officially recognised by their national governments for assessing and accrediting organisations that carry out conformity assessment services against international standards. The project group, EA Strategy 2025, delivered a new strategy for the association for the period 2017-2025.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that Peter also acted as Commissioner at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation between 2014-2015.
Kerstin Jorna is a German national and a civil servant at the European Commission where she has held various positions, amongst others as Head of Cabinet of several Commissioners and different Director posts. Mrs. Jorna is the Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Mrs. Jorna was Deputy Director-General in the Economic and Financial Affairs general directorate where her areas of responsibility included, amongst others, macroeconomic surveillance of EU Member States, the European Investment Plan and coordination with international financial institutions.
Mrs. Jorna also held positions on the Board of both the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund.
Christian Archambeau is Executive Director of the EUIPO since October 1, 2018. He has been part of the Office’s top management team since 1 December 2010, when he was appointed as Deputy Executive Director by the Council of the European Union.
A native of Belgium, he graduated from Université libre de Bruxelles as a civil engineer and worked in construction in the Middle East before moving to the European Space Agency in facility management. Prior to joining the EUIPO (formerly known as OHIM), he held a number of senior positions in the European Patent Office in Infrastructure, Administration and Human Resources.
Born in 1970, Morgan graduated from Lund University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
He is a member of the Swedish Social Democrat party and currently Minister for Justice and Migration (since 2019), and, as such, is responsible for intellectual property law, as well as constitutional, corporate, criminal, family, procedural, property and transport law, the Courts, the prison and probation services and migration and asylum policy, among many other responsibilities.
His previous positions and assignments have included:
- Minister for Justice and Home Affairs, 2017–2019
- Minister for Justice and Migration 2014–2017
- Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Justice, 2010–2014
- Member, Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution, 2006–2010
- Member, Working Committee on Constitutional Reform, 2006–2008
- Minister for Public Health and Social Services, 2002–2006
- Chair, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, 1999–2002
- Member, Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into Sexual Offences, 1998–2001
- Member, Parliamentary Committee on Justice, 1998–2002
- Member of the Riksdag, 1998–
- Political Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office, 1997–1998
- Journalist, Arbetet newspaper, 1994–1997
Prior to this, Morgan was Deputy Director-General (2001-2007) at the Ministry for Enterprise, Energy and Employment, Manager of business development and sales (1997-2001) at Teracom AB, Manager of the digital communications division (1994-1997) at the Institute of Media Technology, Project manager at the Bonnier Corporation (1990-1994) and has been a member of the boards of several companies including Teknopol AB, Vibyskolans Ekonomisk Förening, Sydsvensk Entreprenörsfond AB, Technoseed Portfolio Management AB, Boxer TV-Access AB, Senda i Sverige AB. He continues to be a board member for Atlasbalans AB.
Throughout the years he has complemented his university studies with courses in auditing and business.
Mr. Lotz is overseeing Sky's efforts in tackling audio-visual content piracy across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Mr. Lotz is also the Sky Group's operational lead on copyright-related policy initiatives. His department is working with law enforcement agencies, regulatory authorities and a multitude of private sector stakeholders such as online platforms and internet service providers to help prevent the illegal dissemination of Sky’s sports, fiction and documentary video content. Prior to his role at Sky, Mr. Lotz worked at Baker McKenzie advising clients in international IT and media-related legal matters.
Mr. Lotz has studied law at Bucerius Law School and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He further holds law degrees with a focus on media and IP matters from the University of Hong Kong and Free University Berlin.
Steve K. Francis
Mr. Steve Francis is the Assistant Director for Global Trade Investigations Division with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. In this position, he is responsible for the oversight of HSI’s national programs related to trade enforcement, intellectual property, and counter proliferation. Prior to this assignment, from August 2017 through May 2019, Mr. Francis served as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for HSI Detroit with an area of responsibility that included the states of Michigan and Ohio. In this position, Mr. Francis was responsible for overseeing more than 220 law enforcement agents, intelligence analysts and professional administrative staff throughout Michigan and Ohio. The law enforcement personnel were charged with investigating over 400 violations of U.S. laws in furtherance of promoting Homeland Security, Public Safety and Border Security. Preceding his appointment, Mr. Francis served in several critical managerial positions. As the Deputy SAC, Mr. Francis was responsible for managing and directing all investigative operations within Michigan and Ohio. As the Assistant SAC, Mr. Francis was the administrative overseer of HSI Detroit’s Certified Undercover Operation and maintained operational oversight of four criminal investigative groups comprised of law enforcement officers from local, state, federal and foreign task force officers. Mr. Francis holds a bachelor's degree at Michigan State University.
Since December, 2016 Graham has been Alibaba’s Global IP Enforcement Senior Director, based in London with a global remit. He compliments a team that works with international brands, retail partners, industry associations, government regulators, law enforcement and other organisations to advance Alibaba Group's IP protection efforts.
Previously at Apple Inc., having served with them from 2010 during which time he established and organically grew their Global Security, Investigations, Crisis Management and IP Enforcement structures in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.
Prior to this Graham served with Estee Lauder Companies Inc., also as the Director for Global Security & IP Enforcement for 6 years where he again was able to create their Europe, Middle East India & Africa security and IP Enforcement infrastructure.
Before this he was the lead Investigator at BSkyB, Europe's leading satellite TV provider where he dealt with several piracy and IP cases along with some interesting Investigations.
Graham has also been a career Detective with 30+ years’ experience with law enforcement, in which time he was involved with many high-profile cases whilst attached to the International & Organised Crime Branch and the Anti-Corruption Unit, CIB3 for which he received awards & commendations.
Italian attorney at Law, EU and Italian trademark attorney, Stella has been professionally involved in the IP sector since 2008. A master in Intellectual Property rights with specialization on the Chinese market woke her interest and curiosity to this field and led her experiencing both the German IP within an internship at the European Patent Office in Munich and the Chinese approach towards the mentioned sector during an experience at the IPR2 Project in Beijing. The International experience was afterwards enhanced by seven years of practice as trademark attorney at one of the leading IP Italian Firm. During this time, Stella mainly focused on trademark strategy of protection for Italian and foreigner Companies mostly in the field of fashion, cosmetics, textile and luxury goods market, automotive, food and pharmaceutical industries, providing advice, being involved in due diligence along with enforcement actions at Customs and Civil level. The professional experience was enriched during these years by a study program in Japan, at the Tokyo based IIP - Institute for Intellectual Property – connected to JPO. The research and comparative study on design laws of different jurisdictions brought to the paper “Designs – the underestimated weapon against product piracy” published by IIP. 2017 Stella joined the Moncler Group, as WW IP & BP Senior Manager, responsible for the protection of the brand and the anti-counterfeiting strategies on a global scale.
Ms Elsa Pilichowski is the Director of the Directorate for Public Governance (GOV) at the OECD. Ms Pilichowski has more than 20 years’ experience dedicated to public governance in OECD and Partner countries. She joined the OECD in 2000, in the Public Governance Directorate where she worked until 2012, leading projects and teams on Agencies, Public Employment and various governance and indicator issues. Ms Pilichowski then moved to the OECD Global Relations Secretariat as deputy head of unit for the Eurasia region and in 2014 to the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) where she was Advisor and then Counsellor to the Secretary-General on the strategic and corporate agenda of the OECD. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Pilichowski held positions of Research Assistant at the World Bank.
Annabelle DanielVarda is a Legal Director and heads the Trademark team at Google LLC. She joined Google in 2007 and prior to that she was counsel at Apple Inc., where she worked on iTunes. She was in private practice in the Trademark & Advertising Practices group and the Intellectual Property Litigation group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She started her legal career clerking for the Honorable James W. Ware, United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Marta Castillo Gonzalez
I am Head of Sector of IPR, health & environment investigations & operations at OLAF. I have a legal background with expertise in customs investigations and Intellectual Property Rights. I began my career in the investigative branch of the Spanish Customs, dealing with smuggling, IPR and money laundering. I began at OLAF as a national expert fighting cigarette smuggling and counterfeit goods.
Alberto Aibar Villán
Alberto Aibar Villán is currently Head of the Port of Valencia Customs Office. Previously, he worked as Tax Inspector and Deputy Head of the Regional Customs Administration of Catalonia.
He is the Spanish Coordinator for the Action Plans on cooperation with China and Hong Kong on customs enforcement of IPR and member of the Project Group for the development of a common risk management-based control strategy targeted at detection of IPR infringements with other Member States. He has also collaborated in other events to ensure the implementation of Regulation(EU) n° 608/2013 on customs enforcement of IPR, such as support visits by the Commission and national experts of other Member States, in order to have an in-depth dialogue with the authorities of the Member States that are implementing the Regulation, so as to clarify doubts, facilitate the exchange of experiences and identify possible problems.
Žiga Škorjanc is a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna, and a member of the Legal Expert Group at the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). He specialises in IT-, IP-, data protection and data law, as well as the use of technological innovations in the financial sector. He teaches several classes, among others software law and law of online platforms, and frequently lectures and publishes in these areas. Before joining University of Vienna, he practiced law in an international law firm for several years and passed the Austrian Bar Exam. His mother tongue is Slovene and his working languages are German and English.
Alister Baldrick joined British Customs (HMCE) in 1988 and spent most of his career in various operational and intelligence teams, targeting criminal organisations that were smuggling commercial quantities of cocaine into the UK. He served overseas as an HMCE Crime Liaison Officer on two occasions, firstly in Paris, and laterally in Dubai, where he worked extensively on cigarette smuggling, MTIC Fraud and money laundering. He joined Nike in 2011 and is currently the Brand Protection Sr. Director for EMEA and Global Investigations. His team is based in numerous countries throughout EMEA and is responsible for implementing Nikes proactive intelligence led strategy to tackle counterfeiting.
Born in Wrocław, Poland and a dual Polish/Danish national, Nathan Wajsman was educated at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and later undertook graduate studies in the USA, earning a PhD in Economics from the University of Florida and an MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Wajsman was named Chief Economist of the EUIPO in May 2011. He has been with the agency since 2007, previously working in Finance and Quality Management. Prior to joining the EUIPO, he spent 20 years working in the private sector. A stint as a forecasting analyst at an electric utility in Florida was followed by a career in telecommunications and finance industries in the USA and several European countries, including positions with AT&T in the USA and Belgium, Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich, and Claranet Benelux, a managed hosting and internet service provider in the Netherlands.
Sergio Tirro’ is Leautenant Colonel of Carabinieri Corps and currently Head of IPC3 (Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition) at Europol. IPC3 is the dedicated Team at Europol that provides operational and technical support to law-enforcement agencies and other partners in the EU and beyond in the area of Intellectual Property Crime.
Probir Mehta is a Public Policy Director at Facebook, where he leads global intellectual property, commerce, and trade policy.
Previously, he served as Assistant US Trade Representative for Innovation & IP at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), where he was responsible for developing and overseeing US trade policy related to innovation and IP and served as the lead IP negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Probir also served as Associate General Counsel at USTR, where he provided legal counsel on intellectual property, standards, labor, and trade preference programs for emerging markets. While at USTR, he was selected to serve as a senior advisor to the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, where he developed and coordinated innovation-related international economic policy.
Previously, he served as Assistant US Trade Representative for Innovation & IP at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), whe Prior to his government service, Probir practiced law in Washington, DC, clerked for the Honorable Federico A. Moreno of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, was a Visiting Scholar at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India, and was an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School.
Previously, he served as Assistant US Trade Representative for Innovation & IP at the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), whe Probir holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Anders Søborg Olsen
Anders is a Sr. Corporate Counsel, IPR with the LEGO Group, which he joined in July 2019. Here, he exclusively handles IP enforcement within the EMEA region with a particular focus on matters of high complexity or strategic importance in close collaboration with team colleagues.
Before this he acted as an attorney-at-law at a Danish IP consultancy, handling a broad range of IP matters for all types of companies – from the newly started entrepreneur to the multinational corporations.
Anders has a particular interest in online enforcement, whether it concerns enforcement on market places, social media or against fraudulent storefronts, including the ongoing legislative developments.
Claudia Martinez Felix
Since March 2021, Claudia is Deputy Head of Unit in the Commission, GROW Unit C4: Intangible Economy. Her Unit is responsible for the management and development of European intellectual property titles, Trade secrets, and the overall implementation of the Intellectual Property Action Plan adopted in November 2020. The Unit is also responsible for managing the relations with EUIPO, EPO and WIPO and for developing a strong EU policy against counterfeiting. The Unit supports innovation and better SMEs’ access to and management of IP rights, thus, transforming intangible assets into concrete economic deliverables also in view of a strong economic recovery.
Before joining Unit C4, Claudia held various positions in the European Commission, dealing with Single Market policy on the free movement of goods, mutual Recognition, market surveillance, the Services directive, and competition-related issues.
Before joining the Commission, Claudia worked as a public affairs and communication consultant on issues related to the digital agenda, sports related matters, and agricultural field. She also worked in the European Parliament for several years in the field of communication and audio-visual media. After studying Law at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and at Paris XIII University, she specialised in EU law at the College of Europe, Bruges.
Jonathan has been with Mastercard since 2002, during which time he has held various risk management roles within the Corporate Security, Franchise Development and Franchise Integrity groups. Jonathan is currently a Director in the Mastercard Brand Performance Team and is responsible for a number of global customer compliance programs. Many of the programs he manages, including the Business Risk Assessment Management (BRAM) Program, MATCH and Global Rules Investigation Program (GRIP), focus on identifying and mitigating various risks introduced by merchants into the payments ecosystem, including illegal, brand damaging and otherwise deceptive behavior.
Christopher Oldknow joined Amazon in November 2018 to lead EMEA public policy on IP, Customer and Brand Safety. Prior to this he accumulated a diversity of high-level experiences within the field of intellectual property, enforcement and intermediaries. Chris spent 15 years at Microsoft leading anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy and licence compliance activities in the UK and central & eastern Europe. He drove international policy and advocacy at the company, integrating IP enforcement with corporate affairs globally. After leaving Microsoft, Chris was interim vice president of anti-piracy at US media and entertainment company NBCUniversal, and chair of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG). He has been actively involved in many other associations. His track record shows repeated delivery of business-focused results through engagement. Christopher co-founded a consultancy and advised ICC BASCAP, collecting societies (visual artists, composers) individual brands (Luxury, FMCG) and associations (lubricants, spirits). Chris has a degree in physics and a master's in IP law. He was called to the bar of England & Wales in 1995.
Chiara Oliviero is an Industrial and Production engineer graduate from the Polythetic of Turin with an extensive expertise in online brand protection strategies. Fascinated by the digital transformation and the emergence of e-commerce, Chiara started her career in the Anti-Piracy field, where she worked to fight the proliferation of illegal downloading and video streaming affecting the entertainment Industry. After working for CSC Global as an Online Enforcement and Brand Protection Consultant, assisting large corporations in setting up their own internal brand protection programs to fight online counterfeits, she joined Luxottica Group SpA where she oversees online brand protection activities for Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol and many other brands. Her activity focus on enforcement and investigations with a particular attention to infringing sellers on marketplaces, website and social media.
Head of the Governance Reviews and Partnerships Division, Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD, Paris. Mr. Forst has been with the OECD since 1992 in several positions including Head of the Enterprise Development Unit and of the Good Governance for Development Programme in the Middle East and North Africa. He deals with strategic development and management of the Directorate’s indicators work, supporting the OECD accession process and strategic work with non member countries. He is responsible for the Public Governance Reviews. He was involved in promoting enterprise/SME development and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the OECD he was a researcher at the Institute for SMEs research in Bonn. He holds a PhD in economics and degrees in business administration and economics.
Current assignment; Director General and head of the Swedish Board for Accreditation and Technical Controls, Ministry of Trade, since 2018.
Ulf Hammarström has a career in international affairs, initially in security and defence policy and later on in industrial competitiveness and trade. Among other things ha was in the late 90’s Director at the Ministry of Defence, Department for International Affairs and Security Policy, later on Diplomatic Minister at the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels as well as Director for the Industry and Market Directorate at the European Defence Agency, also in Brussels, and he has also been Director General and head of the Swedish Security and Defence Exports Agency.
Ulf Hammarström was awarded the Estonian Order of Merit in 2000. He has been auditor of the Board of the Swedish Agency for Government Employers from 2013-2016. He holds a degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Uppsala and the Senior Management Course at the Swedish National Defence College.
Aiko Bode, biologist and historian, holds the position as Chief Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer at Fenix Outdoor International AG since 2012. Fenix Outdoor is a group of brands and retailers marketing outdoor gear around the globe. Aiko has been Head of CSR and Compliance at TÜV Rheinland Group and in previous positions was MD at Gerling Insurance and Programme Manager at the United Nations Environment Programme. He is co-author of the book “Compliance Management Systems” where he is focusing on corporate culture and sustainability.
Szonja is Hungarian and holds a degree in Law from ELTE Budapest University, an MA in French and European Law from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris) and an L.LM. in IP and Competition Law from the University of Liège. Before joining Euroseeds she worked at the Budapest office of the French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and at the European Commission. In 2009 she became Euroseeds’ Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs Director. Within Euroseeds, Szonja is primarily responsible for issues related to intellectual property protection and plant genetic resources and also handles all seed legislation related legal questions. She represents Euroseeds towards relevant international organizations and European Institutions and agencies.
Ronald Brohm, a Dutch national, is the Managing Director and founder of business association REACT (European Anti-Counterfeiting Network) with offices in Amsterdam, Aachen, Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, HoChiMinh City, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan, New Delhi, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Skopje and Vilnius. In 1985, Ronald completed the Final diploma of Dutch law in the field of Social Economical Law at the Rijks Universiteit of Utrecht (R.U.U.). The same year he completed his Post-doctorate of European Business Law at the University of Utrecht and the following year his Post-doctorate in International Commercial Law at the University of Amsterdam. Ronald started his carrier in 1987 at the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam. Since 1991 he has held the position of Director and founder of REACT, The European Anti-Counterfeiting Network (April 1991), which he developed into a worldwide anti-counterfeiting network for more than 300 multinationals, owners of world’s most famous brands and operational in > 100 countries with 160 staff. The network manages almost 90.000 anti-counterfeiting cases annually. Ronald is a speaker and short term expert for various international bodies like WIPO, EU, OHIM, WCO on IPR enforcement issues in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific Region and Latin America. Over the years Ronald has been the author or editor, of a number of articles and papers namely, Ars Aequi: Intellectual Property Rights and GATT (1988), Company Law Review: Dutch Anti-Counterfeiting Act (1991), IUST: Fighting Counterfeiting (1992), Benelux Trademark Review: Border measures against counterfeiting (1999) and Dossier: Review of the anti-counterfeiting measures (2001), World Commerce Review (2014): Brand enforcement strategy; public and private enforcement considerations, (2017) Brand Protection Professional, Landlord Liability Case European Court of Justice.
Nicole Maréchal is Legal Advisor to the Director General at Cefic – the European Chemical Industry Council. Her main fields of expertise include intellectual property and trade secrets, competition law, compliance, governance, and statutory matters, as well as contracts. She was previously with a company (EuroCard – MasterCard / EuroPay). Her legal firm experience includes Slaughter & May in London and Brussels and Liedekerke, Wolters, Waelbroeck and Kirkpatrick in Brussels. Prior to that she was Trainee at the European Commission – DG Competition and had various assignments in London and Brussels. She is a Juriste d’Entreprise – registered at the Belgian Institut des Juristes d’Entreprise (IJE) and was previously an Avocat at Brussels Bar. She holds a Master in European Law from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes in Brussels and Master in law at the – Université Libre de Bruxelles.
PAUL MAIER, Director of the EU Observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Spain. Paul Maier joined the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs), now EUIPO, in May 1995 as chief advisor to the President of the Office. From 2000 until 2005 he was responsible for the preparations of EUIPO in view of the enlargement of the EU and the coming into force of the Regulation on Community Designs. He was nominated President of the Boards of Appeal by the Council of Ministers in December 2005 and confirmed for a second mandate in May 2010. Since January 2013, Paul Maier has been appointed as the Director of the EUIPO Observatory. The department incorporates not only the EU Observatory on IPR Infringements, but also the service of the Chief Economist who is in charge of economic studies.
Since January 2020, Monique Pariat is the Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) in the European Commission. She leads the adoption, implementation, and monitoring of the EU’s legislation and policy on migration and asylum as well as on internal security.
Between 2015-2020, Monique Pariat was the Director-General responsible for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO). In this role, she oversaw the development and implementation of the EU’s humanitarian aid, which each year helps over a hundred million people in need across the globe. She also oversaw the Union’s civil protection mechanism which aims at protecting people, the environment and property in the aftermath of disasters both inside and outside the EU.
Previously, Monique Pariat held numerous senior management posts in the European Commission, in the departments dealing with agriculture and rural development, fisheries and maritime affairs, as well as justice, freedom and security.
Monique Pariat joined the European Commission in 1987. She graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Strasbourg and obtained a master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges.
Charles-Nik Slingsby is the International Legal for Amazon's Twitch business. www.Twitch.tv is a live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of esports competitions. In addition, it offers music broadcasts, creative content, sports such as NFL and La Liga Football and its most popular category "in real life" streams. He manages Twitch’s legal teams, public policy and budget in APAC, EMEA & LATAM and is an English qualified solicitor with a focus on Privacy, E-commerce, Regulatory Compliance, Public Policy and Copyright Infringement. He has worked with rightsholders across the music, sports and media industries to tackle infringement on live streaming and VODs and share best practices. He was born in Sweden and has a Degree in Mandarin Chinese & History with Japanese and Economics from University of London. His favourite Twitch stream is justkittens which features sleeping cats and is a nice break from thinking about legal problems.
Michael Lund is a Danish cybercrime investigator and analyst. His background is within the Danish National Police, where he worked with digital forensics and cybercrime investigations of IT security related cases as well as child abuse cases for 8 years. Michael left the police in 2013 to work in the private sector with investigations for the pharma industry. He is currently a security manager for Nordic Content Protection, which is a non-profit organisation working with IPR enforcement for the Nordic TV industry. Michael is a member of the EUIPO Observatory Expert Group ‘impact of new technologies’ and has contributed to multiple EUIPO Observatory research projects.
Matt took over responsibility for the IP enforcement team at the UK IPO in May 2014, but has worked for the IPO for over 20 years. A Mechanical Engineer by training, Matt originally joined the IPO as a Patent Examiner before moving into areas including corporate strategy, copyright reform and digital and online issues before most recently moving to focus on IP Enforcement. As Deputy Director in charge of IP enforcement, Matt is responsible for several teams of policy staff, as well as outreach and education initiatives, legislative reform, and the IPO’s IP Crime Intelligence Hub.
Mark is the Chairman of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition (SROC), representing the collective interests of over 50 international and national sports bodies around their Intellectual Property Rights. SROC seeks proper recognition of the value of sport from Governments across the world, and effective protection for their rights under law.
Mark has worked in the sports and sports technology industry for some 25 years, from technology startups in the USA to the administration of European sports bodies. Working primarily in men and women’s golf, he has served both as Chief Executive of golf’s Ladies European Tour (LET) and as Managing Director of the European Tour’s television production and distribution company, European Tour Productions (ETP).
A software engineer by education, Mark previously held a number of positions in the European software industry with Siemens and the Cap Gemini Group before becoming the first Director of Business Development for the industry-led European Software Institute in Bilbao, Spain, co-funded by the European Commission.
Erling Vestergaard has been a Danish lawyer for more than 32 years, more than 20 of those serving as a Danish prosecutor, and has since 2006 specialized in intellectual property crime. From November 2014 he has worked for the European Intellectual Property Office where he has taken a special interest in Internet related issues and the impact of new disruptive and transformative technologies.
Luc Van De Velde-Poelman
Is a customs officer since 1980 at the Belgian General Administration of Customs and Excise and is currently head of the department prosecution at the central administration of customs and excise He started his carrier at the port of Antwerp as controlling officer. After a switch to the prosecuting services of the Belgian customs, he specialised in non-fiscal fraud (such as illegal trade in weapons, cites, diamonds). Confronted with massive illegal import of counterfeit, he focused on this fraud phenomenon.
He is also partner in the Belgian foundation NANAC (‘On to Counterfeit’), an organisation that stands for awareness campaigns and open debates on how to fight counterfeit and how to prevent it.
Daniela Ott is the General Secretary of the Aura Blockchain Consortium since May 2021. A qualified and recognized leader in the luxury industry, Daniela has over 20 years of experience spent in developing and leading interdisciplinary teams. She was notably Chief Operating Officer for the Kering Luxury Division within Kering Group. Later, as CEO of Tomas Maier (part of Kering Group) and then Eden Being (part of Oetker Luxury Hotel Collection) Daniela successfully built luxury brands. Daniela graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s and Master’s from the London School of Economics and obtained a PhD in Management and Consumer Behavior.
Antonio Senatore is a Director in the Deloitte business where he holds the role of Deloitte Global Blockchain CTO and Head of the Deloitte EMEA Blockchain Lab. Antonio leads a team of around 30 technology practitioners in Ireland and a number of globally located resources. Antonio is in charge of the global Deloitte technology roadmap and vision in the blockchain space, evaluating vendors, protocols, setting up capabilities and partnerships. Antonio sits on the boards of Advisors of the VeChain foundation. Antonio has over 19 years of experience in the IT industry, 16 of which in consulting and almost 4 in technology start-ups. Antonio worked for Accenture Spa Italy, Deutsche Bank, Newbay Software Ltd Ireland and Mobile Aware software Ltd Ireland.
Agata Gerba is a Deputy Head of Investment and Intellectual Property Unit at DG TRADE of the European Commission. The Unit is responsible for the Investment and Intellectual Property aspects of the EU trade policy, including the negotiations of investment and IP chapters in Free Trade Agreements, representing the EU in Dialogues and Working Groups with trade partners, as well as running technical cooperation programmes on Intellectual Property. Before DG TRADE Agata has been working for the Copyright Unit of the European Commission where she has been involved, among other issues, in the work on the recent copyright package. Agata held also other positions at the European Commission and prior to joining the Commission has been a senior associate at the international law firm Lovells.
Agronomist with a PhD in Biotechnology
Over 20 years of business experience in the agricultural sector
9 years of operational responsibility in France, Greece and Cyprus
Since 2016 in charge of global Anti-Counterfeit Management for pesticides and seeds at Bayer AG
Ying JI has been a passionate and active professional on Intellectual Property rights (“IPR”) protection in China. Ying has more than 15 years of experience in legal practice including IPR protection, after she obtained her LL.M. degree from the University of Durham in 2006. Ying has contributed greatly to the development of China’s IPR protection regime. Ying is now leading Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Business Operations Legal Group in China, before that Ying led GSK’s brand protection and related IPR work for Greater China for 8 years. Ying has actively led on communication and joint work between the rights holders, China IPR enforcement authorities and international Industry Bodies.
Ying volunteers as the Vice Chair of Quality Brand Protection Committee (“QBPC”) overseeing Compliance and Finance; Ying also coordinates on joint work between different pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on IPR protection. Prior to 2021, Ying had been chairing QBPC Customs Committee for a few years. Ying has been invited to speak in different meetings and international seminars to share experience on IPR protection. Ying was shortlisted for U.K. Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 2019 by the British Council in China.
Ying worked in private practice as an attorney before working in-house and represented numbers of well-known clients in court on IPR protection. Ying obtained her LL.B. degree from the China University of Political Science and Law. Ying is now studying part-time at Economic School of Tsinghua University. Ying passed both the PRC Bar and California Bar.
Laurent Audaz is Head of Insurance, Legal & Claims at MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, the second largest container shipping & logistics company worldwide. He previously worked fifteen years in Hamburg, Germany, as Legal Manager for another major shipping line. In the run of his over 25 years of professional experience, Laurent had numerous occasions to deal with counterfeited goods issues and has gained an in-depth knowledge of the supply chain as well as the of the legal context surrounding these illicit practices in various countries. Laurent Audaz is lawyer by education and studied/practiced law in France, England, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Switzerland. He is holder of Postgraduate Diplomas in International Business Law, European Compared Law and Transport Law.
Alexandra Poch is qualified as a German lawyer and also holds an LL.M. from the University of London (King’s College). After working in private practice for several years in London and Brussels, she joined EUIPO in 1999. From 2005 onwards, Alexandra spent a number of years at the European Commission, where she was deeply involved in the legislative process related to IP rights. After holding a position in the private sector, as Head of Legal of an SME, Alexandra returned to EUIPO, where she joined the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights in 2014, first as Head of IP in the Digital World and, more recently, as Deputy Director. Alexandra has a high interest in the potential impact of new technologies on the enforcement of IPR.
Jordi Iparraguirre is a Computer Science engineer and holds an MBA. He has developed technical and executive functions in different countries for a consumer electronics multinational. Former director of a small Internet domain registry, now, Director of Innovation at EURid, the registry of the .eu domain, he is focused on developing and leading, amongst others, projects around data mining and machine learning to prevent online abuse.
Alastair Gray is Tommy Hilfiger's Head of Digital IP Enforcement & Global Strategic Operations with more than fifteen years’ experience investigating and countering complex IP infringement and fraud across multiple jurisdictions. Previously working at two corporate investigation firms in London, he moved to Amsterdam almost 5 years ago to join Tommy Hilfiger at their global head office. He is responsible for all elements of online brand protection across marketplaces, social media and domains and websites as well as brand protection strategy and coordinating online-to-offline operations. Alastair is also currently assigned as an expert of the EUIPO's Observatory Expert Group on “Cooperation with Intermediaries”.
Olivier Bringer is Head of Unit at the European Commission, in charge of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative and internet governance policy.
Before working on NGI, Olivier held various positions in the European Commission, dealing with policy development and implementation in the area of digital and competition law.
Prior to joining the Commission, Olivier worked as a consultant in the telecom industry. He is an engineer by training.
Paulo Fonseca is currently the Head of DECO’s – Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection Legal and Economic Department. He is also, both the consumers´ representative on the Regulators and Enforcement Authorities consultative bodies, and on several stakeholder’s working groups. He´s also a member of several groups at european level, on Energy, Digital Single Market and Contract Law and has represented DECO on several European Institutions and multistakeholder’s working groups.
His work is linked to the Consumer Acquis, especially, Consumer and Marketing Law and Utilities. He has also been working as an Expert for the European Economic and Social Committee on several of its opinions.
He graduated in Law from Lisbon´s University in 2002 and worked, as lawyer, from 2002 to 2006 in a Law Firm. He has been working in DECO since 2006.
Ibán García del Blanco
Ibán García del Blanco’s involvement in public office spreads from City Councillor (2003-2011) to member of the Provincial Council (2011-2012) and the Spanish Senate (2012-2015), to member of the European Parliament (2019).
In 2018, he was appointed President of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), an agency providing public support to culture in Spain and overseas. As a member of the European Parliament for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), he serves as Vice President of the Legal affairs committee and was the rapporteur for the report on the Ethical aspects of AI, robotics and related technologies. He is the S&D coordinator to the special committee on AI in a digital age, and member of the committees on Culture and Education, and Petitions.
Within the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), he is in charge of culture and sports. García del Blanco holds a Degree in Law, and has specialised in cultural management.
Ana Margarida Bandeira
Ana Margarida Bandeira is the President of the Directive Council of the Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property since 2019. She holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and a High Level Course on Public Administration Management. She is the Head of INPI PT in the meetings of the Board of Directors of EPO, EUIPO, WIPO and Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights.
She coordinates the activities of the Portuguese Anti-Counterfeiting Group and is the President of the advisory Council of DNS.PT Association, responsible for the management, registration and maintenance of domains of Portugal.
Vojko Toman is Director of the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office since 2015. He is representative of the Republic of Slovenia in the Administrative Council and in the Budget committee of the European Union Intellectual Property Office, in the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization, and in the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Office. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Management and Organization.
CEO of Atos - 2008-2019
Professor (Leadership and corporate accountability), Harvard University - 2007-2008
Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry - 2005-2007
CEO of France Telecom - 2002-2005
CEO of Thomson Multimedia - 1997-2002
Director for Strategy and Development, then Director-General of Bull - 1993-1997
Elected Vice-President of the Poitou-Charentes region - 1986-1992
Project leader of the Futuroscope, Poitiers - 1986-1990
Adviser, Cabinet of the Minister for Education - 1986-1988
Engineer, Graduate in computer science, Supelec - 1979
Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is an experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events; a regular broadcaster on television and radio news; and a Senior Adviser to the Brussels-based think tank, the European Policy Centre. She has been based in Brussels for nearly 30 years, and was previously the EPC’s Communications Director; editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a magazine on EU affairs; launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000 (now Politico); and Brussels correspondent of a British national newspaper.