The summit addressed the growing impact of intellectual property rights infringement in our society and the challenges facing enforcement authorities.
Berlin, 22 and 23 June 2017
Following the first International IP Enforcement Summit held in London in 2014, the second edition of this international gathering brought together key European and international decision makers, enforcement agencies, multinational companies, consumer representatives and businesses.
This edition looked in particular at new trends and technologies, and explored alternative enforcement techniques relevant to the online environment. The summit took place at Cafe Moskau in central Berlin.
The 2017 programme was organised into three main panel discussions:
Panel I. Current online trends and challenges
TThis panel looked at the evolution of the approach to IP enforcement: from targeting individual consumers to the so-called ‘follow the money approach’ (which aims to reach large-scale ommercial organisations) or to learning from consumer trends. The panel hold three sessions, each dealing with a different approach to enforcement: awareness and education, tools and strategies, and the impact of technology in business models.
Panel II. Looking ahead
The second panel presented new ways to reconcile the interests of consumers with those of IP rights holders. In this panel, enforcers shared their experiences of dealing with organised crime. Other topics of discussion included new technologies, to ensure the legitimate dissemination of content and distribution of goods, new ways of payment and remuneration methods for online transactions of IP-protected goods.
Panel III. International cooperation
The summit closed with interventions by high-level representatives from ministries and international organisations, who shared their experiences of international IPR enforcement from an institutional point of view. The speakers addressed the need for better international cooperation and the sharing of operational best practices, both in policy making and enforcement.
Summit Hosts & Keynote Speakers:
The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection is responsible for legislation in the area of intellectual property protection, which includes patent law, utility model law, design law, trade mark law, copyright and the law against unfair competition. It is equally concerned with matters of IP enforcement and supports the coordination and cooperation across the IP community to tackle counterfeiting and product piracy.
The European Commission has responsibility for ensuring that appropriate mechanisms of protection and enforcement of IP rights are in place in the EU. It also works to improve their protection and enforcement in third 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.
Other Key Speakers
by order of appearance in programme
Mr. Alter is currently Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development at the OECD, having joined the OECD’s Economics Department in 1991. Mr. Alter is responsible for the public governance programme for inclusive growth which covers institutional reform, innovation, open government, integrity, results-oriented budgeting, regulatory policy and the economics of regions and cities. From 2006-2009, he served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Alter was an economist in the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C. He started his professional career in 1981 in the German Ministry of Economy. Mr. Alter holds a doctorate degree from the University of Goettingen, Germany, following post-graduate work in Germany and the United States. He is a member of the Advisory Group of the WEF Risk Report. In 2015, he joined the UN High Level Panel on Water and in 2016, Mr. Alter was awarded the O.P. Dwivedi Award by IASIA.
Volker Bartels started his career at Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co KG in fall 1987 after he had completed his studies at Hannover Technical University with a Master´s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He spent two years in California, USA, working for Sennheiser electronic corporation in 1987 and 1988, developing audio solutions for multimedia applications.
After his return to Germany he was appointed Member of the Executive Team at Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co KG. Consecutively he served as President for the areas Research and Development, Manufacturing and Logistics, Corporate Services and Research and Quality. Additionally he held the position of Speaker of the Executive Team from 2007 through 2013.
As President Research and Innovation Bartels has been focusing on improving Sennheiser´s innovation capabilities in terms of technology, process and methodology, securing Sennheiser´s IP as well as ensuring a proper quality level for products and services since 2015.
Since 2013 Volker Bartels has been Chairman of Aktionskreis gegen Produkt- und Markenpiraterie, APM, the German Anti-Counterfeiting Association.
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 has been 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.
Mr Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Directorate- General since February 2012. In this function, Mr Peltomäki is responsible for Industrial transformation and Advanced value chains; Consumer, Environmental and Health Industries; and Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Directorates.
Mr. Peltomäki is also the Commission representative at the Management Boards of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Before that, Mr Peltomäki was Deputy Director-General in the Information Society and Media Directorate General where he was firstly responsible for research cooperation in the context of the seventh research framework (2007-2013) and thereafter for regulatory policy in the telecommunications, media and internet fields.
Mr Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs.
A lawyer by training, Mr Peltomäki began his career as a coordinator of international research and training courses at the Helsinki University of Technology.
Mrs Bieńkowska has been Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs since 2014. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Development in Poland between 2013 and 2014, and was Minister of Regional Development between 2007 and 2013. Mrs Bieńkowska holds a Master's degree in oriental philology from Jagiellonian University and a Post-graduate diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration.
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Gerd Billen is State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Prior to joining the Federal Ministry, he was Executive Director of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband), having previously headed the Environmental and Social Policies Division at the Otto Group. From 1985 to 2005 Gerd Billen held positions at various nonprofit organisations in the field of consumer protection and environmental protection. Gerd Billen has also worked as a freelance journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Bonn.
Perianne Boring founded the Chamber of Digital Commerce building it into the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” by a leading industry publication for her public policy accomplishments. Perianne is a communications expert and avid public speaker. She has presented at leading industry events including the Consumer Electronic Show (“CES”), Money 20/20, South by Southwest and many others. She also contributes to Forbes through her column, “The Beauty of the Blockchain.” Prior to forming the Chamber, Perianne was a television host and anchor of an international finance program that aired in more than 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring began her career as a legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy.
Perianne graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. Raised in Florida, she currently resides in Washington, DC.
António Campinos is Executive Director of EUIPO since 1 October 2010. Mr Campinos is 47 years old, and a native of Portugal. After studying law at the Universities of Montpellier and Nancy, he worked in banking before moving to the public sector. Mr Campinos became IP Commissioner and President of the Directive Council of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Portugal in 2005. Mr Campinos was also Chairman of the Ad Hoc working group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks. Mr Campinos has had strong links with the EUIPO for many years. From November 2005 to November 2007, he was head of the Portuguese delegation to EUIPO´s governing body and became its Chairman in November 2007, prior to his election as President (now Executive Director).
Deputy Director General (Ministerialdirigent) at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, born 1954 in Bremen.
- Initially worked as an attorney in Bremen, focusing on commercial and economic law as well as tax law; in 1989 obtained the additional qualification of "specialist lawyer in tax law".
- Joined the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection end of 1989.
- Since May 2010: Deputy Director General in the Ministry´s Department of Commercial and Economic law, focusing in particular on general economic law, new technologies and intellectual property.
- Head of the German delegation in the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) and member of the Board of the Administrative Council and Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee at the EPO.
- Germany's representative in the European preparatory bodies on the EU patent (Select Committee at the EPO and Preparatory Committee for the European Patent Jurisdiction).
- Head of the German delegation in the Administrative Council of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
- German representative at the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
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Heiko Maas, born in 1966, studied law at the University of Saarland and completed the state examinations in law. He was first elected to the Land parliament of Saarland in 1994.He be-came State Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Transport of Saarland in 1996, and subsequently served as Minister from 1998 to 1999. In 2012 he was appointed Minister of Economics, Labour, Energy and Transport of Saarland.
Since December 2013, he is Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection.
Since May 2014 Klaus Müller is the Executive Director of The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. – vzbv).
From 2006 to 2014, Müller was the Executive Director of the Consumer Centre of the Federal State North-Rhine Westphalia.
From 2005 to 2006 he was Member of the Parliament of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, from 2003 to 2005 Minister of Environment, Nature Protection and Agriculture in the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, from 2000 to 2003 Minister of Environment, Nature and Forestry in the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein. 1998 to 2000 he was Member of the German Bundestag, Bonn/Berlin.
Born in 1971 in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Müller studied Economics at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel.
Agustín works as a Senior Legal Officer and Digital Team Leader in BEUC, The European Consumer Organisation.
BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in all EU policies.
Within BEUC, Agustín follows the EU developments around consumer rights in the digital environment. He leads the Digital Team coordinating BEUC’s policies in the area of copyright, data protection, telecommunications and competition.
Argentinean born, Agustín obtained his law degree in the National University of Córdoba. He studied ICT law in Spain (ICADE, Comillas Pontifical University) and Belgium (CRIDS, University of Namur) and he is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on copyright and consumer protection (University of Bremen).
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
In March of 2014, Mr. Winchell assumed the position of Deputy Director, Compliance and Enforcement sub-directorate within the World Customs Organization. He is currently responsible for compliance and enforcement policy and procedures, the global enforcement network known as CEN, training and technical assistance, as well as facilitating international cross border enforcement operations within the core areas of priority WCO compliance and enforcement: revenue compliance, drug enforcement, security, environmental crime and IPR/health and safety.
Mr. Winchell began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a Deputy Sheriff in Richland County, South Carolina. In 1987, he was hired by the U.S. Customs Service as a Special Agent/Criminal Investigator and subsequently held a variety of law enforcement positions in the U.S. Customs Service.
In the year 2000, Mr. Winchell became Director, Special Operations Division where he held principal responsibility for leading a large group of agents from the U.S. Customs Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service targeting the command and control of international money laundering organizations principally operating in the Americas.
From 2002 to 2012, Mr. Winchell served as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for the Legacy U.S. Customs Service and subsequently the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Seattle, Washington. At the time, Mr. Winchell was responsible for all investigations relative to violations of Customs and Immigration laws in the States of Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. These included conducting large-scale narcotics smuggling investigations, international money laundering investigations, significant impact investigations relating to the illicit sexual exploitation of children, Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) operations and two Border Enforcement Security Task Forces (BEST).
In 2012, Mr. Winchell was promoted and re-assigned to HSI headquarters serving as an Assistant Director within ICE/HSI. In this capacity, Mr. Winchell oversaw the investigative and operational efforts of over 6,500 ICE/HSI Special Agents, assigned to 26 SAC offices, investigating matters related to national security, export enforcement, money laundering, drug and bulk-cash smuggling, human smuggling and trafficking, customs fraud, child pornography, and other financial and immigration fraud.
Gert Würtenberger is a founding partner of WürtenbergerKunze, which was established in 2012. Prior to 2012, for more than 20 years Gert Würtenberger was a partner of a well-established IP firm in Munich. He is a specialist in the fields of trademark registration and infringement litigation, patent infringement litigation, plant variety protection (prosecution and litigation), negotiating licenses in relation to all kinds of IPR and EU Law, as well as antitrust law issues related to these fields.
In over 30 years, Gert Würtenberger has represented clients in hundreds of court cases, including cases before the German Federal Supreme Court, the German Federal Patent Court, the General Court of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as in numerous proceedings before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, the German Plant Variety Office, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market as well as the European Plant Variety Office pertaining to trade mark and plant variety applications and prosecution, opposition and appeal proceedings and also co-ordinated international litigation proceedings.
Moreover, he has represented clients in more than 60 cases in European Union trade mark law as well as plant variety law before the Court of the European Union. He acted in a chain of leading plant variety litigation matters before the German Supreme Court as well as the Board of Appeals of the European Plant Variety Office.
Gert Würtenberger is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. He is also the international co-ordinator of the Revista Electronica do IBPI, lead co-author of the Handbook of German and European Plant Variety Rights and initiator and co-author of the book "European Community Plant Variety Protection". He currently serves as President of GRUR [German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property], as Chairman of the GRUR-Fachausschuss für den Schutz von Pflanzenzüchtungen [GRUR Special Committee for the Protection of Plants Varieties] as well as the Chairman of the Süddeutsches Schiedsgericht für Saatgut- und Sortenschutzstreitigkeiten [Southern German Arbitration Court for Seed and Plant Variety Protection].
A list of his publications may be found on the website www.wk-ip.eu.
Irini Stamatoudi is the Director of the Hellenic Copyright Organization, which belongs to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. She holds degrees from the University of Athens (Greece) (Ptyhio Nomikis) and the University of Leicester (UK) (LL.M. and Ph.D.). She teaches on a number of postgraduate courses in Greece and abroad. She has published 12 books and several articles on IP. She was appointed President in the EU Council IP (Copyright) Working Group during the Hellenic Presidency in the EU (first semester 2014). .
Joe McNamee is Executive Director of European Digital Rights, an association of digital civil rights organisations, including international groups and groups from 21 European countries. He holds Masters Degrees in European Politics and International Law. Has a particular interest in the policy issues surrounding the privatisation of law enforcement online and the challenges this creates for fundamental rights, predictability of restrictions and evidence-based policy-making.
- 1995 – Master of law, University of Stockholm
- 1996 – Clerc, District court of Leksand
- 1998 - Reporting clerc, Göta court of appeals
- 1998 – Public prosecutor, Swedish Prosecution Authority
- 2006 – Cybercrime specialist, Swedish Prosecution Authority
- 2008 – Senior public prosecutor, Swedish Prosecution Authority
- 2008 – IP crime specialist, Swedish Prosecution Authority
Brian H. Monks
Brian Monks is Vice President of Global Security and Brand Protection, and serves as UL's Chief Security Officer. His responsibilities include leading UL's Brand Protection, IT Security, Physical Security and Identity Access Management programs.
Starting his career with UL in 1983, Brian was the driving force behind the creation of UL’s internationally renowned and well respected Anti-Counterfeiting Operations. In 2015 Brian was appointed as UL's Chief Security Officer and took over all aspects of the company's Enterprise Security Program.
Works closely with agencies such as US Customs and Border Protection, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, FBI, INTERPOL and Europol, and other law enforcement agencies. Brian is a frequent key note speaker at anti-counterfeiting conferences around the world. In addition to these activities, he has written numerous articles that have appeared in prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post, and other various publications.
Brian enjoys his professional memberships and affiliations which include the following:
- Chair, Certification Industry against Counterfeiting (CIAC)
- Co-Chair, INTERPOL Intellectual Property Crime Action Group
- Co-Chair, Advisory Working Group of the National IPR Coordination Center
- Special Advisor, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force
- Executive Board Member, International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
- Voting Member, Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC)
- Member, Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network
- Member, World Customs Organization IPR Strategic Group
- Member, NYC Mayor’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force
- President of the MSU A-CAPP Advisory Board
- Chairman of the Europol IPC3 Advisory Group
Bram Smits is public policy officer of Materialise NV, a provider of Additive Manufacturing (AM) software solutions and sophisticated 3D printing services in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design and consumer products.
As the public policy officer, Bram is responsible for rolling out a public affairs strategy for the company, which among other things includes the monitoring of and lobbying on new legislation, and overseeing all government interactions. He’s also responsible for the reimbursement of the custom medical devices that Materialise produces. His passion for the company and what it stands for, a better and healthier world aided by 3D printing, has recently seen him take a more public position as well. He has become one of the companies’ spokespeople, explaining the activities of the company, the unique benefits of the 3D printing technology and the challenges faced by those in the industry
Before joining Materialise he was one of the coordinators of the campaign of the Belgian Minister of Finance and president of the Student Union of the KU Leuven. Bram holds a Master’s Degree in political sciences of the KU Leuven.
Ms Roraima Andriani has been a senior manager at INTERPOL since 2001, most recently having been selected as INTERPOL’s Director of Organized and Emerging Crime (OEC) in July 2015. As Director of OEC, she is responsible for the strategic and operational activities concerning a wide variety of crime types, including organized crime and drugs, trafficking in human beings, people smuggling, environmental security, trafficking in illicit goods, pharmaceutical crime and crimes against children.
Ms Andriani has 15 years’ experience in the highest echelons of the General Secretariat, having served as Director of Cabinet under Secretary Generals Ronald K. Noble and Jürgen Stock. During her tenure, the General Secretariat transformed into a 24/7, operational organization introducing a series of innovations including I-24/7, a secure global police communications platform connecting all member countries, the modernization of INTERPOL’s Notices system and the creation of the Stolen and Lost Travel Document Database which today contains over 50 million records. In addition to serving as the Secretary General’s closest advisor, Ms Andriani also led the Communications and Publications Department, spearheading a major international awareness campaign “Turn Back Crime” and remodelling INTERPOL’s visual identity.
Ms Andriani’s vast law enforcement experience prior to joining INTERPOL included six years at Europol. At Europol, she served as a liaison officer for the Italian police on complex drug trafficking investigations and was thereafter appointed to lead the development of Europol’s cooperation with third States and international organizations. These positions made use of her experience as a police officer in the South of Italy specialized in migrant smuggling and four years in Rome at the Anti-drugs directorate.
Ms Andriani has received numerous awards and distinctions. Most recently, she received the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic bestowed by a certificate signed by the President of the Republic. She holds a law degree from the Università’ degli Studi di Bari and earned her Masters in geopolitics from Società Italiana per la Organizzazione Internazionale. Ms Andriani is an avid reader, has travelled extensively, and enjoys athletics and boxing.
Ms. Martin-Prat is Director in the European Commission Directorate General for Trade responsible for Services, Investment, Intellectual Property and Public Procurement.
Previously Ms Martin-Prat was Head of the Copyright Unit in the European Commission Communications, Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General.. Prior responsibilities in the Commission include being the Head of Unit responsible for free movement of services and freedom of establishment at the European Commission Internal Market Directorate General and being a member of Commissioner Almunia's Cabinet (Economic and Monetary Affairs).
Ms. Martin-Prat studied law the University of Seville in Spain.
Patricia García-Escudero Márquez
Holds a degree in Biological Sciences from Universidad Complutense (UCM, Madrid, Spain) and as a Public Officer belongs to the Scale of Graduates of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.
In 1987 she started as a career officer in the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO). Spending her entire career in that body, she has held different positions such as Head of the Dissemination, Communication and Company Relations Division and Deputy General of International Relations and Legal Coordination. Currently she holds the position of Director General (SPTO). (Royal Decree 1297/2012, of 7 September, B.O.E. Nº 217 08/09/2012)
She is an expert in handling Industrial Property (IP) issues and has represented the SPTO either as a Coordinator in several forums (national or international) or as a speaker. She has written a wiki book on IP, coordinated manuals and books on IP and lectured extensively about IP both on national and international level.
Expert Consultant in Industrial Property by the World Intellectual Property Organization. Advisor in Technical Missions for Latin America organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).
She has directed and coordinated different masters and courses related on Industrial Property. She has taught at various universities and organizations. (She is an approved teacher of the Organization Industrial School as well as president of the Endowed Chair for Innovation and Industrial “Carlos Fernández Nóvoa”. She was tutor training at SPTO for students of the Complutense University and Carlos III, both of Madrid. She is coordinator and teacher in the IP module of Executive Master in Innovation. Inncorpora Program).
Since her appointment as Director General, she represents the Kingdom of Spain before the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property (EUIPO) as member of both Administrative Councils.
Since November 15th 2016, she is President of the Management Board of EUIPO.
Born in 1962, Prague. Graduated in law at the Charles University, Prague and in European law at the University of Social Sciences, Toulouse. Comes from an academic background; as a Professor of European law at the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague. His former experience includes attorney of law, deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe and Minister and Chairman of the Legislative Council of the Czech Republic. He also served as visiting Professor at the University of Social Sciences in Toulouse. Since 2015, he has been the Chairperson of the Executive Board at the Academy of European Law (Europäische Rechtsakademie). His main policy domains in which he worked from the EU legal perspective are: free movement of goods, international trade, economic competition, intellectual property, electronic commerce, and EU international relations.
Julia Reda represents the Pirate Party, a worldwide movement supporting the usage of technology for empowerment. One of the youngest members of the European Parliament, she is Vice-Chair of Greens/EFA and co-founder of the Digital Agenda Intergroup. As rapporteur for the copyright directive review, she advocates a European copyright adapted to the digital era – easily understandable, enabling the free exchange of culture and knowledge across borders. Julia holds an M.A. in political science and communications science from Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany.
Zeeger Vink is Intellectual Property Director at MAUS FRÈRES, the Swiss group that owns, inter alia, the fashion & lifestyle brands LACOSTE, GANT and AIGLE.
Zeeger started practicing law as an attorney in Amsterdam and London, focusing on IP and corporate law. He subsequently worked as in-house IP counsel at the L’ORÉAL group in Paris where he was in charge of global IP for several group brands, before joining LACOSTE in 2010.
Zeeger holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Amsterdam, with specializations in IP and Marketing. He teaches IP at the master’s program of the SciencesPo School of Management & Innovation in Paris, and currently serves as Secretary of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He speaks and writes regularly on topics of corporate IP management.
Born in Wrocław, Poland and thus a Polish 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 European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in May 2011. He has been with the agency since 2007 and was previously in charge of the Quality Management Department.
Prior to joining European Union Intellectual Property Office (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 business ISP in the Netherlands.
Shira Perlmutter is the Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that position, Ms. Perlmutter serves as a policy advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and oversees the USPTO’s domestic and international IP policy activities; legislative engagement, through the Office of Governmental Affairs; education and training, through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA); global advocacy, through the IP Attaché Program; and economic analysis, through the Office of the Chief Economist.
Before joining the USPTO, Ms. Perlmutter was Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Time Warner.
Ms. Perlmutter previously worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva as a consultant on the copyright issues involved in electronic commerce. In 1995, she was appointed as the first Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office. She was the copyright consultant to the Clinton Administration’s Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure in 1994–1995.
Ms. Perlmutter is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at Oxford University. From 1990–1995, she was a law professor at The Catholic University of America, teaching Copyright Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and International Intellectual Property Law.
Previously, she practiced law in New York City, specializing in copyright and trademark counseling and litigation. She is a co-author of a leading casebook on International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, and has published numerous articles on copyright issues.
Ms. Perlmutter received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrea Di Carlo
Andrea DI CARLO is Deputy Director of the European Observatory on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Before this he was Deputy Director of EUIPO’s International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department and previously also managed all institutional relations. He has led projects in the Quality Management Department and worked in the Legal Department, representing the EUIPO before the Court of First Instance of the European Union.
Before joining the EUIPO he worked for an Italian law firm and was a Lecturer in Industrial Property Law at the University of Perugia, Italy. He holds a degree in law from Perugia University, an LLM in IP Law from Alicante University, Spain and an MBA from ESADE in Spain.
On the 1. August 1979 I started my career in the german customs administration. After I finished the college for Higher Professional Training in Sigmaringen (degree of a bachelor of public finance) in 1982, I worked as a customs investigation officer in Düsseldorf, where I was responsible for the fight against customs offences, narcotics, endangered species and IPR-Fraud. In 1994 I moved to the Ministry of Finance, to the Investigation Department. In 1999 I joined the Drugs department in the Central Customs Investigation Office in Cologne as Head of the Unit Operations and Information systems.
In 2006 I took over the Unit “International Cooperation”. Since 1.1.2016 I am the Head of the Unit “Prohibitions and restrictions”.,this includes IPR-fraud.
In addition I took over in 2014 the responsibility of the EU-working group “Customs against Internet-Crime” (C@IC)” in the frame of the action-plan of the Customs Cooperation Working Party.
Jari Liukku started as a Head of Europol’s European Serious and Organized Crime Centre in March 2017. Before joining Europol, he worked as a Police Chief in Finland. Jari Liukku has over 36 years’ experience from various law enforcement agencies. He has acquired experience in different strategic and operational tasks consisting among other issues performance management and leaderships in demanding field operations and crime investigations. Jari Liukku has also worked as a prosecutor and notary/judge. Since 2001 he has implemented several EU funded projects in Asia, Middle East, Caucasia and Europe as a Project Leader and Adviser with the aim of developing beneficiary countries' capacities in the prevention of organized and other serious crime with a specific focus on economic and financial crimes.
Jacques SCHRAMM is the founder and CEO of A2 Consulting, a management Consulting company specialized in transformation of organizations, today with about 100 people operating mostly in France. Jacques has 35 years of experience in business transformation, including 10 years in sustainable procurement.
Jacques is also the chairman of ISO PC 277 in charge of developing the new ISO 20400 “sustainable procurement” standard, which will be published in april 2017. He conducted this work with a wide international participation (50 countries, official links with OECD, United Nations, European Commission…).
Jacques chairs since 2016 a new AFNOR standardization commission “Achats et Relations d’Affaires” in charge of coordinating in France international standards relating to procurement:
- ISO projects: sustainable procurement, facilities management, collaborative business relations,
- And procurement of services (new CEN project).
Besides that, he will contribute from 2017 on to promoting the new ISO 20400 standard mostly in France, abroad too. To accomplish that in France he works closely to important stakeholders: AFNOR, Mediation inter-entreprises, Pacte PME, procurement professionals associations, the French government, the French NCP of OECD, universities, representatives from corporations…
He chaired before that (2010-2012) the French AFNOR standardization group that led to the NFX 50 135 sustainable procurement standard. This French standard was used as an important input for building the new ISO 20400 standard.
He co-founded ObsAR in 2010, which is today the only French NGO specialized in sustainable procurement, with today more than 100 members, mostly in the private sector.
He graduated from HEC.
Matt took over responsibility for the IP enforcement team at the UK IPO in May 2014, but has worked for the IPO for over 17 years. A Mechanical Engineer by training, Matt originally joined the IPO as a Patent Examiner before moving into policy work, working in various areas such as corporate strategy, copyright reform and digital and online issues before moving to focus on IP Enforcement. In his current post Matt is responsible for 3 policy teams working on various aspects of IP Enforcement, as well as overseeing the IPO’s IP Crime Intelligence Hub which provides intelligence and analytical support to law enforcement. As well as being a rights granting body, the UK IPO is the UK government lead for IP policy issues, including the enforcement of all rights, and the IPO reports directly to the UK’s Minister for Intellectual Property in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Cindy J. Smith
Dr. Smith brings experience in the field of criminology, justice, policy making, and has the unique combination of extensive experience in conducting action-oriented research (over 10 years covering a broad array of topics), and developing and implementing programs and policies. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine, a Master of Science in Education Administration from the National University, Irvine and a Master of Science in Justice from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Catherine BOUDOT is Director of the Trademarks Department for Les Laboratoires Servier.
- the High Business School of Clermont Ferrand
- the Law University of Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne (DESS in Law of International Financial and Commercial Relations)
- CEIPI (Centre d’ Etude International de la Propriété Industrielle), in the Trademarks and Designs section.
She worked as IP Lawyer and Head of Trademarks in the French company SODIAAL and then entered NOVAMARK, Industrial Property Counsel in Paris.
Since July 1999, Catherine BOUDOT has been managing the Trademarks Department for Les Laboratoires Servier and she is in charge of the worldwide anti-counterfeiting strategy for this company.
Over the last 12 years, Catherine BOUDOT has been developing the Servier anticounterfeiting strategy with a transversal organization and process, and the development of a net of sensors to detect suspect products. She strongly believed into cooperation with other companies and the Public Sector.
She is committed in that respect in Trade or Users Associations. She is currently:
- Member of the BOD of PSI (Pharmaceutical Security Institute),
- Member of the BOD of INTA (International Trademarks Association),
- Leading the Anticounterfeiting working Group within the Supply Chain Working Group at EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations).
Piotr Stryszowski is Senior Economist at the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He joined the OECD in 2006 and during his tenure he has been involved in numerous projects in the area of innovation, intellectual property rights and the information economy. This includes research on the economic impact of counterfeiting and piracy, piracy of digital content, copyright in the age of the Internet, innovation in the software industry and knowledge markets and networks. It also includes presenting results to a wide range of audiences including policymakers, business representatives and academics. Since 2015, Mr. Stryszowski has been managing the OECD research on the economic impact of counterfeit trade.
Mr. Stryszowski graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics from Tilburg University (the Netherlands). His academic research concerns the economic aspects of innovation, growth theory, intangible assets and labour economics.
Charlina Vitcheva was appointed Deputy Director General of the JRC in September 2016.
Previous to this, she was Director of Smart and Sustainable Growth and Southern Europe at DG Regional and Urban Policy, and also held a position in Inclusive Growth, Territorial and Urban Development and Northern Europe.
Before joining the Commission, Charlina spent 15 years in the Bulgarian public administration including at the Permanent Representation in Brussels, dealing mainly with agricultural and fisheries issues.
During this period, she was actively involved in the accession negotiations of Bulgaria and headed, between 2000 and 2004, the negotiations teams in the area of agriculture and rural development, food safety and fisheries.
Adam Kinsley is Director of Policy for Sky. His remit encompasses all of Sky's business areas including its 30+ television channels, its digital satellite platform, and its telephony and broadband business, representing Sky's interest both in the UK and in the EU. Adam is a Board Member of COBA, the industry body for commercial broadcasters who invest in the UK independent of public funding or incentives. He is also an executive member of UKCCIS (UK Council for Child Internet Safety) and a Director of Internet Matters which is an a not-for-profit organisation created to keep children safe in the digital world. Prior to joining Sky in 2010, Adam worked at the London Stock Exchange in a variety of policy and regulatory roles over a ten year period. Adam qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997.
Knight of the French Legion of Honour
Elected on 26 September 2004 Senator representing French citizens abroad, re-elected on 28 September 2014
Vice-President of the finance committee
Vice-President of the European affairs committee
Chairman of the friendship group France-Madagascar and Indian Ocean countries Chairman of the National Anti-Counterfeiting Committee
Born in 1947 in Amboise (Indre-et-Loire), married (1971), two children born in 1975 and 1983.
Primary and secondary schooling in sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Gabon, Cameroon), and in Madagascar from 1952 to 1967
Voluntary national service in Côte d'Ivoire from 1971 to 1973
Based in Geneva from 1987 to 1989
Based in Munich from 1989 to 2004
Graduate in economical sciences of the Paris-Panthéon University (1970)
Diploma of the Paris Political Institute (Paris, 1971)
Head of the Planning, Budget and RCB Department at C.N.R.S. – French National Research and Science Institute (1973-1978), then General Secretary of INPI – French intellectual property institute (1978-1983).
After two years at Banque Worms as Adviser to the President, and one year as Administrative and Financial Head of QUESTEL-TELESYSTEMES, back to the intellectual property world: Director of General Administration at the World Intellectual Property Organization (Geneva, 1986-1989) then Director of International cooperation at the European Patent Office (Munich, 1989-2004)
Member of the Unified Socialist Party in 1968 and of the Socialist Party since 1974.
Chairman of the Socialist Party Federation of the French Abroad from 1994 to 2003
Member of the Socialist Party National Council since 1994
Member of “En Marche” (Emmanuel Macron’s organization) since October 2016.
Legal expert with a dual competence in law and computer science, Emilie Passemard hold a certificate in computer science applied to the law, obtained in parallel with a master's degree in private law, followed by a graduate diploma of "Law and information systems" (University of Toulouse – France - 1997).
After completing her internship at the end of her studies in a french association dealing with copyright, she joined the french data protection public authority « CNIL ». First in the legal department, where she was in charge of the "Justice - Civil Liberties" sector, she joined the Complaints Department in 2001 at the time of its creation, in order to investigate the claims of individuals in diversified sectors (banking, civil liberties, internet). In 2006, she was entrusted with the creation of the front office of the CNIL.
As an expert in data protection and with almost 15 years of professional experience in the digital sector, she joined the french copyright public authority « Hadopi » in 2011 as deputy of the Director of Rights Protection, to help to the deployment of the procedure of graduated response.
In May 2016, she became Director of Rights Protection.
Eun Joo Min
Eun-Joo Min, a national of the Republic of Korea, heads the policy and international cooperation work of the Building Respect for IP Division, facilitating multilateral dialogue on IP enforcement and building respect for IP. Prior to her current position, Ms. Min was Head of the Legal Development Section, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, where she covered the development and implementation of new alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures for IP disputes.
Ms. Min holds a Ph.D. in law from Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, a certificate degree in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School, United States of America. She taught law at Yonsei University prior to joining WIPO in February 2000 and was an Adjunct Professor at Sogang Law School in 2013 and 2014.
Ms. Min has been a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Medicines Patent Pool since 2011 and is the author of a number of publications on IP enforcement and dispute resolution, including a chapter on cross-border intellectual property enforcement in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Law (Oxford University Press).
Jaymeen Patel is head of the Brussels Office of LVMH's Corporate Affairs team, and joined the Group in September 2016. Previously, Jaymeen has worked for Apple, Telefonica, and for the UK employers' federation the CBI, and started his career in the European Parliament. Jaymeen holds a degree in German and Italian from Oxford University.
Urmas Reinsalu has served as the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia since 9th April 2015. He is a member of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.
- During 2014–2015 Urmas Reinsalu was a member of the XII composition of the Parliament (Riigikogu).
- During 2012–2014 he served as the Minister of Defence.
- During 2007–2013 Urmas Reinsalu was a member of the X, XI and the XII composition of the Parliament (Riigikogu).
- During 2002–2003 he worked as a lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences.
- During 2001–2002 Reinsalu served as the Political Secretary of the Res Publica Party.
- During 1998–2001 Urmas Reinsalu served as the Director of the Office of the President, prior to which he served as the Domestic Policy Adviser to the President since 1997.
- During 1996–1997 he was a legal specialist at the Ministry of Justice.
Urmas Reinsalu, born in Tallinn on 22th June 1975, has graduated the 37th Tallinn Secondary School and the Faculty of Law of Tartu University.
Siegmar REISS is a senior official of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). He has long-standing practical experience in investigations. Since September 2016 he heads the counterfeit goods investigations sector in OLAF.
Siegmar REISS is a former officer of the German Customs Investigation Service. He worked for the World Customs Organisation (WCO) from 1997 until 2000. In the WCO he was in charge of analysis of seizure data and information exchange between the WCO member states and the Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILO). He was also in charge of a UN project, establishing joint control units (police/customs) in the seaports of Eastern and Southern Africa. Already in March 2000 he joined the then newly established European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). He investigated into large scale cigarette smuggling and into corruption and serious professional misconduct within the EU Institutions. In 2012 he became in charge of the Customs Anti-Fraud Sector in the respective policy unit of OLAF, where he mainly dealt with the implementation of Joint Customs Operations and customs mutual assistance between EU Member States and between the EU and third countries. He also represented OLAF in the Customs Cooperation Working Party (CCWP) of the Council of the European Union. In 2015 he joined for 10 months a team in the European Commission's DG for Migration and Home Affairs, which drafted the weekly situation report (ISAA-Report) on the migration crisis.
Siegmar REISS holds a diploma in finance and a postgraduate Master degree in European Administrative Management.
Mr. Michael KÖNIG is Acting Head of Unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the unit responsible for industrial property.
Mr König joined the European Commission in 2001 in the Directorate-General for Competition. His assignments included a position as advisor to Directorate-General's top management and a secondment to the OECD, before he joined the (then) Internal Market Directorate-General in 2008.
Before joining the Commission, Mr. König worked for several years in the German administration and an international law firm.
Mr. König graduated in Law and Economics, and holds a PhD degree in Competition Law.
Eirini Zafeiratou is Director of Public Policy, based in Brussels and responsible for European public policy at Amazon.
Prior to joining Amazon, Eirini managed the Brussels representation of the Vodafone Group as the head of EU affairs. She also held various roles in the telecoms industry and was the director of GSM Europe Brussels, the European interest group of the GSM association and legal adviser at ETNO the fixed telecoms association.
Eirini is a Greek lawyer trained in European and telecommunication laws in Athens Greece and in Saarbruecken University of Saarland Germany.
Peter is the CEO and founder of whiteBULLET Solutions Limited, a tech company with operations in Europe and the US.
whiteBULLET specialises in detecting websites engaged in IP infringing activity and provides intelligence to the digital ad ecosystem to avoid placing ads on high risk websites.
whiteBULLET’s unique IPI Index – an IP trust index – gives much-needed transparency to the whole ad ecosystem. It provides feedback on which ads are placed on high risk websites and its risk scores improve ad choices, guiding brands to more productive and safer environments.
Peter is a lawyer specialised in intellectual property and digital advertising. He has over 20 years' experience in this area and has held senior positions at law firms and media companies. Peter is closely engaged with stakeholders across the digital advertising and media world and works extensively in online IP compliance, including government policy.
Education background: Doctor of Law, Wuhan University; LL.M, Chicago John Marshall Law School; Bachelor of information, Wuhan University.
Work Experiences: Organizing national IP enforcement activities; Guiding the enforcement of local IP administrations; Coordinating with relevant branches of the Government; Writing and drafting reports, papers and policies documents in the field of IP protection and enforcement.
Therese Comodini Cachia
Matthew J. Bassiur
Matthew Bassiur serves as Vice President, Head of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement for Alibaba Group. He leads a team that works with international brands, industry associations, government regulators, law enforcement and other organizations to advance Alibaba Group’s IP protection efforts. Matthew joined Alibaba from Pfizer Inc., where he served as VP and Deputy Chief Security Officer – overseeing anti-counterfeiting operations as well as large-scale investigations. Prior to Pfizer, Matthew was Senior Director for Global Security and Counsel for IPR Enforcement at Apple Inc. Matthew also served as a federal prosecutor in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted multi-jurisdictional IP crimes. From 1998 to 2006, Matthew was as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan DA’s Office where he specialized in the prosecution of IP offenses and Asian organized crime. Matthew earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998.
Mr. Villadsen has over 18 years of international experience with the United Nations in management and operations of drug control, criminal justice and crime prevention programmes, including programmes to strengthen international judicial and law enforcement cooperation, and to combat organized crime. Mr. Villadsen has developed and managed technical cooperations programmes in several regions, including in countries of the Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Europe.
Currently, Mr. Villadsen acts as Senior Programme Officer for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
Joseph Chetcuti has been appointed as the new Director General of Customs, within the Ministry for Finance, with effect from 1st April 2016.
Prior to this new post, Mr Chetcuti held the position of Director of Excise. Under his helm, following the introduction of several ambitious and challenging initiatives, the Excise Directorate within the Customs Department saw its revenue increase by 60%.
The same improvement was experienced in the Express Freight Office which Chetcuti headed prior to his move to the Excise Directorate.
In 1986, at the age of 22, Chetcuti commenced his career at Customs and he progressively followed an upward path till the day of his appointment as Director General.
Mr Chetcuti is already stirring up change in the Department and is working on a comprehensive way how the Customs Department may better serve the needs of the growing consumer market. He is also very keen in modernising the Department by applying a business strategy akin to that used in the private sector and underpinned by a customer-centric vision.
Chris joined the Belgian police in 1982. He was a professor in the Royal School of the Gendarmerie till 1990. He worked in an IT project and was also involved in several other projects when the police landscape in Belgium was reshaped in 2001.
In 2002 he created the national IP Crime Unit in the Federal Police. First as a one man company and after wards he could expand the unit to a unit, staffed with 5 persons.. In the meanwhile Chris was included in several EU Taiex training programs on IP Crime and EU IP Twinning projects in Poland, Romania, Turkey, Croatia, Algeria, Moldova …
He applied for the post of Project Manager of Europol’s IP Crime Unit and started at Europol end of 2010. In 2014 Chris was appointed Cluster Manager Counterfeiting, managing both FP COPY (IP Crime Unit) and FP SOYA, Europol’s Euro Counterfeiting Unit. In 2015 Chris’s IP Crime team was awarded the ACG award in Paris.
In July 2016, Mr Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol inaugurated the IPC³ (Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition), Europol’s new IP Crime Unit in the presence of Mr Campinos, executive Director of EU IPO and Mr Danny Marti, the US IPR Coordinator of the White House.
Chris is actually Head of IPC³ and the team has been expanded to 18 colleagues from various EU MS’s. His Unit is coordinating high level IP Operations like Operation OPSON (fake food and beverages), Operation Silver Axe (on fake and illicit pesticides) and Operation IOS (on internet related IP Crime).
Chris is married and has two sons.
Marc Kaufman concentrates his practice in the area of patent strategy, in particular, advising clients in protecting, managing and monetizing their intellectual property assets. He has represented clients in defending against patent assertions in district courts and through post-grant administrative proceedings in the U.S. Patent Office, such as Inter Partes Reviews. Mr. Kaufman has been active in creating procedures to secure and enforce intellectual property rights, as well as structuring and negotiating intellectual property transactions.
Working extensively in the space of Fintech, Mr. Kaufman also has experience in the media and advertising space, and software generally. His technical work includes distributed ledger technology (DLT) and crypto currency, securities trading exchanges content aggregation and targeting, digital rights management, database technology, search engine technology, and data mining.
Enhancing a reputation as a leading voice in the area of Fintech and intellectual property matters, Mr. Kaufman has spoken across the country, authored several articles, and been quoted in notable publications such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Forbes, Newsweek, and the Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal. Mr. Kaufman has served as a chair of the Law Seminars International Conferences on patent monetization, which are held across the U.S. to provide education and industry insights to business consultants and in-house counsel alike. Mr. Kaufman has been named to the IAM 350 Top Patent Strategists every year since its inception.
Prior to joining Rimon, Mr. Kaufman was a partner at Reed Smith. Mr. Kaufman received his J.D. from The Catholic University of America School of Law. He received his B.S. from Boston University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering.