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International Patent Information Conference & Exposition
2018 Conference Postponed
Conference Postponed
A list of the 2018 speakers is available below in alphabetical order. More speakers will be added in due course. Stephen Adams - Managing Director, Magister Ltd  Stephen Adams is the Managing Director of Magister Ltd., a UK consultancy specialising in patents information.  Mr. Adams has a B.Sc. in chemistry from the  University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Information Science from City University, London.  He has worked in a variety of government, private research and  industrial information departments, specialising in patent information since 1988. He is the author of “Information Sources in Patents”, published by KG Saur  Verlag, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of “World Patent Information”.  Noel J. Akers - European and U.K. Patent Attorney, NJ Akers & Co.  Noël is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. He is also a Registered Trade Mark Agent in the UK and admitted to practise before the  European Community Trade Mark Office. He graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Chemical Engineering before qualifying in the  patent and trade mark profession. Noël has worked with a number of international corporations and law firms and spent a considerable length of time practising European patent law in the  United States. Noël has developed a specialty in coordinating patent procurement and litigation in cases involving actions in the US and Europe.  Noël has extensive experience in all aspects of the procurement, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property, and has published widely on intellectual  property rights.  Susan Bates - Senior Patent Analyst, Shell International Ltd     Susan Bates is a patent analyst at Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom.  She has a BSc in Applied Chemistry and an MSc in Information Science from  City University, is a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and on the management committee of CILIP's  Patent and Trade Mark Group (PATMG).  She is also the Secretary of British Patent Information Professionals (BPIP).  She produces the quarterly Literature  Listing for World Patent Information journal and member of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board. She has worked as an information scientist since 1985.    Nicholas Cole - Senior Information Scientist, Global Patents, GlaxoSmithKline    Nicholas Cole obtained a B.Sc in Microbiology from Queen Mary, University of London and began his patent searching career at Celltech (now UCB) in 1991,  where he was involved in most aspects of bio/pharmaceutical information provision. He obtained his M.Sc in Information Science from City University, London  and subsequently an MBA from Henley Business School. From 2001 he held a variety of competitive intelligence, market analysis and information science  roles at Profile Therapeutics (now Philips Respironics), Cegedim and Stiefel laboratories. Since 2009 he has worked for Glaxosmithkline plc in the United Kingdom, where he provides freedom-to-operate, validity and other patent search services to  attorney clients. During this time he has developed particular experience in relation to patent information from emerging markets. In 2012 he presented a  paper at IPIConfex entitled“Navigating the Fog: Practical use of Patent Data Sources for Emerging Markets”. Nicholas represents GSK at the Patent  Documentation Group (PDG) working group IMPACT and has served on Task Forces for the PDG working group ONLINE.  Dr. Monika Hanelt - Patent Information Manager, Agfa NV  Dr. Hanelt is the patent information manager, i.e. the head of the patent information specialists, of Agfa Gevaert Group in Belgium located in the intellectual  property department. She joined the Belgian site in June 2002 as head of patent information bringing with her more than 20 years experience in that area at  Agfa's German site in Leverkusen. She represents Agfa Graphics in several patent information user groups e.g. the Dutch WON, the Belgian BEPIUG and the  PDG (Patent Documentation Group) of which she was a former president. She has been a highly respected speaker for many years at major international  conferences and is instructor of the FTO-part of the Advanced Patent Information Course of the GO-course in the Netherlands.  Her background is in organic chemistry and she holds a German Diplom (master's degree) in chemistry and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cologne  University.  Jutta Hausser - Asian Patent Information Services, European Patent Office  Jutta Hausser studied Japanese and Chinese studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany and in Japan and Taiwan. She holds a master's  degree in Chinese studies and a PhD degree in Japanese studies. Having done research for several years at different universities and research institutions in  Japan and Germany, she joined the European Patent Office in 2007 as a member of the EPO's team for Asian patent information and is in charge of Japanese  patent information. She carries out searches in Japanese databases for clients and gives training courses in Asian patent information matters. Dr. Joakim Isaksson - Lead IP Analyst, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards   BIO MISSING    Bettina de Jong     Bettina de Jong started in 2017 as freelancer in the patent information area and as Secretary General of the PDG, after a career of 29 years at Shell. Until the  end of 2016 she was Global Head Patent Analysis at Shell International. She was chair of the Dutch patent information user group WON from 2000-2016, and  PDG Board member from 2012-2016. She is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee before the EPO on Patent Documentation and Information  (SACEPO/PDI) since 2006. Bettina represents the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG) in the collaboration with the PDG and  PIUG to set up examination and certification for patent information professionals.    Aalt van de Kuilen - CEO, Patent Information Services BV  Aalt joined Solvay on 1st April 1980 as a chemist. In 1993 he moved into the Patent Department inside Solvay Pharmaceuticals and received training as a  Patent Information Specialist. He was leading the Global Patent Information team, divided over three sites in Hannover (DE), Dijon (FR) and Weesp (NL).  Since May 2014 he is working as an independent consultancy in Patent Information and is founder of Patent Information Services B.V.   During the period at Solvay he became a member of WON (Dutch Patent Information User Group) and soon afterwards a Board Member of WON.  Since April  2016 he has become chair of the WON. He has represented WON in several external projects, like the PLUTO project on Machine Translation of Patents  (funded by the EC), representing the Patent Information Community. He is a member of SACEPO (Standing Advisory Committee of the European Patent  Office).  Aalt is co-founder and teacher at the GO-Institute for the training course for Patent Information Specialists.     After being the driving force behind the founding of a European Confederacy for Patent Information Users in March 2008 he has been elected as first  President of the organization called CEPIUG (Confederation of the EU-user groups). After a six-year period (up to 2014) of being president, he has been re-  elected as Board member of the CEPIUG in 2015.  Aalt is also a member of the IPI-Award selection board, for the selection of the prestigious yearly assigned  IPI Award.  Aalt is a member of the Advisory Board of Dutch “Octrooigilde”, advising the Dutch Patent Office for promoting IP-awareness.  In November 2014 Aalt was also invited for the World Patent Information Advisory Board.  Aalt has given numerous presentations at international conferences and he has published four articles in World Patent Information.    Maddy Marley - Senior Information Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline  Maddy is a Senior Information Scientist in Global Patents.  She supports the pharma and consumer patent attorneys, providing database searching expertise  to support decisions on patent filings, freedom to operate determination, patent litigation/opposition.  Her skills and expertise lie in the areas of structure and  formulation searching, as well as key word searching in areas related to chemistry and pharmacology. She graduated with a degree in Medicinal and  Pharmaceutical chemistry and she has over 20 years experience in the Information industry.    Christian Soltmann - Product Manager Patent Data Services, European Patent Office, Vienna, Austria  Christian Soltmann is a product manager in the Publication directorate at the European Patent Office in Vienna.  He holds a PhD in materials science and a MAS in intellectual property. After several years in the field of fundamental and applied research, he specialised in  intellectual property and became a patent examiner and patent searcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.  He joined the EPO in 2013 and is today involved in the maintenance and further development of the EPO's INPADOC worldwide legal event database.  Heiko Wongel, Director, Patent Information Promotion, European Patent Office  Heiko Wongel is the director of the Patent Information Promotion directorate of the EPO.  He holds a physics degree from the University of Hamburg.  He started at the EPO (The Hague) in 1990 as patent examiner. In 1999 he moved to the classification department. He was in charge of this department from  2009 to 2011. Since 2011 he has been leading the patent information promotion team in the Vienna office of the EPO. The tasks of his team include promotion, marketing  and feature planning for the EPO’s patent information tools, the organisation of patent information events like the EPO Patent Information Conference as well  as user support and training of patent information users.