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Sam Granata

Sam Granata (1970) is a judge at the Court of Appeal of Antwerp (Belgium) and at the Benelux Court of Justice (Luxembourg). He is an external member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO.  Before his appointment as judge, he was an IP-lawyer/mediator and university assistant (Catholic University of Law (Louvain, Belgium).

He is a member of the “Conseil Benelux de la Propriété Intellectuelle” and permanent member of the Belgian Federal Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (industrial property section).  He was a member of the Legal Framework Group of the Unified Patent Court (Subgroup 1: Rules of Procedures of the Court and Subgroup 6: Rules on Mediation and Arbitration).

He is the co-author of “The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (Kluwer International Law, 2017) and frequent speaker at national and international IP-related events.


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Philipp Groz

Philipp Groz is a dispute resolution partner at the Swiss law firm Schellenberg Wittmer and heads the IP and life sciences teams. He regularly represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings with a focus on disputes related to IP, unfair competition, licensing and distribution. He also sits as an arbitrator.

He is listed as a neutral with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and a board member of Licensing Executives Society Switzerland. He is recognized in Who's Who Legal's Future Leaders Arbitration rankings in 2017 and 2018. Philipp graduated from the law school of the University of Zurich and also earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from NYU Law.


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Christian Loyau

Christian Loyau is graduated from the University of Paris in commercial, corporate and IP law.

After 5 years practicing in law firm in Denmark and France, Christian was an in-house lawyer for Digital Equipment Corporation, and Cap Gemini in France.

He served for 12 years as Legal Director for International Affairs for the French telecommunication company Matra Communication and was involved in the IPR group of ETSI from 1993 to 1996.

He then served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of the French IT company Bull for 14 years.

Christian is now Director for Legal Affairs and Governance of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).


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Peter Georg Picht

Peter Georg Picht studied law at Munich University and Yale Law School, did his PhD (summa cum laude) at Munich University/the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and holds a masters degree from Yale Law School.

He has been working, i.a., with the EU Commission’s DG for Competition, as a Senior Research Fellow with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, as well as with the law firms Allen&Overy and Linklaters.

Prof. Picht now holds a chair for Commercial Law at the University of Zurich and is head of the University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (CIPCO). He remains affiliated to the Max Planck Institute as a Research Fellow.

Prof. Picht’s academic teaching and writing, as well as his counseling activity, focus on intellectual property law, competition law and international private and procedural law, in particular trusts and estates.

In these fields, he has advised governments, companies, foundations, trusts and other legal entities, as well as private persons and families. Prof. Picht is admitted to the bar in Germany and Switzerland (Art. 28 BGFA).


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David Perkins

- Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

- Clifford-Turner/Clifford Chance 1972-2003

- Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy 2003-2009

- Arnold & Porter 2010-2013

David Perkins is a WIPO Arbitrator and Mediator. He is also a JAMS Neutral and an arbitrator/mediator on the panels of the LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration); AAA/ICDR (American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution); HKIAC (Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre); SIAC/SIMC (Singapore International Arbitration and Mediation Centres); KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration); NAA (National Arbitration Association); the IP Panel of SCIA (Shenzhen Centre for International Arbitration); PIAC (Pacific International Arbitration Centre); Advisory Board Member of the Munich IPDR (Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution) Forum; and Chairman of an ICC Dispute Resolution Board. He is a member of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) and has served as an arbitrator for IFTA (the Independent Film & Television Alliance).


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Alesch Staehelin

Alesch Staehelin is IBM’s Lead Counsel Research Europe, focusing on the legal aspects of cognitive computing (digitalization, virtualization and automation): Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, etc. He is a member of IBM’s global IP and competition law core teams.

Before assuming his current role, Alesch Staehelin was for several years the Lead Counsel Europe for IBM’s maintenance services and IBM’s Lead Counsel DACH for outsourcing services, etc. Prior to joining IBM, he worked eight years as a TMT attorney for major law firms in Zurich, Switzerland.

As Digital Lawyer & Counsel (DLC)®, Alesch Staehelin frequently speaks and writes on technology and IP related legal issues. He studied at the UCLA School of Law (LL.M.), the City University of New York and the University of Zurich School of Law (Dr. iur.).


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Claudia Tapia

Dr Claudia Tapia is Director IPR Policy at Ericsson. Before joining Ericsson, she worked as Director, IP Policy in the department Patent & Standards Strategy at BlackBerry. She is involved in various aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property rights (IPR) policies in standards, global patent policies, as well as licensing and litigation.

Claudia holds a law degree at the University of Valencia, Spain and a LLM degree at the University of Law Ludwig Maximilian (LMU) in Munich, Germany and a PhD degree (summa cum laude) at the University of law in Augsburg, with a scholarship of Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich.

The main focus of the thesis resided on Industrial Property Rights, Technical Standards and Licensing Practices (FRAND) in the Telecommunications Industry. Claudia is president of 4iPCouncil and vicechair at the IPR Committee in TechUK.


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Jacques de Werra

Jacques de Werra is Professor of intellectual property law and of contract law at the University of Geneva. He earned a law degree and a doctorate in law at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He also holds a Master’s degree in Law (LLM) from Columbia University and was admitted to the bar in both Geneva and New York.

He teaches (he has been visiting professor at Stanford Law School, City University of Hong Kong and Nagoya University – among other Universities -), conducts research, publishes, and lectures in the areas of intellectual property, information technology, and contract law (with an emphasis on IP licensing and technology transfer). Prof. de Werra enjoys an extensive academic and practical expertise in IP dispute resolution mechanisms (specifically arbitration).

He has created a summer school dedicated to Internet law (Internet l@w summer school) at the University of Geneva and is also in charge of a summer school on intellectual property which is organized in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization. He was named Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva in 2015.