Linda Brugioni

Linda is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Turbomachinery & Process Solutions division, supporting the management of the IP & patent portfolio of the company and IP licensing and transfer of technology deals.

Before joining her in-house role, Linda gained over eight years’ experience as lawyer with the international law firm Bird & Bird, dealing with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters concerning patent, trademark, geographical indications, design and copyright law.

Graduated at the University of Bologna and Queen Mary University, London (LL.M. in International Business Law), Linda has lectured the ADR section of the Course for qualification of European Patent Attorneys – UPC and Patent Litigation at the University of Milan.


Ignacio de Castro

Ignacio de Castro is the Deputy Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva.
Ignacio is a Spanish lawyer and an English solicitor. He holds an LL.M. degree from King's College London.

Before joining WIPO in 2002, he was on the legal staff at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and, prior to that, practiced with the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London in the areas of international arbitration and litigation.


Annet van Hooft

Annet van Hooft is an independent arbitrator and counsel based in Paris. Previously, she was a partner and co-head of the international dispute resolution group at Bird & Bird.

Annet obtained her JD, as well as a master’s degree in art history, from Utrecht University; and an LLM from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a former a former Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, a co-chair of the Paris Bar Open Commission on International Arbitration and a Honorary President of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court (BIAC). She is the co-author of ‘Arbitrating under the 2012 ICC Rules: An Introductory User’s Guide’.

Annet is admitted to practice in both common and civil law jurisdictions and has a broad range of experience, both as counsel and as arbitrator, handling international arbitrations under various applicable laws and in a wide variety of sectors and fields, including construction & energy, IP related disputes (e.g., pharmaceuticals, life sciences, technology and communication) and corporate law related disputes (e.g., joint-ventures, mergers & acquisitions).


Prof. Mary-Rose McGuire

Mary-Rose McGuire graduated from the Vienna University School of Law (1999) and received her Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen (2004). She was a Full Professor for Private Law, European and International Procedure an IP Law at the University of Mannheim from 2010-2015.

Since 2015, Mary-Rose McGuire holds the Chair for Private Law, IP law and German and International Civil Procedure at the University of Osnabrück.

Her areas of reasearch include the Model Law on Intellectual Property, License Contracts, European (Unitary) Patent Law & TradeSecrets, Digitization: Augmented & Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, European Civil Procedure and Cross Border Litigation.


Andrea Mondini

Andrea Mondini has more than 25 years of experience as an intellectual property attorney. Before joining TIMES Attorneys as a partner in October 2017, he was a partner at Schellenberg Wittmer for 17 years.

The focus of his practice is on litigation and arbitration of intellectual property disputes and on IP-related contractual matters such as R&D, licensing, technology transfer and distribution agreements. He also acts as counsel and as arbitrator in international IP-related arbitration proceedings.

Andrea Mondini is one of the attorneys-at-law appearing most frequently before the Swiss Federal Patent Court, where he regularly represents major companies in patent infringement and revocation proceedings, often in the pharmaceutical field.


Lord David Neuberger

After reading chemistry at Oxford and then spending three years as an investment banker, David Neuberger was called to the Bar in 1975 and practised largely in property law, taking silk in 1987. His practice involved a large amount of court and arbitration advocacy, as well as advisory work.

He was appointed a High Court Judge, sitting in the Chancery Division, in 1996, where he tried a number of cases involving financial and commercial contractual disputes, revenue law, company law, insolvency law, IP law, and property law, professional negligence. He was made Supervisory Chancery Judge for Midland, Wales and Chester and Western Circuits from 2001. In 2004, he was made a Lord Justice of Appeal, and appointed Judge in charge of IT and modernisation. In 2007 he was promoted to be a Law Lord and became a peer. He was appointed Master of the Rolls in 2009.

In 2012, he became the President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, a position from which he retired in 2017.


Verena Neuhold

Verena Neuhold is working as senior legal counsel at Roche Diagnostics, in Rotkreuz, Switzerland.

At Roche Diagnostics, Verena is leading a legal team supporting medical & scientific functions with a global reach, including international contracting, data privacy, and developing legal strategy. She has a broad experience of litigation, arbitration and mediation in various countries, and is regarded as impactful conference speaker and trainer on B2B mediation and negotiating.

Before joining Roche, she worked for an international law firm, Baker & McKenzie, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Verena graduated from the faculty of law at the University of Münster, Germany, and completed her legal education as a law clerk in Lübeck and Hamburg, Germany. During her legal education she worked for law firms in Charleston, SC, USA; and in Cape Town, South Africa. Verena is a certified business mediator (SGO Business School, Zürich).


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).


Sabrina Steinmann

Sabrina Steinmann is working as a research associate at the University of Osnabrück at the Institute for Private Law, IP law and German and International Civil Procedure.

Her areas of research and teaching focus primarily on Intellectual Property law.