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Heli Pihlajamaa, Director Patent Law, EPO

Heli Pihlajamaa, Director Patent Law, EPO Munich, studied Law at Helsinki University and at Max Planck Institute in Munich. Heli acts as legal member in opposition cases and advises EPO higher management on policy issues and legal amendments. She is responsible for supporting the EPO policy by developing, strengthening and promoting the EPC, including proposals for legal changes, compliance of operations with patent law-related norms and case law. Before joining the EPO she worked in both the private and public sectors.

She has written books and articles on patent law in Finnish and is fluent in English, German, Swedish, Finnish and French.

Tim Moss, CBE - Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the IPO

Tim took up post as Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on 1 May 2017.  As CEO of the IPO Tim is responsible for advising Ministers on all IP policy matters and for the operation of the Office, which grants some 5509 patents 54761 trade marks each year. Tim came to the IPO from Companies House where he was the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales and Chief Executive (March 2012- April 2017).  He worked at Companies House from 2002 where he held many senior positions within the organisation. His extensive work portfolio included leading on the digital agenda, operational delivery, business strategy and corporate policy.  Tim also held the position of president of the Corporate Registers Forum (an association of over 60 registries worldwide) from 2013 to 2017. Tim’s career also includes 12 years in senior operational roles in the manufacturing industry; he has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Swansea University and lives on a farm in South Wales and is married with two children.  He was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the economy and the people of Swansea.

Tony Rollins - CIPA President 

Tony has a PhD in organic chemistry and is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and UK Patent Attorney Litigator. He joined the Patent Department of Beecham Group in 1974, subsequently moving to the Wellcome Foundation where he was eventually a Section Manager within the Group Patents and Agreements Division. Tony then moved to Amersham International plc., subsequently Amersham plc. as President and then head of the IP group.  From September 2004 until December 2013 Tony was Managing Counsel European Patents of Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) being responsible for the prosecution of MSD’s patents in Europe. Tony was also Managing Counsel of Merck & Co Inc’s Japanese patent group during some of this time. In March 2014, he started his own consultancy business, Rollins IP Strategies Ltd.. He was past chair of the ABPI IP group and member of the Business Europe, Efpia and IPFed patent committees. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the European Patent Academy.  He has considerable experience of patent litigation throughout the world, as well as of patent prosecution and licensing matters.

Stephen Jones - CIPA Vice President

 Stephen Jones is Vice President of CIPA and was formerly editor for 15 years of the CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts. He is a UK and European patent attorney and trade mark attorney. He is also an accredited mediator and a solicitor-advocate. During a career spanning nearly 40 years he has has practised with major international law firms, with one of the leading UK patent attorney firms and in house at a major industrial company. Stephen was most recently a partner and then consultant at Baker & McKenzie where he worked for 17 years. He is a visiting professor at the University of Law, visiting lecturer at University College London and tutor on the IP Diploma Course of the University of Oxford. He is also a Council Member of AIPPI UK.

Catriona Hammer - CIPA Council

Catriona is an IP Consultant providing advice on IP strategy, particularly in the life sciences and medical devices fields. Prior to setting up her own practice in 2016 Catriona was the Head of IP for GE Healthcare, leading the global team based in 9 countries, providing full IP support for GE Healthcare’s businesses and covering technologies from research tools to medical equipment. Catriona previously worked in the IP departments of life sciences and pharmaceutical companies. She began her IP career in private practice with a firm of patent attorneys. She is a past President of CIPA and currently sits on its Council and chairs its Exploitation Committee

Kristina Cornish - Kilburn & Strode

Kristina practices primarily in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical chemistry, foodstuff technology and low global warming fluorocarbons. She advises clients in areas of patent strategy and represents clients at the European Patent Office in prosecution matters, oppositions and appeals. Kristina has a track record of assisting various multi-national companies in their offensive and defensive patent position as they bring products to the marketplace.

She is also regularly involved in providing advice in relation to infringement queries, as well as conducting freedom to operate searches on a world-wide scale. Kristina is a member of the Bio Industry Association IP Committee and their work stream on the UK EU Life Sciences Transition Programme which feeds into the UK Government Ministerial Industry Strategy group. She is also a member of the Brexit EU Task Force for the English Law Society. Kristina was an examiner for the European Qualifying Examinations at the European Patent Office (Opposition paper) for 10 years and is a member of CIPA’s Life Science committee.

Christine Reid - Northwood Reid

Christine read Classics at St.Hilda’s College, Oxford before training with, and later becoming a partner in, Morrell Peel and Gamlen, an Oxford firm of solicitors who had acted for Oxford University for over 200 years. Whilst at Morrell Peel and Gamlen Christine started to specialise in technology law and was one of the first lawyers in the UK to develop an IT, and later, an e-commerce practice. Christine advises the Lambert Working Group on University and Industry Collaboration, and is the author of the model agreements and other materials which form the Lambert Toolkit. She is co-author of the HEFCE-funded State Aid in Research, Development & Innovation: A Guide for Universities, published by AURIL and PraxisUnico. She has acted often acted as an expert for the European Commission and was rapporteur for the working group on the European Intellectual Property Charter. She presents numerous seminars and workshops on negotiating and drafting contracts, IT, IP and e-commerce-related topics, joint ventures and collaborations, state aid, data protection and freedom of information. She is a non-executive director of FSE CIC, a not-for-profit company, which provides investment and funding for SMEs and is a charity trustee.

Katherine Stephens - Bird & Bird

Katharine has been a partner at Bird & Bird since 1999.  She is Joint Head of the Intellectual Property Department in London.She specialises in IP litigation, with particular emphasis on multi-jurisdictional patent disputes, and was part of the team acting in the Baxter v. Pharmacia & Upjohn and Baxter v. Genetics Institute European disputes. Since her background is in engineering, she has a particular interest in the electronic, computer technology and engineering sectors, more recently leading the teams in Storage Computer Corp v. Hitachi (RAID storage systems) and DRS Data & Research Services plc v. NCS Pearson Inc (software patents in the education field) Qualcomm Inc v. Nokia Corp and Interdigital Technology Corp v. Nokia Corp (mobile phones),  and Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV & Others v Amino Communications (MPEG-2 Video compression).  Katharine advises clients in trade mark and design actions, for example, she acted for Nestlé in their action against Unilever in which they opposed registration of the shape of Viennetta ice cream and also in their action relating to the design rights in a drinking straw and breach of confidential information in the recipe relating to beads inside the straw. Katharine reports monthly on trade mark, design and copyright matters for the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and also sits on the Trade Marks committee for the Institute