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Intellectual property for open innovation and digital transformation.

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@ Microsoft European Headquarters
Munich, Germany


An overall two-day summit within Microsoft's premises in Munich, one of the world’s most famous brands in the tech industry, on the hottest technological, regulatory, legal and intellectual property issues impacting the services, finance and the industry, and emerging concepts supporting the intellectual property protection and innovation enhancement flow in the transformation value chain. A C-level engagement to showcase the most updated content on technological regulatory / legal and IP issues, and foster the presence of though leader to emulate valuable business models and business-oriented massive digital transition around the best practices in the services, finance and in the industry. Premier Cercle will bring Microsoft's German headquarters the most seasoned speakers from US, Asia, Europe to position Microsoft as the legitimate and authoritative port-of-call for enhanced common good.


Chief Executive Officers
Chief Operations Officers
Chief Legal Officers
Chief Technology Officers
Heads of Global Patent Operations
General Counsels
Chief IP Officers
In-house Counsels
European IP practitioners
IP consultants


Peter Berg

Vice President Intellectual Property

Infineon Technologies


Peter Berg is Vice President Intellectual Property at Infineon Technologies, a world leader in semiconductor solutions with a focus on automotive semiconductors, power discretes and modules and security integrated circuits and solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Before joining Infineon, Mr Berg was Chief IP Counsel at Draexlmaier Group, a premium automotive supplier. Former steps in his career included VP Legal Affairs for Development & Service Operations of Tetra Pak in Sweden und Managing IP Counsel for mobile communications and Chief IP Licensing Counsel for Siemens in Germany.

Thomas Buchholz

Chief Digital Patent Counsel

BSH Home Appliances Group


Yotam Drechsler

Chief Executive Officer

BrainQ technologies Ltd.


Laura Gisler

Head of Intellectual Property



Andreas Iwerbäck

Director Group Technology & IP Intelligence

Husqvarna Group


Andreas has 20 years’ of experience from patent related work, covering the whole value chain of patents; from filing and prosecution to licensing and litigation. Participated in hundreds of license negotiations worldwide, with major focus on Asia and Japan in particular. Successful litigation campaigns and several M&A and Due Diligence projects, including the world largest IP transaction; Nortel/Rockstar acquisition. Current role of Director of Technology & IP Intelligence at Husqvarna Group includes securing actionable intelligence to C-level stakeholders and group management. Member of management team in group organization Innovation & Technology that drives innovation and ventures related to AI, robotics and digital.

Catherine Lacavera

VP, Legal



Catherine Lacavera is the Vice President of Litigation, Employment, Regulatory Investigations, Law Enforcement and Information Security at Google LLC. She manages a team of about 300 attorneys and technical advisors, and oversees a global litigation docket that has included more than 1000 patent and other intellectual property matters, including the Viacom and other copyright litigation against YouTube, and the Apple, Microsoft and Oracle copyright and patent litigation directed at Android. Ms. Lacavera also advises on complex licenses and acquisitions, including the acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, the acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion and the sale of Motorola Home to Arris for $2.35 billion. She obtained her Bachelor of Computer Engineering, Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. She has been named one of Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, one of the world's 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP, and a Woman Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder. Previously, Ms. Lacavera practiced IP litigation in New York City at a global law firm.

John Lindgren

Chief Executive Officer



Lionel M. Lavenue


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner


Lionel M. Lavenue is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Reston, Virginia office, and leads the firm’s Aerospace, Aviation, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry group. With experience in more than 180 district court litigations, Lionel's practice focuses on intellectual property matters including patent trial litigation and patent portfolio management for a variety of technologies (including appeals), especially those related to aviation, UAS, UAV, and drone technologies. Lionel has experience in the preparation of over 1,000 patent applications, and he has directed the filing of more than 75 IPR petitions and covered business method (CBM) petitions. He frequently speaks and writes on aviation and UAS topics. Lionel is an active and current airplane (almost 5000 hours) pilot and owner and current helicopter pilot (over 125 hours), and he holds airplane, helicopter, lighter-than-air, and glider ratings.

Claudia Milbradt


Clifford Chance


Dr. Claudia Milbradt heads the German IP practice of Clifford Chance and is a partner in the Düsseldorf office since 2005. She advises clients since 1999 in the field of intellectual property. Claudia has significant experience in technology transfer, patent license agreements, research and development and JV projects in high complex technology fields. Claudia is also specialized in patent and trademark litigation (preliminary injunction proceedings, action on the merits, nullity actions, invalidity proceedings) and strategic advice protection of trademarks and patents. Claudia is a member of the Global Tech Group of Clifford Chance. She regularly holds speeches and publishes articles in legal law journals and books/compilations, e.g. “Fighting Product Piracy” (2009), "R&D Agreements - a Guideline" (2011) [German] and "Patent Litigation in Germany" (2012). Responsible for the Clifford Chance Global IP Newsletter (quarterly since 2014) Speaker and chair at the IP Law Summer School 2017 and 2018 of Downing College, Cambridge

John Mulgrew

Head of IP



Nicolas Schifano

Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel



Among his responsibilities, Nicolas leads Azure IP Advantage, a program designed to protect Microsoft’s customers innovations in the cloud. Nicolas is also responsible for Open Source and IP policy at Microsoft. Prior to that, Nicolas led Microsoft’s standards and intellectual property policy engagements, first out of the Microsoft office in Brussels, then at Microsoft’s headquarters in the USA. Nicolas is registered with the Washington bar as in-house counsel. He is also a French and European patent attorney. He has an educational background in computer science, electrical engineering, intellectual property and business laws. Nicolas is a regular speaker at conferences on intellectual property.

Phillip Speed

Co-Founder & CEO

Quantum Base


Phillip Speed. Co-founder & CEO Quantum Base. Quantum Base is a company at the forefront of Quantum Security, building a portfolio of products and IP using nanoscale devices, exploiting various quantum phenomena that deliver fundamental security for the first time. The research has the support of a very prestigious research fellowship from The Royal Society, and is published in Nature. Q-ID® Optical is an unbreakable secure quantum nanoscale ‘tag’ which can fit onto any product or any surface (from a pharmaceutical pill to designer goods) has almost zero cost, and delivers unbreakable security using a simple scan from a standard smart phone to validate the authenticity or legitimacy of any product in real time. It is considered to be the “holy grail” of the anti-counterfeit industry. Phill has experience of building and running large technology companies and start-ups, having gained experience leading multi-million-pound strategic projects with organisations including, ICL, Marks & Spencer, Boots, News International, Reed Elsevier, The Guardian Media Group and Nortel amongst others.

Nikolaus Thumm

Senior Fellow

European Commission, Joint Research Centre


Nikolaus Thumm is Senior Fellow at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Spain. He is responsible to set up a work-program at the interface of digital technologies and policy under the European Digital Single Market strategy. The focus is on standardization, standard essential patents, licensing, open source, counterfeiting and illicit trade. Until 2013 he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. Before, he was working as Senior Economic Counselor for the Swiss Federation. He was chairman of the United Nations' Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public partnership group. He has been member of different expert groups with the European Commission, the OECD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.




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