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1 Speaker bios Marielle GALLO Position: Member of the European Parliament Organisation: European Parliament Postgraduate diploma (DEA) in general private law, Paris I (1977). Diploma to practise as a lawyer, Paris (1978). Lawyer practising in Paris (since 4 October 1978). Member of the Gauche Moderne (Modern Left) national bureau (2008). Spokesperson for Gauche Moderne (2009). Author of eight novels published under the name Marielle GALLET. Tadeusz ZWIEFKA Position: Member of the European Parliament Organisation: European Parliament Masters in law, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (1979). Legal adviser to the Special Machine Tools Factory in Poznań ( ). Reporter for TVP Poznań; editor-in-chief of TVP Poznań local programming; presenter of the 'Wiadomości' news programme on TVP 1; manager of TVP Szczecin; editor and presenter of 'W centrum uwagi' on TVP 1 ( ). Marketing director, 'Sunset Suits' ( ). Telewizja Polska SA - editor and presenter of 'Telekurier' on TVP 3 ( ). Member of the Civic Platform National Executive (2004). Member of the European Parliament (2004-present). Member of the Board of the Hipolit Cegielski Society. Spokesman for 'Stowarzyszenie Pomocy Mieszkaniowej dla Sierot', an association providing housing assistance to orphans. Bronze Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Commander's Cross of the Order of St Stanislas. 4

2 Panel 1: Practical aspects of latest trademark trends. Why are trademarks important to the economy? Margot FRÖHLINGER Position: Director, DG Internal Market, Directorate D, Intellectual Property Organisation: European Commission Margot Fröhlinger graduated from Saarbrücken University with a law degree in Her postgraduate qualifications consist of the German professional law qualification (1979) and a Doctorate in law from Trier University (1981). From 1979 to 1983 she worked as senior assistant and lecturer in Constitutional, Administrative and European law at Trier University. From 1983 to 1987 she was a judge at several Courts in Germany. In 1987 she joined the Commission of the European Communities, where she held different posts in the Directorate General for Competition and in the DG Internal Market and Services. Since 2007, she is Director of the Directorate dealing with Intellectual Property, where she is in charge of copyright and related rights, of industrial property, including trademarks and patents, and of the fight against counterfeiting and piracy. Fabrice CLAIREAU Position: Directeur des Affaires Juridiques et Internationales Organisation: INPI (National Industrial Property Institute, France) Fabrice CLAIREAU est Directeur des affaires juridiques et internationales de l Institut national de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI) depuis juin Après avoir exercé des fonctions à la Commission européenne et à la Direction Générale d EDF, il a rejoint en 1995 le Secrétariat Général des Affaires Européennes (SGAE service du Premier Ministre) en qualité d adjoint du Conseiller Juridique du SGAE compétent pour les dossiers institutionnels, de concurrence et d aide d Etat, de propriété industrielle. Il a participé à l élaboration des textes communautaires et assuré la gestion du contentieux initié devant la Cour de Justice dans le domaine de la propriété industrielle. 5

3 Annick MOTTET HAUGAARD Position: President of ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association), Partner at LYDIAN (Belgian Law firm) Organisation: ECTA, LYDIAN Graduated with a degree in law in 1987 from the University of Liège, obtained a Postgraduate diploma in Advanced European Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges in She subsequently worked for two years as a trainee lawyer and assistant in criminal procedures with Professor Franchimont at the University of Liège. In 1990, she joined the law firm Stibbe, where she became partner on 1 January In 2006 she joined Lydian as a partner, head of the IP team. Annick is a Belgian expert in intellectual property law. All reputed Legal Guides recommend her in this area: Great technical expertise, in-depth advice, proactive manner and top organisational skills. (Chambers Europe 2010). Annick's pratice encompasses the full range of areas linked to the launching and marketing of products and services, including intellectual property and in particular trade marks, distribution, franchising, advertising, consumer protection and privacy issues. She acts for numerous prestigious international companies and works on referrals from the world s most prestigious law firms. She has solid experience in litigation and negotiations, including with authorities. Since January 2010, Annick is a member of the Belgian Council for Intellectual Property. In June 2010, she was also appointed President of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA). She has been an active member of its Anti-Counterfeiting Committee since She is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Law (AIPPI), the French Association des Praticiens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM) and the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). She is regularly invited to speak on trade mark and distribution issues before international audiences. 6

4 Panel 2: EU Trademark System review - tackling latest challenges João NEGRÃO Position: Director of the International Affairs and Legal Department of the OHIM Organisation: OHIM (Office of Harmonisation for the Internal Market) Mr NEGRÃO is of Portuguese nationality. He holds a degree in International Relations (Lusiada University, Lisbon), specialist degrees in Diplomacy and in Official State Protocol and a High Level Course on Public Administration Management (National Institute of Administration). Mr. Negrão also completed a number of IP-related courses, namely a General course on IP at the WIPO Worldwide Academy and a specialised course on the practice and functioning of the IP system in the USA given by the USPTO. Mr. Negrão has held positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Directorate for EU Affairs and in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Before joining OHIM he worked at the Portuguese National Institute of Industrial Property, Ministry of Justice, initially within the International Relations Cabinet and from 2004 as its Head of Cabinet. He was then appointed as Director of International Relations and Promotion of Innovation. In October 2010 he joined OHIM as Head of Cabinet and in July 2011 he became Director of the International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department. Prof. Christian ROHNKE Position: Partner (Trademark attorney) Organisation: Partner, White & Case LLP Education Law Schools of Munich, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland First Law Degree (Referendar-Examen) Munich,

5 University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Fulbright Scholar 1984 Graduated with Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence 1984 New York Bar Exam, admitted in New York since Doctor juris, Munich University Law School Dissertation on Codes of Conduct for Transnational Enterprises Grade magna cum laude 1987 Second Law Degree (Assessor-Examen), Munich Admitted to German courts since 1988 as Rechtsanwalt Career History Referendar - Internships included German Patent Office and Federal Cartel Office Research Assistant, Stever & Beiten (now Beiten, Burkhardt), Munich 1987 Summer Associate, Whitman & Ransom, New York Rechtsanwalt, Storch, Schwanhäusser & Partner (now Grünecker), Munich 1990 Partner in the firm 1991 Rechtsanwalt, Ohle Hansen Ewerwahn, Hamburg, in charge of creating IP department 1992 Partner, Feddersen Laue Scherzberg & Ohle Hansen Ewerwahn, Hamburg Lecturer on media law, University of Jena since 1997 since 2000 since 2003 Lecturer on patent law, Hamburg Institute of Technology Partner, White & Case LLP, Exectutive Partner, Hamburg office Professor, Hamburg Institute of Technology Nunzia VARRICCHIO Position: Chair of Marques Council Organisation: Marques (Association of European Trade Mark Owners) Chair of MARQUES Council and Senior Trademark Counsel for DSM, a global science-based company, active in health, nutrition and materials. More than 20 years of in-house IP experience. She specializes in the strategic management of acquired portfolios and the development of internal IP resources. 8

6 Panel 3: Trademarks and the Internet Dr Katarzyna LASOTA HELLER Position: European Regulatory Affairs Organisation: MIH Group Dr Katarzyna Lasota Heller has been dealing with legal issues connected with the Internet for more than 11 years. She is a qualified lawyer in Poland and in Switzerland. She wrote and defended her doctoral thesis on consumers on the Internet at the Max Planck Institute in Munich. She also completed postgraduate studies (LL.M.) in the United States, specialising in issues related to Internet business models and Protection of Intellectual Property on the Internet. Having worked for a number of international law firms and consulting companies in Germany, Austria and Poland, Dr Lasota Heller currently manages the Legal Compliance Programme at the MIH/Naspers Group and is responsible for dozens of companies operating worldwide. At the European Union level, Dr Lasota Heller represents the MIH/Naspers Group before the authorities of the European Union and the Member States, and enters into dialogue with other participants on the electronic market. As vice-president of the European Digital Media Association, Dr Lasota Heller actively promotes the removal of barriers in the European Internal Market, primarily in the areas of e-commerce, digitization and innovation. In addition, Dr Lasota Heller is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. She is fluent in Polish, English and German, and has a working knowledge of French. 9

7 Jean BERGEVIN Position: Head of Unit - Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy Directorate D - Intellectual property Organisation: DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission Jean Bergevin was born and educated in the UK. He graduated with a BA in Economics and French in His post-graduate qualifications consist of an MA in Economics and a PhD on the Economic Analysis of the industrial market for electricity in the UK. In 1986 he was recruited to IEA Coal Research as an economist to study the international industrial market for coal. In 1988 he was recruited as an economic adviser at the DTI (UK Department of Trade and Industry) where he worked in a Market Assessment Unit covering numerous heavy industries and notably the steel and chemicals sectors. In 1989 he joined the European Commission as a policy officer in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, where he was involved in the analysis of firms strategies in the Internal Market. He also acted as this Directorate General's contact point for Competition policy and worked closely with the team who established the Merger Task Force in DG Competition. Since October 1991 he has been working in the Directorate General for the Internal Market and Services (DG MARKT). He was a member of policy Units dealing with media, commercial communication, e-commerce and services in the Internal Market between 1991 and He was involved with the preparation of the Commission Green Paper on commercial communications in the Internal Market in 1996, the 1998 Commission Communication on this same issue and the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Sales Promotion adopted in In June 2004 he was appointed Head of Unit of DG MARKT E-2 (Retail and Information Services). This Unit was responsible for applying Internal Market law to distributive trade services, commercial communication services, media services, technical testing/accreditation services and gambling services. It was also responsible for the e-commerce and conditional access directives and for the evaluation of notifications of new national information society rules falling under directive 98/34. The Unit prepared the Commission's second implementation Report on the Conditional Access directive in 2008, the Commission's Retail Market Monitoring report in 2010 and the Commission Green paper on online gambling services in In April, 2011 he was appointed to his current position as the Head of Unit of MARKT D3 (Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy). This Unit is responsible for the application of Directive 2004/98/EC on the enforcement of IPR and the review of that text foreseen in It is negotiating the proposed Regulation of the Commission to establish the Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy within OHIM and is developing stakeholder dialogues seeking to establish agreements to improve IPR enforcement such as the MoU on the sale of counterfeit goods that was signed in Brussels in May The Unit is also involved in preparatory work on improving the enforcement of trade secrets and against lookalikes in the EU. 10

8 Valerie SONNIER Position: Global Intellectual Property Director for Louis Vuitton Organisation: LVMH Valerie Sonnier is a French citizen and currently serves as Global Intellectual Property Director of Louis Vuitton for LVMH Group. Prior to her current role, she worked as Director of the Trademark and Internet Department for the group Decathlon, and as Intellectual Property Director for the group Bic, amongst others. Karim Antonio LESINA Position: Executive Director, International External Affairs EU, Caribbean, Central and Latin America Organisation: AT&T Karim Antonio Lesina is the Executive Director of AT&T covering International External Affairs for the EU, Caribbean, Central and Latin America Regions. In this role he leads AT&T's advocacy in those regions. He is also the Chair of the Presidency Group and of the Digital Economy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. He also represents AT&T in different associations such as ETNO, GSMA and ECTA. Prior to joining AT&T, Karim held senior positions with another leading US-headquartered ICT company, and a number of leading public affairs agencies in Brussels. Karim has worked on external affairs projects in several countries across the EMEA region. Born in Dakar (Senegal) Karim is an Italian-Tunisian national and has a Masters Degree in Economics of development at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. 11

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