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Alexander Cizek studied law in Vienna and the United States, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996 and the Austrian Bar in 2000. A partner with DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH since 2001, he is a member of the firm’s IP and technology practice group and heads the IP and technology team in the Vienna office. Mr Cizek specialises in all aspects of IP law, including trademarks, brand protection, anticounterfeiting and trademark enforcement, as well as patent, design, copyright and unfair competition law. He provides legal advice to both national and International clients on IP and IT-related issues, and has represented clients in licensing technology and know-how transfer negotiations. He also has substantial litigation experience both in court and before the Patent and Trademark Office. Mr Cizek has been distinguished by the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 guides for his brand protection and anticounterfeiting work.
Elena N Beliaeva
Elena Beliaeva is a Belarussian and Eurasian patent attorney and a partner of Elena Beliaeva, Nina Vasilieva & Partners. She graduated with honours from the Minsk State Radio Engineering Institute and continued her education at the Central Institute of Advanced Training in the field
of patent and licensing activity (Moscow), the Law Institute (Minsk) and the Minsk State Linguistic University. Ms Beliaeva is certified at the Universite Robert Schuman, Center d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriete Industrielle (Strasbourg). She has extensive experience in patenting inventions and registering trademarks, and also advises on breaches of IP rights and technology transfer licences. Ms Beliaeva is a member of, among others, the Licensing Executives Society, the European Communities Trademark Association, the International Trademark Association and
the Russian Patent Attorneys Club. She has been awarded a diploma by the National
Centre of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Belarus.
Serge Beliaev is a lawyer, chief financial officer and a partner of Elena Beliaeva, Nina Vasilieva & Partners. He graduated from the Byelorussian University of Law and continued his education in intellectual property (at the Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property) and in the analysis
of financial markets and the trade in financial assets (at the Academy of Exchange Trade’s ForexClub). Mr Beliaev is certified by the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s World Academy and the National Centre of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Belarus, and is also a
member of the Licensing Executives Society. He is highly experienced in industrial property rights, in particular unfair competition issues and infringing use of trademarks. Mr Beliaev advises
clients on how to apply for protection measures by customs authorities, and on strategies for combating parallel imports and online IP infringements.
Darya Beliaeva is studying at the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the president of Belarus. Ms Beliaeva’s practice includes the ascertainment, registration and protection of IP rights. She advises clients on how to apply for protection measures by customs authorities. Ms Beliaeva actively participates in the international IP community.
Before taking up his position as secretary general of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on January 1 2009, Kunio Mikuriya spent seven years as the organisation’s deputy secretary general. Prior to joining the WCO, he worked for Japan's Ministry of Finance for 25 years. During his career with the ministry, Mr Mikuriya occupied a variety of senior posts, which have given him broad
experience in customs, development, budget and financial policies. In addition, he spent time as a counsellor at the Japanese Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva and participated in the Uruguay Round trade negotiations, which enabled him to acquire an excellent knowledge of trade-related issues. Mr Mikuriya has a BA in law from the University of Tokyo (Japan) and a PhD
in international relations from the University of Kent (United Kingdom).
Lorne M Lipkus
Lorne M Lipkus is a founding partner at Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP, practising IP litigation with a principal focus on anti-counterfeiting enforcement, both civilly and criminally throughout Canada.
He deals with all aspects of border enforcement. conducts anticounterfeiting training sessions,
conferences, workshops and lectures across Canada, and is widely quoted by numerous media
outlets on anticounterfeiting matters. Mr Lipkus chairs committees at the Canadian Anticounterfeiting Network (CACN) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Council, is a member
of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), the Intellectual Property Institute of
Canada (IPIC) and the International Trademark Association, and former chair of the Anticounterfeiting and Trade Offences Committee of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a published author and a guest lecturer at the University of Guelph and Conestoga College on anticounterfeiting matters.
Georgina Starkman Danzig
Georgina Starkman Danzig is a partner at Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP. She practises IP litigation with a focus on anticounterfeiting enforcement. She has extensive experience in extraordinary remedies and coordinating anticounterfeiting programmes, including civil and criminal seizures. She actively lectures, and conducts training sessions on anti-counterfeiting enforcement.
She is a member of the IACC, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada,
the CACN and the IPIC. She obtained an LLB in 1988, a JD in 1990 and was called to the Bar in 1990, when she served as a clerk to the chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court.
Thomas M Slahta has practised as a commercial litigator for more than 25 years, both in Canada and in the United States as a member of the New York Bar. As a litigator with Kestenberg Siegal
Lipkus LLP, a significant component of his current practice involves enforcement of IP rights, with particular knowledge and experience in dealing with issues involving the Copyright Act, the Trademarks Act, and the RadioCommunication Act. He has developed significant experience in obtaining and supervising the execution of Anton Piller orders and preservation orders. In addition
to his experience in IP matters, he also has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation,
including insolvency, recovery and fraud litigation. Mr Slahta conducts training sessions and
lectures on anti-counterfeiting enforcement for members of law enforcement, CBSA representatives, private investigators and various professional organisations. In addition, he has
authored and co-authored materials on issues relevant to anticounterfeiting enforcement.
Gloria Q Wu
Gloria Wu’s main practices are in the fields of trademark, copyright and domain names. Ms Wu is highly experienced in all IP-related litigation, administrative action, customs enforcement and IP strategy consultancy. As a leading member of the Trademark Department of Kangxin Partners, PC, Ms Wu has assisted many large companies in forming and improving their well-known trademark strategy and management systems, and has successfully resolved many complex legal disputes for her clients. In 2011, Ms Wu was ranked in Trademark Specialists (Band 2) by Chambers and Partners and was widely recognised for “knowing her trademark law thoroughly”.
Martin Guttmann is the managing director of Rott, Ružicka & Guttmann, Patent, Trademark and Law Office, PLC. He received his law degree in 2002 from the Faculty of Law, Charles University,
Prague and his MBA in 2004 from City University Bellevue, Washington, United States. He began his career in the IP field at Rott, Ružicka & Guttmann in 2004. Mr Guttmann is a licensed attorney at
law and speaks English, German and Czech. His practice includes litigation and IP matters, and he regularly advises clients on matters relating to trademark registration and infringement. Mr
Guttmann also has vast experience in unfair competition claims, domain name disputes and representing clients in the fight against product piracy.
Iva Bíliková graduated from the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno (2005). She participated in the Socrates/Erasmus programme at the University of Milan (Bicocca) and in traineeships at Studio Legale Sutti and Studio Legale Tamos Piana & Partners in Milan (Italy). She
elaborated her diploma thesis at the University of Milan (Bicocca). Ms Bíliková earned Dr Jur in the law of intangibles and copyright law at Charles University in Prague (2006), and she passed the patent attorney examination in 2008. Since 2010 she has been admitted to the Czech Bar
Association and has worked for Rott, Ružicka & Guttmann. Ms Bíliková specialises in IP matters (anticounterfeiting, trademark registration and infringement, unfair competition) and the recovery of
debts, including representing clients in disputes.
Michal Kavacký joined Rott, Rüžicka & Guttmann in March 2010 as a company lawyer. He handles trademark enforcement, anti-counterfeiting matters and domain name disputes. He received
his law degree in 2001 from Commenius University, Bratislava. Previously, Mr Kavacky was a lawyer at the Regulatory Office for Network Industries and Slovak Telecom; and he worked in the legal department of the Customs Directorate. His experience with Customs makes him an expert on customs regulations and dealing with border measures.
Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte is a partner with Casalonga Avocats, one of the leading and largest French IP law boutiques. Mrs Dimidjian-Lecomte received her BA cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and her JD cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Centre in 1996. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1996 and to the Paris Bar in 2003. Her practice includes managing trademark and design portfolios, including counselling, licensing, infringement actions, oppositions and cancellation proceedings. In addition, she is experienced in conducting due diligence reviews in connection with cross-border company and trademark acquisitions. Mrs
Dimidjian-Lecomte is a member of the New York State Bar Association and INTA. She is a member of the INTA leadership committee on education. In 2009 she was awarded for the Academic Subcommittee of the Membership Services Committee and co-chair of the Student Membership Project Team.
Caroline Casalonga has been practising IP law since 1993. Casalonga Avocats is a leading and one of the largest IP litigation boutique in France. It is the litigation partner for Casalonga & Josse, an established patent and trademark attorney firm. Mrs Casalonga has broad experience in patent, trademark, domain name, design, copyright and unfair competition litigation matters She has
extensive experience in anticounterfeiting actions, including customs actions. Mrs Casalonga is a frequent author and speaker on IP issues. She obtained her law degree from the University of
Paris Assas in 1991 and an LLM from Cornell University in 1996. She was admitted to the Paris
Bar in 1993 and has been a registered French and European trademark attorney since 1999. She
is a member of the European Communities Trademark Association, the International Trademark
Association, the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and the International Association for
the Protection of Intellectual Property.
Lauri Rechardt is a partner at leading Finnish law firm Procopé & Hornborg. He also is the head of Procopé & Hornborg’s IP department. He practices in all areas of IP and media and entertainment law, and has particular expertise in the fields of international copyright, trademark and media law. Before joining Procopé & Hornborg, Mr Rechardt worked in London for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the association representing the recording industry worldwide, as deputy general counsel and director of licensing and litigation. He has broad experience in all areas related to the enforcement of IP rights; he currently advises Finnish and international media
companies and trade bodies, among other clients. Mr Rechardt holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki and is a member of both the Finnish Association of Industrial Property Rights and the Finnish Copyright Society.
John Newton is the IP Rights Programme manager responsible for developing the INTERPOL IP crime programme in partnership with the public and private sectors. His primary goal is to work with all stakeholders to provide support for member countries with particular emphasis on raising awareness, developing IP crime investigation skills and acting as a catalyst for regional
enforcement actions by national police forces. The expansion of the fully interactive online International IP Crime Investigators College, an INTERPOL initiative in cooperation with UL Knowledge Services, is an essential part othe drive to ensure that all public and private sector IP crime investigators are able to participate in INTERPOL facilitated and coordinated proactive regional interventions into transnational organised IP crime.
Jeff Hardy has been the coordinator of the International Chamber of Commerce initiative Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) since its creation in mid-2005. BASCAP unites the global business community across all product sectors in an effort to stop the counterfeiting of goods and piracy of intellectual property. It focuses on setting standards for global performance by
governments and companies; framing decisions for policymakers; advocating the allocation of resources at the highest levels in national governments; and building global awareness. Mr Hardy joined the International Chamber of Commerce in 1999 as a policy adviser for intellectual property,
competition, biotechnology, environment, energy and transportation. Previously, he held various positions with the US government from 1985 to 1998.
Henning Hartwig prosecutes and litigates IP rights in the fields of trademark, design, copyright and unfair competition law. He focuses on national and international industrial design law, in particular multinational design infringement proceedings and invalidity proceedings before the Office for
Harmonisation in the Internal Market. As editor of the annual casebook Design Protection in Europe, Dr Hartwig has unique access to Europe-wide unpublished decisions on Community and national design infringement. In this field his clients include manufacturers of the computer industry and electronic games, and in regard to product piracy and trademark matters he represents
clients in the consumer healthcare and food industries. He has successfully coordinated a number of multijurisdictional infringement proceedings in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria and
the Netherlands. He has published more than 80 articles on a range of IP topics and frequently
speaks at conferences. Dr Hartwig is recommended in JUVE German Commercial Law Firms as a “highly qualified trademark lawyer”.
Nicolas K Dontas
Nicolas Dontas is the senior partner of Dontas Law Offices. Consistently ranked as a top-class IP practitioner since 2005, he has been involved in high-profile IP litigation, leading to court decisions that shaped the development of Greek IP law. He is widely known for his extensive efforts to protect famous brands against dilution and various types of unauthorised use. Among his major
achievements are a series of Supreme Court decisions broadening the scope of protection of trademarks with reputation, in both opposition and civil injunction proceedings. Mr Dontas graduated with first-class honours from the University of Athens Law School and was awarded a merit in his LLM degree from the London School of Economics. He has been a member of the Athens Bar since 1988 and a Supreme Court lawyer since 1995. He is fluent in English and French.
Manos K Markakis
Manos Markakis is an attorney at law and a partner in Dontas Law Offices. He received his law degree from the University of Athens Law School and an LLM from the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany. He practises across the full spectrum of lP law, and his areas of particular experience include trademark and copyright counterfeiting. His practice includes both commercial
advice and litigation in these areas. He is licensed to appear before courts up to the courts of appeal.
Maria H Vasilikopoulou
Maria Vasilikopoulou is an attorney at law and a partner in Dontas Law Offices. She received her law degree from the University of Athens. Her postgraduate qualifications include an LLM from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and a master’s in European studies from the RWTH University of Aachen, Germany. She is particularly active in anti-piracy matters and trademark
litigation. She works in Greek, English and German.
Saif Khan is one of the youngest partners at Anand And Anand and has a prolific track record as lawyer in combating piracy and counterfeiting, as well as in establishing robust anti counterfeiting strategic policies for leading Fortune500 companies. Mr Khan took the helm of legal and infringement issue in the capacity of manager at British Petroleum (on the rolls of Castrol India Ltd). Mr Khan has overseen the successful execution of many complex enforcement raids,
resulting in mass confiscations of counterfeit goods across diverse industries. Mr Khan has excellent advocacy skills and dexterity in the complex area of compliance and anti counterfeiting. He has distinctive experience of working, coordinating and liaising with the law enforcement
agencies to ensure focused solutions for IP infringement.
Vaibhav Raina is an associate in the
litigation and enforcement team at Anand
And Anand. He deals with matters
pertaining to criminal law, IP rights and
Nachman Cohen-Zedek is a senior partner with Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, one of the leading IP firms in Israel. Mr Cohen-Zedeka graduate of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, London and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys,
the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and president of the Israel Section of the International Federation of IP Attorneys. He is also a senior examiner for patent attorney examinations at the Israel
Dor Cohen Zedek
Dor Cohen-Zedek is a partner with Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer, one of the leading IP firms in Israel. Ms Cohen-Zedek, a thirdgeneration IP lawyer, is admitted to practise in Israel and in New York. She heads the firm’s trademark group advises on worldwide trademark strategy and handles
trademark and design prosecution and litigation. Ms CohenZedek is a member of INTA, AIPPI, the Pharmaceuticals Trademarks Group and MARQUES, where she is also a team member.
Yossi Markovich is a partner in the litigation group at Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer where he specialises in IP litigation. Mr Markovich advises a number of major companies on a wide range of IP issues involving patents, trademarks, designs, copyrights and trade secrets. Mr Markovich graduated from Haifa University, Israel with a BSc and LLB and proceeded to graduate summa cum
laude from the law and technology master’s programme at Haifa University.
Head and founder of IP_Law Galli and professor of IP law at the University of Parma, Cesare Galli handles litigation regarding all branches of IP law. In 1999 he obtained the first Italian final ruling on biotech patents. In 2004 he secured the first Italian ruling on the validity of a computer-implemented invention patent, and between 2005 and 2011 he obtained key decisions on the protection of renowned trademarks and designs. Since 2005 he has been a member of the
Governmental Boards of Counsel in the IP field, including the board which drafted the 2010 reform of the Code of Industrial Property. In 2009 he was also appointed as a member of the Sub-group on the legal Framework of the EU Counterfeiting and Piracy Observatory. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Italian IP Code: the 2010 Reform(2010) and The Commented Code of Industrial and Intellectual Property (2011, edited together with A Gambino).
Masashi Kurose graduated from the Department of Production and Mechanical Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology in 1970. After working for a machine manufacturer, he joined Kyowa Patent and Law Office in 1977 and registered as a patent attorney in the same year. He obtained an MBA from Hitotsubashi University in 2002. He is an international counsellor of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, a board member of the Licensing Executives Society Japan, a Planning Committee member for the International Intellectual Property Protection Forum and a visiting professor of the IP master’s programme at the Specialist Graduate School, Tokyo University of Science. He possesses vast experience of IP dispute settlements in Asia and has been awarded the Yellow Ribbon Medal and a special award from the Intellectual Property Association of Japan. He contributed to Trademark Anticounterfeiting in Asia and the Pacific Rim (International Trademark Association, 2001).
Walid Nasser is a partner and founder of Walid Nasser & Associates. He holds law degrees from Saint Joseph University in Beirut, a Diplôme des Etudes Approfondies from Jean Moulin University, Lyon, France and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He deals primarily with IP matters and represents the four major industries that thrive on intellectual property – the film industry, the software industry, the music industry and the pharmaceutical industry. He also represents major Middle Eastern broadcasters and production companies.
Karen Abraham is an advocate and solicitor for Malaysia and South Australia. She jointly heads Shearn Delamore & Co’s IP and IT departments. She is a director of the board of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and assistant secretary general of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Ms Abraham’s practice covers both litigation and advisory matters relating to intellectual property and information technology. She has crafted brand management programmes for leading multinational companies throughout the world, and designed anti-counterfeiting and antipiracy programmes and strategies for some of the largest local and global IP brands. She has actively advocated mediation of IP disputes in Malaysia and has been appointed to INTA’s Panel of Neutrals. She is the author of several international publications and
has presented papers at conferences organised by leading international IP organisations and associations.
Janet Toh is a partner in the IP Department of Shearn Delamore & Co. She graduated with a LLB (hons) from Bristol University and an LLM from the National University of Singapore. She focuses on IP and IT issues in a wide variety of transactions and has worked on a wide range of agreements, including distributorship, licensing, outsourcing, service and consultancy agreements. She has advised clients on IP protection and ownership issues; advertising issues; consumer protection; copyright; domain names; e-commerce; franchises; gaming; regulatory approvals for food and drug; and telecommunications issues. Ms Toh provides advice on IP protection for leading multinational companies in the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries around the world. She has written numerous articles in international IP publications and is currently president of
the Malaysian chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.
Juan Carlos Amaro Alvarado
Juan Carlos Amaro is an attorney at law. He obtained postgraduate degrees in constitutional law and IP law at the Universidad Panamericana. Mr Amaro joined Becerril, Coca & Becerril, SC in 2004. He became a partner in 2010 and is also legal director at the firm. He is an active member of the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Mexican Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Mexican Bar Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association, where he participates in the Litigation and in the International Trademark Law and Practice committees. Mr Amaro has participated in several forums on IP matters and has published several articles in different media. He focuses his practice in IP and administrative litigation, anticounterfeiting and constitutional law, and is mainly involved in representing pharmaceutical clients in patent litigation.
Peter Claassen studied law at Nijmegen University, where he obtained his master’s degree. He also obtained an LLM from the Miami Law School. In 1984 Mr Classen worked for Arnall Golden & Gregory, Atlanta, before joining AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen in 1985. He became a partner in 1992. Mr Claassen has experience in a wide range of legal matters and has greatly contributed to the
expansion of the firm’s IP practice. His main expertise is in the classic IP areas of patent, trademark, design and copyright law. Mr Claassen chairs both the IP and technology practice groups and is a member of leading organisations such as INTA and MARQUES. He regularly teaches on trademark and patent law, and lectures at seminars both in the Netherlands and abroad. Mr Claassen sits on INTA’s EU subcommittee on parallel imports.
Huib Berendschot studied Dutch law at Tilburg University. He joined Unilever as in-house counsel in 1991 in the trademark division in Rotterdam, and worked in this capacity in London from 1993 to 1997 before returning to Rotterdam as head of Unilever’s food and beverages trademark team. At Unilever, Mr Berendschot was involved in brand development, international industrial property
enforcement proceedings and the formulation of IP contracts. He represented the company with regard to counterfeiting prevention in the World Customs Organiz ation’s business-IP rights group. In 2001 Mr Berendschot joined Novagraaf and since May 1 2004 he has been a member of AKD’s IP and technology practice group as an attorney at law. Mr Berendschot regularly teaches on the subject of trademark law and speaks at seminars both in the Netherlands and abroad. He is now chair of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) global committee on parallel trade.
Jaromir Piwowar is a legal adviser in the legal department of Patpol and a member of the Regional Council of Legal Advisers in Warsaw since 2006. Mr Piwowar graduated from Warsaw University’s Faculty of Law and Administration (LLM, 2002) and has also completed postgraduate studies in intellectual property there. His practice includes the enforcement of IP rights in the field of civil and criminal law, including domain name disputes, protection against unfair competition practices and cases related to customs seizures of counterfeit goods at the border.
Bartek Kochlewski is an advocate and a graduate of Warsaw University, admitted to the Warsaw Bar in 1997. Since 2009 he has headed the IP enforcement team at Patpol. His practice includes the enforcement of IP rights, domain name disputes, protection against unfair competition practices and copyright litigation. Mr Kochlewski represents clients before the Polish courts, including the Supreme Court, in many IP and ITrelated cases, and advises clients on criminal law aspects of IP enforcement. He has experience in counselling clients on contractual and licensing aspects of information technology and intellectual property. In addition, Mr Kochlewski contributes articles to IP magazines.
Dragos M Vilau
Dragos M Vilau graduated from the Romanian University of Science and Arts, Institute of Law in 1994. He qualified in 1996 and specialises in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, and intellectual property. He cofounded Vilau & Mitel in 2003, having previously worked for
Musat & Asociatii and at Laromet SA as in-house legal counsel. He is a member of a number of professional associations, including the International Trademark Association, the Alumni Association of the International Development Law Organisation and the International Bar Association. He is also an honorary member of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies. Mr Vilau has written numerous works on a wide range of legal topics. He speaks Romanian, English and French.
Katarina B Kostic
Katarina Kostic is an associate attorney at law at Popovic, Popovic, Samardzija & Popovic. She graduated from the University of Belgrade’s faculty of law in 1990 with an LLB. She is a registered IP agent. Her practice areas include litigation, IP infringement, industrial property, protection of IP rights before Customs and the market supervision of counterfeit goods.
Wong Siew Hong
Wong Siew Hong heads the IP litigation group He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1986 with an LLB (hons) and was admitted to practice in the Singapore Bar in 1988. He obtained his LLM in IP law in 1996 and is one of the founding drectors of Infinitus. Mr Wong has advised extensively on all aspects of infringement, anticounterfeiting and litigation options in Singapore as well as around the ASEAN region. He had also worked as a private investigator for IP
matters. As a result, he has developed a special expertise in IP litigation, enforcement and
prosecution. He is a member of the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of
Law, counsel to the Law Society of Singapore, a member of the Disciplinary Committees of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an adjunct teacher on advocacy at the Practical Law Course.
Mohamed Khader is a partner of Spoor & Fisher and heads the anti-counterfeiting department. He graduated with BProc and LLB degrees from the University of Natal. His personal fields of specialisation include anti-counterfeiting, copyright law and trademark law, with a special emphasis on litigation. Mr Khader has played a prominent role in developing anti-counterfeiting practices and procedures in South Africa, and has presented numerous seminars on the topic of anti-counterfeiting to officials of the Department of Customs and Excise, members of the South African
police service and state prosecutors employed by the National Prosecuting Authority. On invitation from the World Intellectual Property Organisation, he has also presented seminars and shared the South African anti-counterfeiting experience with government officials in Mozambique and Malawi.
Xavier Fàbrega Sabaté, LLM, is a Spanish attorney at law, patent and trademark attorney and European trademark and design attorney practising at the Barcelona office of Bardehle Pagenberg. His practice focuses on advice and litigation in IP matters, with a special focus on trademark, domain name and unfair competition law. Mr Fàbrega has many years of experience in all aspects of trademark practice, including trademark prosecution, trademark search and clearance, handling
of trademark portfolios and representation in opposition, invalidity and appeal procedures. Anticounterfeiting measures, such as border seizures of infringing goods, are coordinated on a European scale between the firm’s offices in Germany, France and Spain. Mr Fàbrega litigates cases before the Spanish and EU courts, as well as domain name disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre.
Wayne Meiring is a director of Spoor & Fisher Jersey. He graduated with BA and LLB degrees from Cape Town University and is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. He deals with IP litigation, particularly in African countries, as well as all aspects of the registration and maintenance of trademark rights. He is a contributing author to the International Trademark Association’s International Annual Review and the FT Law & Tax’s Designs and Copyright Protection of
Christian Rohner’s practice focuses on the prosecution and litigation of IP rights in the fields of trademark, design and unfair competition law, with extensive experience in anti-counterfeiting actions, including customs actions. He studied law at the Universities of Fribourg (bilingual German/French) and Paris Assas. He wrote his doctoral thesis on well-known trademarks, and he obtained an LLM in IP at the University of London (Queen Mary). Since 2005 Dr Rohner has been a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Zurich for the master of advanced studies in patents and trademarks. Swissberg is a leading IP boutique law firm offering comprehensive trademark consulting, portfolio management and litigation. Swissberg is the member law firm for Switzerland of CAPIP.EU (Coalition Against Piracy in Europe).
A George Washington Law School graduate, Satyapon Sachdecha is the founding partner of Satyapon & Partners and practises exclusively in all aspects of IP law, including trademark and patent prosecution, licensing, franchising and the enforcement of IP rights. He has served as a trainer and guest speaker for the Royal Thai Police, the IP Court, Customs, the Department of Intellectual Property, various Thai government agencies and private institutions. Mr Sachdecha received his LLB from Thammasat University, Bangkok in 1980 and is a barrister at law in Bangkok. He also holds an LLM from the University of Miami School of Law (1985) and an MCL
from George Washington University, National Law Centre, Washington, DC (1986). He is currently president of the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand. Mr Sachdecha teaches trademark law at two leading Bangkok law schools and is an appointed Trademark Board member.
Alexander Pakharenko is an attorney at law, registered patent attorney and a partner with Pakharenko & Partners in Kiev. He is a graduate of the Kiev Polytechnic University, the Kharkiv Institute of Intellectual Property, the Academy of Advocacy and the Academy of International Personnel Development in Kiev. He also completed an internship at the Strasbourg Intellectual Property Academy. Mr Pakharenko’s practice includes counselling on all aspects of protection
and the enforcement of IP rights. He represents clients before civil and commercial courts. Being a member of several international anti-counterfeiting coalitions, Mr Pakharenko provides assistance to businesses in enforcing their IP rights and tackling counterfeiting and piracy problems in Ukraine.
John Anderson has been a project consultant at Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, University of London, since 2003. He is an expert on IP rights enforcement strategy and
communications, and has held the following functions, among many others: ad hoc consultant on international aspects of IP enforcement to the European Union, the World Intellectual Property
Organisation (WIPO) and UN agencies; chairman of the Global AntiCounterfeiting Network since
2001; vice chairman of the UN/ECE team of IP specialists since 2006; founding member of
Interpol’s IP Crime Action Group; official observer at WIPO’s Advisory Committee on Enforcement;
member of Anti-counterfeiting Committees of the International Trademark Association and Marques; and member of the Ukraine Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy. Mr Anderson has an honours degree (BA) in political and social science and is a member of the Chartered Institute of
Natalia Stetsenko is a lawyer at Pakharenko & Partners. She is a graduate of the Linguistics and Literature Department of the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev (MA (hons)), the Institute of Intellectual Property and Law in Kiev and the Academy of Advocacy. She deals with issues related to trademark protection and enforcement, legislation analysis, anti-counterfeiting and antipiracy issues, as well as protection of plant breeders’ rights.
Ruth Orchard read English literature at Cambridge University before qualifying as a solicitor. She was soon made partner of a London firm, specialising in intellectual property. After leaving private practice, she became company secretary at the Performing Right Society, representing
composers and publishers of music. After several years of consultancy, Ms Orchard was appointed general director of the Britten-Pears Foundation, a major music charity, where she spent five years before joining the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) in July 2003. She proved equal to the
steep learning curve which awaited her and has worked hard to enhance ACG’s reputation as the champion of around 170 organisations in many different countries, tackling the ‘big picture’ issues at all levels, from political to practical enforcement, and helping brands and law enforcement to support each other in the global fight against counterfeiting.
Robert Guthrie is a senior associate in SJ Berwin LLP’s IP group. Mr Guthrie qualified in 2004 and advises on all aspects of IP protection, enforcement and dispute resolution. He has worked with a
number of high-profile clients, from generic drug companies to the owners of well-known brands, across the breadth of both hard and soft IP rights. As well as trademark prosecution and the handling of individual disputes, he also has considerable experience in the conduct of
large-scale enforcement campaigns for brand owners. These campaigns have concerned counterfeits, lookalikes and parallel imports. Mr Guthrie has also handled matters involving a number of other IP rights including copyright (in computer programs, websites, sculptures and
photographs), registered design rights and passing off.
Emily Roberts specialises in contentious intellectual property and brand protection, advising clients on all aspects of IP protection and enforcement including trademarks, passing off, copyright, design rights, company name policing and domain name disputes. She has particular expertise in IP issues relating to the Internet, advising clients regarding domains and websites which
infringe IP rights and the online sale of counterfeit goods. She works with a number of major brands, such as Harrods, and has gained invaluable commercial experience working in-house at Virgin on secondment.
Georgina Shaw advises on a wide range of IP, commercial and sports issues. Her particular areas of experience in the IP field include advising clients in relation to brand protection and IP infringement, including trademark infringement and passing off, domain name disputes, and the online sale of counterfeit goods. Ms Shaw is currently involved in High Court proceedings for a major UK broadcaster relating to trademark infringement and passing off.
Jeremy Dickerson leads Burges Salmon’s IP protection group and has 19 years’ experience of exploiting and protecting leading brands. He has extensive experience in all areas of contentious and transactional intellectual property, including trademarks, patents and copyright. He has also worked considerably in the areas of sponsorship, merchandising, advertising and sales
promotion, sport and internet issues, and has been involved in a number of leading cases and transactions in this area. Mr Dickerson is a regular speaker and writer on IP issues, and is a guest lecturer on passing off at Oxford University. He is a member of most leading IP organisations, including the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, the Institute of Trademark Attorneys, MARQUES, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group and the European Communities Trademark Association, and
is a committee member of the International Trademark Association.
Justin Pierce’s practice covers a broad spectrum of IP matters, including patent litigation, trademarks and brand protection, anti-counterfeiting, copyrights, design rights, trade secrets, licensing, rights of publicity, domain name and social media disputes. Mr Pierce is a seasoned
anti-counterfeiting and brand protection professional who provides strategic counsel to clients, ranging from start-ups to major multinational companies, facing IP theft issues. Mr Pierce offers a wealth of practical experience and solutions to clients. As former in-house IP counsel and head of trademarks and brand protection at Sony Ericsson, he developed and managed global trademark and brand protection strategy for the joint venture. He now advises companies on how to implement and optimise global brand protection strategy. Mr Pierce serves on the International Trademark Association Anticounterfeiting Committee, North American Sub-committee. He graduated with a JD from George Washington University and with a BS from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
Tuan Anh Nguyen
Tuan A Nguyen is a partner in bizconsult law LLC. He has been practising business law since 1988, advising both foreign and Vietnamese clients on all aspects of Vietnamese law, including in-bound and out-bound investment, contracts, intellectual property and litigation. He has vast experience in drafting legal documents and assisting foreign investors to complete procedures
prescribed by laws for obtaining all licences, permits and approvals from local authorities for their investment and business in Vietnam. Mr Nguyen graduated with an LLB from Hanoi University and a BA in trade management from Hanoi Commerce University, Vietnam. He is admitted to the
Hanoi Bar Association and the Vietnam Bar Federation. He is one of the country reporters to the Anti-counterfeiting Committee of the Asian Patent Attorneys Associations and the Anti-counterfeiting Committee of International Trademark Association. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
The information provided above was correct at the time of publishing.