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MARQUES Executive

Uwe Over
Henkel AG & Co KGaA

     Uwe has been active as in-house counsel with strong IP- background at Bayer AG, Novartis International AG and Henkel AG & Co KGaA for more than 20 years. Presently he is Corporate Vice President, Head of IP and Associate General Counsel within the Henkel Law Group, leading an in-house counsel team of Patent and Trademark Attorneys in Germany, USA and China, responsible for Henkel`s global IP portfolio for all Divisions.

Gregor Versondert
Procter & Gamble International Operations S.A.
MARQUES 1st Vice-Chair

     Gregor Versondert, graduated at Cologne University, bar exam in Berlin in 1998, PhD in 2000, started his career in private practice (Norton Rose/Loschelder Rechtsanwälte) in Germany focusing on TM law and unfair competition. In 2005, he joined Procter & Gamble to take on global responsibility for the company's perfumery business for six years. Currently he is Global Legal Counsel for BRAUN (Commerce/Brand Equity) and IP Counsel for Oral Care and GILLETTE (EIMEA). Gregor is based in Geneva.

Susie Harris
MARQUES 2nd Vice-Chair

     Susie is Head of IP at King, which is a leading quality casual social games developer. She advises on all aspects of IP for King's games globally from conception to launch. Susie trained and worked as an Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna in their IP team, before moving to Skype as IP counsel (excluding patents) and later to Microsoft. Susie's focus is on brand protection. Susie is also a member of the Council of MARQUES.

Diana Versteeg
Akzo Nobel N.V
MARQUES Immediate Past Chair

     Diana studied law at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, graduating in intellectual property law and European competition law in 1996. Diana started her career as a trademark attorney in private practice, followed by a career as IP lawyer in an IP boutique law firm. Diana has also gained extensive experience as in-house counsel, working for Royal Numico (now Danone), DSM and since 2007 for AkzoNobel. Diana has been a member of the Legislation Committee of the Benelux Association of Trademark and Design Attorneys (BMM) and has lectured about the Madrid System to IP practitioners from 2008-2013.

David Goldring
Oakleigh IP Services Ltd
MARQUES Treasurer

     David is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney and runs Oakleigh IP Services, a new firm established in 2010. After obtaining a law degree at University College, London, David joined the Trade Marks & Patents Dept of a major British company in 1977, eventually becoming Group Trade Marks Manager. From 1991 to 2010 David was Head of UK Operations for the Novagraaf Group (J.E. Evans-Jackson & Co). David was on the original Committee which set up MARQUES.

Guido Baumgartner
Coty Germany GmbH

     Guido is Head of the Department Global Brand Protection at Coty Germany GmbH. His area of responsibility is to enforce selective distribution and brand protection for the whole Coty Group. Guido qualified at the Universities of Heidelberg and Lausanne. He is a member in various industry associations and chairs the working group on Selective Distribution and Law of the German Brand Association.

Giordano Cardini
Soremartec SA

     Giordano Cardini studied law in various countries (France, the UK, the Netherlands) and graduated from the Siena University (Italy) in 1996.

After gaining experience in a law firm Giordano joined Ferrero in 1997. Until 2008 he worked in Arlon (Belgium) as the IP Manager for newly created Ferrero Brands.

In 2008 moved to Alba (Italy) to take on the position of the Intellectual Property Manager for all Ferrero Brands in Europe and the C.I.S. countries.

In 2015 moved to Luxembourg to take on the position of the Intellectual Property Areas Manager.

Giordano represents Ferrero in various associations and committees, among those AIPPI, AIM Anti-counterfeiting Committee, ECTA, MARQUES, LES

Philippe  Claude

     Philippe Claude is Associate General Counsel, Marketing Properties at Mars, Inc. (based in New Jersey, USA) and is responsible for Mars’ chocolate brands globally, dealing with Trademark, Copyright, Design, Counterfeit, Licensing and Merchandising issues. Philippe holds a Law Degree from the Geneva University and is admitted to the Geneva Bar. He also holds a MD in Intellectual Property from the University of Alicante, Spain. Prior to joining Mars in 2015, Philippe worked 15 years for Nestlé, managing global trademark portfolio for various Nestlé businesses, and he was the Zone Intellectual Property Counsel - Americas, responsible for defining the intellectual property strategy and the management of the overall IP related exposure of Nestlé in the Americas (North & Central America, the Caribbean and Latin America).

Hans-Friedrich Czekay
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

     Hans-Friedrich is Head of the Global Trade Marks Function of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel, Switzerland, since 1991. He obtained  a doctors degree with a thesis about German and French patent law. Between 1980 and 1991 he worked as a lawyer in private practice in Hamburg, mainly in the field of intellectual property, unfair competition and antitrust law. He is author of several publications on trade mark and patent law. 

Ingrid de Groot

     Ingrid was the in-house IP counsel for the second-largest confectionery manufacturer in Europe (Perfetti Van Melle Holding B.V) for some 15 years. In 2003 she started her own business NOMILEX a.i. management for IP-counsel within the Industry. Early in 2003 Ingrid was appointed to the post of MARQUES Internal Relations Officer to further expand its role in shaping IP in Europe. Currently she is responsible for all internal matters within MARQUES. She sees the MARQUES Organisation as an important tool in achieving that purpose.

Cecilia Emanuelson
Inter IKEA Holding Services S.A.

     Cecilia is a Trademark Manager at Inter IKEA Holding Services S.A., in Waterloo, Belgium, a company dealing with legal matters on behalf of the owner the IKEA trademarks and the IKEA concept. She is practising in all aspects of trademark matters serving the IKEA franchisees in over 30 countries as well as handling TM prosecution, litigation and licensing. Cecilia is trilingual speaking Swedish, French and English and is also a member of the Well-Known and Famous Marks’ Committee of INTA.

Susana Fernandez Martin
Industria De Diseño Textil, SA (Inditex, SA)

     Susana obtained her Degree in Law from the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 1991 and her Master in legal practise from the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid- Spain) 1992.

Susana joined the legal department of INDITEX in June 1994 and she is now the Head of the IP department.

The IP Deptmartment is a corporate department integrated by 13 people who deal with all IP and related issues of INDITEX Group worldwide.

Tove Graulund
Graulund Consulting

     Tove is life member of MARQUES and was Chairman 2001-2006. She is the Chair of the EU Trademark Reform Task Force and a member of the International Trademark Team. She sat as observer on OHIM Administrative Board and Budget Committee 2009-2013. Tove acted as External Consultant to WIPO (Madrid) 2011-2014.
Tove was head of Corporate IP at Arla Foods, Director Trademarks at Zacco and is now the Principal of Graulund Consulting. The company offers consulting services in the areas of IP management and IP strategy to businesses as well as strategic and business development services to IP firms.

Mark Hodgin
Mondelçz International

     Mark is Senior Counsel – Trademarks, Global IP at Kraft Foods UK Holdings & Services (Member of the Mondelēz International family of companies) based in Bournville, England. Mark advises the Group Companies on all aspects of IP surrounding its confectionery brands, in particular trade marks, designs, copyright, licensing, advertising and promotions, and R&D work. Mark completed his legal professional examinations. He has also obtained the IP Diploma from Bristol Unvty.

Joachim Hofmann
Syngenta International AG

     Joachim Hofmann is Deputy Head of Trademarks with Syngenta (Basel, Switzerland) where he handles int. trade mark, domain name and anti-counterfeit matters. He studied law at the U. of Heidelberg, holds an LL. M. degree from the U. of Miami and a PhD from the University of Mannheim.  Previously he was with Novartis and BASF.  

Jochen Höhfeld
KSNH Patentanwälte Klunker.Schmitt-Nilson.Hirsch

     Jochen studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen (Germany) and Clemson University (USA), gained industrial experience in France and Brazil as well as experience in US patent and trademark law in Greenville/South Carolina. Jochen is both German and European Patent and Trademark Attorney since 1998 and joined KSNH Patentanwälte Klunker.Schmitt-Nilson.Hirsch in Munich as a partner in 1999. Jochen is chair of the MARQUES Tademark Law and Practice Team.

Willem Leppink
Ploum Lodder Princen

     Willem heads the IP department at Ploum Lodder Princen. He focuses on soft IP and advertising & marketing law. He often coordinates pan-European trade mark enforcement and pan-European marketing projects. He is a domain name panelist with WIPO and the Czech Arbitration Court, a WIPO Legal Rights Expert and secretary of the Professional Education for Benelux trade mark attorneys. Willem is on the Executive of MARQUES, vice-chair of the Programming Team and chair of the Venue Committee.

Jean-Pierre Maeder

     Co-Founder at IP-Portunity, a brain trust of IP experience from former IP Dep. Heads of world's leading companies. Our unique array of services is provided to in-house IP dep., law firms and consulting companies. He helps corporations achieve cost-effective and business aligned management of IP assets, law firms with training and support consulting companies with the IP aspects of their projects. He was group Head of Brand IP at Nestlé with worldwide responsibilities for trademarks, designs, copyright, internet/domain names/social media and counterfeits. Before that he was Director IP at Kraft Foods. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Berne, Switzerland and is a qualified attorney admitted to the bar.JP is also VP of the Supervisory Board of the Swiss IPO.

Roland Mallinson
Taylor Wessing

     Roland is partner at Taylor Wessing UK and heads up its UK trade mark practice. He advises on a wide range of UK and European IP disputes, incl. litigation and ADR about brand and design copies, comparative advertising, domain names, image rights, new media and other technology. He is responsible for the international trade mark portfolios and IP advisory work for a number of famous brands. Over 18 years he has conducted litigation, prosecution or oppositions at all levels of the English courts, UKIPO, OHIM and Court of Justice of the EU, and coordinated cases in most EU countries and many others worldwide.

Miguel Angel Medina

     Associate partner and IP Lawyer at Elzaburu. He has a Law and a Psychology degree, and masters in Legal Practice and in Tax Law. He frequently acts in the Spanish contentious-administrative jurisdiction in IP matters, before the SPTO and OHIM. He specialises in TMs, GIs, domains and related matters and has advised a wide range of multinational firms and organisations. He is a Certified Executive Coach and speaks ES, EN, DE, FR and IT. He is a member of the MARQUES Council.

Alan Minto
JT International SA

     Alan heads up the IP team at JT International S.A. based in Switzerland, looking after the tobacco trademark portfolio of various companies falling under the JT Group. He is a UK-qualified trademark attorney with extensive in-house protection and enforcement experience. Previously Alan has held in-house positions with Gallaher Limited, Unilever and a major footwear brand.

Arie Mout
SABMiller plc

     Arie is a qualified Benelux and European trademark attorney and Senior Counsel IP at SABMiller plc, the world’s no. 2 largest brewer, based in The Netherlands.
With more than 18 years trademark experience Arie’s expertise lies in creating global TM protection and enforcement strategies. He is inter alia responsible for the protection of SABMiller’s key European brands and oversees SABMiller’s Latin American trademark activities

Simone Pelkmans
Unilever Nederland Holdings B.V.

     Simone studied law in the Netherlands and graduated from University of Groningen in 1995.
After having worked for 4,5 years in private practice (NautaDutilh Amsterdam, IP and M&A), she became Global Trade Mark Counsel at Unilever. In 2008 she moved to the Benelux Legal Department where she became responsible for trade marks and Marketing Law for the Unilever Foods & Refreshment products. In September 2013 she became General Counsel Foods | BCS and Dressings. Simone represents Unilever in various associations, BMM, Marques, FNLI and is a regular speaker at conferences and Universities. She speaks English, French and Spanish

Carles Prat
Baker & McKenzie


Carles is a Partner of Baker & McKenzie in Barcelona, practicing in all aspects of intellectual property and antitrust including all types of litigation. Author of several articles and publications on trademark and competition law issues, as well as on international procedural law. Carles is a Lecturer at the Magister Lucentinus in Alicante and other Lawschools and a Board Member of Marques. MARQUES


Alan Ramsay

     Alan is the Company Secretary for MARQUES and is a Director of AssociAction Enterprises - the MARQUES Secretartiat. Alan has over 25 years experience in developing and implementing management and administration systems and is a specialist in delivering professional conferences for associations.

Alessandra Romeo
Buzzi, Notaro & Antonielli D'oulx

     Alessandra is MARQUES External Relations Officer since February 2010.

Conversant with the English, French and German languages, Alessandra has been admitted to practice as Trade Mark Attorney before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, OHIM and WIPO since 1996. She comprehensively counsels on all trademark, domain name and social media related matters at BUZZI, NOTARO & ANTONIELLI d'OULX, in Turin, Italy.   


Shane Smyth

     Shane B Sc (Comp Sc), Solicitor BCL, European Patent Attorney, Community Trade Mark Attorney and has degrees in both law and computer science. He is Managing Partner at FRKelly and is also a lecturer in computer law at Trinity College Dublin. He is a council member of MARQUES and a member of ECTA. He is the President of the Irish Association of AIPPI. Shane is co-author of the leading textbook on Irish Intellectual Property Law published by Bloomsbury Professional.

Emma Stopford
British American Tobacco

     Emma joined the trade mark team at British American Tobacco (BAT) in 2015 and is responsible for advising on trade marks, designs and copyright for BAT’s Global Brands. Emma has always specialised in IP and previously worked in private practice in London and Hong Kong before spending 14 years at GlaxoSmithKline as Vice President Consumer Healthcare Trade Marks.

Virginia Taylor
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

     Virginia is a partner in the IP group of Kilpatrick Stockton who specialises in all areas of trade mark practice. She was elected to the Council of MARQUES in September 2003. During the past year, she has worked on recruiting verifiers from various countries for the text of the MARQUES database of national laws related to geographical indications in Europe. She also is active in INTA where she served on the Board of Directors, chaired the Publications Committee and now serves on the Information Resources Committee.

Dieuwerke van der Schalk
Jacobs Douwe Egberts

     Dieuwerke (Dee) worked at the Global Brand Protection Department of Sara Lee/DE N.V. in Utrecht from 2000. In July 2012 the Coffee & Tea Division of Sara Lee split off and became the companyD.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753. She is heading the department responsible for the protection of all trademarks, designs and domain names of the new company. Dee joined the MARQUES Council in 2003 and is a member of the Intellectual Asset Management Team

Nunzia Varricchio

     Nunzia began her career in 1986 at John Labatt Limited in London, Canada. In 1992, she was instrumental in the establishment and headed Labatt International, managing the non-NAFTA portfolio. In 2000 she was seconded to Interbrew in Belgium to manage the integration of acquired portfolios and in the development of their IP team. She is now Senior Trademark Counsel for DSM in The Netherlands. Nunzia has been a member of MARQUES Council and Executive since 2001 and served as Chair 2011 to 2012.

Vanni Volpi
Guccio Gucci S.p.A.

     Vanni is WW Intellectual Property Senior Counsel of GUCCI. Based in Italy, he directs wthe Company strategy and coordinates all Intellectual Property aspects. He provides legal coun-sel over all facets of protecting IP assets and law policy issues. Vanni is responsible for the management and coordination of all IP portfolios as well as infringements, anti-counterfeiting, litigations and protecting and licensing all intellectual property rights. He has 20 years of IP experience in-house and directs Gucci’s global IP Team. He has held leadership positions in CHANEL and LVMH based in Paris. He has spoken widely on intel-lectual property topics

Knud Wallberg
Wallberg IP Advice

     Knud was head of the trade mark department of the Danish Patent and Trade Mark Office before forming Sandel, Løje & Wallberg. He is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, teaching IP-law. He is the author of the law-commentary on the Danish trade mark law and published a number of articles and paers on IP-issues, incl. trade marks and domain-names. He works as a UDPR Panelist with WIPO, member of the Danish Complaints Board for Domain Names and a member of the Danish Bar Ass.

Hanne Weywardt
NJORD Advokatpartnerselskab

     Hanne is partner of the Nordic law firm NJORD. She is a recognised expert in all aspects of IP, being named "leader in her field" in Chambers Europe 2015. She is also a Supreme Court litigator. Previously Hanne was heading the in-house IP department of an internationally focused tobacco company. Hanne is a member MARQUES Council, member of MARQUES Communication and Membership Team and she is Vice Chair of The Danish Anti-Counterfeiting Group.

Nick Wood
Com Laude

     Nick is the Managing Director of Com Laude. Nick was the founder of Net Searchers, the UK’s first ICANN accredited domain name registrar and a Director of CPA (Computer Patent Annuities). He is the co-editor of “Domain Names: Global Practice and Procedure” . He is on the Advisory Board of the Czech Arbitration Court which is a panel provider for .eu and gTLD and he was one of three European representatives on the Implementation Recommendation Team created by ICANN’s .

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