Our ambassadors are representatives of the CEIPI IP Business Academy in their countries and regions. They are experienced IP experts who support their national innovation systems with content from the CEIPI IP Business Academy. Ambassadors are the spokespeople with knowledge about national specificities. The language, in which we communicate through social platforms and provides content is English. Our ambassadors promote the CEIPI IP Business Academy within their community to raise awareness by promoting our content through social platforms, and if preferred, in their national language. Together with our ambassadors, we provide case studies, teaching materials, and seminars.

Shourabh Banerjee

Ambassador India

Giovanna Paola Girardi

Ambassador Spain

Raymond Hegarty

Ambassador Ireland

Dr. Malte Köllner

Ambassador Germany

Louis Lozouet

Ambassador Brazil

Biswajit Sarkar

Ambassador India, Calcutta, West Bengal

Dr. Martin Wilming

Ambassador Switzerland

Stephen Yang

Ambassador China

Magda Voltolini

Ambassador France

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Shourabh Banerjee

Ambassador India

Shourabh Banerjee, leading the Strategic IP Consulting Practice at IIPRD, one of India's fastest growing full service IPR Law firms, and a sister concern to the K&K IP Attorneys. With astounding Consulting credentials across diverse technical sectors ranging from IT Services/ Energy/ Manufacturing/ Life Sciences/ Retail/ Electronics/Electrical/Mechanical/ Pharma/ IOT/ AI and more across Europe/ USA/ Africa and Asia for public and Private entities and Corporate alike. His collated experience in multiple sectors for Patent/ Trademark, Copyrights, Anti Competition and other faculties of IP Laws have ensured seamless consulting services to clients in India and overseas for over 4 years. Post Thesis completion with University of Sunderland (London), on ‘ Value of Patent Licensing in Wireless Communication Industry’, he’s taken on the mantle of counseling Patent Attorneys, Counsels for Litigation, Prosecution, Research, Analytics, Commercialization Support Matters. To his credit, he currently is a contributor to the IP Journal (IP-Think Tank), (West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences) WBNUJS, Kolkata, India. An avid Legal, Technology and IPR Enthusiast, with experience of over a decade in Business Consulting for various Service Industries including PR (Films and Entertainment), Customer Advisory in 3 Global Services, HR Training, Recruitment Solutions, Shourabh carries Diverse experience in the Service Industry also keen on pursuing Academic research in Trademark/ Copyrights/ Anti Competition Laws. He’s an ardent History, Travel, Sports, Art and Music enthusiast and spares time for them as frequently as possible!

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  • GP Girardi Intellectual Property | www.gpgirardi.com

Giovanna Paola Girardi

Ambassador Spain

Giovanna Girardi is a lawyer specializing in business law and intellectual property. Clients hire her to build strategies to protect their designs, patents and trademarks and also profit from them. Giovanna also lectures at various business schools Geneva Business School, EAE, Garrigues and collaborates in global and European to raise awareness of intellectual property rights as a competitive tool for SMEs. In 2017, she participated in an ambitious project for the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to help harmonise practices within the network of European Union Intellectual Property Offices. Giovanna was born and raised in Brazil and holds Masters degrees from Pontificia Comillas University. You can follow her insights in intellectual property on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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  • http://www.billiondollarip.com

Raymond Hegarty

Ambassador Ireland

As the World’s top IP coach, Raymond Hegarty coaches C-suite executives of growth-stage technology and life science companies on how to build intangible value and mitigate IP risks to scaling. For six years, he was Vice President of Global Licensing for Intellectual Ventures, where he managed a portfolio of 40,000 patents. Prior to that, Mr Hegarty built IP-intensive businesses in Japan, Ireland and Luxembourg, developed teams and implemented processes and systems for IP exploitation. He has closed billions of dollars of patent and trademark transactions. Mr Hegarty is the author of two bestselling books on IP strategy – Billion Dollar IP Strategy (2019) and Intellectual Property for Executives (2018) – and co-author of the chapter on IP transfer pricing in Tolley’s Transfer Pricing Risks Post-BEPS. He has served as an expert advisor to the European Commission, the OECD and policymakers in several countries on national and international innovation and intangible taxation strategies. Mr Hegarty is a regular conference speaker and is connected to the global professional IP community. He has been recognised by IAM Magazine every year since 2011 as one of The World’s Top 300 IP Strategists.

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  • Köllner & Partner mbB | www.kollner.eu

Dr. Malte Köllner

Ambassador Germany

Dr. Malte Köllner, from Köllner & Partner, is a German and European Patent Attorney as well as Trademark and Design Attorney. In 2019 he was ranked in the category “Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (Industrial Property)” as being one of Germany’s Best Lawyers for the fifth consecutive year by the German business newspaper “Handelsblatt”. He was also recognized as Germany's most influential patent attorney. Dr. Malte Köllner holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and a diploma in Physics from the University of Heidelberg. His areas of expertise include physics, physical chemistry, optics, lasers, biotechnology, medical devices and software. With a vast experience in the field of Intellectual Property, Dr. Malte Köllner is also the editor-in-chief of the German journal for patent law "Mitteilungen der Deutschen Patentanwälte" and a lecturer at various conferences and universities. Dr. Malte Köllner has authored a handbook on the Patent Cooperation Treaty as well as numerous publications on the economic and legal side of the IP system. His notable achievements in the IP area have listed him, year after year, as one of the world’s leading lawyers and IP strategists. Dr. Malte Köllner regularly presents current trends and developments in the IP industry in his lectures. Dr. Malte Köllner developed several legal services such as Flat Fee Prosecution and made a fundamental contribution to the area of patent valuation.

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  • Venturini IP | www.venturini-ip.com

Louis Lozouet

Ambassador Brazil

Partner at Venturini IP, a boutique Intellectual Property firm based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Louis is an IP Attorney-at-Law with over 10 years of legal experience with international clients. Previous to Venturini IP, he worked as a Director of Business Development for the largest IP group in Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries, helping develop IP portfolios of Brazilian companies and subsidiaries of foreign companies located in Brazil. Louis also had the opportunity to work as a Patent litigation specialist at one of the most renowned Brazilian Patent Litigation firms, with specific focus on the telecommunication (standard-essential patents), pharmaceutical and med-tech industries. Louis is an expert in IP Strategic and Management Consulting, as well as Patent Licensing. He holds an MBA from IMD Business School, Lausanne-Switzerland; a Post-Graduate degree in IP Law from Universtié Paris-XII, France; and a Post-Graduate degree in Civil Procedure Law from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Admitted to the Brazilian Bar (2012) and to the French Bar Exam (CAPA – 2009).

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Biswajit Sarkar

Ambassador India, Calcutta, West Bengal

Biswajit Sarkar is widely regarded in industry circles as one of the pioneers of Intellectual Property in India. When he specialized in Intellectual Property and started professional practice in 1991, many stared at him. Intellectual Property, as we know it now, was in a nascent stage. Trademark protection was, by and large, restricted to the registration of trademarks and the issuance of warning notices. Copyright was mainly limited to music and publishing industries. Patents were few and far between. After signing the WTO/GATT agreements, India has now become the country with the maximum potential for the Intellectual Property Right matters. Today, Biswajit Sarkar is one of the most sought after lawyers in the country for Intellectual Property matters and he successfully completed two world renowned cases, such as registration of a particular address as trade mark of 6 Ballygunge Place and creating copyright protection for Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa. His clientele includes industry leaders and blue chip companies. Mr. Biswajit Sarkar is empanelled with different Foreign Embassies and Consulates as well as various Chambers of Commerce. To give back to the society, his firm regularly takes interns from law institutes country wide. Mr. Sarkar is regularly invited by Universities , Law Colleges, Kolkata Police, National Judicial Academy , Government Bodies and various Chambers of Commerce to give lectures to spread awareness of the role of IP in modern business. Biswajit Sarkar is honoured and humbled to represent Mother Teresa’s Organisation: Missionaries of Charity for legal issues.

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  • Hepp Wenger Ryffel AG | www.hepp.ch

Dr. Martin Wilming

Ambassador Switzerland

Martin Wilming has been a partner at Hepp Wenger Ryffel since 2008. His main areas of activity are international grant procedures, opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office and the enforcement of intellectual property rights of all types. In addition, he advises and represents clients in proceedings before the Swiss Federal Patent Court, which has had jurisdiction over patent litigation cases since the beginning of 2012. In addition to patent law, he is also active in trademark law and design law. He not only has extensive experience of analysing questions of infringement and the legal validity of intellectual property rights, but also provides clients with practicable recommendations for action from a commercial perspective. He frequently advises and represents clients in complex disputes, coordinates multinational IP litigation and drafts and negotiates technology-related agreements, in particular licensing, cooperation and technology transfer agreements. In technological terms, the main areas of his activity are chemistry, pharmaceutics, adhesives and coatings, dental technology, food technology and mechanical engineering. Martin Wilming runs a blog (www.patentlitigation.ch) which provides a running commentary on the case law of the Swiss Federal Patent Court, and has also contributed as a co-author to the Patentrechtskommentar (Patent law commentary) by Fitzner/Lutz/Bodewig. In addition, he is a lecturer on the CEIPI Basic Training Course in European patent law. Martin Wilming has a doctorate in bio-organic chemistry and has worked for Hepp Wenger Ryffel since 2002. He is a European and Swiss Patent Attorney. In addition, he has undertaken additional training in economics and has specialized further in the field of the management of IP rights (LL.M. in IP Law and Management (CEIPI)).

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  • IP March | www.ipmarch.cn

Stephen Yang

Ambassador China

Stephen Yang is a Chinese patent attorney and managing partner of IP March, a Chinese IP law firm. His practice covers patent search, drafting, prosecution, invalidation, opinion and litigation in mechanics, electronics, energy and high tech areas. His IP career began in 1997. In addition to practicing in IP firms in China, he once worked in-house in Canada. Stephen’s technical background is mechanical and industrial engineering. He received double Bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University in China and a Master’s degree from University of Toronto in Canada. Stephen is a frequent speaker and author of many articles. In particular, he is the lead author of the book "IP Protection in China", published by ABA Publishing. Stephen has been consistently recognized by various sources as a leading IP practitioner in China.

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  • Lencify | www.lencify.eu

Magda Voltolini

Ambassador France

Based in Paris, Magda began her career in intellectual property in 2011 as a journalist on IP policy and rights, and then she continued her work as a business engineer of IP software and services, and more recently, she is focusing on public affairs in Europe. She is a member of the I3PM Association and LES France. Magda holds a Graduate Master's degree in Marketing and Business Development from IFOCOP Paris, an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Edinburgh, a Postgraduate Master's degree in Business Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She is registered in the Bar Association of Rio de Janeiro, as a non-practicing lawyer. 

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