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FICPI’s Focus 45 webinars continue for the 2022-2023 season, and are a valuable free benefit to FICPI members.* 

Please join us for our first webinar in the series by Dr. Renate Weisse, a FICPI member and patent holder herself, who will discuss “Why there are so few women inventors and what to do about it" and how to encourage women to become innovators, and her soon to be published book on the topic of women inventors.

We are delighted to welcome you back to a new series of our popular FICPI Focus 45 webinars.

In this session, Louis-Pierre Gravelle, our Focus 45 Moderator will discuss female inventors and encouraging women to become innovators with Dr. Renate Weisse.  

Renate is author of a book about female inventors, a German and European Patent Attorney and holds a PhD in Engineering. She acts as a role model to promote STEM subjects and her profession to women.

The book will be released in autumn 2022. In the book Renate discusses why there are so few female inventors in Germany (only around 6%) and what can be done to change this. 

You are welcome to stay online after the webinar for 15 minutes for freeform discussions with Renate and Louis-Pierre in our Wonder room - the link will be provided during the webinar. 

*FICPI members please log in to access the Zoom registration link. 

Non-members - there is now an Euro 50 charge per webinar


Dr. Renate Weisse

Dr. Renate Weisse is a German and European Patent Attorney at the firm Weisse Patentanwältin. She has graduated in Physics from the Technical University of Berlin and holds a PhD in Engineering.

During her scientific research in the field of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy she created two patented inventions for her employer Perkin Elmer Corp.

After her legal training at Weisse & Wolgast (Berlin/Germany) and McLachlan & Donaldson (Dublin/Ireland) she took over the firm of Weisse & Wolgast from her father Jürgen Weisse which was established in 1951 by her grandfather Ernst Weisse.

In addition to her daily patent and trade mark attorney work, Renate is a lecturer at the Berliner Hochschule für Technik, and is an active participant in “Girls-Day” where young girls are informed about professions typically occupied by men.

Renate was called as expert to be heard before the legal committee of the German Bundestag for the Patent Law Modernization Act in 2020.

She is a FICPI member. 

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Louis-Pierre Gravelle, FICPI webinar host

Louis-Pierre Gravelle is Partner at Bereskin & Parr in Canada and Vice President of FICPI's Professional Excellence Committee.

He specialises in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and providing patentability, validity, infringement and right to manufacture opinions in the fields of electricity, telecommunications, mechanical and information technology. He is a registered patent agent in Canada and in the United States (1998).

Louis-Pierre is involved in due diligence matters and managing patent portfolios. He is also involved in strategic counselling for start-ups, small, medium and large-sized businesses.

A member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Louis-Pierre was called to the Québec Bar in 1995. He is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ). Louis-Pierre Gravelle is past-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and past co-president of the Joint Liaison Committee – Patents between the Patent office and IPIC. He is a Councillor for FICPI Canada.

He is listed in the IAM Patents 1000, and has been since 2012. Louis-Pierre is often called upon to speak on a variety of IP-related topics, at local and international conferences and events.