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Please note: this Focus 45 webinar starts slightly earlier at 13:00 UK time.

In this session Sharon Deal will discuss Emotional Intelligence, Authenticity and Wellbeing in an IP firm working environment with Louis-Pierre Gravelle, our Focus 45 Moderator.  Bastiaan Koster, managing partner at Von Seidels IP Attorneys, will also join to give feedback on experiences in his firm on Emotional Intelligence, Authenticity and Wellbeing initiatives.

Sharon Deal

Sharon Deal is the founder of The Who am I Foundation.  www.whoamifoundation.co.za.

Issues like emotional intelligence, authenticity and well-being are close to Sharon’s heart.  She has extensive experience working with individuals, businesses, small and large, on the impact and relevance of Emotional Intelligence and Authenticity in so far as it relates to leadership in an organisation, how it influences the general happiness in the work environment and ultimately the bottom-line.  The work she is doing focuses strongly on how you show up as an integrated and mature person in any environment.

Bastiaan Koster

Bastiaan Koster is FICPI past-President (2012-2015) and Managing Partner at Von Seidels in South Africa

Bastiaan Koster is an accomplished patent attorney and trademark practitioner. Bastiaan is the partner responsible for the day-to-day management of Von Seidels and responsible for staff and staff wellbeing.

His formal training in electronic engineering (pre-law), coupled with extensive experience in matters relating to Plant Breeders’ Rights, has stood him in good stead when it comes to understanding and working with matters of a broad technical nature and their integration with commercial issues.

Due to Bastiaan’s comprehensive experience in intellectual property matters, and his love for people he continues to fulfil an important role in the strategic integrated management of his firm.

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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 Practice Management 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.