FICPI is committed to providing support and encouragement for younger people entering the intellectual property profession and is delighted to see more younger IP practitioners than ever attending the 22nd Open Forum and speaking at this year’s event.

We provided financial support to young delegates for the 2024 Open Forum this year by offering a reduced registration fee for the first 10 delegates aged under 40, an offer which was snapped up very quickly!

New FICPI members and first-time Open Forum attendees are welcome to join a special reception on 25th September, immediately before the Welcome Reception. This mixer is an excellent opportunity for new members and those new to the Open Forum to meet active FICPI officers and find out more about our groups and committees.

FICPI Member Under 40 competition winners

For the past two years we have run a FICPI Member Under 40s competition, with Laura Mannering of Bryn Aarflot in Norway our 2022 winner, and Tarso Machado of Kasznar Leonardos IP in Brazil our 2023 winner. Their prize was a generous rebate against registration for the following year’s FICPI headline event.

Laura is a European Patent Attorney, holds a Master’s Degree in Physics, and was elected by FONIP (Norway’s patent attorney association), as the Norwegian alternate delegate for FICPI’s Executive Committee meetings. She is an active member of FICPI’s Study and Work Group on International Patent Matters (CET 3) and of FICPI’s Practice Management Committee.

Tarso is Partner and Head of the Patent Electronics Department in his firm, is an Electronics Engineer focused on Artificial Intelligence and Automation, and active on FICPI’s Study and Work Group on Software, High-Tech and Computer Related Issues (CET 6).

Younger speakers at the 22nd FICPI Open Forum

We are pleased that we were able to create the opportunity for a number of younger IP professionals to speak at the 2024 FICPI Open Forum, including Sara Navarro, Dr Claire Gregg and Clarissa Regler. 

Sara Navarro is a Senior Associate in the Trademark Department at Elzaburu in Spain who is speaking on trade marks & designs in the session on “Navigating the landscape of fake evidence in IP proceedings”. She is a specialist in designing strategies for the protection of trade marks and designs at national and international level and in proceedings at the SPTO, EUIPO and WIPO and in foreign jurisdictions. Sara is a member of INTA’s Designs Committee – Law and Practice Subcommittee.

Dr Claire Gregg is an Associate at Davies Collinson Cave in Australia who is speaking in the session “The cans and cannots of Cannabis and psychedelics IP rights” exploring how companies in this new arena can protect intellectual property rights in their products, methods and branding. She holds a PhD in organic chemistry and her postdoctoral research focused primarily on hit-to-lead optimisation of small molecule inhibitors of protein-protein interactions in highly validated cancer targets. Claire is an active member of FICPI’s Study & Work Group on Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals (CET 4).

In Davies Collinson Cave, she is a member of the firm’s Passion Practice Committee and Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Committee as well as being an accredited mental health first aid officer. Claire is a Fellow, Council Member and Director of the Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA), the professional body for patent and trade mark attorneys in Australia. She was a founding co-convenor of the “young” IPTA (YIPTA) committee dedicated to engaging and supporting junior members of the patent and trade mark attorney profession. She is also a Director of the Global IP Alliance (GLIPA).

Clarissa Regler is a German Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney, and Head of the IP Department: Chemistry & Biotechnology at Winter Brandl in Germany. She is speaking in the session “Drafting without borders – life sciences”. She holds a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Bioprocess Engineering. Clarissa specialises in patent prosecution, opposition and nullity proceedings in the field of biotechnology and chemistry as well as conducting prior art searches, e.g. on patentability, oppositions, third-party observations and FTOs. Clarissa is a FICPI member and is also a member of the AIPPI Standing Committee Biotechnology and a member of Women-in-IP (e.V.).

Next steps

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Pictured: Laura Mannering speaking at the March 2024 Executive Committee meeting in Goa


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