The panel of tutors is made up of very experienced patent professionals from Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States of America, supported by the FICPI Training and Education Commission.

Eric Le Forestier (France) Course Coordinator

Eric is a civil engineer graduate from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (1980), with a specialisation in Computer Technology. He successfully followed the CEIPI course in Strasbourg (1986-1987) and qualified as French and European Patent Attorney in 1988. He has been operating since 1980 for French and foreign clients in patent drafting, prosecution and opposition, opinions, French and international patent litigation, IP agreements and licensing, IP audits and due diligence and IP strategy, in the fields of mechanics, physics, electronics, materials, information technology and telecom. After 27 years at Regimbeau in Paris, among which 18 as partner of the firm, he founded his own practice at the beginning of 2013, dedicating himself to high level advisory work as well as prosecution work for a wide range of clients, especially French and foreign start-ups and SMEs. He is personally involved in all cases. Eric has acted as tutor on FICPI’s European Patent Drafting Courses since 1999.

Scott Gordon (USA)

Scott is primarily focused on fostering client relationships and building successful collaborations. Beyond that, he has experience in procurement and analysis of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), and has a unique level of experience in international IPR protection. Scott handles patent protection in the electronics, optics, semiconductor, information systems, telecommunications, computer software and medical device technology sectors, because of his strong technical background in electrical engineering. Scott has advised Fortune 500 companies, universities, foreign governmental research institutes, small to medium sized businesses, and technology startups regarding patent portfolio development and management. He has experience in IP dispute resolution and IPR procurement. Scott has lived and worked in Hong Kong and Singapore, and has an extensive network of contacts and relationships in Asia.

Jing He (P.R. China)

Jing graduated from Beijing Polytechnic University with a bachelors of science degree in Automatic Control, and obtained her master degree in Management of Information Systems from University of Waterloo, Canada. Ms. He is a specialist consultant on Chinese IP issues. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, internet, software, and electronics. Prior to her IP career, she gained over ten years of industry experience as an engineer in Siemens and Ericsson. In addition to consulting actively in patent prosecution practice, she also has much experience in patent invalidation before the Chinese Patent Reexamination Board. She is regularly invited by domestic institutes and enterprises to lecture on current
intellectual property matters.

Joseph Morales (USA)

Joe is a registered patent attorney dedicated to helping companies and inventors protect their intellectual property assets. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in biochemistry and molecular biology. During his undergraduate studies at UMBC, he worked in two different biology labs that focused on bacterial gene regulation. Joe spent fifteen years in the Maryland Army National Guard. He began his military career as an enlisted soldier with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He went to flight school immediately after completing his studies at UMBC and served as team leader in a medical evacuation unit and a company commander of an air traffic control unit in Maryland. After flight school, Joe worked in the Biochemistry Department of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where he assisted in the study of protein interactions and the composition of the mammalian nuclear pore complex.

Shoichi Okuyama (Japan)

Shoichi Okuyama is a registered patent attorney. He specialises in electrical engineering and chemistry. He has been Principal of Okuyama & Sasajima since 2009. Prior to that, he had been Principal Partner at Okuyama & Co. from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Okuyama is a former President of Japan Patent Attorneys Association. He currently serves as an expert member of the Intellectual Property Strategy headquarters organised by the Prime Minister of Japan. Dr. Okuyama has received a number of awards, including in 2003 an award from the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office for his contributions to the IP community, an Award of Merit from AIPPI in 2011, and in 2013 a Distinguished Service Medal from The Linn Inn Alliance of the American Inns of Court.

Simon Roberts (United Kingdom)

Simon is a European Patent Attorney and Chartered Patent Attorney (UK). Formerly Director of Patents at British Telecommunications (BT) in London, Simon is now a freelance consultant aiming to base himself in Thailand. His primary specialism is opto-electronics and optical communications, but he has worked extensively on most telecommunications technologies. Until he left BT at the end of 2015, Simon was chair of the Patents Committee of the IP Federation. He has, since 1989, been principal tutor in the London group of the CEIPI basic training course. Simon has been a tutor for all of the Patent Drafting courses.