Sophie Künzi


European Patent Attorney

Joined Katzarov in 2021


Hobbies & Personal information

Music (I play the oboe and the cor anglais in a non-professional local wind orchestra), hiking, ski, fitness training, nature photography, astronomy.

“I started my studies with a law degree at the University of Geneva and decided to continue with biochemistry studies, with the intention to become a patent attorney. During my biochemistry studies, I worked as a research and teaching assistant in intellectual property and unfair competition, civil proceedings, biotechnology law and environment law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. After my biochemistry degree, my first assignment as a patent professional was with Firmenich, where I started in 2007 and qualified as a European patent attorney in 2011. I was responsible for IP of the biotechnology group and did also work on chemical synthesis, on encapsulation and on perfume and flavour applications. I then joined Nestlé in 2012, where I took responsibility for the IP of an R&D center in Konolfingen, working on dairy applications and infant nutrition. I then specialized on infant nutrition. The technical field in which I have been active are mainly immune and gastrointestinal benefits, probiotics and fermentation, prebiotics (oligosaccharides), dairy and plant proteins, encapsulation, packaging and dairy science and engineering. I was responsible for the IP strategy and managed the patent portfolio of two key brands of Nestlé Nutrition. While working with Nestlé I developed and got particular expertise in European patent oppositions. Now at Katzarov, I am working as a patent counsel in the areas of biotechnology, chemistry and pharmacy.”

Education
Biochemistry Degree
University of Geneva| Switzerland

Law Degree
University of Geneva| Switzerland

Transnational Law Certificate
University of Geneva| Switzerland

Languages

French, English, Italian and German

Primary Expertise

Patent drafting and prosecution, patent oppositions, oral proceedings, freedom-to-operate assessments, IP strategy (both business- and technology-oriented), IP contracting, IP guidance to projects, IP training.

Secondary Expertise
Patent searching and Landscaping

Professional Memberships

EPI

Technical Expertise
Biotechnology, chemistry, food, nutrition and health benefits, perfumes, flavours, fermentation technologies and probiotics, dairy science, non-dairy (plant-based) products), packaging.



Charlotte Dewarrat


Annuities Assistant

Joined Katzarov in 2020


Hobbies & Personal information

Loves cooking while listening to very loud music; travels as much as she can if possible with a glass of Malbec in her hand (not only abroad but also in our beautiful Switzerland); slides more than she walks, skiing and wake-surfing are a second nature to her.

“I first worked for two prestigious hotel companies in Gstaad and Zermatt and then joined the team in charge of organizing events for the watch manufacturers Jaquet Droz.

I joined the Katzarov team in 2020. I am in charge of all the administrative tasks concerning annuities for the patent and the design department. I contact our agents worldwide to monitor that payment schemes are running smoothly and executed correctly.”

Education
Bachelor’s Degree

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne | Switzerland

Languages

French, English, Italian 



Andrea Manola


Managing Director 

European & Swiss Patent Attorney | Design Attorney

Joined Katzarov in 2006


Hobbies & Personal information

Great lover of coffee (strong) and good whiskey (smokyhead) – usually not at the same time; refuses to take the elevator up the 6 floors leading to our office.

“In 1999, I participated in a scientific project on malaria vaccine at the Department of Medical and Molecular Parasitology at the New York School of Medicine. I then resumed studies in project management at the University of Geneva (2005-2006) and in industrial property “Patents of Invention” at the C.E.I.P.I. (2006-2007). Before joining KATZAROV, I worked in regulatory affairs in a pharmaceutical company in Geneva. At KATZAROV since 2006, I have been practicing as a European and Swiss patent attorney, specializing in inventions in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological fields. I also took over the management of the firm in 2016. Finally, I am a member of the jury of the International Exhibition of Inventions (Geneva).”

Education
Master’s degree in Biochemistry
University of Geneva | Switzerland
Post graduate diploma in Project Management
University of Geneva | Switzerland

Languages

French, Serbian, English, Italian, German and basic knowledge of Russian

Primary Expertise

Identification of the invention and patentable subject matter, patent filing strategy and drafting, monitoring of the patent granting procedure, management of patent portfolios, defense of patent rights and patent litigation

Secondary Expertise

Mentoring/Coaching, Freedom to Operate, Prior Art Searches

Professional Memberships

AIPPI, VESPA/ACBSE, FICPI (VSP/ASCPI), AROPI

Technical Expertise
Pharmaceutics, chemistry, biotechnology



Karin Guignard


Patent Assistant

Joined Katzarov in 2003


Hobbies & Personal information

Enjoys walking and being out in the open air, traveling and meeting people from different cultures, when she is not immersed in her reading, movies, or listening to music. Spends most of her free time with her family.

“I graduated from Lausanne University in 2002 with a degree in Egyptology. I started my professional life working for a gemmological laboratory and a tourist publication. I was recruited by Katzarov in 2003 and I learned everything on-the-job, starting out as an assistant in the trademark department. During that formation period I also worked in the patent department, on a part-time basis, in charge of annuities. Then I worked as a trademark assistant for years, monitoring our clients’ portfolios worldwide. On June 1, 2021, I started working exclusively for the patent department.”

Education

Master of Arts specialization: Egyptology
University of Lausanne | Switzerland

Languages

French, English, Italian, German

Primary Expertise

Trademarks (trademark availability searches, filing and registration, prosecution, responses to official actions, recordals, declarations of use, renewals); monitoring of patent portfolios from filing to grant in Switzerland and abroad.

Secondary Expertise

Retail services, chemical industry, agro-food industry, textile industry, heavy industry, language schools, entertainment, sports, tobacco, biopharmaceutical industry.



Jessye Freymond


Patent & Design Paralegal 

Joined Katzarov in 2015


Hobbies & Personal information

Good food is her religion – will never say no to a cheese fondue, even in the middle of summer (and do not forget the dry meats and pickles!) Always on for trying new activities and discovering vacations spots. Recently started practicing via ferrata to overcome her fear of heights. Next goal: van life holidays.

“I joined Katzarov in 2015, I started with a temporary position with the Trademark Department before joining the Patent Department as a junior assistant. I have since developed my skills and knowledge in national and international patent procedures and confirming the same by successfully obtaining a Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS) IP Paralegal from the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) at the beginning of 2020.”

Education

Certificate of Advance Studies IP Paralegal
Zürich University of Applied Sciences | Switzerland
Master’s Degree in Communication
University of Geneva | Switzerland
Bachelor in International Relations
University of Geneva | Switzerland

Languages

French, English, basic knowledge of German

Primary Expertise

Management of patent and design portfolios at the national and international level (filing until grant) before the Intellectual Property Offices.

Secondary Expertise

Designs, Patricia® Super User



Antoine Dieudonné-Vatran


European Patent Attorney

Joined Katzarov in 2019


Hobbies & Personal information

Spends most of his spare time outdoors (running, trails, hiking), on the lake (paddle, canoe, rowing) or in the mountains (skiing, snowboarding).

Also has a special interest for wine (tasting / discovery of wine / estate) in memories of the summers spent working in this field, from the vineyard, to the cellars, through wine tasting and sales to clients.

“I started my career in IP in 2013 as an in-house patent attorney in a medical device company based on the EPFL campus in Lausanne. The IP portfolio of the company comprised both mechanical and chemical cases to protect the various aspects of the medical devices. In this regard, I have acquired extensive knowledge in microfluidics, microparticles/wafer preparation and functionalization, biomolecules extraction/sample preparation/detection.

In 2015, I joined an IP law firm in Neuchatel where I provided assistance in IP-related matters to individual clients, startups and SMEs. I was in charge of mechanical cases related to watchmaking (movement and external parts), mechanical componens/assembly (mechanical/electromechanical actuators, pumps, bearing, robots), medical devices cases (cardiac valve, optical lens), materials (composite materials, especially natural fibers) and software- and AI-based inventions (medtech/ digital health, robotics).

I am a qualified European patent attorney before the European Patent Office – EPO.

I joined Katzarov in 2019 to strengthen the patent department in the field of mechanics/software.”

Other Information

  • Coaching for start-ups : Innosuisse IP special coach, Venture IP mentor
  • Tutor/teacher in CEIPI at Strasbourg: course on the European Patent law
  • Tutor/teacher in Swiss universities : courses on intellectual property, in particular regarding the protection of software based AI based invention;
  • Member of the examination committee for the European Qualification Examination organized by the European Patent Office (drafting and correction of paper A and B);

Education
Ph.D. in Chemistry
University Paris Descartes/Institut Curie, Paris | France
Master’s Degree in Chemistry
University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg | France

Languages

French, English, German 

Primary Expertise

Innovation protection strategy, IP portfolio management, drafting/filing/patent prosecution, opposition/appeal, litigation/arbitration

Technical Expertise

mechanics/material, software/AI



Matthias Kügele


European French & Swiss Patent Attorney | Design Attorney

Katzarov’s Manual Coordinator

Joined Katzarov in 2016


Hobbies & Personal information

Fan of Football, guitar player, enjoys family time, knows nothing about wine but likes it though, Katzarov’s out of the office activity organizer.

“I am a European, Swiss and French Patent Attorney specialized in Patent prosecution, Patent Litigation, Patent portfolio management and valorization, Filing Strategy. I started working for Small Patent Firm in Geneva as a Patent attorney in the chemical and electrochemical fields and spent two years in their Paris Office (2005-2006), working on mechanical cases. In 2016, I joined KATZAROV SA and became a Partner in 2017. Since then I am also managing the KATZAROV’s MANUAL Pole which edits the KATZAROV’s Manual on Industrial Property, which is the Worldwide reference IP handbook in over 200 countries since 1924. I am specializing in various technical fields including : Industrial and Environmental Engineering, Mechanics (special purpose machines, electrics, automotive industry, packaging), Medtech, Software, Electrochemistry (Batteries, electric and hybrid vehicles), Physical Chemistry (Lasers, Biosensors) and Cryptography.”

Other Information

Innosuisse special coach. Frequent travels to Asia to visit clients and provide lectures on EPC topics.

Education

Dipl. Eng. Msc. in the Electrochemical field
Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, ETHL | Switzerland

Languages

French, English, Italian and German

Primary Expertise

Patent prosecution, Patent Litigation, Patent portfolio management and Filing Strategy

Secondary Expertise

Mentoring, Due diligence, Patent portfolio valorization

Professional Memberships

Member of AIPPI.

Technical Expertise
Medtech, Industrial and Environmental Engineering, General Mechanics, Electrochemistry, Physical Chemistry and Cryptography



Gilles Pfend


Head of Patent Department

European & Swiss Patent Attorney

Joined Katzarov in 2001


Hobbies & Personal information

Enjoys discovering other cultures and places through travel, with a suitcase full of books. An art lover with a weakness for art nouveau, and a great wine enthusiast in his spare time.

“Passionate about Life Sciences since always, I have a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Molecular Biology from the University of Strasbourg (France). After obtaining my Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Strasbourg and at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV, Switzerland), I started in the field of Intellectual Property as a patent agent in a private practice in Lausanne.

At KATZAROV since 2001, I graduated from CEIPI in 2003 and, as a European and Swiss patent attorney, I specialized in inventions in the Life Sciences (pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological). Results-oriented and recognized as providing creative and efficient IP solutions by my clients (including some NASDAQ listed companies). One of my favorite activities is to educate start-up players and innovators on how to best protect their Life Sciences innovations by organizing IP workshops and seminars.

In parallel, I am also involved in patent validity and infringement proceedings before the Swiss Federal Patent Court and am a member of the VESPA/ACBSE and the Executive Board of the Swiss AIPPI group.

I have also been teaching intellectual property to students of the Master in Life Sciences at the University of Lausanne since 2011.”

Other information

  • International Exhibition of Inventions – Former member of the International Jury (2002-2010)- Geneva | Switzerland
  • Master of Life Sciences – Teaching IP for Biotech inventions @ UNIL since 2011, 2 hours/academic year – Lausanne | Switzerland
  • Innosuisse Special Coach – Performing IP roadmap and assessments for start-ups

Education
C.E.I.P.I. graduated
University of Strasbourg | France
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology
University of Strasbourg | France
Post graduate Diploma (D.E.A) in Molecular Biology
University of Strasbourg | France
Master’s Degree in Biochemistry
University of Strasbourg | France
Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Strasbourg | France

Languages

French, English, German, as well as some Swiss German 

Primary Expertise

Patent prosecution and filing strategy, Patent portfolio management, Patent Litigation

Secondary Expertise

Educating, Mentoring, IP Due diligence.

Professional Memberships

AIPPI Switzerland (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle) – Member of the Board (Secretary) since 2013

Technical Expertise

Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry & Pharma fields such as, e.g. New chemical entities, Antibodies, Biomarkers, Diagnostics, Cell and Gene Therapies (incl. gene editing), Personalized medicine, Plant biotechnology.