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.



Yuliia Chyzhova


Trademark Attorney 

Joined Katzarov in 2021


Hobbies & Personal information

Loves travelling around the world, enjoying the beauty of nature and listening to its sounds. A fan of yoga and fencing (not only the art of attack and defense useful for sharpening litigation strategy skills, but also the ideal COVID-19 sport with masks, gloves, and if anybody gets closer than 1.5 m to you, you may hit them).

Having worked for 12 years within the top-tier Ukrainian law firms and as in-house legal advisor of a major internationally active distributor of IT products and solutions headquartered in Cyprus, I acquired in-depth experience in international intellectual property, contract and dispute resolution law with a specific expertise on the IP landscape in the Eurasian region.

I am a Ukrainian attorney-at-law and registered trademark attorney with a particular focus on trademark law, including trademark protection and enforcement strategic advice, prosecution, mitigating contractual risks in cross-border IP transactions, brand enforcement and litigation, domain name disputes, IP due diligence.

I have acted for world-known companies in a number of complicated IP matters across the FMCG, Life Science and Healthcare, Agrochemicals, IT and TMT industries and always focus on the business and legal interests of my clients.

At Katzarov I am heading the pole of historical expertise in Eastern European countries, Eurasian region, the Balkans, Mongolia and North Korea from trademark registration to IP rights enforcement and litigation.”

Education
Master’s degree in Law
Kyiv National Economic University | Ukraine

Postgraduate diploma in Intellectual Property,
Kyiv National Economic University | Ukraine

Languages

English, Ukrainian, Russian, French (limited working proficiency)

Primary Expertise

Trademark Filing and Prosecution, Trademark Availability Searches, IP Portfolio Management, IP Strategy, Portfolio Audit, Pre-dispute Advice, Trademark Litigation, Well-known Trademarks, Trade Names, Cross-border IP Agreements/Transactions, Brand Enforcement and Anti-Counterfeiting Measures, IP Investigations, Customs Protection, Domain Name Disputes

Secondary Expertise

Unfair Competition, IP in Advertising, Due Diligence, Copyright Litigation, Standard-Essential Patent (SEP) Licensing, Software Development and Licensing

Professional Memberships
National Association of Patent Attorneys of Ukraine, Kyiv Regional Bar Association



Philippe Brottes


 Trademark Attorney

Joined Katzarov in 2020


Hobbies & Personal information

Fan of Volleyball; practices Pilates, hiking and walking; also a fan of Cinema (mostly thrillers) and TV series; keen on visiting Castles and ancient village sites; Trained in Flowers Therapy (Bach Flowers), solves emotional issues for people and pets with flowers’ essential oil.

“Since 2003 I have been authorized as a Trademark and Design Attorney to represent clients before the EUIPO (European Trademark and Design Office). I am also a Swiss and French trademark and design attorney authorized to act on behalf of clients directly before the respective Offices, as well as before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

I am also competent in trademark and design litigation, in the management and valuation of trademark portfolios, in filing strategies and in the defense of clients’ rights.

During my career (which started in 1992), I have worked for 18 years in multinational companies for consumer products in many industrial sectors (Food & Beverage, Spirits, Disposables, Luxury Goods, Energy…). Among other things, I managed the Intellectual Property department of a multinational company and acted as senior legal counsel in other companies. I have also worked for 2 years in Industrial Property firms in Switzerland (2019/2020) and France (2013).

Finally, I am very familiar with the field of Bio as I created and managed my own company for 3 years (2009 to 2012).”

Education

Master’s degree in Intellectual Property
University of Grenoble – CUERPI | France

Languages

French, English, Knowledge of German and Spanish

Primary Expertise

Trademark clearance search, Trademark prosecution, Trademark and Design Litigation (Legal assessment for potential Trademark/Design infringement, unfair competition and disparagement and social networks), Worldwide and local Trademark and Design portfolios management and Filing Strategy with customized solution; Drafting and reviewing IP Agreement (Trademark, Design and Patent license, assignment, Trademark Coexistence Agreement, NDA)

Secondary Expertise

Mentoring; Due diligence; Trademark portfolio valorization; Copyrights; IP Awareness (training); Legal assessment for business activation of new marketing, communication and digital projects (labels, claims, communication on pack, sales points; Review of the rules for games, contests, promotional operations, websites (text and pictures) , social networks, newsletters) vs Advertising Laws for Food and/or Alcohol beverages; Consumer Laws: labelling review and risk assessment of deception for consumers

Professional Memberships

INTA, APRAM and AROPI



Beatrice Sfondylia



Head of Trademark Department

Of Counsel & Trademark Attorney

Joined Katzarov in 2018


Hobbies & Personal information

Photo lover, Instagram fan, Pilates addict, can’t imagine life without the sea and cappuccino aficionado

“I started my career in IP as a Trademark Examiner at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

Followed by 15 years in multinational companies, dealing with all aspects and IP rights worldwide and in charge of some unique legal trademark cases. I built a rich in-house experience by additionally setting up the corporate IP department of one multinational company and by reforming internal processes in another one.

After 15 years, I set up my own practice for 4 years before joining Katzarov in November 2018. My extensive in-house background, my threefold experience in an IPO, in multinational companies and in a law firm as well as numerous assignments in governance and project management brings to our clients a business and pragmatic approach to their IP issues coupled with an extensive international practice.”

Education
Law Degree
Law Faculty of the University of Lausanne | Switzerland
LL.M. in European Law
Law Faculty of the University of Lausanne | Switzerland

Languages

English, French, Greek, Spanish 

Primary Expertise

Trademark portfolio management and litigation strategy; IP contracts & policies; Regulatory issues; Due diligence; IP Governance & Mentoring

Secondary Expertise

Strategic counsel to Katzarov re business and clients’ development, streamlining processes and functions and detecting talent

Professional Memberships
INTA



Eric Noël


Trademark & Design Attorney

Joined Katzarov in 2001


Hobbies & Personal information

Loves leading the rhythm on the bass guitar with his band and driving his 1967 Citroën DS on the alpine roads (usually not at the same time).

“Industrial Property Attorney specialized in trademarks, designs as well as domain names and unfair competition issues. Further to a four-year experience in a major law firm based in Brussels, I joined Katzarov in 2001.

Enjoying a very expansive international practice with clients and cases spanning all over the world, I have a wide breadth of practice that includes, intellectual property acquisition, portfolio management, licensing, counseling, trademark prosecution, and business transactions related to intellectual property.

I represent local and international clients from diverse industries both in Switzerland (before the WIPO, the Swiss Federal IP Institute, and the Swiss Federal Administrative Tribunal).

I have developed a close collaboration with Swiss incubators. Both as Attorney and Mentor, I assist local start-ups in securing breakthrough innovations.

I also regularly act as NGO representative and lobbyist at WIPO. 

I am also a member of the Examination Board in charge of the Swiss Patent Attorney qualifying exam.”

Education
Law degree
University of Louvain | Belgium

Languages

French, English, (working knowledge of German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch) 

Primary Expertise

IP strategy (trademarks, designs) : pre-filing strategy and advice, prosecution, portfolio management, pre-litigation, litigation management; Domain Names, including UDRP proceedings; Unfair competition (litigation management); Contract law ; Conflict resolution (Mediation)

Secondary Expertise

Certified Mediator (CPMN), conflict resolutions, negotiation

Professional Memberships

AROPI; ECTA, LES, INTA



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



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.