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



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.