Intellectual Property Judges Forum: Speaker Profiles

Keynote speaker

TAO Kaiyuan
Justice, Vice President of the Supreme People's Court, Beijing, China

Justice Tao is Vice President of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of China, and a member of the Adjudicative Committee.  She also serves in a number of other roles at the Court, including as Director General of the Academic Committee of Judicial Protection on Intellectual Property Rights, Director of the State Compensation and the Judicial Assistance Committee of the SPC.

Justice Tao is also Vice Chairwoman of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy (CAPD); a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference; a member of the Executive Committee of the All-China Women's Federation; Vice Chairwoman of the China Women Judges Association; and Vice President of the World Jurist Association.

Justice Tao holds a PhD in law, and teaches as a guest professor at several universities.

Special address

Francis GURRY
Director General, WIPO

Mr. Gurry is an Australian lawyer who has served as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since October 1, 2008.

He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, and is an honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries.

He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence.

Mr. Gurry speaks English and French.


Mohamed Mahmoud AL KAMALI
Director General, Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Al Kamali is currently the Director General of the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  Prior to this role, he served as President of the Grievance Committee in the Patent Office at the Gulf Cooperation Council.  He began his career working as a public prosecutor and thereafter was appointed as a judge in the Al Ain First Instance Court and in the Ajman Court of Appeal. 

Judge Al Kamali has participated in several WIPO organized programs, including the Workshop on Strengthening Respect for IPR in Qatar in 2013 and the Training Course on the Enforcement of IPR in Tokyo, Japan in 2017.  He has also attended many IP workshops and conferences on topics within intellectual property in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.

Judge Al Kamali earned his PhD in Law from Exeter University in the United Kingdom.

Annabelle BENNETT
Former Judge, Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, Australia

Until March 2016, Justice Annabelle Bennett served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, sitting in many intellectual property cases at first instance and on appeal, and as an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.  Prior to her appointment to the Federal Court of Australia, she practiced as a Senior Counsel specializing in intellectual property. 

Justice Bennett has also served as President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia, Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council and a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  Her current appointments include:  Chancellor of Bond University;  President of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board;  Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport;  Chair of Land Services SA;  member of the advisory council for Questacon;  member of the Garvan Institute for Medical Research;  member of Chief Executive Women;  and member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Justice Bennett has a PhD in Biochemistry as well as a degree in Law and Honorary Doctorates from the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University.

Justice, High Court of England and Wales, London, United Kingdom

Justice Colin Birss is a judge of the High Court of England and Wales.  He was called to the English Bar in 1990 and practiced in intellectual property law.  He was appointed as Standing Counsel for the Comptroller General of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs from 2003 to 2008 and took silk in 2008.  In 2010, he left the Bar to become the new judge of the Patents County Court and Chairman of the UK Copyright Tribunal.  His appointment to the Patents County Court (now Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC)) coincided with the introduction of major procedural reforms.  In 2013, Justice Colin Birss was appointed to the High Court.  He sits in the Business and Property Courts and is one of the judges nominated to sit in the Patents Court.  He is the Business and Property Courts supervising judge for the Midlands, Wales and Western circuits.

Justice Birss earned a degree in metallurgy and materials sciences from Downing College, Cambridge, and was legally trained at City University London.

Ramón Ignacio CABRERA LEÓN
President, Specialized Court on Intellectual Property, Federal Tribunal of Administrative Justice, Mexico City, Mexico

Judge Cabrera is the current President of the Federal Tribunal of Administrative Justice (TFJA) in the Specialized Intellectual Property Court (SEPI), where he has served as a Judge since 2014. The Specialized IP Court adjudicates disputes arising from challenges to decisions of Mexican administrative bodies that administer author’s rights (INDAUTOR), patents and trademarks (IMPI), and plant variety rights (SNICS).

Prior to his appointment, Judge Cabrera held positions in the legal areas of the Ministries of Public Education (1990 to 1995) and of Communications and Transportation (1995); he also served at the Legal Office of the Presidency of the Republic (1995 to 2002), as well as in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (2008 to 2014), where he was Deputy General Tax Attorney on Tax Crimes and Financial Crimes, among others.

Judge Cabrera is Professor of Administrative Law and Public Policies at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). He is also a member of the Mexican Academy of Tax Law.

Judge Cabrera holds a Doctor of Law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and a Master's Degree in Administrative and Tax Law.

Minister, Court of Criminal Appeals, Montevideo, Uruguay

Judge Charles has served as Minister in the Court of Appeals for criminal matters since 2014.  He first became a judge in 1989, and since then has served on a number of courts. 

In 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Judicial Studies of Uruguay, as a delegate of the Supreme Court of Justice.  He is also a member of the Bureau on Education, and the Board on Domestic Violence, and has taught numerous courses.

Judge Charles has been awarded a number of distinctions, including the National Peace Prize (2011).

Judge Charles holds a Doctor of Law and Social Sciences (1988).

Nassib Philippe ELIA
President, Court of Appeal of Beirut, Lebanon

Judge Elia is President of the Beirut Court of Appeal.  He has been a judge since 1991.  Since then, he has served in a number of roles, including President of the South Lebanon Courts of Appeal;  Acting President of the Indictments Chamber of South Lebanon; Counsel to the Indictments Chamber of Mount Lebanon, the Beirut Court of Appeal, and the Assize Court of Beirut;  Single Judge in Kesrouan;  Member of the High Court of Tripoli, North Lebanon;  and Deputy Counsel to the State Council.

Judge Elia is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Judicial Studies.  He is also a professor of industrial property law at Université La Sagesse, Beirut, and of intellectual property law at the University of Balamand, as well as a lecturer in medical law, ethics and legal remedies at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Lebanese University in cooperation with Université René Descartes, Paris V.  In addition to being a lecturer, Judge Elia is often a facilitator, researcher and speaker at conferences and seminars on:  intellectual property, cybercrime, anti-counterfeiting measures, drug control, money laundering, international cooperation, mutual legal assistance and prison law.

Minister, Court of Appeals, Montevideo, Uruguay

Judge Edgardo Mateo Ettlin Guazzo serves as Minister of the 7th Court of Appeal in the Civil Division in Uruguay.  He is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and of the Advisory Commission in Civil, Commercial and Bankruptcy Matters of the Supreme Court of Justice of Uruguay.

Judge Ettlin Guazzo has published eight books, including Civil Liability of Public Employees (La Ley Uruguay - Thomson Reuters, 2017).  He has written more than one hundred articles and papers, which have been published in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, and Uruguay.  Some of his works were published in Doctrinas Magistrales, edited by La Justicia Uruguaya - La Ley Uruguay (2009).

Judge Ettlin Guazzo has given lectures in Europe and in North and South America.  He is specialized in intellectual property and has taken postgraduate and training courses in this field, as well as given many lectures in this subject area.  Judge Ettlin Guazzo has published many works on intellectual property, including Intellectual Property Regulation in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay (2012) and The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) in the Jurisprudence of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay (2017).

Jeremy FOGEL
Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute; Former Director, Federal Judicial Center, United States of America

Judge Fogel is the first Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, a center whose mission is to build bridges between judges and academics and to promote an ethical, resilient and independent judiciary.  Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC (2011-2018), as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California (1998-2011), and as a judge of the Santa Clara County Superior (1986-1998) and Municipal (1981-1986) Courts.

Judge Fogel has served as a faculty member for the Federal Judicial Center; as a lecturer at Stanford Law School; taught for the California Continuing Judicial Studies Program and California Judicial College; and has served as a faculty member for legal exchanges in more than a dozen foreign countries.  He received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1971 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974.

Judge Fogel has received numerous accolades, including the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the California Judiciary from the California Judges Association and the Vanguard Award for notable contributions to intellectual property law from the State Bar of California.  In 2002, he received special recognition from the Santa Clara County Bar Association for exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism in the judiciary.

Judge, Federal Court of Justice, Karlsruhe, Germany

Judge Klaus Grabinski has served as a judge of the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) since 2009.  He is member of the 10th Civil Division (X. Zivilsenat) which has, inter alia, jurisdiction on patent dispute matters.  Prior to this appointment, he was Presiding Judge at the District Court in Duesseldorf from 2001 to 2009, where he chaired a Civil Division that dealt mainly with patent disputes.  Judge Grabinski served as a judge at the Court of Appeal in Duesseldorf from 2000 to 2001 and as a legal researcher at the Federal Court of Justice from 1997 to 2000.  From 1992 to 1997 he was a judge at the District Court in Duesseldorf.

Judge Grabinski studied law at the Universities of Trier, Geneva and Cologne and was university assistant at the University of Trier.  He is co-author of a commentary on the European Patent Convention (Benkard, Europäisches Patentübereinkommen) and a commentary on the German Patent Law (Benkard, Patentgesetz, 10th ed.).  He is author of a multitude of articles concerning patent law, civil procedure and international private law and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on IP law.

Judge, Court of Appeal Antwerp, Belgium, and Benelux Court of Justice, Luxembourg

Judge Granata sits on the Court of Appeal of Antwerp (Belgium) and at the Benelux Court of Justice (Luxembourg).  He is an external member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO).  Before his appointment as judge, he was an IP-lawyer/mediator and university assistant at the Catholic University of Law (Louvain, Belgium).

Judge Granata is a member of the Conseil Benelux de la Propriété Intellectuelle and a permanent member of the Belgian Federal Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (industrial property section).  He was a member of the Legal Framework Group of the Unified Patent Court (Subgroup 1: Rules of Procedures of the Court and Subgroup 6: Rules on Mediation and Arbitration).

He is the co-author of The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (Kluwer International Law, 2017) and is also a frequent speaker at national and international IP-related events.

Louis T. C. HARMS
Former Deputy President, Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Justice Louis Harms was a judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa and retired as Deputy President at the end of 2011.  He is an honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, London, the Deputy Chairman of the Appeal Board of the Financial Services Board and member of the panel of arbitrators of the China Africa Joint Arbitration Center (Shanghai/Johannesburg).  He was actively involved in the drafting of the South African Patents Act, the Trade Marks Act, the Designs Act and aspects of the Copyright Act.

Justice Harms served as Vice-Chairman of the Assembly of the Paris Convention (1995-1997) and, during the adoption of the Trademark Law Treaty, acted as Chairman of the Conference in Working Committee.  He is the author of, inter alia, The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights:  A Case Book (WIPO, 3rd edition, 2012) and the Training Manual on IP Prosecution (WIPO, 2015).  Justice Harms currently acts as a resource person for WIPO in developing countries principally with a common-law tradition.

Patricia Ivonne INGLÉS AQUINO
Appellate Judge, Civil and Commercial Courts of San Salvador, El Salvador

Judge Patricia Inglés has served as a Third Civil and Commercial Court Judge of San Salvador since 2010.  She previously served as an Alternate Judge of the Appeals Chamber.

Judge Inglés has taught as a professor of procedural law; as well as a lecturer of private law at the Judicial Training School of El Salvador; and of civil justice reform at the Justice Studies Center of the Americas in Chile.  She has served as speaker for several Associations of Judges and for the Salvadoran Association of Intellectual Property.

Judge Inglés holds degrees in a number of areas of law, including intellectual property, integration, and financial and stock markets.  She holds a Master’s degree in civil law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona; a Master’s degree in judicial studies from the Advanced School of Economics and Business; and graduated from the Initial Training Program for Judges.  She has also participated in the inter-institutional roundtables on intellectual property protection organized by the National Registration Center of El Salvador.

Judge, Intellectual Property High Court, Tokyo, Japan

Judge Katase has served as a Judge of the Intellectual Property High Court since April 2016.  He was first appointed as a Judge in 2003, at the Osaka District Court.  Since then, he has also served on the bench of the Fukuoka District Court and the Nago Branch of Naha District/Family Court.  Judge Katase has also worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.

Judge Katase graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo, and also studied at the Dedman School of Law of the Southern Methodist University in Texas, United States of America. 

KI Woojong
Judge, Daejeon High Court, Republic of Korea

Judge Ki Woojong is a Judge of the Daejeon High Court, Republic of Korea, handling civil and administrative cases.  He was initially appointed as a judge at the Suwon District Court in 1997 and subsequently was a judge in several other district courts through regular judge transfers.  In 2008, he was appointed as a judge at Seoul High Court, and from 2008 to 2010 he held an additional position as Director of the Information Technology Division at the Supreme Court.  When the Electronic Case Filing System (ECFS) at the Patent Court launched in 2010, he was responsible for the relevant rules and the overall design of the system.  The ECFS was granted a patent and is used for most types of lawsuits.

Since 2011 he has been a member of the IP Community of the Korean Court.  From 2016 to 2017, Judge Ki was in charge of developing the judicial lecture curriculum at the Judicial Research & Training Institute. 

Margot KOKKE
Judge, District Court, The Hague, Netherlands

Judge Margot Kokke serves on the bench of the IP Department of the District Court at The Hague, the Netherlands, where she judges IP cases at first instance, including cases concerning patents, copyright, trademarks, design rights and plant breeders rights.  Prior to her appointment to the District Court, Judge Kokke worked as a lawyer in private practice, specializing in IP, with a focus on patent law.

Judge Kokke graduated from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and holds an LLM and degrees in chemistry (BSc) and biochemistry (MSc).  She also worked in Asia, Africa and Latin America for several years in the area of (access to) justice and the rule of law.

Irene Charity LARBI
Judge, Court of Appeal, Accra, Ghana

Justice Larbi has served as a Judge of the Court of Appeal in Ghana since August 2008.  In 2010, she became a member of the panel of the newly established Kumasi Court of Appeal where she served for six years. 

Since 2011, she has been the Judge-In-Charge of the Court Connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (CCADR) Program for the Judicial Service of Ghana, which has trained 600 mediators who are assigned to 107 courts participating in the Program.

Prior to joining the Ghanaian Bench, Justice Larbi worked for over twenty-five years as a private legal practitioner and consultant.  During this time, she also established the firm, Legfield Consultancy and served as its Managing Partner. 

LEE Kyuhong
Presiding Judge, Patent Court of Korea, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Judge Lee is Presiding Judge of the Patent Court of Korea.  He was first appointed as a judge in 1995 and, since then, has served on a number of courts, including the Seoul High Court, and the IP Division of the Seoul Central District Court.  He has also been dispatched as a constitutional officer to the Constitutional Court of Korea.

Judge Lee has served as the Commissioner of the Korean Copyright Commission since 2012, and has held the role of Executive Secretary of the IP judges’ community.  He teaches as a Professor of civil law and IP law at the Judicial Research and Training Institute (JRTI) and at law schools, and was invited as a visiting scholar at Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2005–2006.  He has published many articles, and authored the IP chapter of Korean Business Law: The Legal Landscape and Beyond (Carolina Academic Press, 2009).

Judge Lee earned a Ph.D. in Law from Yonsei University, a master of engineering from KAIST (the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and also holds a double LL.B degree in Economics and Law. 

LIN Guanghai
Deputy Chief Judge, IPR Division, Supreme People’s Court, Beijing, China

Judge Lin Guanghai has served as the Deputy Chief Judge of the IPR Division of the Supreme People’s Court of China since 2016.  Prior to this appointment, Judge Lin served in a number of roles including Chief Judge of the IPR Division; Chief Judge of the Foreign-related Commercial and Maritime Division of Guangdong High People’s Court; and as Vice President of the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court.

Judge Lin is also Vice Chairman of the China Intellectual Property Society, and serves as a National Adjudicative Expert.

Judge Lin graduated in 1985 from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law, and also holds a Doctorate degree in Law from Southwest University, as well as a Master’s degree from Sun Yat-Sen University.

George R. LOCKE
Judge, Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Justice George R. Locke has been a judge of the Federal Court of Canada since 2014. 

Prior to his appointment as a judge, he was a partner in the Montreal office of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (formerly Ogilvy Renault LLP), practicing mainly in the field of intellectual property law.  He was a member of the Bars of Ontario and Quebec, and was certified as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law in Ontario.  He is a fellow and former Treasurer of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and was a registered patent agent and trademark agent, as well as a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Justice Locke was educated at McGill University, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by an LL.B. and a B.C.L. 

Marie-Françoise MARAIS
Former Judge, Court of Cassation, Paris, France

Judge Marie-Françoise Marais served as Judge of the Court of Cassation.  She began her career as a judge (magistrate) at the Tribunal of First Instance in Nevers and subsequently transitioned to the Tribunal of First Instance in Versailles.  Judge Marais was named President of the First Civil Chambers of the High Court (Tribunal de grande instance) in Nanterre in 1989.  In 1993 she was appointed as a judge to the Court of Appeal in Paris, and from 1997 to 2003 she served as Presiding Judge of the 4th Civil Chamber, specializing in intellectual property.  Judge Marais served as Presiding Judge of the HADOPI (Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet) from 2010 to 2015.

Judge Marais is the President of the National Commission of Employee’s Inventions.  She served as the Vice-President for the Conseil supérieur de la propriété littéraire et artistique (CSPLA), and was a member of the Commission d’examen des practiques commerciales (CEPC).  In 2010, Judge Marais was awarded the National Order of Merit and the Legion of Honor.

Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court, Manila, Philippines

Judge Maria Rowena Modesto-San Pedro is a Judge at a Commercial and Family Trial Court in the Philippines.  She is also a Professional Lecturer of the Philippine Judicial Academy and the Ateneo Law School, and has lectured extensively on various topics both in the Philippines and abroad.  She is presently a member of the Supreme Court’s Sub‑Committees on Commercial Courts and has sat as member of the Sub-Committee on the Rules of Procedure for Intellectual Property Rights Cases, the Technical Working Group which drafted the Rule on Cybercrime Warrants and other Issuances, and the Topical Working Group for the National Conference for the Revision of the Rules of Civil Procedure and Continuous Trial.

Judge San Pedro is the recipient of the Judicial Excellence Award, awarded by the Society for Judicial Excellence and the Supreme Court of the Philippines.  She has written a manual on corporate rehabilitation proceedings and on the highlights of the new rules of procedure for intellectual property rights cases.  She is currently co-writing a handbook on trafficking in persons.  She has attended the IP Summer Institute at the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP) at the University of Washington School of Law in the United States of America, as well as several training courses of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Judge San Pedro is a Fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in Canada. 

Judge, Supreme Court of Justice, San José, Costa Rica

Judge Molinari Vílchez was appointed to the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica in 2015.  Beginning in 1994, he has served in a number of different judicial capacities in various civil courts.  In addition, he is the coordinator of the Civil Jurisdiction Commission, which is in charge of the Civil Procedure Reform.

Judge Molinari Vílchez serves as President of the Board of the Judicial School, where has taught courses including a General Basic Training Program for Judges, in addition to being a professor at several universities.  He has also served as an arbitrator of both the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce, and the Center of Alternative Justice of the Bar Association of Costa Rica.  Prior to this, Judge Molinari Vílchez was a trial attorney, a founding partner of three law firms, and also worked as an arbitrator.

Judge Molinari Vílchez holds a Doctorate in Civil Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, as well as a Licentiate in Law from the Universidad de Costa Rica. 

President, Court of First Instance, Yaoundé Ekounou, Cameroon

Judge Lambert Max Ndéma Elongué is President of the Court of First Instance Yaoundé-Ekounou, Cameroon.  He is also a lecturer at the Intellectual Property Academy Denis Ekani (APIDE) of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), with several years of experience in capacity building for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials in the field of IP enforcement throughout Central and West Africa.

Judge Ndéma Elongué is a co-writer of the Guide du Magistrat, an IP resource tool for the judiciary published by the African Intellectual Property Organization.  He has attended several training courses organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).  Judge Ndéma Elongué is currently involved in preparing a case book on IP enforcement for civil law jurisdictions on behalf of WIPO’s Regional Bureau for Africa. 

Judge, Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Judge Nunes de Barros has been a Federal Judge in Rio de Janeiro since 1997, working in a court which specializes in intellectual property since 2001.  She has been a coordinator of the Commission on IP Law at EMARF, the federal school for judges at Rio de Janeiro.  She has also taught IP at EMARF, as well as at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and has participated in numerous IP courses and seminars.

Judge Nunes de Barros is currently completing a Master’s Degree on Public Policies, Strategies and Development, with an emphasis on Innovation, Intellectual Property and Development.

Kathleen M. O’MALLEY
Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington D.C., USA

Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2010.  Prior to this appointment, she served as a judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Judge O’Malley served as First Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff for Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher from 1992 to 1994, and as Chief Counsel to Attorney General Fisher from 1991 to 1992.   From 1982 to 1991, she was a trial lawyer practicing in complex litigation matters.

During her sixteen years on the district court bench, Judge O’Malley presided over in excess of 100 patent and trademark cases and sat by designation on the United States Circuit Court for the Federal Circuit.  As an educator, Judge O’Malley has regularly taught a course on Patent Litigation at Case Western Reserve University Law School.  She is a member of the faculty of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s program designed to educate Federal Judges regarding the handling of intellectual property cases.  Judge O’Malley serves as a board member of the Sedona Conference, as the judicial liaison to the Local Patent Rules Committee for the Northern District of Ohio, and as an advisor to national organizations publishing treatises on patent litigation.  

Judge O’Malley received her J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1982, where she served on Law Review. 

Judge, Supreme Court, Riga, Latvia

Judge Pētersone serves on the Civil Cases Department of the Supreme Court of Latvia.  Since beginning her judicial career in 2002, she has gained experience at all levels of the courts. 

Judge Pētersone has authored several publications, and her book “Civil Remedies for Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights” was published in 2013. She lectures regularly on different areas of law, including intellectual property law, and participates in national and international drafting task groups, the most recent being the task group administered by the Ministry of Justice for drafting the new Latvian Trademark Law, in order to implement EU Directive 2015/2436.  Judge Pētersone is the representative of Latvia in the Association of European Judges for Mediation (GEMME) and the Joint Supervisory Body of Eurojust and, since 2017, she is a member of the Circle of European Trade Mark Judges (CET-J).

Judge Pētersone holds a Doctoral degree (Dr.iur.) from the University of Latvia, and participated in numerous trainings in Latvia and abroad, including conducting research on intellectual property law at the University of Oxford. 

Deputy Chief Justice, Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, Bangkok, Thailand

Judge Thammanoon Phitayaporn serves as Deputy Chief Justice of the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (CIPITC).  He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Thai Bar Law Journal.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Phitayaporn was Executive Director of the Legal Affairs Division in the Ministry of Justice.  He also worked at the Thai Arbitration Institute, as well as the Research and Development Office of the Court of Justice.  He was assigned by the Office of the Judiciary to attend Working Group Meetings organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on preparing a Model Law and Legislative Guide on Security (Secured Transactions), E-Commerce, E-Signature, and Cross-Border Insolvency.

Judge Phitayaporn holds both a J.S.D. and LL.M. from Columbia University’s School of Law, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar; an LL.M. from Yale Law School (as an Asia Foundation Scholar); and an LL.M. from Chulalongkorn University. 

President, Federal Patent Court, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Judge Schweizer is President of the Swiss Federal Patent Court.  Until the end of 2017, he worked with Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Zurich, recognized as a leading practitioner in patent law by Who’s Who Legal.  From 2005 to 2007, he served as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan and Uganda.

Judge Schweizer also teaches at the University of St. Gallen as a Privatdozent (PD) for legal sociology, legal theory and civil procedure, as well as lecturing in intellectual property law at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.  He is co-editor, together with Professor Herbert Zech (University of Basel), of a forthcoming one-volume commentary on the Swiss Patent Act. 

Judge Schweizer holds a Doctorate of Law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Zurich, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School (LL.M.), Ann Arbor, United States of America. 

Former Chief Judge, Intellectual Property High Court, Tokyo, Japan

Judge Shimizu Misao was appointed Chief Judge of the Intellectual Property High Court in 2017 and served until his retirement from the judiciary in May 2018.  He formerly served as the Presiding Judge of the Intellectual Property High Court.

Judge Shimizu began his career as a judge in the Yokohama District Court in 1979.  He transitioned to the Tokyo Family court in 1985 and to the Tokyo National Tax Tribunal in 1989. From 1996 to 2000 and 2003 to 2004, Judge Shimizu served as a judge in the Tokyo High Court in the Intellectual Property Division.  He was appointed to Presiding Judge in the Tokyo District Court in the Intellectual Property Division in December 2004 and was appointed as a judge in the Intellectual Property High Court in 2010.

Judge Shimizu completed his training at the Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan in March 1979. 

Manmohan SINGH
Chairman, Intellectual Property Appellate Board, New Delhi; Former Judge, High Court of Delhi, India

Justice Manmohan Singh was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Delhi in 2008, and served until his retirement in 2016.  Since then, Justice Singh has assumed the role of Chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in New Delhi.

Justice Singh began his career as an Advocate in 1980, and practiced in trademark, copyright and patent matters in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India.  He has attended many national and international seminars, and presented a number of papers on intellectual property issues. 

Judge, Commercial Appellate Court, Belgrade, Serbia

Judge Vesna Todorović is a judge in the Commercial Litigation Department of the Commercial Appellate Court of the Republic of Serbia.  She specializes in appeals related to banking law as well as in lawsuits arising from breach of contract, payment defaults, and other issues.  Prior to being appointed to the Commercial Appellate Court in 2013, Judge Todorović served as a judge in the Commercial Litigation Department and the Bankruptcy Department of the Commercial Court in Belgrade, the largest commercial court of first instance in Serbia.  Judge Todorović decided in lawsuits arising from infringements of intellectual property rights (copyrights and trademarks), breach of contract, and in disputes related to construction and banking contracts.  She has also conducted bankruptcy proceedings.

Judge Todorović has been a speaker and participant in workshops and conferences in Serbia, the EU, and the United States.  She holds an L.L.B from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Serbia. 

Ricardo Guillermo VINATEA MEDINA
Judge, Third Chamber of Constitutional and Social Law, Supreme Justice Court, Lima, Peru

Judge Vinatea is a Judge of the Third Chamber of Constitutional and Social Law of the Supreme Court of Justice.  During his 37 years of experience, he has held several judicial positions.  Judge Vinatea also represents the judiciary on the Commission for Combating Customs Crimes and Piracy; coordinates a cooperation agreement between the Peruvian judiciary and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and coordinates a Working Group for the training of judges in IP, competition and consumer law.

Judge Vinatea teaches as professor of constitutional law, litigation, and IP at the Judicial Academy of Peru.  He is the author of a number of books, including Proposals for the Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge within the Framework of the Peru-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and of several articles.

Judge Vinatea holds a Doctorate in public law from the University of Jaén, Spain; Master’s degrees in civil and commercial law (National University of the Peruvian Amazon) and in the judicial protection of rights (University of Jaén); and was trained as a lawyer at the National University of San Marcos, Peru.  He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by the National University of the Peruvian Amazon, the Scientific University of Peru, and the European School of Management of Tenerife, Spain. 

World Intellectual Property Organization

Legal Counsel, WIPO

Mr. Bontekoe is Legal Counsel at WIPO.  The Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) advises the Director General, the bodies of the Member States and the Secretariat on issues relating to WIPO’s governance, internal regulatory framework, and depositary functions relating to international treaties and agreements administered by the Organization.  OLC also oversees WIPO’s program regarding judicial administration of intellectual property. 

Prior to joining WIPO, Mr. Bontekoe was the Head of Legal Affairs of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, and previously served for more than twelve years as Legal Adviser in United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East.  He also served as the General Counsel of the International Development Law Organization in Rome.  He began his legal career in private practice in New York.

Mr. Bontekoe obtained his law degree from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, USA.  He is the co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming Research Handbook on the European Union’s Engagement with International Organizations (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018). 

Executive Director, WIPO Academy

Mr. Saadallah is Executive Director of the WIPO Academy, a role he has held since 2015.  He joined the International Bureau of WIPO in April 1991, as Special Assistant, Office of the Director General.  Since then, he has held a wide range of positions, including Director of the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Arab Countries; Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Use of Intellectual Property for Development (OSUIPD); and Executive Director of the Department of External Relations.  Mr. Saadallah was responsible for the process that led to the successful adoption of the WIPO Development Agenda in 2007.

Before joining WIPO, Mr. Saadallah served as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.  He worked in the Permanent Mission of Egypt in Geneva from 1986 to 1991.  Mr. Saadallah is seconded from the Egyptian Foreign Service to WIPO and has the rank of Ambassador in his national service. 

Mr. Saadallah graduated from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and has studied at the Diplomatic Institute for International Studies in Cairo and at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva. 

Director, Patent Law Division, WIPO

Mr. Alemán has served as Director of the Patent Law Division since 2013.  He joined WIPO in 1999 and, since then, has served in a number of roles including in the Office of Cooperation for Development for Latin America and the Caribbean; and in the Division for Public Policy and Development.

Prior to joining WIPO, Mr. Alemán practiced as an IP Attorney (1991 to 1995) before being appointed Head of the Colombian Industrial Property Office (1995 to 1998).  In 1998, Mr. Alemán was invited as a Fellow Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.

Mr. Alemán is the author of The Andean Legal Framework on Trademarks (Bogota, 1994) and co-author of several books, the most recent ones being: Studies in Homage to Mariano Uzcátegui Urdaneta (Caracas, 2011), Bilateral Trade Agreements and Intellectual Property (Heidelberg, 2014) and Intellectual Property Study in Contemporary Issues (Mexico, 2015). 

Mr. Alemán, holds a J.D. (1991) and Corporate Law Certificate (L.L.M, 1996) from Javeriana University, as well as a Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) in Research from the Alcala University (Spain, 2006), and a Ph.D. in Law (2011, Cum Laude). 

Deputy Legal Counsel, WIPO

Ms. Morawiec Mansfield is WIPO’s Deputy Legal Counsel.  She supports the Legal Counsel in advising the Director General, the bodies of WIPO Member States and the Secretariat on public international law and other legal matters. 

Ms. Mansfield previously served as Legal Adviser at the United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, and as attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, in Washington D.C.  She also served on special assignment as principal legal adviser to UN Special Envoy for the Kosovo Status Process, Former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Laureate Martti Ahtisaari.  Ms. Mansfield previously worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, and the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative in Krakow, Poland, and in Washington D.C.

Ms. Mansfield hold a J.D. from Columbia Law School, a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Jagiellonian University Faculty of Law in Krakow, Poland. 

Director, Building Respect for IP Division, WIPO

Ms. Louise van Greunen is Director of the Building Respect for IP Division.  Ms. Van Greunen joined WIPO in 1996 as Senior Legal Counselor; in 2002 she became Deputy Director of the WIPO Enforcement and Special Projects Division; and in 2010 she was appointed Director of the same Division, now renamed Building Respect for IP Division.

Ms. Van Greunen is admitted as Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa.  Prior to joining WIPO, Ms. Van Greunen was a public prosecutor in the criminal courts; lectured law, and was the Registrar of Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and Designs of South Africa.  Besides administering the IP Office, she was also the Hearing Officer at the Tribunal of the Register of Trademarks, where she had the judicial competence of a single judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa.

Ms. Van Greunen is responsible for policy dialogue in the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement, as well as various global conferences to support a balanced IP system through international cooperation.  The Division serves Member States in, inter alia, areas of legislative assistance on the implementation of Part III of the TRIPS Agreement; training and capacity building for law enforcement officials, as well as colloquia for the judiciary; public awareness, and strategic cooperation. 

Michele WOODS
Director, Copyright Law Division, WIPO

Ms. Woods is Director of the Copyright Law Division.  She leads the Division in supporting WIPO Member States in activities related to the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), as well as assisting with treaty ratification and implementation and providing legislative advice on national laws.  She was the Secretary for the Diplomatic Conferences that adopted the texts of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances in 2012 and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled in 2013.

Before joining WIPO, Ms. Woods was the Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs in the United States Copyright Office.  Prior to joining the Copyright Office in March 2009, she was in private legal practice in Washington, D.C., most recently as Counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Arnold & Porter LLP. 

Ms. Woods received her J.D. and LL.M (International and Comparative Law) degrees from the Duke University School of Law.  She is also a graduate of Princeton University (A.B.) and Oxford University (M.St.).  Ms. Woods is also an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of America Law School, where she has taught International Intellectual Property. 

Deputy Director, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

Mr. de Castro is Deputy Director of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.  Before joining WIPO in 2002, he was on the legal staff at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and, prior to that, practiced with the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London in the areas of international arbitration and litigation.

Mr. de Castro is a Spanish lawyer and an English solicitor, and holds an LL.M. degree from King's College, London. 

Eun-Joo MIN
Acting Head, Division for the Judicial Administration of IP, Office of the Legal Counsel, WIPO

Ms. Min heads the Division for the Judicial Administration of Intellectual Property.  Prior to her current position, Ms. Min headed the policy and international cooperation work of the WIPO Building Respect for IP Division (2012 to 2017) and the legal development section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (2007 to 2011).

Ms. Min was a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Medicines Patent Pool from 2011 to 2018, and is the author of a number of publications on IP enforcement and dispute resolution, including a chapter on cross-border intellectual property enforcement in The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Law (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Ms. Min holds a Ph.D. in law from Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School, USA.  She taught law at Yonsei University prior to joining WIPO in February 2000 and was an Adjunct Professor at Sogang Law School in 2013 and 2014. 

Marie Paule RIZO
Head, Policy and Legislative Advice Section, Department for Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications, WIPO

Ms. Rizo heads the Policy and Legislative Advice Section in the Trademark, Industrial Design and Geographical Indication Department at WIPO.  Ms. Rizo joined WIPO in 1997, where she has worked in various positions relating to trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications.

She is a frequent speaker on international trademark, industrial design and geographical indication law, and a lecturer at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg.

Ms. Rizo graduated in law from the University of Barcelona and holds a postgraduate degree on industrial property law from the University of Strasbourg. 

Legal Officer, Division for the Judicial Administration of IP, Office of the Legal Counsel, WIPO

Ms. Zebarjadi is Legal Officer in the Division for the Judicial Administration of Intellectual Property.  In her time at WIPO, she has also served as Executive Research Officer for the Director General.

Prior to joining WIPO, Ms. Zebarjadi practiced as a government lawyer in Australia, where she advised Ministers, government officials and statutory bodies on a variety of public law issues.  She has also served in humanitarian roles in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Republic of Chad.

Ms. Zebarjadi holds a B.A. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Melbourne Law School, and an M.A. from the Geneva Academy.