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Team

women in ip e.V. is represented by a board and supported by a board of trustees.

Board

The honorary board of women in ip e.V. currently consists of four freelance or industrial patent attorneys and attorneys at law, who are elected by the members for a period of 3 years. The board plans and organizes the realization of the aims of the association. For this purpose, our association offers the members a platform for the organization of seminars, that are designed as specialized trainings and for personal advancement as well as for the discussion of vocational and technical questions.

  • Dr. Claudia Schwarz
    Dr. Claudia Schwarz
  • Dr. Andrea Zehetner
    Dr. Andrea Zehetner
  • Gabriele Mohsler
    Gabriele Mohsler
  • Astrid Gérard
    Astrid Gérard

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of women in ip e.V. supports and advises the board in its activities and is involved in important decisions. The members of the Board of Trustees are a number of outstanding ladies from the industry or teaching, active or retired members of the Federal Patent Court and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office as well as other ladies in leading positions in the field of intellectual property law.

  • Cornelia Rudloff-Schaeffer
    Cornelia Rudloff-Schaeffer
  • Beate Schmidt
    Beate Schmidt
  • Dr. Ursula Kinkeldey
    Dr. Ursula Kinkeldey
  • Prof. Dr. Beatrix Weber, MLE
    Prof. Dr. Beatrix Weber, MLE
  • Dr. Beate Avenhaus
    Dr. Beate Avenhaus
  • Kerstin Single
    Kerstin Single
  • Dr. Brigitte Böhm, LL.M.
    Dr. Brigitte Böhm, LL.M.
  • Dr. Birgit Rabanus
    Dr. Birgit Rabanus
  • Charlotte Federhen
    Charlotte Federhen
  • Sonja Klinger
    Sonja Klinger
  • Claudia Meindel
    Claudia Meindel
  • Prof. Dr. Frauke Henning-Bodewig
    Prof. Dr. Frauke Henning-Bodewig
  • Andrea Klug
    Andrea Klug
  • Dr. Ariane Mittenberger-Huber
    Dr. Ariane Mittenberger-Huber
  • Gabriele Winkler
    Gabriele Winkler

Other members:

Dr. Ingeborg Prasch

Dr. Claudia Schwarz

Dr. Claudia Schwarz is spokeswoman of the board of women in ip e.V. and was one of the initiators of this network.

She studied computer science with a minor in medical technology at the Technical University of Munich with a subsequent doctorate and specialisation in the field of artificial intelligence. She has been working in the IP field for 20 years. In 2014 she founded the law firm Schwarz + Baldus, which specializes in the protection of software and digital patents.

She is the author of a specialist book in German and English language (published in 2017 by Heymanns) and various articles on the topic “Patents for Software”. She is also frequently invited to expert conferences and lectures in this field. Claudia Schwarz has been a lecturer for “IP and IT” at the LMU in Munich for many years. She prefers to spend her free time together with her family and her dog in the mountains climbing or going on alpine tours in summer and doing ski trips in winter. She is married and has a son.

Dr. Andrea Zehetner

Deputy Speaker of the Executive Board and founding member of women in ip e.V., is a patent attorney and partner of Meinken Zehetner Patentanwälte Aachen.

A current focus of interest is how digitization influences economy and research. She gives lectures on the topic of IP strategy at RWTH Business School and Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

She studied chemistry and received her doctorate in biology from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Women in ip has accompanied her since its formation in 2011 and she has been a member of the board since 2016, as well as being involved with Rotary and the innovation network Katerva. She’s married.

Gabriele Mohsler

Member of the Board of women in ip and Head of the Patent Department at Ericsson, responsible for all patenting worldwide.

Gabriele Mohsler studied electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and started her career at Alcatel. She is a German and European Patent Attorney. In 1997, she joined Ericsson where she started to establish the patent department in Germany, which is now one of Ericsson’s most important IPR departments.

Gabriele Mohsler is also a board member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR) and the Licensing Executive Society (LES). Gabriele Mohsler lives in Cologne, is married and has one daughter.

Astrid Gérard

Member of the Board, is a lawyer and partner at Preu Bohlig & Partner, specialized in trademark law, design law, competition law and copyright law.

She studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and at the University College London (Master in International Business Law).

She is a member of the Copyright Committee of INTA and has long been a member of the INTA Parallel Imports Committee and the INTA Counterfeiting Committee. As a chairwomen of women in ip she has been active since 2016. Astrid Gérard is married and has 3 children.

Cornelia Rudloff-Schaeffer

“I value women in ip as an excellent network for informal exchange with both young professionals and experienced specialists in all fields of intellectual property law. The dialogue with open-minded, well-qualified women, the conferences and international forums on current issues of intellectual property, innovation strategies and protection, as well as the seminars on career-oriented personality development and the mentoring programme time and again exceed expectations and are unique and very inspiring in their diversity”.

Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, Head of the German Delegation to the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office

Beate Schmidt

“It is a great honor to support the work of the very active women in the network of women in ip as a member of the board of trustees – and the best part is that it is always a lot of fun!“

Beate Schmidt, President of the Federal Patent Court, Judge and State attorney

Dr. Ursula Kinkeldey

“Always stay tuned, don’t get tired, use the women in ip podium for the benefit of all women in IP!”

Dr. Ursula Kinkeldey, founding member and former board member of women in ip, chairman of the Board of Appeal and permanent member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (retired), patent attorney

 

Prof. Dr. Beatrix Weber, MLE

“women in ip for me stands for new ideas and interesting women from all areas of intellectual property law.”

Prof. Dr. Beatrix Weber, MLE; Professor of Business Law at the University of Applied Sciences Hof, specialized in Intellectual Property Law, IT Law, Competition Law, Sustainability and Compliance and Contract Negotiation.

Dr. Beate Avenhaus

“Through my commitment to women in ip, I can pass on my experience and, for example, accompany and support young patent attorneys on their career path as part of the mentoring program. Furthermore, the exchange with colleagues from the various areas of our industry is very valuable to me.”

Dr. Beate Avenhaus, Head of the IP Department of the Brose Group, Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney

Kerstin Single

“Why do I support women in ip? It is important to me to encourage women especially in technical professions and male-dominated companies and to promote the exchange of experiences among each other in an open communication. For this reason, I am always available as a mentor, especially for career starters”.

 

Kerstin Single, head of the IP department of Festo AG & Co. KG, Europe

Dr. Brigitte Böhm, LL.M.

“I think a professional network especially for women working in the field of industrial property protection is great. I would have liked such an opportunity for exchange between colleagues with similar interests and problems to have existed at the time I started my career. I am all the more pleased to be able to support women in ip now”.

Dr. Brigitte Böhm, LL.M., Partner with WEICKMANN & WEICKMANN, Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney

Dr. Birgit Rabanus

“Supporting women in ip is a matter of course for me, so that women working in the field of intellectual property rights can find, support and learn from each other more easily”.

Dr. Birgit Rabanus, Head of the Patent Department of DSM Nutritional Products, European Patent Attorney

Charlotte Federhen

“I like Women in ip’s multi-faceted programme and the opportunity to meet other IP women in a nice and relaxed atmosphere and to exchange ideas with them.

Dr. Charlotte Federhen, Patent Attorney at the Helmholtz Center Munich and member of the EPI Examination Commission for the Patent Attorney Examination (European qualifying examination at the EPO)

Sonja Klinger

“As a member of the board of trustees, I would like to advise the board whenever needed, exchange experiences with the other members and promote networks and communication between the members.

Sonja Klinger, Patent Attorney, Member of the VPP Executive Committee

Claudia Meindel

“IP is one of the legal areas in which women are strongly represented but not connected. women in ip has closed this gap and offers IP women – coming from the technical as well as from the legal side – the opportunity to exchange ideas with like-minded people. I think this cross-over of law and technology is extremely enriching.”.

Claudia Meindel, Attorney at Law, Head of the IP Department of the Triumph International Group of Companies

 

Prof. Dr. Frauke Henning-Bodewig

women in IP is an excellent platform, without a poetic agenda, to make interesting contacts and at the same time to think outside the box.

Prof. Dr. Frauke Henning-Bodewig, Affiliated Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Munich, and Honorary Professor at the Universities of Erlangen/Bamberg with a focus on competition law, IP rights and media law

Andrea Klug

President of the Technical University Amberg Weiden

Dr. Ariane Mittenberger-Huber

Presiding Judge at the Federal Patent Court

Gabriele Winkler

Presiding judge at the Federal Patent Court (retired)