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Transatlantic Technology Law Forum


Gabriele Accardo

Gabriele is a lawyer and scholar who, after more than twelve years of professional and academic experience, has developed a strong expertise in competition law and other complex areas of law that deal with business and innovation. For about ten years, he was based in Brussels (until early 2012), where he practiced EU law and competition law at two leading international law firms (Lovells and WilmerHale). He continues practicing law, sharing his time between Rome and Brussels. In 2014, he co-founded Innoventually, an Open Innovation platform, that allows companies to find innovative solutions to their innovation needs. Gabriele is a graduate of the University of Palermo School of Law, Italy, and holds an MA in Antitrust, Economics and Market Regulation from the Center for International Studies on Economy and Development of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy. His current research project deals with the intersection of data protection and antitrust laws from the standpoint of the EU and US. He has been a TTLF Fellow since September 2009.

Anna Maria Baumgartner

Anna Maria Baumgartner is an associate with bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte OG, Attorneys at Law in Vienna, Austria. Her areas of practice are European and national competition law and litigation. Her research work is associated with the European Union Law Program of the University of Vienna School of Law in Austria, where she obtained her J.S.D. Before joining bpv Hügel, Anna had worked as a trainee and as an associate with different corporate law firms in Vienna. She also participated in the International Summer Program of the University of Vienna and worked as a legal clerk at different courts in Vienna. She received her J.D. from the University of Vienna School of Law. She also studied European Union law as well as public international law at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, France. She focuses her research work on technology transfer in the form of patent licenses in the EU and the U.S. and their related antitrust issues. She has been a TTLF Fellow since 2011.

Anthony Bochon

Anthony Bochon is an associate in a Brussels-based law firm, an associate lecturer in EU Law & Trade Law/IP Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles and a lecturer in EU Law at the Brussels Business Institute. He is an associate researcher at the unit of Economic Law of the Faculty of Law of the Université libre de Bruxelles. Anthony graduated magna cum laude from the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2010 and received a year later an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge where he studied EU Law, WTO Law and IP Law. He has published on topics such as biotechnological patents, EU trade law and antitrust law since 2008. Anthony is also the author of the first European website devoted to the emerging legal area of nanotechnology law, a field about which he writes frequently and speaks regularly at international conferences. His legal practice is mainly focussed on EU Law, competition law and regulatory issues and he has a strong and relevant experience in IP/IT Law. He devotes his current research to EU and U.S. trade secrets law. Anthony has been a TTLF Fellow since June 2013.

Irene Calboli

Irene Calboli is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and a professor of law at Marquette University Law School. She started her academic career at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna, Italy, and held research and teaching positions at the University of California at Berkeley, the King's College London, the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich, and DePaul University College of Law. Dr. Calboli's current research interests focus on intellectual property and international trade, secondary liability in intellectual property law, and the protection of geographical indications of origin. Dr. Calboli has been a TTLF Fellow since September 2013.

Nicole Daniel

Nicole Daniel is an Associate with DLA Piper Weiss Tessbach Attorneys at Law, Vienna, where she joined the Litigation & Regulatory Department in 2010. Since 2011, she has been pursuing a Ph.D degree at the University of Vienna School of Law. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the treatment of regulated networks in EU and U.S. antitrust law. Nicole earned her LL.B. degree from King's College London in "Law and German Law" in 2009. As part of her bachelor's degree, she spent an Erasmus year abroad at Humboldt University in Berlin in 2007-2008. Nicole also enrolled in a number of antitrust related courses as part of her LL.M. degree in "Competition Law" at King's College London in 2010. In 2008, she obtained a Mediator Certificate on "Alternative Dispute Resolution" at an International Summer School organized by Tulane Law School, New Orleans, and Humboldt University, Berlin. Her previous work experience includes internships in a bank and several law firms in Vienna, Berlin and London. Nicole became a TTLF Fellow in October 2012.

Luca Escoffier

Luca Escoffier earned his Law Degree from the University of Parma, Italy, in 2001. Soon after he joined the internationally renowned Italian law firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, and after that experience he then worked for other firms in Trieste and Milan. In 2004, after having earned the LL.M. in Intellectual Property from the University of Turin and WIPO Worldwide Academy and carried out an internship in Geneva at the SMEs division of WIPO, he started working as in-house counsel for CBM S.c.r.l., a biotech-related company in Trieste which offers cutting-edge services in the new frontiers of medicine and oversees the Italian technology district of molecular biomedicine. In 2005 Luca has been accepted by Queen Mary, University of London, to carry out a doctoral dissertation on the patentability and (e)valuation of innovations in the field of nanomedicine. Since then, Luca drafted several case notes for the European IP Bulletin (edited by McDermott Will & Emery) and articles on nanotechnology issues. Luca attended many conferences and seminars, also as invited speaker, and in 2006 he has been selected as Fellow of the Vienna-Stanford Transatlantic Technology Law Forum to give his contribution in the field of nanotechnology law. As of August 2008 Luca is visiting scholar and CASRIP fellow at the University of Washington, School of Law William H. Gates Hall, to work on his doctoral dissertation and to carry out a project in conjunction with Waseda University (Japan) to further develop a database of IP precedents. Luca is proficient in Italian, English, Spanish, and conversant with French.

Lukas Feiler

Dr. Lukas Feiler, SSCP, CIPP/E, is an attorney at Baker & McKenzie in Vienna, Austria, where he is the head of the IP and IT team. He also holds teaching positions for data protection law at the University of Vienna School of Law, for IT Compliance at the University of Applied Science Wiener Neustadt, and for IT Compliance and Information Security at the University of Applied Science Burgenland in Austria. He earned his law degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna School of Law in 2008 and 2011, a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification from (ISC)² in 2009, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) certification from IAPP in 2015. He also studied U.S. cyberspace law and intellectual property law at Santa Clara University. Previous activities include a position of Vice Director at the European Center for E-Commerce and Internet Law, Vienna (2005-2011), a traineeship with the European Commission, DG Information Society & Media, Unit A.3 "Internet; Network and Information Security" in Brussels (2009), software developer positions with software companies in Vienna, Leeds, and New York (2000-2011), and a teaching position for TCP/IP networking and web application development at the SAE Institute Vienna (2002-2006). He is the co-author of five books, and the author of numerous law review articles published inter alia in the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, the European Journal of Law and Technology, and the Computer Law Review International. In April 2014, Dr. Feiler has been named as Cyber Security Lawyer of the Year for Austria in the 2014 Finance Monthly Law Awards. In 2011, he received the Jus-Top-League Award from the Austrian newspaper Die Presse and the Academy for Law, Taxes & Business as one of the five most promising up-and-coming lawyers. He has been an FSI Europe Center Research Affiliate from 2009-2013 and a TTLF Fellow since August 2009.

Nicolas Janssens de Bisthoven

Nicolas Janssens de Bisthoven is an associate in the corporate and real estate department of the Brussels-based law firm of CMS DeBacker, which he joined in 2013. He graduated in law (cum laude) from the Université Catholique de Louvain in 2012. In 2013, he received an LLM (with Hons.) from the University of Vienna, where he studied European and international business law. Nicolas has been a TTLF Fellow since February 2014.

Gabriel M. Lentner

Gabriel M. Lentner is a Research and Teaching Fellow for European and International Business Law at the Danube University Krems, Austria, where he is also coordinator of the Subpoint of Contact for the European Space Agency’s European Centre for Space Law. He is a PhD Candidate in International Law and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Vienna School of Law. Gabriel graduated from University of Vienna School of Law with a diploma of specialization in International Law and International Relations. He received a diploma with highest distinction in European Studies from the University of Vienna in 2010 and a diploma in Law & Logic from Harvard Law School and the European University Institute in Florence in 2013. His main research interest lies in international investment and EU Law as well as public international law. Gabriel has published various articles in the field and speaks regularly at international conferences. His present research focuses on the protection of intellectual property rights in international investment agreements. He has been a TTLF Fellow since 2014.

Béatrice Martinet Farano

Béatrice Martinet has been practicing as an Intellectual Property lawyer in the Paris office of two international law firms, Salans and Bird & Bird, since 2003. In 2003, she handled one of the first trials in France against an e-commerce platform. She has also been involved in many cases relating to the liability of Internet intermediaries for user-generated content. Béatrice Martinet is a graduate of the University of Jean Moulin in Lyon, France, the Liberà Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (L.U.I.S.S.) in Rome, Italy, and the University of ASSAS in Paris where she obtained a Masters in Intellectual Property. She is the author of a thesis on plagiarism in literature and of several IP related articles published in French law reviews (Dalloz, Jurisclasseur and Gazette du Palais). Béatrice Martinet has been a TTLF Fellow since January 2011.

Miloš Novović

Miloš Novović is a doctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, writing his PhD thesis on licensing of user-generated content and teaching courses in intellectual property, international commercial and arbitration law. He graduated from University of Montenegro Faculty of Law in 2010, and worked with the United Nations Development Programme, helping the government of Montenegro manage development projects funded by the European Commission. In 2011, he received a Fulbright scholarship and went on to graduate with highest honors from The George Washington University Law School's LL.M. program in intellectual property law. Upon graduation, he returned to Montenegro to work as an expert associate for compliance affairs at Erste Bank AD Podgorica. Miloš began his work as a doctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo in 2013, and has also spent time as a visiting researcher at The George Washington University Law School. His research interests include intellectual property, privacy, and private international law. Miloš has been a TTLF fellow since April 2015.

Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell

Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell is Associate Professor of Commercial Law at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain. She studied Law and Business Administration, and she holds a Doctor in Law degree. She has been James J. Coleman Sr. Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University (UK), and Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre of European Law and Politics (ZERP) of the University of Bremen (Germany). She also held other visiting teaching or research positions at a number of universities and research centers such as Columbia Law School, University of Washington, University of Tokyo (Japan), and University College of London (UK). Her main research interests focus on digital law (crowdfunding, shared economy, electronic platforms, digital intermediaries), international business transactions and secured transactions and corporate finance. Dr. Rodríguez de las Heras is, inter alia, Arbitrator at the Madrid Court of Arbitration, member of the Spanish Advertising Standards Tribunal (Autocontrol), member of the UNIDROIT Experts Study Group on MAC Protocol, member of the Common Core Project on "Immoral Contracts", Vice-President of the International Working Group on "New Technologies" at the Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA), member of the European Law Institute (ELI) and legal adviser to national and regional governments in the drafting of new legislation on electronic commerce, digital space, trust services providers and privacy protection. She has been a TTLF Fellow since April 2015.

Nikolaos Theodorakis

Nikolaos Theodorakis is a Lecturer and Fellow at the University of Oxford, and an Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Theodorakis also advises on international trade law cases with the Sidley Austin LLP office in Brussels. He holds an LLB from the University of Athens, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, an LLM from University College London, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His PhD thesis focused on issues of Corporate Compliance, Liability and Regulation. Prior to joining Oxford, Nikolaos taught and conducted research at the University of Cambridge, Harvard Law School, and Columbia Law School. He has worked for the U.S. Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, the Library of Congress, and the UK Sentencing Council, Ministry of Justice. Nikolaos has received fellowships and awards from, inter alia, the ESRC, the British Academy, the Greek Parliament, the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, the EU Bursaries, and the Corfield foundation. His research agenda currently revolves around three pillars: liberalization of trade in technology-related industries; effective regulatory regimes for antitrust law vis-à-vis banking institutions and corporations; and the nexus between open data and foreign direct investment. Dr. Theodorakis has been a TTLF Fellow since April 2015.

Juha Vesala

Juha Vesala, from Finland, is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Since 2003 he has taught and conducted research on antitrust law and intellectual property law at the Department of Private Law, University of Helsinki. At first, in a project of the Academy of Finland he published articles and a study on the regulation of anti-circumvention technologies in international, U.S. and E.C. copyright law. Currently, he is preparing a doctoral thesis on selected U.S. and E.C. antitrust issues in the licensing of technology. On those issues, he has also published articles and given presentations at international conferences. Moreover, while on leave from the University, he worked as Senior Research Officer at the Cartels Unit of the Finnish Competition Authority (2006 and 2008). Earlier, he was a Lawyer Trainee at the European Patent Office (2002). He joined the TTLF in April 2008.

Marie-Andrée Weiss

Marie-Andrée Weiss is a French-American attorney admitted in New York,
with admission pending in France. She is also accredited to practice
before the Department of Veterans Affairs. She graduated from the
University of Strasbourg in France with an M.A. in art history, a J.D. in
business law, an LL.M. in criminal law, and an LL.M. in multimedia law.
She also graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York
City with an LL.M. in intellectual property law. She is an attorney in New
York and her solo practice focuses on intellectual property, privacy, data
protection and social media law. Before becoming an attorney, she worked
several years in the fashion and cosmetics industry in New York as a buyer
and a director of sales and marketing. She enjoys blogging and is a guest
blogger on several sites and maintains two of her own blogs. Her current
fields of interest are freedom of speech on social media sites, the use of
consumers' likenesses in marketing and advertising, what happens to
digital data after death, and the ethical implications for attorneys
blogging and using social media.