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Transatlantic Technology Law Forum


Gabriele Accardo

Gabriele Accardo is a Senior Associate in the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department and a member of the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group of the U.S. law firm WilmerHale in Brussels, Belgium, which he joined in 2007. Prior to joining WilmerHale, he was an associate in the competition and EU law unit of the international law firm Lovells in Brussels (2003-2007) and in Rome (2003). He 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. 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 Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School and a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. She started her academic career at the University of Bologna, and held visiting teaching or research positions at DePaul University College of Law, the University of California Berkeley, the King's College London, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition 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 is, inter alia, a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI), the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and the Executive Committee of the Section on Law and Arts of the Association of American Law Schools. 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 writes 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 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 the International Summer School organized by Tulane Law School, New Orleans, and Humboldt University, Berlin. Her previous work experience included 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

Lukas Feiler is an associate at Wolf Theiss Attorneys at Law, Vienna. He earned his law degree from the University of Vienna School of Law in 2008 and a Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification from (ISC)² in 2009. 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 three books, 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, and lead developer of the open source project Query2XML, which was accepted for inclusion in the official PHP Extension and Application Repository. He has been a TTLF Fellow since August 2009 and a Europe Center Research Affiliate since November 2009.

Carmelo Fontana

Carmelo Fontana is an Italian qualified attorney whose experience focuses primarily on EU and US technology regulation and commercial litigation. Carmelo is the co-founder of an Internet company in Silicon Valley where he is involved in a variety of strategic issues concerning intellectual property, privacy regulation, consumer protection and business administration.

In 2003 Carmelo graduated summa cum laude and mention honoris from LUISS Law School in Rome. Thereafter, he practiced for several years with Cleary Gottlieb LLP where he was involved in a number of commercial transactions, domestic and international litigation, and other cases of national relevance.

After a brief period in the European Commission Legal Service, where he worked on EU market regulation cases, Carmelo moved to Stanford Law School where, in 2008, he obtained an LL.M. in Law Science and Technology. Following graduation, Carmelo worked as a TTLF Research Associate and in March 2010 became a TTLF Research Fellow. Carmelo's scholarship with the TTLF is focused on privacy and data protection regulation.

Stefania Fusco

Stefania Fusco's research concentrates on intellectual property law and finance.  She earned a J.S.D. at Stanford Law School where she was also a Kaufmann Fellow.  For the doctoral dissertation, she conducted an interdisciplinary empirical investigation on patent protection and innovative financial methods.  Her current projects focus on the boundaries of patentable subject matter and comparative analyses of non-practicing entities in the U.S. and the EU. She holds additional law degrees from Europe and the U.S.

Her publications engage with highly debated IP issues including: the impact of patent protection on securities, international negotiations on geographical indications on products and the Bilski Supreme Court decision.  She has presented her research at several national IP conferences.  She is currently a lecturer at Santa Clara University School of Law.  She became a TTLF Fellow in August 2010.

Petra Heindl

Petra Heindl became a TTLF Fellow in Fall 2007. She is also a Research Affiliate of Stanford University’s Forum on Contemporary Europe at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a senior associate at Binder Grösswang Attorneys at Law, an internationally operating law firm in Central Europe. Her research work is connected with the Vienna Technology Law Program of the University of Vienna School of Law as well, where she did her research as a JSD candidate. Heindl received her JD and JSD from the University of Vienna School of Law in Austria and studied European Union law at the Lapland University of Rovaniemi, Finland. After graduating from the Vienna Law School, she specialized in European Union business law at the Danube University Krems in Austria, where she completed an LLM in European Union law. In addition, she earned an LLM in U.S. Law from Santa Clara University School of Law. Her research focuses on transatlantic software copyright issues.

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.

Axel Knabe

Axel Knabe is an associate at Hambach & Hambach Attorneys at Law in Munich, Germany. His main areas of practice include Information Technology Law, European Law as well as Gaming and Gambling Law. Axel earned his law degree from the University of Mannheim in January 2007. Between May 2007 and May 2009, he successfully completed the compulsory two-year long clerkship program in Germany and became eligible for admittance to the German bar (Ass.iur.). During this time he was, among others, a law clerk at a Federal District Court in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Between November 2008 and April 2009 Axel worked at the law firm Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP in Washington, D.C. as an international fellow. His work there mainly focused on questions of Foreign Sovereign Immunity Law, International Trade Law, Commercial Law and IT Law. From March 2010 to December 2012, Axel worked as a research assistant to the Chair for Public Law, Security Law and Internet Law at the University of Passau, Germany. Axel is a doctoral candidate, supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Cremer, the Chair for Public Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Mannheim, Germany. He became a TTLF Fellow in January 2011.

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.

Felix Mormann

Felix Mormann is the Kauffman Legal Research Fellow in Stanford's Program in Law, Science and Technology. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Felix was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall), where he conducted research for his doctoral dissertation on transatlantic securities litigation. Felix previously worked for some of Germany's premiere law firms and as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Felix holds law degrees from the University of Passau and UC Berkeley Law School. He was an Erasmus scholar at the University of Barcelona and a fellow of the German National Merit Foundation. Felix' work in corporate and environmental law has been published in leading law journals in the U.S. and Europe, including the Ecology Law Quarterly, Die Aktiengesellschaft and the Monatsschrift des deutschen Rechts. Felix joined the TTLF in May 2011.

Christine Reiter

Christine Reiter is a Fellow of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum as well as a Ph.D. candidate of the Vienna Technology Law Program at the University of Vienna School of Law, Austria. Reiter's research work is also connected with the Forum on Contemporary Europe at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Before joining the Intellectual Property Department of Red Bull, Reiter worked as a legal clerk at the District Court in the First District of Vienna. Reiter also worked as a trainee at Dorda Brugger Jordis, Attorneys at Law, in Vienna and as an intern at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin, Germany. Reiter received her Mag.iur. [J.D.] from the University of Vienna School of Law in Austria. In addition, she studied U.S. intellectual property law and U.S. business law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Reiter's research work focuses on international intellectual property issues.

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.

Richard Weiner

Richard Weiner is an international biofuels lawyer at Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis, USA, where he is a Vice President, Chair of the Firm's International Department and Chair of the Firm's Biofuels Practice Group. Rich assists clients with biofuels projects in the United States and overseas. His clients have relied on his expertise to successfully complete biofuels projects in over fifteen countries. Rich focuses specifically on contract matters, joint ventures, partnerships, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, technology, and dispute resolution in the biofuels industry. Prior to joining Fredrikson & Byron, Rich practiced at an Italian law firm in New York and an American law firm in Brussels. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics from Cornell University, a Master's Degree in Romance Linguistics from the University of Michigan and a Law Degree from the University of Virginia. He has conducted doctoral research at the Universite de Neuchatel in Switzerland. He has been a TTLF Fellow since February 2013.

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.