Professor, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Heidelberg
Josef Bille is a professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Heidelberg. Since earning his professorship in 1978, Professor Bille has filed almost 100 patents in the field of ophthalmology and is a pioneer in the area of laser eye correction. He is known for inventing a method for mapping irregularities in the cornea with unprecedented precision and fine-tuning the lasers to repair them. This groundbreaking invention, which... Read More →
Principal Directorate Communication, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich
As Chef vom Dienst, Jeremy co-ordinates the various external communication activities of the EPO - via printed publications, the website and media relations - for diverse audiences. He supports the Principal Director for Communication in strategic planning, topic-scouting and being a spokesperson.
From 2006 to 2012 Jeremy led the European Patent Academy's Innovation Support Unit promoting and supporting patent-related IP training to industry and... Read More →
Chief Economist, European Patent Office (EPO)
Nikolaus Thumm is the Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. He is also Executive Secretary of the EPO Economic and Scientific Advisory Board. Prior to joining the EPO Mr. Thumm was working as Senior Economic Counselor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. He was chairman of the United Nations' Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public... Read More →