IP Europe brings together R&D intensive European companies and research institutes committed to innovation, from SMEs to global enterprises and non-profit research entities operating in a variety of industrial sectors. They all share a common goal: to maintain, at all policy levels, strong patent protection for innovators and support recognized fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory standardisation policies adopted by consensus that preserve fair compensation for innovators. IP Europe supports the use of Injunctive Relief against patent infringers and free riders that rely on R&D investments made by others to earn higher profits.
IP Europe was originally launched by Ericsson, Airbus and France Brevets. Other organisations presented below are also contributing. The Fraunhofer Institute participates in IP Europe in its capacity of academic advisor and others companies and research centers are considering their participation.
The following individuals ensure that IP Europe rules of engagement and governance principles are applied consistently and in all fairness:
Mogens devoted his career to European and international public policy issues. Deputy Director General, and subsequently Director General for DG Trade in the European Commission (1998 to 2005) he was the European Commission’s negotiator in the GATT Uruguay Round for services, intellectual property / TRIPS. From 2005 to 2008 he was Director General for Environment. Subsequently he acted as special adviser and personal representative of Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of State for Environment, Energy and Transport, Paris. Danish national, he studied and worked in the UK, France, Switzerland, the United States and Belgium. M.A. (Economics), University of Cambridge; M.B.A., INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Rubén is co-founder of Fractus; a growing European technology company specialized in the global wireless and telecom industries currently implementing a technology and patent licensing program. Under Ruben’s leadership, Fractus has achieved €100 million revenues so far. Early, Rubén attracted more than €20 million in venture capital to finance technology development, patent portfolio growth and international expansion for Fractus. Earlier in his career, he worked as a consultant for Arthur Andersen. He holds a degree in telecommunications engineering from the University Polytechnic of Catalonia and an MBA. Ruben summary of accomplishments are the creation of Fractus from a university research initiative, the spin off process, the funding with venture capital, international expansion across US and Asia, the development of strategic partnerships with large industrial corporations, the closing of major corporate expansion operations and restructuration of capital, the negotiation of major contracts in patent licensing and the victory in a patent infringement litigation against a multinational mobile phone manufacturer in the United States.
Dr. Claudia Tapia is Director IPR Policy at IPR & Licensing within the Ericsson group. Prior to joining Ericsson, Claudia was Director IP Policy in the department Patent & Standards Strategy at BlackBerry.
In addition to her role with IP Europe, Claudia is chair at the Executive Board in 4iP Council, vice chair at the IPR WG in DigitalEurope, vice chair at the IP Policy Group in techUK and a member in several organizations such as AIPPI, ETSI, ITU, LES, and VPP.
Originally from Argentina, but brought up in Spain and residing in Germany, she is truly a global citizen, and speaks English, Spanish and German. Claudia holds a PhD from the Faculty of Law, Augsburg, Germany, a Master of Law (LL.M), specializing in International Patent Law from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany and a law degree from the University of Valencia, Spain.
Francisco advises international firms and governments agencies on EU policy and regulatory affairs. After working for the EU Commission on TRIPs-related matters and access to pharmaceuticals in Africa, Francisco opened the Business Software Alliance (BSA) representation in Brussels in 2000 where he managed public affairs for US Tech companies for over 10 years. In 2011 Francisco joined the partnership of an independent public affairs consultancy and since 2013 he manages with Europa Insights, a firm specialized in IP, trade and technology matters. Swiss and Spanish, Francisco is a lawyer with an engineering background. University of Geneva and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne.