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Hosted by:

Max Andersson MEP (The Greens/EFA Group, Sweden)
Mady Delvaux MEP (S&D Group, Luxembourg)

  • Why are Patent Assertion Entities targeting Europe?
  • How are they exploiting Europe’s patent legal system?
  • Which countries and sectors are most at risk?
  • How can EU policy action prevent damage to innovation in Europe?


A short video summarising key takeaways of our #Patents4Digital online event is now available. Watch it here➡️


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Join us to hear evidence of targeted abuse of Europe’s patent legal system in a landmark report by Darts-ip on PAE activity 2007-17 followed by an open expert policy debate.

With the support of IP2Innovate and Darts-ip, we are pleased to invite you to attend the launch of a landmark report by Darts-ip on Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) litigation activity in Europe between 2007 and 2017.

The report represents the largest and most comprehensive data collection and analysis of litigation activity in Europe by PAEs. The report provides evidence of the growth of PAE litigation activity in Europe and the countries, sectors and companies PAEs target.

We are of the view that the Darts-ip report reveals how PAEs are abusing Europe’s patent legal system to damage innovation in Europe and the growth of Europe’s digital economy.

The Darts-ip report marks a significant turning point for both European innovators and policy makers, and comes at a critical time. The European Commission’s IP Package of Communications on IP of 29 November 2017 highlights a number of attention points to improve the operation of Europe’s IP systems and makes specific recommendations for further action to prevent abuses.

The event will bring together a select group of high-level experts including lawyers, judges, policy makers, Member State officials, European business leaders and civil society representatives. You will have the opportunity to put forward questions during the panel discussion on concrete safeguards needed to secure Europe’s innovation ecosystem.


17:00 Cocktail with message of welcome from hosts

  • Max Andersson MEP
  • Mady Delvaux MEP
  • Patrick Oliver, Executive Director, IP2I
  • IP2I video screening
17:30 Presentation of Darts-ip Report: David Marques, Legal Coordinator & IP Consultant, followed by Q&A session
18:00 Open Expert Policy Debate

Moderator: Alain Strowel, Professor, UCLouvain and University Saint-Louis – Brussels, Munich Intellectual Property Law Centre, Avocat at the Brussels Bar


  • Nikolaus Thumm, Senior Fellow, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • Patrick Schmitz, Senior Legal Counsel Patent Strategy & Defense, Deutsche Telekom
  • Klaus Haft, President, European Patent Lawyers Association
18:50 Concluding Remarks

  • Kevin Prey, Chairman, IP2I
  • Max Andersson MEP
19:00 Networking time

Three course dinner to be served through the evening.




MEP Max Andersson

Greens/EFA, Sweden

Max Andersson is a Member of the European Parliament for the Green party in Sweden since 2014. He focuses on trade agreements, IT, migration and climate policies. Mr. Andersson was the rapporteur for the Marrakech Treaty and has taken the initiative for two pilot projects within the EU promoting open source and increased participation of citizens in the legislative process. He is also a Member of the Committee of Legal Affairs where he works for increased transparency and democracy.

MEP Mady Delvaux-Stehres

S&D, Luxembourg

Mady Delvaux-Stehres is a Luxemburgish Socialist MEP. She is Vice-chair of the JURI committee and substitute in the ECON committee. She was rapporteur of the report on Civil Law Rules on Robotics and Chair of the Working Group on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to being elected to the European Parliament in 2014, she held various ministerial positions in Luxembourgish governments over the past 20 years. She was notably Minister for Education and Minister of Social Security, Transport and Communication.

Klaus Haft

President, European Patent Lawyers Association
Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Klaus Haft obtained his physics degree in 1997, became an attorney in 2002, and advises on patent infringement litigation cases, subsequent litigation regarding damages as well as licenses in the entire area of intellectual property law, particularly in the fields of patents. His particular focus is on standards, electronics, software, optics, electrics and general mechanics. Klaus studied in Würzburg and Munich. Klaus is a visiting lecturer at the Maastricht University, President of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and Secretary of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Germany.

David Marques

Legal Coordinator, DARTS-IP

David Marques is a Portuguese Trademark and Patent Attorney, he holds an LL.M by the Nova University of Lisbon, and his academic knowledge and interests are focused on law and biology. David started his career in IP at the Portuguese Industrial Property Office, in its Legal Affairs Unit. Since 2015, David has worked for Darts-IP, where he currently holds the position of legal coordinator for the Darts-IP patent unit.

Kevin Prey

IP Counsel, SAP

Kevin Prey serves as IP Counsel for SAP. Kevin joined SAP in 2010 and works in SAP’s Strategic IP Initiatives Group on matters related to IP strategy and policy, patent transactions, and pre-litigation. In addition to his role as Chairman of IP2I, Kevin serves as SAP’s representative on the Executive Licensing Board of LOT Network, a non-profit community of companies formed to preserve the traditional uses of patents while protecting against the PAE problem. Prior to joining SAP, he was a patent litigation attorney at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in New York where he represented corporate clients facing allegations of patent infringement, including in cases in the Eastern District of Texas and the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).

Patrick Oliver

Executive Director, IP2Innovate

Patrick Oliver has 25 years of senior management experience in the private sector, international organisations and not-for-profit organizations. He has led a number of public affairs campaigns for multinational companies, trade associations and professional societies to influence the direction of European policy and legislation in sectors as diverse as professional services, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, competition policy and international trade. Prior to joining Interel, Patrick was Managing Director for European Government Relations at Accenture PLC, an official of the European Commission and Head of EU & WTO Affairs at the Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office. Patrick obtained law degrees from King’s College in London, La Sorbonne in Paris and Harvard Law School, USA and is a qualified lawyer in both England & Wales and the State of New York.

Patrick Schmitz

Senior Legal Counsel, Patent Strategy & Defense

Patrick Schmitz is an experienced IP specialist with a focus on patent litigation and licensing. For the past 10 years, he has been working for Deutsche Telekom AG. He has significant experience when it comes to SEP litigation, especially within the telecommunications sector. Patrick studied law at the University of Cologne. He earned a postgraduate law degree (LL.M.) at the University of Duesseldorf, focusing mainly on patent and trademark law as well as on competition law.

Alain Strowel

Professor of IP law at the UCLouvain and University Saint-Louis
Attorney at the Brussels Bar

Alain is professor at the University Saint-Louis, Brussels, and at the UCLouvain where he teaches courses in intellectual property and media law. He also gives courses in two advanced masters in intellectual property (KULeuven Advanced Master in IP/ICT and Munich IP Law Center program). Alain is an attorney at the Brussels bar since 1988. He has worked for several law firms, including for U.S. leading law firm Covington & Burling LLP for 13 years. His experience focuses on intellectual property and Internet law. He has conducted several studies for the European institutions and in Belgium in the field of digital copyright. He is an arbiter for domain names dispute resolution systems and manages the blog Alain graduated in law, economics and philosophy at the UCLouvain and the University of Amsterdam. He has authored more than 200 articles and some books in copyright and media law.

Nikolaus Thumm

Senior Fellow, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Nikolaus Thumm is Senior Fellow at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Spain. He is responsible to provide evidence based policy support to the European Commission in the field of patents and standardization. Recent activities include the analysis of patent assertion entities in Europe and the role of standard essential patents for innovation. Until 2013 he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. Before that, he was working as Senior Economic Counsellor for the Swiss Federation. He was chairman of the United Nations’ Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public partnership group. He has been member of different expert groups with the European Commission, the OECD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.