We are delighted to announce our new Intellectual Property, Media & Technology (IPMT) partners and counsel. The promoted members of the IPMT practice span patents, trademarks, unfair competition, domain names, copyright, designs, trade secrets, and IPMT Transactions, and include representatives from the Americas, Asia and Europe. Their promotions are very much deserved and we wish them success in their new roles.
Firm wide, they form part of the 31 new partners and 38 new appointments to the role of counsel in offices across a network spanning Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Hogan Lovells CEO Steve Immelt said:
“We are seeing real momentum with these promotions – in terms of diversity of our practices, our offices, by gender, and by ethnicity. They represent the globally diverse nature of our business. I congratulate all those who were promoted and wish them every success as they continue their career with us.”
Meet our new IPMT partners
Meryl Rosen Bernstein – Meryl is based in the Washington DC metro area and helps internet, fashion, software, and pharmaceutical companies with a range of intellectual property and technology transactional matters. She co-heads the firm’s Global Retail, Consumer Products, and Fashion group and has expertise in sourcing, supply, distribution, sales and marketing arrangements. She also has significant experience handling life sciences acquisitions and transactions, including commercialization, collaboration and licensing relationships. Having served as Assistant General Counsel at Gilt Groupe, the e-commerce company, Meryl also helps her clients with cutting-edge issues relating to their online marketing and sales initiatives, social media presence, and technology and distribution platforms. She serves as President of the Board of Ellevate’s (global professional women’s network) Washington, DC Chapter.
Henrik Lehment – Henrik is based in Dusseldorf and advises on all aspects of intellectual property rights with a particular focus on patent law. Over recent years, Henrik has been heavily involved in the “smartphone wars” and helped his industry clients in litigation both against competitors and non-practicing entities. In the automotive sector, Henrik represents his clients both in cases concerning traditional automobile technologies as well as emerging technologies related to connected cars and automated driving.
Benjamin Schröer -Benjamin is a patent litigator who advises and represents clients from the telecommunications, automotive and mechanical engineering industries in patent infringement and validity cases. In addition, he advises clients in licensing negotiations relating to the case law on Standard Essential Patent (SEP) and Fair, Reasonable and Non Discriminatory (FRAND) patent licensing terms.
Helen Xia – Helen is based in Beijing and focuses her practice on contentious and non-contentious IP matters involving trademarks, copyright, patents, unfair competition and IP licensing. She has strong experience in IP litigation and has advised clients on administrative, civil, and criminal litigation involving IP infringement in China. Helen represents clients from a wide range of industries, including construction, mining, fashion, food, multimedia, telecommunications, computer and entertainment and is director of Hogan Lovells (Shanghai) Intellectual Property Agency Service Co., Ltd., an IP service affiliate established under Hogan Lovells International LLP.
Meet our new IPMT counsel
Yu-An Chang – Yu-An is based in Shanghai and has broad experience in advising on all aspects of brand and copyright protection and litigation, as well as IP and technology-related transactions. He acts for a diverse range of IP owners in the region including consumer brands, and technology, healthcare, education and toy companies. Yu-An regularly handles multi-jurisdictional IP enforcement actions and assists IP owners in negotiating and drafting IP licenses and commercial agreements.
Thorsten Klinger – Thorsten is based in Hamburg where he advises national and international companies on all matters of trademark and unfair competition law. He has particular experience in the strategic management of mid-size and large trademark portfolios, including the legal support of national and international product roll-outs and name clearances. Thorsten also focuses on online and domain name law, advising clients on their domain name portfolio and representing them in UDRP proceedings before WIPO. Thorsten has mainly helped companies from the telecommunications and IT sector, as well as from other innovation-driven technology branches.
Serena Lim – Serena is based in Hong Kong and her practice focuses on brand protection and enforcement. She acts predominantly for consumer brands including those in the food and beverage, fashion and retail industries, as well as pharmaceutical and technology companies. Serena helps brand owners with securing trademarks protection, either through negotiating co-existence agreements, reaching amicable settlements in the course of contentious proceedings, or simply dealing with difficult Registry objections. Serena acts before the Courts or Registry in infringement or passing off actions and other inter-parte proceedings. She also has extensive experience in dealing with issues posed by trademark hijackers, cyber squatters, shadow companies and counterfeiters. Serena is currently the Vice President of The Hong Kong Institute of Trade Marks Practitioners.
Fabian Pfuhl – Fabian is based in Frankfurt. He is well-known for his anti-illicit trade work, particularly in the pharmaceutical and consumer goods sector. Fabian’s enforcement practice focuses on defending his clients rights against any forms of black and grey market trades. His advice covers civil actions as well as criminal law aspects and customs measures. Based on his extensive experience in his field of expertise, Fabian maintains excellent relations with the criminal investigation and prosecution authorities. Since 2012, Fabian has been a lecturer at the Hochschule Darmstadt where he teaches License Law and Contract Design.
Vironika Pilyugina – Vironika is based in Moscow where she focuses on regional and global IP portfolio management and dispute resolution in sectors including consumer, life sciences and healthcare and automotive. She helps various Russian and international clients in trademark and patent litigation and advises on brand protection and enforcement strategies in Russia. Vironika represents clients before the Russian PTO and Chamber for Patent and Trademark Disputes under the Russian PTO as well as before the Russian courts and competition authorities.
Marcus Schönknecht – Marcus is an experienced IP litigator and advisor based in Dusseldorf. He specializes in patent law, including employee inventions law, as well as trade secrets, unfair competition, trademark, and design law. Marcus’ experience comprises a wide range of industry sectors including engineering, telecommunications, chemicals, and medical devices.
Stella Wong – Stella is based in London and is dual qualified as a medical physician and a solicitor. She predominantly advises pharmaceutical and medical device companies on complex multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, and she has also advised on some of the largest European technology patent disputes. Stella has developed a specialist knowledge in the field of 3D Printing. Stella has qualified as a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and still works as a general practitioner on Saturdays. She has been named a “rising star to watch” 2016 & 2017 in IP Stars directory of Managing Intellectual Property.
Ernest Yakob – Ernest is based in New York and with years of experience in both the lab and the law, he has unique insight into the complex patent issues facing his life sciences clients. He focuses on life sciences patent litigation in federal court and the U.S. Patent Trademark Office. He also routinely advises clients on a wide range of IP matters, including patent prosecution and opinions, and IP licensing and due diligence. In addition to being a registered patent attorney, Ernest holds a doctorate degree in microbiology and immunology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as academic degrees in molecular biology and chemical engineering.