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María Laura VillamayorCoordinator of IP and Plant Genetic Resources, National Seed Institute, Argentina
Robert E. Hanson, P.C.Partner at Dentons, USA
Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.Attorney & Owner at Green Rights
María Laura Villamayor
Laura is a recognized specialist in Seed Legislation, Intellectual Property protection and International Relations. Having joined the National Seed Institute (INASE) in 2000, Laura has become INASE Coordinator in 2017. In this position, she is Argentina’s delegate at UPOV, FAO and other international bodies. On the national level, she represents INASE at Commissions at the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
Laura holds a graduate degree in Law and a postgraduate degree in Intellectual Property Rights from the University of Buenos Aires. Following her interest in plant genetics, Laura also took a Postgraduate Course on Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources. Currently, she is adding a Master in International Strategy and Politics at the Maimonides University in Buenos Aires to her academic record. Laura is an author of several publications on PBR and plant genetics.
Robert E. Hanson, P.C.
Dr. Robert Hanson is Chair of Dentons’ US Intellectual Property and Technology practice. His practice focuses on Patent counseling and prosecution in biotechnology and the life sciences.
With experience handling biotechnology patents for leading industry, university and non-profit clients, Robert has prosecuted more than four thousand patents to issue in the US and has managed foreign patent portfolios pending in countries around the world. Patents issued from these portfolios cover technologies making up some of the world’s most successful commercial biotechnology products.
Clients turn to Robert for his extensive patent experience, including prosecuting patent applications, invalidity/non-infringement opinions, counseling, patent post-grant proceedings, reissues, European patent oppositions, appeals and all aspects of strategic patent portfolio management and evaluation. With a technical background in biotechnology and genetics, he has successfully advised and represented clients on a variety of technologies including, genetically modified organisms, genetic transformation technology, nucleic acids and DNA vectors, pharmaceuticals, plant breeding and biotechnology, antibodies, biofuels, biological assays, food science, microfluidics, cosmetics, business methods and animal science.
Robert has successfully argued numerous appeals before the US Patent Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. These appeals have substantially changed examination policy in key areas of technology.
Thomas Leidereiter, LL.M.
Thomas Leidereiter is an attorney and the owner of Green Rights in Hamburg, Germany. With nearly two decades’ experience as a specialized IP lawyer, including 14 years at a major German law firm and five years at his own, he has extensive expertise covering Plant Variety Protection, trademarks, designs, copyright and competition law. Thomas advises clients on all aspects of IP protection for plant innovations, including the licensing and enforcement of IP rights. He has been involved in a number of major court cases dealing with fundamental PVR issues in the ornamental and fruit sector. Thomas is a member of INTA, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), CIOPORA and CIOPORA Germany. He is a regular speaker on IP topics with several associations and institutions.