Benjamin Fechner is a patent attorney in Germany with a background in physics and economics. Benjamin counsels and represents clients in matters related to intellectual property rights such as patents, trade marks and designs. His practice extends to patent prosecution, licensing, opposition and litigation. His experience encompasses the design and implementation of an international employee invention remuneration scheme and the development and implementation of a long-term patent portfolio value optimisation plan.


Claudia Schaller is a hybrid professional combining Entrepreneurship and Life Sciences. She received her PhD for researching the immune system at University of California San Francisco. At Eight Inc, a global innovation and experience design consultancy, she worked with Silicon Valley companies like Apple, Dolby and Tesla. She's Co-Director at Founder Institute Munich and currently develops her own ventures at the intersection of science and entrepreneurship. She's an advocate for equality and will launch Changemaker Chats, a platform for female empowerment, in Munich in Fall 2019. She lives between California and Germany.


George Summerfield is a partner in the Chicago office of K&L Gates LLP. He has served as first chair patent litigator in more than 100 matters. He has also served as amici counsel for numerous universities and university-related organizations in matters pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has provided assistance to several Eastern European governments in drafting intellectual property laws through programs administered by the United States Department of State and the United States Information Agency.


Leading startups to success, inspiring people for innovation and entrepreneurship - that is the passion of Dr. Helmut Schönenberger, co-founder and managing director of UnternehmerTUM GmbH. As an aerospace engineer and investor, his goal is to support scalable high-tech startups, founders and scientists from the initial idea to the successful product.


Larry M. Goldstein is a patent attorney registered with the US Patent & Trademark Office, as well as a lawyer in both the United States and Israel. He has many years of experience in writing patents within the field of information & communication technology, in valuing patents, and in the management of patent portfolios. He has written five books on patents, including his most recent one about provisional patent applications. Books on patent pools and aggregated patent licensing: 1a. Technology Patent Licensing: An International Reference on 21st Century Patent Licensing, Patent Pools and Patent Platforms (2004) 1b. 技术专利许可:21世纪专利许可、专利池和专利平台的国际性参考书 (2018), a translation into Mandarin Chinese of Technology Patent Licensing THE PATENT QUALITY SERIES™ 2. True Patent Value: Defining Quality in Patents and Patent Portfolios (2013) 3. Litigation-Proof Patents: Avoiding the Most Common Patent Mistakes (2014) 4. Patent Portfolios: Quality, Creation, and Cost (2015) 5. Provisional Patent Applications: Use and Abuse (2018)


Massimiliano Marzo is the founder of the company MT Web and Language Services based at WeWork in Munich. He runs there a little team of Translators and Web Developers that build Multilingual Websites for big and small enterprises. For many years he has been collaborating with international companies that operate in different industrial fields like Sidel, Barilla, Microsoft, Fiat-Chrysler, SSI Schäfer, Dalter, Tetra Pak and many others.


Stefano Chiavegati is founder of the startup Groupadoo UG. Stefano brings to Groupadoo multiple years of international experience in IT, sales and marketing; he is a reputed business professional with Managing Directorship roles and specific reorganization and company restructuring experience. He worked for companies like HP, Intel, Cisco, AMD and GE as well as business consultant.