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Michael Fröhlich

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Michael Fröhlich is the Director of European and International Legal Affairs, PCT at the European Patent Office. He is a fully qualified German lawyer with a Ph.D. and a master of law degree in IP. Serving in increasingly responsible positions in the area of intellectual property since over twenty years, he is overseeing a team of lawyers and paralegals supporting key policy projects of the EPO by developing, enhancing and promoting the legal framework of the European and international patent system, including the PCT. Prior to joining the EPO, Michael was the Senior Director, EU IP & Strategy at BlackBerry, where he was responsible for the company’s IP affairs in Europe and managed a range of global strategic matters in the context of standard-setting initiatives, patent licensing, and litigation. Previously, Michael worked as Senior Legal Counsel at Nokia, where he helped defining Nokia’s patents and standards position. He also headed the Legal Affairs department at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), where he has been shaping ETSI's IPR Policy. Before joining ETSI, Michael practised law at Preu Bohlig & Partner in the fields of contentious and pre-contentious IP matters, with a particular focus on patent litigation. He also shows work experience in Brazil, where he was active for Dannemann Siemsen Advogados. Michael served many years as the Chairman of the AIPPI Committee on Patents & Standard, as the ViceChairman of the GSMA IPR Working Group, and as the Vice-Chairman of the LES Publication Committee.

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