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Nikolaus Thumm is research associate with Technical University Berlin. He was Senior Fellow at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Spain, where was responsible to set up a work-program at the interface of digital technologies and policy under the European Digital Single Market strategy. The focus was on standardization, standard essential patents, licensing, open source, counterfeiting and illicit trade. Until 2013 he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. Before, 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.