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CEO, Partner

Silvan
Latscha

Dipl.-Ing. ETH Swiss and European Patent Attorney
CEO, Partner

Silvan
Latscha

Silvan Latscha is a founding partner and chief executive of Latscha Schöllhorn Partner. He assists clients of all sizes, from individual inventors to international groups, in the fields of medicinal technology, mechanical engineering, information technology (particularly software) and environmental technology.

Silvan Latscha studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich and qualified as an environmental engineer in 1998. After completing his studies, he was employed as a scientific assistant for computer aided planning tools and spatial planning at the ETH Zürich until 2000, and then as a software developer and project manager in the private sector. In 2003, Silvan Latscha joined a patent attorney’s office in Basel where he qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2006. From 2008 until mid-July 2012, he was employed as managing director at the Basel office of a large, renowned German patent attorney’s office and law firm.

Silvan Latscha is a member of epi (as Swiss representative in the board), VSP (as board member), FICPI, VESPA, LES and ingres. He was employed for over ten years as a tutor at the Centre d´Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI) at the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg.

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Dr. Andreas
Schöllhorn

Dipl. Biochem. Swiss and European Patent Attorney
Partner

Dr. Andreas
Schöllhorn

Andreas Schöllhorn is a founding partner of Latscha Schöllhorn Partner. He assists clients, especially start-up companies and SMEs, in the fields of chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy and medicinal engineering.

Andreas Schöllhorn studied chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart and at the University of Tübingen and graduated with a degree in biochemistry. After completing a doctorate in the field of applied microbiology at the University of Zurich and at Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis), he began working in the field of intellectual property at Lonza, a leading supplier of chemical agents, intermediate products and therapeutic proteins. In 2000, Andreas Schöllhorn joined an IP law firm in Geneva. He qualified as a European patent attorney in 2002. As a partner he established a branch office in Basel in 2004, which he managed until June 2012.

Andreas Schöllhorn is a non-permanent judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court and a member of epi, AIPPI and VESPA. He worked for many years as a tutor on VESPA/VIPS examination training programmes.

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Dr. Martin
Sperrle

Dipl. Chem. Swiss and European Patent Attorney
Partner

Dr. Martin
Sperrle

Martin Sperrle is a partner at Latscha Schöllhorn Partner since 2014. He assists clients, in particular, start-ups, SMEs and universities, in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry and medical engineering.

Martin Sperrle studied chemistry at the Universities of Tübingen and Pisa, completed his diploma thesis at the CNRS in Toulouse and received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich for research in the field of asymmetric catalysis and polymer chemistry. After a period of post-doctoral research at the Department of Organic Chemistry at Stanford University, he started his career in the field of industrial property at a patent law practice in Zürich in 1998. In 2001, he joined Cytos Biotechnology AG, an ETH Zürich start-up specializing in developing new classes of biopharmaceutical compounds and targeted immunotherapies for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. Being responsible for the firm’s IP, his tasks included developing and successfully implementing a global patent strategy and building up the patent portfolio, aspects of licensing, R&D collaborations and financial transactions as well as building up and heading an in-house IP and patent department. Martin Sperrle qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2004 and is a qualified Swiss Patent Attorney. He was awarded his “Patent Litigation in Europe” diploma from Strasbourg University in 2007. He joined Latscha Schöllhorn Partner in August 2014.

Martin Sperrle was elected by the Swiss Parliament as non-permanent judge of the Swiss Federal Patent Court and is the Swiss delegate in the biotech committee of epi. He is a tutor at the Centre d´Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI) at Strasbourg University and was a lecturer at the MAS IP of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) until its discontinuation (2007-2014). Martin Sperrle is a member of epi, VESPA, INGRES, AIPPI and LES.

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Jochen
Schwarz

Dipl.-Ing. Univ. German and European Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney

Jochen
Schwarz

Jochen Schwarz joined the Latscha Schöllhorn Partner team in 2019. He is a German and European Patent Attorney and has experience of advocacy in patent litigation proceedings before German district courts, in nullity proceedings before the Federal German Patent Court and in nullity appeal proceedings before the German Federal Supreme Court. Jochen Schwarz regularly represents clients in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office.

Jochen Schwarz studied brewing and beverage technology at the Technical University of Munich and graduated as Diplom-Ingenieur. After graduation, Jochen Schwarz began his practice in the field of intellectual property in a leading patent and law firm in Munich where he qualified as German and European Patent Attorney. During his training to become a patent attorney, Jochen Schwarz also passed his studies in Law for Patent Attorneys at the FU Hagen. In 2011, Jochen Schwarz joined a Zurich patent law firm where he practiced in the mechanical department and became partner of the firm in 2016.

His areas of expertise include mechanical engineering, food and beverage technology, process engineering, medical devices, oral care products, plastics engineering, fastening technology and cooling technology. Jochen Schwarz supports clients ranging from individual inventors to medium size companies and international corporations. Jochen Schwarz is member of epi, VESPA, FICPI and the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys.

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Le
Chen

Dipl.-Ing. European Patent Attorney

Le
Chen

Le Chen joined Latscha Schöllhorn Partner in September 2020. He is a European Patent Attorney with a sound technical background in the field of information technology as well as data communication and protection control in power utility.

Prior to joining in Latscha Schöllhorn Partner, Le Chen was a senior IP counsel at ABB Schweiz AG from 2013 to 2020, being responsible for defining and implementing the IP strategy including prosecution as well as enforcement and commercialising, aligned with the business and technology roadmap. Le Chen was a reference expert in the IP field related to digital innovation and IEC standardisation in the power utility fields, and frequently led patent licensing and IP benchmarking activities in the furtherance of ABB’s digital innovations. From 2007 to 2013, Le Chen had worked at a leading German IP law firm in Munich, where he was responsible for business development as well as providing legal services particularly in the field of information technology and telecommunication. He was intensively involved in the prosecution and litigation of standard-essential patents relating 3GPP/ETSI. Before joining the German IP law firm, Le Chen was a global project manager at Sun Microsystems from 1999 to 2007 in the field of information technology including implementation of IT infrastructures and deployment of software applications. Le Chen studied electrical engineering at Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Le Chen with his comprehensive in-house and law firm experiences understands the business interest of our clients and focuses on providing a customised long term IP strategic solution that can mitigate potential IP risks and guide our clients towards profitable outcomes.

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Dr. Anja
Schierloh

Dipl. Biol. German Patent Attorney

Dr. Anja
Schierloh

Anja Schierloh has been working at Latscha Schöllhorn Partner since 2017. She specializes in the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology and antibody technology and in pharmacology and pharmacy.

Anja Schierloh studied biology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main and at the University Regensburg. She also carried out research and development at the University of California, St. Cruz, USA and at the Free University of Amsterdam. Her doctoral thesis, which she completed at the Department of Clinical Neuropharmacology of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, was funded by Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft under a collaborative research centre scheme. After completing her doctorate, Anja Schierloh carried out research projects in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry and received postgraduate scholarships from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Anja Schierloh joined a patent law firm in Munich in 2007 where she qualified to act as a representative before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the German Federal Patent Court in 2009. Following her training, she worked as a trainee at a leading Australian law firm in Sydney. Between 2009 and 2016 she worked as a freelancer for numerous German patent law firms.

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Roxna
Kapadia

European Patent Attorney

Roxna
Kapadia

Roxna Kapadia joined Latscha Schollhorn Partner in 2019. She is a European Patent Attorney and has experience working before the EPO, UKIPO and WIPO, including drafting and filing applications, prosecution, appeals and EPO oppositions. She has significant experience in due diligence and freedom to operate exercises in a variety of technical areas, including antibodies and therapeutic treatments. Roxna Kapadia has in-depth knowledge and experience with viral cancer therapeutics, stem cells, immunotherapy, genetics and foodstuffs.

Roxna Kapadia studied Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University (BSc) and the University of Calgary (MSc). She subsequently studied Management of Intellectual Property at Queen Mary University of London (MSc). In 2012 Roxna Kapadia joined a top tier patent firm in London where she qualified as a European Patent Attorney. Prior to 2012 she worked in-house at the biotechnology company Oncolytics Biotech Inc. and at the multinational company General Electric Healthcare. In London she ran industry-focused intellectual property courses, in particular she has taught Freedom to Operate courses for the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Roxna Kapadia is currently a contributor to the SPC blog. Having grown up in Montreal Canada, Roxna Kapadia is fluent in English and in French.

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Martina
Serafini

BSc Mechanical Engineering MAS IP ETH
Patent Attorney Candidate

Martina
Serafini

Martina Serafini is patent attorney candidate. She is active in the field of mechanical and other engineering as well as in medicine technology.

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Anne
Tajerling

Paralegal

Anne
Tajerling

Anne Tajerling works as IP paralegal in our trademark and patent departments.

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Nathalie
Martino

Paralegal

Nathalie
Martino

Nathalie Martino works as IP paralegal in our physics, engineering and it department.

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Christine
Gschwind

Paralegal

Christine
Gschwind

Christine Gschwind works as IP paralegal in our chemistry and biotech department.

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Sonja
Bösch

Paralegal

Sonja
Bösch

Sonja Bösch works as IP paralegal in our chemistry and biotech department.

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