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Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg MEP

Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg MEP

Quaestor, Member of Committee on Legal Affairs, Petitions and Budget, European Parliament


• Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, Member
• Parliament's Bureau, Member
• Quaestors, Member
• Committee on Legal Affairs, Member
• Committee on Petitions, Member
• Committee on Budgets, Substitute
• Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia, Member
• Delegation to EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee, Substitute
• Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute

Piotr Borys MEP

Piotr Borys MEP

Member of Committee on Culture and Education., European Parliament


Piotr Borys, born on 11 January 1976, is married and has two daughters and one son. He graduated with a Masters in Law in 2001 from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Wrocław, specialization: economic policy.
In the same year he joined the management board and became a Chairman of the Board of the Agency of Regional Development. Then he was employed as a Chairman of the Board at Aquapark Polkowice S.A.
Since 2006 he is a Member of the Civic Platform (PO) party, member of the PO's Lower Silesia Regional Council. Currently he is a Vice-Chairman of the Civic Platform Regional Board for Lower Silesia.
Piotr Borys' political career began when he was elected councillor in 1998 and joined the Municipal Executive. After the election in 2002 he became a member of the Lower Silesian Assembly, where he performed the function of Vice-President. Thereafter he was chosen for Vice-Marshall of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship with oversight for the Social Affairs Department and the Health Policy Department.
In 2009 Piotr Borys was voted a Member of the European Parliament, where he sits on the Culture and Education Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee as well as in the delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, and for relations with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.

Jean Bergevin

Jean Bergevin

Head of Unit, Fight against counterfeiting and piracy, European Commission


Jean Bergevin was born and educated in the UK. He graduated with a BA in Economics and French in 1981. His post-graduate qualifications consist of a MA in Economics and a PhD on the Economic Analysis of the industrial market for electricity in the UK.

In 1986 he was recruited to IEA Coal Research as an economist to study the international industrial market for coal.
In 1988 he was recruited as an economic adviser at the DTI (UK Department of Trade and Industry) where he worked in a Market Assessment Unit covering numerous heavy industries and notably the steel and chemicals sectors.

In 1989 he joined the European Commission as a policy officer in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs where he was involved in the analysis of firms’ strategies in the Internal Market. He also acted as this Directorate General's contact point for Competition policy and worked closely with the team who established the Merger Task Force in DG Competition.

Since October 1991 he has been working in the Directorate General for the Internal Market and Services (DG MARKT). He was a member of policy Units dealing with media, commercial communication, e-commerce and services in the Internal Market between 1991 and 2004. He was involved with the preparation of the Commission Green Paper on commercial communications in the Internal Market in 1996, the 1998 Commission Communication on this same issue and the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Sales Promotion adopted in 2001.

In June 2004 he was appointed as the Head of Unit of DG MARKT E-2 (Retail and Information Services). This Unit was responsible for applying Internal Market law to distributive trade services, commercial communication services, media services, technical testing/accreditation services and gambling services. It was also responsible for the e-commerce and conditional access directives and for the evaluation of notifications of new national information society rules falling under directive 98/34. The Unit prepared the Commission's second implementation Report on the Conditional Access directive in 2008, the Commission's Retail Market Monitoring report in 2010 and the Commission Green paper on on-line gambling services in 2011.

In April, 2011 he was appointed to his current position as the Head of Unit of MARKT D3 (Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy). This Unit is responsible for the application of Directive 2004/98/EC on the enforcement of IPR and the review of that text foreseen in 2012. It is negotiating the proposed Regulation of the Commission to establish the Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy within OHIM and is developing stakeholder dialogues seeking to establish agreements to improve IPR enforcement such as the MoU on the sale of counterfeit goods that was signed in Brussels in May 2011. The Unit is also involved in preparatory work on improving the enforcement of trade secrets and against lookalikes in the EU.

Paddy Flynn

Paddy Flynn

Director, Product Quality Operations, Google


Paddy Flynn joined Google in 2009 and is Director for Product Quality Operations for EMEA. This involves managing a multi-market team who work across Google’s core products. The primary focus of this team is to ensure user safety through adherence and promotion of Google’s guidelines and policies.
Paddy has 20 years of experience prior to joining Google, he has a background in information technology and general management across a wide range of industries and businesses including working in consulting for a number of years.
Paddy graduated from University College Cork as an Electrical Engineer and started his career at Accenture.

Tanja de Coster

Tanja de Coster

Director, Intellectual Property Counsel, eBay


Tanja is Director, Intellectual Property Counsel at eBay, where she counsels the business on copyright, trademark and secondary liability matters and works on anti-counterfeiting efforts and company policies regarding intellectual property. Prior to joining eBay in 2006, Tanja was a senior associate (Commercial, IT & IP) at the law firm Loyens & Loeff in Brussels. Tanja received her law degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and her Master’s Degree in IP/IT Law and Management from the University of Namur (Belgium). Tanja just moved to Bern, Switzerland from Silicon Valley where she lived the past three years. Tanja is a member of the California Bar.

Marietje Schaake MEP

Marietje Schaake MEP

Member of Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament


Marietje Schaake is a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group. She serves on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she focuses on neighbourhood policy, Turkey in particular; human rights, with a specific focus on freedom of expression, internet freedom, press freedom; and Iran. In the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports she works on Europe's Digital Agenda and the role of culture and new media in the EU´s external actions. In the Committee on International Trade she focuses on intellectual property rights, the free flow of information and the relation between trade and foreign affairs.

Marietje is a member of the delegation for relations with the United States and a substitute member on the delegations with Iran and the Western Balkan countries. She is also a founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje is a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and vice-president of the supervisory board of Free Press Unlimited.

Before joining the European Parliament, she worked as an independent advisor to governments, diplomats, businesses and NGO's, on issues of transatlantic relations, diversity and pluralism, civil and human rights

Katarzyna Lasota Heller

Katarzyna Lasota Heller

Vice President, EDiMA


Katarzyna Lasota Heller has been dealing with legal issues connected with the Internet for more than 11 years. She is a qualified business oriented lawyer in Poland and in Switzerland.

She wrote and defended her doctoral thesis on consumers on the Internet at the Max Planck Institute in Munich. She also completed postgraduate studies (LL.M.) in the United States, specializing in issues related to patenting computer programs and Internet business models.

Having worked for a number of international law firms and consulting companies in Germany, Austria and Poland, Katarzyba currently drives the Legal Compliance Program at the MIH/Naspers Group, and is responsible for dozens of companies operating worldwide.

At the European Union level, Katarzyna takes care on the regulatory affairs of the MIH/Naspers Group and enters into dialogue with the authorities of the European Union and of the Member States, and with other participants on the electronic market.

As vice-president of the European Digital Media Association, Dr. Lasota Heller is devoted to e-commerce in the EU in particular in Central and Eastern Europe and actively promotes the removal of barriers in the European Internal Market, primarily in the areas of e-commerce, digitisation and innovation.

In addition, Dr. Lasota Heller is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at the Kozminski University in Warsaw.

Caroline Edery

Caroline Edery

Head of Unit, Protection of citizens and enforcement of IPR, DG TAXUD, European Commission


Head of the Unit "Protection of citizens and enforcement of IPR" in the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission, since November 2009. Previous professional experience includes working as a Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Kovács (2004-2009), in charge of Customs policy, trade, development and agriculture. Desk officer in the Directorate-General for Environment, in charge of Trade and Environment issues (2001-2004), following six years at the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union in the Unit responsible for Rules of Origin.

Education : Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies in Comparative Political Science (France) and one-year training at the Ecole Nationale des Douanes in France.

Tim Renner

Tim Renner

Founder, Motor Entertainment studio


Tim Renner was born on December 1st 1964 in Berlin. After his A-levels in 1984 he began to study German language and literature but quit after the first term since he considered it as „too boring“. He began to work as a journalist, started a press agency for city magazines and wrote articles for newspapers and books. During his inquiries for an undercover story about the music industry in 1986 he joined the Polydor label and put his journalistic plans on hold. He signed the Berlin based band Element Of Crime and had a first chart hit with the pop avant-gardist Phillip Boa from Dortmund. In 1989 he took over the management of the new founded Polydor Progressive Music Division. Five years later, he established a new record label within the Polygram Group, the Motor Music Ltd. which he run as the Managing Director. With Motor Music he developed acts like Philip Boa, Tocotronic, Absolute Beginner and international artists like Portishead, 2Pac and The Cardigans. Tim Renner´s biggest success so far was achieved with the band Rammstein from Berlin.

In 1998 when PolyGram merged with Universal to Universal Music Germany, Tim Renner became President Music and replaced Wolf. D. Gramatke as CEO and Chairman. At Universal Music he worked with stars like Eminem, Sting, Texas, Pavarotti, U2, Bon Jovi, Howard Carpendale or Rosenstolz. In the year 2004, when Universal wanted to part from many national artists and to alter the company´s structure in a significant way, Renner resigned. After a journey around the world he published a book about the media industry in September 2004 and is one of a hundred managers worldwide who have been nominated as global leader for tomorrow by the world economic forum (Geneva/ Davos).
Half a year after Tim Renner left his seat at Universal, he first reanimated the brand Motor through the relaunch of the German alternative-music webportal, which became the 2nd strongest German rock/alternative/indie/crossover website and further on with the spectacular launch of the radio-station Motor FM (Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen and Stuttgart). In the year of 2005, the Motor Music was reactivated. Different to former times, Motor Music doesn’t operate as a label, but is a service company Motor helped several artist to reach Gold and Platinum status. On top Motor operates their “Rent-A-Record Company Model” helping artist become independent by managing their releases. Even German megastars like Marius Müller-Westernhagen uses this service. Tim became Professor at the Popakademie Baden Württemberg in 2009 and published his latest book “Digital ist besser” (digital is better) March this year. Recently his company Motor expanded into TV production (“Berlin Live” for ZDF).

Lucy Nichols

Lucy Nichols

Global Director of Brand Enforcement, Nokia Corporation


Lucy Nichols is the Global Director of Brand Enforcement for Nokia Corporation. She heads the company's global patent design, trademark and anticounterfeiting enforcement teams for Nokia and is currently based in the United States.

She received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law in 1990 and was in private practice with internationally recognized law firms in Washington D.C. and New York City prior to joining Nokia in 2000.

In addition to her responsibilities within Nokia, Ms. Nichols works on international IP issues in her role as Treasurer of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Board of Directors. She is active on IP issues in China in her role as the Americas Regional Liaison.

She has served on INTA’s Board of Directors, including as Secretary, represented the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) on ICANN’s GNSO council and has twice served on ICANN’s Nominating Committee. She is also a former chair of the INTA Anticounterfeiting and Enforcement Committee.

Ms. Nichols has been recognized three times as one of the “World’s 50 Most Influential Persons in Intellectual Property” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine and is a frequent and popular speaker at international conferences and a recognized global expert on trademark, design patents, Internet and anticounterfeiting legal matters.

Massimiliano Caruso

Massimiliano Caruso

Technical Attaché, World Customs Organisation


Massimiliano Caruso, a national of Italy, is an officer (Lt Colonel) of the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Economic/Financial Police).

He began his career in the Guardia di Finanza in 1988 when he was admitted to attend the Academy of the Guardia di Finanza.

In 2005, he was seconded to the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels as a Technical Attaché’. Within the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the WCO, he was first involved in the development and management of the Customs Enforcement Network (CEN) then he undertook responsibility in the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) area. He is now involved in the development of the IPR Capacity Building Program of the WCO.

He graduated in Law from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome in 1995 and in Economic and Financial Security from the University “Tor Vergata” of Rome in 2004.

Kostas Rossoglou

Kostas Rossoglou

Senior Legal Officer, BEUC


Kostas Rossoglou is a Greek qualified lawyer, member of the BAR of the Thessalonica, in Greece.

Kostas holds the position of Senior Legal Officer at BEUC and is leading BEUC’ Digital Team. He has been working at BEUC’s Legal Department since January 2009 and his main areas of expertise are Intellectual Property Rights, e-commerce and data protection. He has been working on a number of EU policy issues, including enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, collective management of copyright, audiovisual content and copyright levies.. Kostas has been representing consumers in a number of expert groups of the European Commission on IPR related issues, such copyright levies, multi-territory licensing of content online and online counterfeiting. Kostas is also a member of the Team on consumer redress and consumer contracts.

BEUC is a Brussels-based organisation representing forty three reputed independent consumer associations from some thirty European countries (EU, EEA and applicant countries). BEUC investigates EU decisions and developments likely to affect consumers, with a special focus on eight areas identified as priorities by our members: Energy & Sustainability, Financial Services, Food, Health, Safety, Consumer Contracts, Digital and Group Action.


Magnus Franklin

Magnus Franklin

Journalist, MLex


Chief Correspondent, MLex ITM, was previously an analyst and reporter on Mobile Communications Europe and Telecom Markets. He provides comprehensive coverage of regulatory and legal developments in the telecoms, media and IT sectors both in Brussels and across Europe. Magnus studied journalism and economics in London, and works in English, Spanish, Swedish and Norwegian.

Benoît Tabaka

Benoît Tabaka

Secretary General, Conseil National du Numérique


Degree in public law from the University of Burgundy and holds a Diploma in Intellectual Property issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Benoit Tabaka joined the French Constitutional Court from 1999 and the lawfirm Landwell & Partners until October 2002. Until June 2006, Benoit Tabaka is the head of electronic commerce department of the “Forum des droits sur l’internet”, a multi-stakeholder body supported by the French Government. Until July 2011, he was the Director of Legal and Public Affairs of PriceMinister (Rakuten Group), one of the main marketplaces in Europe.

Since July 2011, Benoit Tabaka is the General Secretary of “Conseil national du numérique” (French Digital Council), a governmental body in charge of advising the French government and public authorities on digital issues. He’s a member of the French Intellectual Property Superior Council (“CSPLA”).



Tuesday 15 May, 2012
11.45 to 15.00




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