Welcome to the podcast that unveils the stories behind intellectual property.

We interview the innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs; but also the IP disseminators that found the way to bring patents, copyrights, design rights, trademarks and other IP rights, closer to people that can benefit from this knowledge.

You are about to discover these stories and experience IP from a whole different perspective.

"Spend most of your time in the things that you are good at, and you will create real Impact" - Interview with Miguel Silva-Constenla

We had the pleasure to interview Miguel Silva-Constenla, CEO & Co-Founder at AllRead Machine Learning Technologies. He holds a Master’s degree in Physics & Computer Science and an International MBA. He served in the Spanish Army as Specialist in Electronic Hi-tech combat systems and graduated with Honors. He worked in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the telecommunications industry, and later co-founded an extensive list of Tech companies across Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, including the leadership of a Venture Capital Fund.

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"If you want the results of your research to reach the patient, patenting is almost inevitable" - Interview with Prof. Els Henckaerts

Els Henckaerts, MD, PhD is the head of the Laboratory of Viral Cell Biology and Therapeutics at KU Leuven. In this interview with Els, we see her as a researcher, as the CSO of a recently stablished spin-off and as a professor and mentor. We learned about the advances of gene therapy, the importance of having the right support and strong patents when creating a spin-off, the relationship between the academic research and the pharma industry, and the amazing feeling she gets from seeing her PhD students thrive and collaborate with them.  

Check Henckaertslab website here: ⁠https://henckaertslab.org/⁠

"Without the dedication of our team we wouldn't be where we are today" - Interview with Dr. Isabel Vercauteren

Dr. Isabel Vercauteren is CEO at Aphea.Bio, a company dedicated to provide novel science-based solutions to build the agriculture of the future: sustainable, reliable and profitable. It founded in 2017 as a spin-off of the VIB and its partner universities Ghent University and KU Leuven. We talked with Isabel about the challenge of raising capital (they have secured € 70 million Series C Funding); the importance of IP and their incredible work at Aphea.Bio.

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“Drug discovery is a rollercoaster with some ups and a lot of downs” - Interview with Dr. Patrick Chaltin

Patrick Chaltin is the Managing Director of the Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3). He is a qualified European Patent Attorney and was previously active as IP manager at the IP unit of KU Leuven Research & Development, where he was responsible for the management of the IP created by KU Leuven within the pharmaceutical field. In this interview, he shares with us his experience during the COVID pandemic for him and his team, his views on new IP policies, why collaboration is key in the pharma industry and some of the new drugs that they are currently working on.

This episode is part of a tech transfer special, a series of interviews to better understand the transfer of knowledge from research centres, universities and laboratories, to the industry and our lives. 

Check CD3's website: https://www.cd3.be/about-cd3

"Transferring research results into society is key to our welfare" - Interview with Paul Van Dun

Paul Van Dun is the General Manager of KU Leuven's Technology Transfer unit. About 200 findings are reported by researchers from the KU Leuven Association to their IP department. From these findings, in 2022, 144 patents were granted, resulting in a total of 825 active patent families in KU Leuven’s portfolio. Paul talks to us about his unplanned journey and the wide range of interests that have led him to his current position; also, about not losing sight of, what should be, the main goal of research, and the key elements that he sees in successful startups.

This episode is part of a tech transfer special, a series of interviews to better understand the transfer of knowledge from research centres, universities and laboratories, to the industry and our lives. 

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"The small businesses that use IP have a 68% higher renevue" - Interview with EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office)

In this episode, we talk with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to better understand the EU initiatives they are implementing to provide assistance, guidance and financial support to EU businesses. Speakers: Elisavet Karagiampi, Mary White, Suzanne Hogan Moderated by: Dr. Claudia Tapia

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"There is a necessity for compensation if there is a creation, otherwise creation and innovation will cease in the future" - Interview with Dr. Oliver Scherenberg

Dr. Oliver Scherenberg is an intellectual property attorney based in Germany, with over 15 years of experience in licensing and monetization. In this episode we talked about the misunderstandings around IP in the creative and technological industries; the specific concerns around NFTs and Web3; the challenges of our time and AI.

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"You have to be willing to learn something new every day" - Interview with Dr. Marta Karczewicz

Marta's contribution has been crucial to the evolution of video compression. She holds more than 700 US patents, but for her the key is to focus on solving the problem, only that should be what motivates you, the inventions and everything else, will come as a consequence. It was truly a pleasure to have a chat with such an inspiring person.

Dr. Marta Karczewicz is Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. 

"When we have a chance to defend ourselves, we need to take it" - Interview with Arnaud Dumas de Rauly

This episode is such a roller coaster! Arnaud has told us about the beginnings of his company, The Blinc Group - a leading innovator in the cannabis vaporizer industry. We have learned how they use patents not only to protect themselves from competitors, or to defend themselves in court from the allegations of an industry giant; but also, to shape their business strategy, making the most of their innovation. He gives some great advice to entrepreneurs based on their experience, and probably it's quite different to what you are used to hear.

Arnaud Dumas de Rauly is Founder & CEO of The Blinc Group: ⁠https://www.theblincgroup.com/⁠ 

"I get a lot of fulfilment out of helping people and knowing that my research is useful" - Interview with Dr. Hayleigh Bosher

We had a chat with Dr. Hayleigh Bosher, an internationally published legal academic, speaker and legal consultant specialising in intellectual property, media and entertainment law. She is Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean (Professional Development and Graduate Outcomes) at Brunel University London, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management, blogger for the specialist IP blog The IPKat, Deputy Editor of the European Trade Mark Reports, and founder of the World IP Women (WIPW) network. She holds a PhD in Copyright Law from Bournemouth University, under the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award. We talked with her about how IP works in the real world, about the music industry and the things she's proud of. We had a great time during this interview! (and you can tell).

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"SMEs need to understand just how powerful they are" - Interview with Joff Wild

Joff Wild is a journalist who has specialised in covering IP since 1992. During that time, he has written for a number of IP-focused titles, as well as publications such as The Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. He founded IAM in 2003 and was its first editor, before becoming editor-in-chief of the IP and Data Division of Globe Business Publishing and then Law Business Research, a post he held until the end of 2022. Now retired from full-time work, he writes a weekly column for IAM and does IP-related consultancy work.

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"Don't be afraid of failing" - Interview with Diana Pani (World IP Day Special)

In this episode we talk with Diana Pani. She is a VP Wireless Standards with InterDigital. Diana leads the 3GPP 5G/NR RAN and Core Network (SA/CT) Standards and has more than one hundred of issued US patents. We talked with her about the importance of being in a place where you learn everyday, about her passion for engineering and innovation, and her experience as vice-chair for the 3GPP RAN sessions working on 5G. This episode is part of our Word IP Day special, that this year is about ‘Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity’. To honour such an important subject, we have interviewed four successful women inventors with extensive IP knowledge.

"You don't need to be a genius to be an inventor" - Interview with Yufei Blankenship, PhD (World IP Day Special)

In this episode we talk with Dr. Yufei Blankenship. She is a Principal Researcher of Standardization with Ericsson. She has more than 200 issued US patents. In 2020, she was named an “Inventor of the Year” by Ericsson for her work with 3GPP 4G and 5G standards. We talked with her about the importance of contributing to the next little step towards a big breakthrough.

"Competition is good for inventors” - Interview with Dr. Lola Awoniyi-Oteri (World IP Day Special)

In this episode we talk with Dr. Lola Awoniyi-Oteri, Principal Engineer within the wireless R&D at Qualcomm. She is currently working in 5G technologies standardization as well as research of the next generation (6G). We talked, amongst other things, about the ways technology can improve our lives, how to leverage your situation as a minority in the STEM industries and how competition is good for inventors.

"IP is like the yin and the yang for an entrepreneur” - Interview with Dr. Sheryl Genco (World IP Day Special)

In this episode we talk with Dr. Sheryl Genco. She is VP CTO of Advanced Technology Group at Ericsson. Before, she was Senior R&D Manager at Honeywell Quantum Solutions. We have talked with her about education, the importance to stand on the strength of your work and ability, and how intellectual property is the foundation for any company to move forward. "I love learning, I love engeneering and I love working with people on top problems"