The SEAD Course Tutors

The panel of tutors is made up of very experienced patent professionals from Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States of America, supported by the FICPI Training and Education Commission.

David Carmichael (Australia)

David, a former partner and now a consultant to the firm of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, is responsible for POF’s professional training program. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian institute of Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys and a Senior Fellow at Monash University where he tutors in Monash’s Masters Program in IP Law.  David has been a tutor for all of the SEAD courses and was course leader for all SEAD courses until 2011.

Geoffrey de Kleine (Canada) Course Coordinator

Geoff is a partner in the national firm of Borden Ladner Gervais in Canada. He is a Registered Patent Agent in both Canada and the United States. Geoff works with a range of clients in the materials and metallurgical, mechanical and electrical fields. He has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the electronic packaging, electronic device and material processing and metallurgical fields.  Geoff has acted as a tutor on the SEAD course since 2004 and has been course leader since 2011.

Dennis Drehkoff (USA)

Dennis Drehkoff is a partner in the firm of Kelly & Krause, LLP in Chicago and has practised patent law tor over forty years. Throughout that time he has been involved in the procurement of domestic and international patents in diverse areas including food technology, pharmaceuticals, biological sciences, chemical processing, packaging, consumer products and medical products.  He has litigated patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters and presented arguments before various state appellant courts and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Drehkoff is a frequent lecturer on patent and licensing matters and served as an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School for 12 years.  Dennis has been a tutor on the SEAD course since 2005.

Scott Gordon (USA)

Scott is a Patent attorney with Fogarty LLC. His practice is focused on patent litigation, patent prosecution and international protection of intellectual property rights. He has also counselled clients in matters involving intellectual property management and valuation. Scott is experienced in procurement and analysis of patent rights in the electronic, optics, semiconductor, information systems, telecommunications, computer software and medical device technology sectors. Scott has been a tutor on the SEAD course since 2010.

Dr. Karl Rackette (Germany)

Karl Rackette is a patent and trademark attorney and the senior partner of the RACKETTE Partnerschaft Patentanwälte in Freiburg, Germany. He is also a professional representative before the German Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office. WIPO as well as the Office for Harmonization in the internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs). Kari has travelled to five continents where he has presented workshops on various aspects of patent and trademark law in more than 30 different countries. Since 1992he has been a tutor at the Center for international industrial Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg, France. Karl has been a tutor for all of the SEAD courses.

Simon Roberts (United Kingdom)

Simon is Head of Patents Division of the intellectual Property Department of BT (British Telecommunications plc).His primary specialism is opto-electronics and optical communications, but he has worked extensively on speech recognition and on semiconductor device fabrication. He is a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered Patent Agent. Simon sits on the Patents Committee of the IP Federation, and is a member of UNION. He has, since 1989, been a tutor in the London group of the CEIPI basic training course.  Simon has been a tutor for all of the SEAD courses.

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