Gérard is co-founder of PROXiP, created in 2004. He works
at PROXiP head office. His activities include Intellectual Property consultancy, drafting patent applications and services concerning the patent procedure.
After graduating as an engineer Gérard carried out research
work in the Philips research labs at Eindhoven (Natuurkundig
Laboratorium) in the field of integrated transmitters-receivers.
He made several inventions which were later patented. In
1992, Gérard joined the Philips Intellectual Property department
where he acquired extensive experience in drafting patent
applications and patent procedures in advanced technical
fields. He quickly obtained his qualifications as Dutch
and European patent attorney.
Gérard has been based in Paris since 1997, where he obtained
his French qualification. He joined Schlumberger in 2001
as manager of the Intellectual Property department of the
smart-card division, now a part of Gemalto. He managed a
team of 5 engineers/patent attorneys and advised the division
on numerous subjects related to Intellectual Property such
as litigation, licences, assignments, acquisitions and contractual
provisions concerning Intellectual Property.
Gérard is married to Muriel and has two children, Leslie
and Mathys. He is a wine lover and appreciates good food.
He enjoys motorcycling, cycling and walking. Due to his
Dutch roots, he rides his bicycle to travel around every
Franck is co-founder of PROXiP, created in 2004. He works mainly in the Alsace region where he is PROXiP’s correspondent. His activities include Intellectual Property consultancy, drafting patent applications and services concerning the patent procedure.
Franck holds a Master of Science (Physics) and has written
a thesis in the field of scientific instrumentation. He
graduated from the Centre for International Industrial Property
Studies (Strasbourg CEIPI). He has also carried out research
in the field of sensors, microsystems and the manufacture
of semiconductor components at Karlsruhe University (Technische
Hochschule) in Germany.
Franck started his career in the world of Intellectual Property
as patent engineer for the French Ministry of Defence in
1996. He then moved to Schlumberger, where he worked in
various technological fields corresponding to Schlumberger's
numerous activities. From 1998, he was appointed patent
engineer and subsequently Intellectual Property department
manager for Schlumberger's electricity, gas and water metering
technology and systems. In 2002, he became manager of the
Intellectual Property Department for Telecommunication software
products, then provided support for the smart-card and electronic
transaction terminal activities. While working for Schlumberger,
he encountered all aspects of Intellectual Property rights,
including acquisition of rights, licence negotiations, patent
infringement lawsuits, investments and disinvestments, familiarisation
and training in Intellectual Property concepts as well as
the contractual aspects.
Franck is a Patent Attorney registered with the European
Patent Office. He is a member of the European Patent Institute
(EPI) and was an ASPI tutor the European Patent Office professional
qualification examination from 2002 to 2006. His field of
expertise includes, in particular, sensor technology, instrumentation
(scientific and medical), commodity measurement systems
and devices, telecommunications and networks, smart-cards,
mechanics for the automotive industry (braking systems)
Franck is married to Agnes and has one child, Mathias. Franck
is a Porsche cars enthusiast, enjoys mountain biking and
sky-watching with a telescope.