YANNIS SKOULIKARIS

Yannis is an IP professional with more than 40 years of dealing with Information & Communications Technology (ICT). From 1989 to 2019 Yannis has worked in processing computer-implemented inventions with the European Patent Office (EPO). As an EPO examiner, he examined patent applications in the ICT field.  As trainer and coach, Yannis has trained and coached generations of EPO examiners as well as Intellectual Property experts in various academic and professional settings. From 2002, as a Director Patent Granting Process he has managed and supervised the work of examiners in the ICT area, and in the period from 2015 to  2019 he has co-drafted the EPO guidelines for software and emerging technologies patenting as the vice-chair of the guidelines drafting group. During most recent years, drafting was focused on guidelines for emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, globally interconnected devices (Internet of Things), blockchain technology, 3D printing etc.

Owing to his managerial and supervisory duties with the EPO, Yannis has developed a double profile, both technical and legal. While conducting comparative studies in examining practice amongst major patent offices (Japanese Patent Office, China National Intellectual Property Administration, Korean Patent Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office), he has gained a global view in the matter. Yannis has also followed a special training as technically qualified judge for the upcoming European Unified Patent Court with CEIPI (Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies) in Strasbourg. His experience, technical and legal competence, intimate knowledge of EPO examining practice as well as his communicating and teaching skills within a multicultural environment will certainly support your business objectives in the most effective way.

Yannis is fluent in English, German, Dutch and Greek. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of AIPPI, AIPLA and ICC.