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Hendrik Barkeling (Head of the Economic Department at Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Peking)

Hendrik Barkeling

Head of the Economic Department at Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Peking

Mr. Barkeling took post as Head of the Economic Department at the German Embassy in September 2020. From 2016 to 2020 he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia. From 2012 to 2016 he worked in the United States, first as Communications Advisor for the Sustainable Development Network in the World Bank and later as Head of the Economic and Commercial Section at the German Embassy Washington. He was the Personal Assistant to German Federal President Horst Koehler and Deputy Director of his Personal Office.

Mr. Barkeling joined the German Foreign Service in 2000. He studied History, Latin Philology and Law in Muenster, Germany and Salamanca, Spain and obtained a Master Degree.

Jens Hildebrandt (Executive Director of German Chamber of Commerce - North China)

Jens Hildebrandt

Executive Director of German Chamber of Commerce - North China

Since August 2018, Jens Hildebrandt is heading the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce Beijing as Delegate & Chief Representative and Executive Director of the German Chamber of Commerce in North China. He studied Political Science and Sinology in Leipzig, Beijing and Hong Kong and completed an MBA. Since 2007 Jens Hildebrandt has held various management positions in the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), i.e. as Head of the East Asia Department in Berlin and later as Delegate & Chief Representative of German Industry & Commerce in Guangzhou.

Alex Liu (Head of Intellectual Property Rights | Law, Patents & Compliance - China | IPR - Greater China at Bayer (China) Limited)

Alex Liu

Head of Intellectual Property Rights | Law, Patents & Compliance - China | IPR - Greater China at Bayer (China) Limited

Mr. Alex Liu received his M.S. degree in molecular pharmacology from Peking Union Medical College and an LLM degree in IP Law from Franklin Pierce Law School (US). Mr. Liu is qualified both as a patent attorney in China and a patent agent in the US. As an experienced patent practitioner working in a multi-national company in China, Mr. Liu is adept at developing IP strategies and managing IP portfolios that position businesses to take advantage of both legal and business opportunities.

As part of his previous practice as an external counsel, Mr. Liu provided expert advice on issues including patentability, validity, infringement, freedom-to-operate, due diligence, etc. After joining Bayer China since 2007, Mr. Liu also helped his company draft and negotiates technology transfer agreements, IP licensing agreements, and other contracts related to IP transaction in the areas of pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals, biotechnology, and medical devices. As now being the IP Head of Bayer China since 2013, he is conducting/coordinating all types of IP issues for the company in the APEC region.

Helika Jurgenson (Project Manager at China IPR SME Helpdesk)

Helika Jurgenson

Project Manager at China IPR SME Helpdesk

Ms. Helika Jurgenson is the Project Manager at the China IP SME Helpdesk, where she manages the day-to-day activities of the Helpdesk and helps EU SMEs navigate the IP system in China. She has a strong project management background, having worked as a Project Manager and Project Coordinator on EU-funded projects in Development Solutions Europe Ltd. for over 3 years, prior to joining the EUCCC. She also has strong event management skills, having managed events in China and South-East Asia. Ms. Jurgenson has been working for the China IP SME Helpdesk under Development Solutions in various roles since 2016 and has written several short articles on IP issues, published on the Helpdesk website. She holds a Master’s degree in International Studies with a focus on International Law from Aarhus University in Denmark and a BA in History and International Relations from the University of Tartu in Estonia.

Daniel Albrecht (Attorney at law and Managing Counsel at Starke Intellectual Property Co. Ltd.)

Daniel Albrecht

Attorney at law and Managing Counsel at Starke Intellectual Property Co. Ltd.

Daniel Albrecht is a German attorney at law and Managing Counsel of Starke Intellectual Property. Starke is a Trademark Agent licensed by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) of the P.R.C. He is also an external expert or the EU China IPR SME Helpdesk, the arbitrator at the Qingdao Arbitration Commission and expert for the Belt and Road Talent Fund, member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA), member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) and also a member of the MARQUES Cyberspace Team.

Daniel is a former member of the board of the German Chamber of Commerce in North China and a former Guest Professor for civil law at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing.
He published several articles about Chinese IPR and E-Commerce matters.
Further on Daniel advises international businesses on the acquisition or sale of public and private companies. His clients comprise foreign and foreign-invested companies in different areas. Before joining Starke, Daniel practised for a well-known law firm in China and the oldest foreign law firm in Japan, where he represented mostly German-speaking companies in the field of corporate and IP law. His first professional encounter with China was in 2004 as a law clerk. In his spare time, he is a committed Rotarian.

Simon Henke, LL.M. (Attorney at law and Associate at BEITEN BURKHARDT Beijing)

Simon Henke, LL.M.

Attorney at law and Associate at BEITEN BURKHARDT Beijing

Simon Henke, LL.M., is an Associate and registered representative of the BEITEN BURKHARDT Beijing office and member of the Corporate / M&A practice group. His area of expertise comprises foreign direct investments in China and IT-law. He advises clients from various industry sectors on market entry in China, the localization of contracts and company policies. Simon Henke studied law and Chinese Studies at the Universities of Bonn, Trier and the China University of Political Sciences and Law, Beijing, and was admitted to the German Bar in 2014. After the legal traineeship he worked at the legal department of a bank in Dusseldorf before joining BEITEN BURKHARDT Beijing in 2016.

Florian Kessler (Managing Partner at WZR Beijing Ltd.)

Florian Kessler

Managing Partner at WZR Beijing Ltd.

• Managing Partner of WZR China
• 20 years of professional experience in German and Chinese Law
• 15 years of on-site experience in China
• Master degree in business law with a master thesis on the topic “Exhaustion of intellectual property rights”
• Ph.D. in international intellectual property law on the topic “Access to affordable medicines - TRIPS Agreement and Public Health”
• Visiting Professor at the China University of Political Science and Law. Inaugural lecture on the topic “International patent protection and its impact on innovation in China and developing countries”.
• Author of various publications about intellectual property law, e.g. in Max Planck Commentaries on World Trade Law, Volume 7: WTO – Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
• Arbitrator at China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

Moderator: Christoph-Severin Haase (Counsellor of the Embassy at Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing)

Moderator: Christoph-Severin Haase

Counsellor of the Embassy at Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing

Mr. Haase took a post as IP-Counsellor to the German Embassy in Beijing in summer 2020. After graduating from the faculty of law at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität in Münster in 2003, Mr. Haase was in articles (law apprenticeship) i. a. at the German Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and graduated with his 2nd state examination in law in 2007 (Examination board Düsseldorf).

Mr. Haase started his career as a judge on the bench for the civil district court in Germany and has served as a public prosecutor in Cologne, Osnabrück and Aurich (Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia).
He was stationed in a legal exchange program in Japan in 2013 to interact on the legal systems of both countries.
In 2015 Mr. Haase was appointed to the Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection to the Federal Republic of Germany where he i. a. outlined new penal provisions.

Moderator: Jonathan Schoo (General Manager at AHK Beijing)

Moderator: Jonathan Schoo

General Manager at AHK Beijing

Jonathan Schoo has been the General Manager of German Industry & Commerce Greater China (GIC), the German Chamber’s Beijing-based services and consulting subsidiary, since 2018. Through a broad range of services, including legal support, market analyses, and digital marketing, Mr. Schoo and his team of 60 staff assist German as well as Chinese companies and organisations in understanding and entering their target markets.