VP of San Francisco Liaison Office

Freddy Thiel

San Francisco

After a first career in the nuclear power industry, including a two-year secondment at Boulder University in Colorado, Freddy joined the IP field as an in-house patent engineer in the connector industry where he was in charge of patent harvesting and profile for the company’s European and Asian divisions.

Freddy later on joined a prominent French IP firm where he advised various clients on patent filings and infringement, notably in mechanical engineering, electronics and software.

After qualifying as a European Patent Attorney in 2005, he joined one of the major telecommunication operators in Europe to develop the patent portfolio for its international labs, harvesting inventions from various countries including the US (San Francisco, Boston), Japan (Tokyo) and China (Beijing), as well as Europe (Paris, London, Madrid, Warsaw) and Africa (Egypt, Ivory Coast).

Freddy has a strong understanding of in-house IP issues and needs – from budgets to strategies. In the course of his in-house and private practice experience, he has analysed over 400 inventions that led to patent filings, drafting patent applications on a majority of these himself. He has managed a broad and diverse range of filing programs before the French Patent Office, EPO, USPTO and WIPO. He has also mentored a number of start-ups to identify and capture their IP.


European Patent Attorney*
CEIPI degree, Strasbourg, France, in 2003
Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, France in 1990

*Admitted to practice before the European Patent Office. Not admitted in California.


​The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)
Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI)

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