‘CONNECTOR - CompetitiOn law coNnects challeNges in digital markEts, intelleCtual properTy and air transpORt’ relies on the high qualification and professionalism of the lecturers leading the three trainings implemented within the project.

Therefore we are glad that we were joined by:

Arina Gorbatyuk is a PhD Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at the KU Leuven Center for IT and IP Law (CiTiP). Arina writes her PhD thesis entitled ‘Rethinking IP Ownership in the Context of Open Innovation’ under the supervision of Prof. Geertrui Van Overwalle (CiTiP) and Prof. Esther van Zimmeren (University of Antwerp). In her research she focuses on the challenges collaborating partners encounter while allocating the ownership of jointly developed IP, in particular patents and trade secrets. Arina joined the centre in October 2012 as a researcher within the interdisciplinary research program ‘Open Innovation: The Interaction between Legal Architectures & Innovation Strategies’ of the СiTiP and the Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI, KU Leuven). From October 2012 until September 2015 she was also involved in a consultancy project for the European Space Agency (ESA) on IP Ownership and Rights of Use in ESA. In 2013 and 2014 she coached a KU Leuven team for the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris. Since January 2015 Arina co-coordinates a course ‘Problems of IP and ICT in Practice’ of the LL.M. in IP Rights and ICT Law.

Amandine Léonard obtained her Master of Laws with a specialization in business law (cum laude) in 2012 from the University of Liège. In 2013 she completed the LLM program of the Liège Competition and Innovation Institute (LCII) in European Competition law and Intellectual Property (magna cum laude). Her particular fields of interests are: the fundamental rationale and objective of intellectual property laws (patent, copyright and trademark), the approach adopted by the United States and European countries regarding intellectual property laws and their limitations and exceptions, as well as the interface between competition law and intellectual property law. Since October 2013, Amandine is a legal researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law. In January 2015, she obtained a PhD Scholarship from “Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship” (VLAIO) to work on the topic of “Abusive patent litigation in Europe – The prohibition of abuse of rights and patent trolls”. During her PhD she will investigate patent litigation strategies adopted by patent holders both in the currently spread patent litigation system of Europe, and in the future Unitary Patent Package system.

Dimitar Iliev is an expert in Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights with extensive experience in both private and public sector and specializations in EU Law and European litigation. He worked as an expert at the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition for over four years (2012-2016); and continued his career in the Patent Office of the Republic in Bulgaria. Currently, he is a national expert in EUIPO in Alicante, Spain.

Dr. Miroslava Marinova is an expert with a Master Degree in Economics and a PhD in Competition Law (University of Reading, UK). She acted as a case handler at the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition for ten years (2004-2014). Currently, she is working as a freelance expert in Competition Law and Economics on specific cases in Competition Law across Europe.

Lora Andonova is an expert in Economics and Competition Law with more than 10 years in the field in both private and public sector. She worked as an expert at the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition for over 4 years. Currently pursues a PhD in Competition Law in Spain.

Kiril Pangelov is a lawyer with more than 12 years of professional experience in the Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition and from 2010 to 2016 he was Director of the Competition Law and Policy Directorate there. In the period from 2013 to 2016 he was a consultant to UNCTAD in the framework of the voluntary peer review of Albania\'s competition law and policy. He also has professional experience in the field of regulation and supervision in the financial sector. He graduated ’Law’ at Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ in 2002. Besides, as of 2006 he holds a Master\'s degree in ‘Finance’ from Veliko Tarnovo University ‘St. St. Cyril and St. Methodius’, as well as a Master\'s degree in EU Law from Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ and the University of Nancy (France) as of 2008. He has specialized in competition law at the Academy of European Law in Trier (Germany) and has an internship in the European Commission\'s Directorate-General for Competition (Brussels). He is the author of numerous articles in the field of European competition law and co-author of the book ‘The new legal framework for the protection of competition’, ‘Trud i pravо’, Sofia, 2009.

Inge Graef is Assistant Professor at Tilburg Law School with affiliations to the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). The focus of Inge\'s research is on competition enforcement in the digital economy. She is particularly interested in the interface between competition law and other fields of EU law such as data protection, intellectual property and electronic communications law. Other research interests include the Digital Single Market and net neutrality. In her doctoral thesis, Inge explored the interaction between competition law and data on online platforms, and the extent to which data protection can be protected as a non-efficiency concern in competition policy.

Atty. Stamatis Varsamos is an aviation attorney with sixteen years of experience on airports regulatory, operating, procurement and commercial issues pursuant to national, international and EU aviation and procurement law, focusing particularly on airport charges, airline/airport relations, the development of the legal concept for the provision of ground handling and PRM services at Athens airport, waste disposal and the negotiation/conclusion of commercial concession agreements (BOTs’ & retail).Member of of Airports Council International (ACI Europe) Ground Handling & State aid task force representing Athens International Airport.

Ivo Emanuilov is a lawyer, researcher and former software developer with extensive knowledge of the technology sector. He graduated from Sofia University with a degree in law. He also obtained a degree in English and European Union Law from the University of Cambridge and an LLM Intellectual Property and ICT Law from KU Leuven. Ivo is an experienced researcher and consultant focusing on the interdisciplinary aspects at the intersection of technology and law. His experience spans the domains of privacy and data protection, information security, privacy and security risk management, privacy engineering and automated and autonomous technologies in transport.

Sincere thanks to our lecturers for the support!

Get to know on which topics you may hear from them by introducing yourself with the agenda of each of the trainings.

You will also find an online Registration form on the training’s web pages which you could use for applying to be enrolled in a training of your choice. The applications made by filling in the online form will be accepted in the order of their submission until 15.06.2018.