Our team consists of professionals passionate about their work

We would be delighted to hear from you. Our team of patent and trademark attorneys, lawyers, counsels, and business advisors will handle your cases with an individual approach suited to your specific needs.

 

Anna Grzelak, PhD

Polish and European Patent and Trademark Attorney, Professional Representative before EUIPO, PhD in biology, specializing in genetics, biotechnology and molecular biology

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Experience & Specialization

Anna Grzelak specializes in protection of innovative solutions in numerous areas of life-science, mainly in the field of biology, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmacy, human and veterinary medicine as well as mechanics and nanotechnology. As a Polish and European Patent Attorney she represents clients in proceedings before the Polish Patent Office, European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Bureau for Intellectual Property (WIPO) for patents and utility models. She also represents clients in matters related to trademarks and industrial designs before the Polish Patent Office and EUIPO. Anna specializes in drafting and prosecution of patent applications in life-science, validation of European patents in Poland, prior art searches and freedom-to-operate analyses, IP-due-diligence, legal opinions. She participates in court proceedings before the Polish Patent Office and civil courts, in cases concerning patent invalidation or their infringement. Anna is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. She represents domestic and international clients including universities, research and scientific institutes, global corporations, and SMEs,  in matters relating to protection of their intellectual property rights. Anna aids in the development of IP, technology transfer and commercialization of intellectual property rights allowing expansion of technology on domestic and foreign markets.

 

Education

  • Professional qualifications as European Patent Attorney (EQE)
  • Basic training course on European Patent Law - Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI) Université de Strasbourg
  • Polish Patent and Trademark Attorney apprenticeship passed with honors- Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys
  • Postgraduate Study of Industrial Property Law, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Honors), University of Warsaw, Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Master of Science, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology, specialization in microbiology

 

Languages: Polish, English, Russian

Achievements, Additional information

  • The member of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal in the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys (since 2017)
  • Vice-president of the Warsaw Regional Branch of the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys (2009-2017)
  • IP advisor for University of Warsaw (2011-2015)
  • Initiator and coordinator of the first course of “Basic training course on European Patent Law” in Poland conducted by CEIPI Université de Strasbourg, PIRP, EPI and EPO
  • Partner and co-owner of WTS Patent Attorneys, established and succesully developped Warsaw office (for 10 years)
  • Patent Attorney and specialist for biotechnological inventions in life-science group in Patpol (for 7 years)
  • Translator of scientific and patents literature including well-known textbook "Genoms" by T.A. Brown
  • Frequent speaker and lecturer in the field of intellectual and industrial property protection

Membership

  • PIRP- Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys
  • EPI - European Patent Institute
  • INTA - International Trademark Association
  • AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

Contact

anna.grzelak@sigeon.pl

+48 601 541 345

Małgorzata Cichosz, LLM

Attorney at Law, Professional representative before EUIPO

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Experience & Specialization

Małgorzata Cichosz is a highly qualified Attorney at Law with many years of legal consulting experience. Her practice focuses on IP Law, commercial and corporate law, mergers and acquisition, civil and contract law and labour law.

Małgorzata provides legal assistance to entrepreneurs, mainly commercial companies, in all aspects connected with starting and running a business in Poland. She advises the Clients on the corporate matters as well as on all types of capital transactions (M&A). Małgorzata also specializes in intellectual property rights. She supports and represents the Clients in negotiations and legal disputes.

In her practice Małgorzata has advised both small and medium-sized enterprises as well as listed companies, state-owned companies and international corporations operating in various industries.

 

Education

  • Warsaw Bar Association
  • Master's degree in law, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration

 

Languages: Polish, English, Russian

Achievements, Additional information

For 14 years she was a Partner in ECOVIS Milczarek and Partners Law Firm (currently ECOVIS Legal Poland), belonging to one of the largest global consulting firm operating in the areas of legal advice, tax consultation, auditing and accounting,

In the years 2016-2018 she provided legal assistance to The Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński

Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw in all matters related to intellectual and industrial property rights.

For four years she was a member of the board of PROCORDIS Foundation, a foundation created to organize help for patients after surgery for congenital heart disease, therapeutic organizations and cardiologic care, scientific, didactic and training activities, dissemination of popular knowledge about heart disease.

 

Membership

  • Warsaw Bar Association

Contact

malgorzata.cichosz@sigeon.pl

+ 48 693 750 740

 

Leszek Lipiński, PhD

Expert in intellectual property management and technology commercialization; PhD in biotechnology and molecular biology

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Experience & Specialization

Leszek Lipiński is a scientist with vast experience in business negotiation. He helps inventors enter into the business world as well as supports them in understanding market potential of innovative solutions from the bio-medical field. He is an expert in managing of R&D projects, working at the edge of business and science, commercialization of inventions from biology, biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy, food technology and veterinary fields.

He supports investors, companies, scientific institutions and individual inventors in assessment of investment projects, commercialization of innovative solutions, technology due diligence, market analyzes, business planning, building IP protection strategies, building product development plans (including research plan). He supports early stage projects in fundraising from public and private sources. Has considerable experience in investment documentation, negotiations with private investors, institutional Seed and VC investors as well as corporate investors.

 

Education

  • Postgraduate studies – “Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization”, IC2 Institute, Texas University and Faculty of Management, University of Lodz.
  • PhD studies - International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw and Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics PAS.
  • Master's degree in biotechnology, specialization - molecular biology, Warsaw University, Faculty of Biology.

 

Languages: Polish, English, Russian


Achievements, Additional information

  • Co-initiator and manager of BioTech-IP, the Technology Transfer Office funded by IIMCB to support inventions commercialization for six scientific institutes from BioCentrum Ochota consortium (2010-2016).
  • CEO of BioTech-IP Sp. z o o.- company funded by International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (2014-2016).
  • Co-founder of Seed fund dedicated to invest in early-stage projects from fields of new drugs and innovative medicinal products. Collaborated with Canadian investment fund specialized in new drug market.
  • Experience in the area of technology transfer and commercialization gained during collaboration with leading centers from Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Czech, Estonia.
  • Scientist - experienced in molecular biology and microbiology, author of over 20 scientific publications and patent applications.
  • Ten years of experience in managing R&D projects conducted by scientific and industrial consortia.

Contact

leszek.lipinski@sigeon.pl

+48 603 401 402


 

Tomasz Gawrylczyk, LLM

Patent Attorney, Attorney at Law, Legal Advisor, Professional representative before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

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Experience & Specialization

Tomasz Gawrylczyk is an experienced attorney in proceedings regarding infringements of industrial property rights and unfair competition, including proceedings for securing future claims. He represents clients before common courts, in litigation before the patent office, as well as in proceedings before law enforcement and enforcement authorities. He has gained experience in combating practices that have the hallmarks of unfair competition and in negotiations regarding the transfer of intellectual property rights. His clients include multi-branch corporations, manufacturers, mining and construction companies, telecommunications operators and importers of goods.

He has many years of experience in the ongoing legal service of companies, including management boards and supervisory boards of companies in the field of corporate matters and compliance with the information obligations of public companies. As a member of the team preparing and implementing investment projects, he prepared, among others multilateral commercial contracts and was responsible for negotiating terms and preparation of delivery contracts and executive contracts of significant value. He also has practical experience in the preparation and implementation of procedures for establishing, transforming and liquidating commercial companies and foundations. For many years has his private practice as Attorney at Law and Patent Attorney.

As a patent attorney, he represents his clients in proceedings before the Polish Patent Office, the International Bureau for Intellectual Property (WIPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in matters related to trademarks, industrial designs and inventions.

Education

  • Legal adviser apprenticeship - District Chamber of Legal Advisors in Warsaw
  • Patent attorney apprenticeship - Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys
  • Postgraduate Study of Industrial Property Law, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw
  • Master's degree in law, University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • Specialized training in the field  corporate governance  and implementation of information obligations of public companies

 

LanguagesPolish, English, German


Achievements, additional information 

As a lawyer and patent attorney, he participated in the successful investment project of the buyer of intellectual property rights to innovative packaging production technology, research results, know-how and patents, preparing agreements related to the transfer of intellectual property rights and taking part in the preparation of applications for funding for the project including construction of a production plant and expansion on foreign markets. The project patented a wide range of solutions and secured the exclusive rights of the manufacturer in dozens of countries around the world.

 He actively participated in the work of a team of several people involved in the preparation, acquisition of financing and implementation of an investment project for the construction of a quarry and production plant in the province of Lower Silesia, with a total value of PLN 140 million. Then he participated in the preparation of the first public offering of shares of the company listed on the main market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange. 

Affiliation

  • KIRP - National Chamber of Legal Advisers
  • PIRP - Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys

Contact

tomasz.gawrylczyk@sigeon.pl

+48 784 62 0000

 

Adam Sobczak, PhD

Expert in intellectual property management and technology commercialization

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Experience & Specialization

Dr. Adam Sobczak graduated from the Medical University of Warsaw, Pharmacy Department, and earned his PhD degree at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology of Polish Academy of Science.

He combines his extensive experience in academic research with practical knowledge in technology transfer and commercialization into industry. Dr. Sobczak is a co-founder of Center of Technology Transfer (OTT) and Bio & Technology Innovations Platform (BioTech-IP) at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw.

As one of the key managers of OTT, along with his colleagues, he built a system enabling commercialization of research outcomes from six institutes of the Warsaw Biocenter consortium.
He perfected his knowledge on the IP protection and management strategies as well as commercialization of scientific products at Stanford University.

As part of his professional experience, he presented numerous inventions to investors such as Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Amgen, Merck, A&A biotechnology, US Pharmacia, MZT Clinicals, Science Pharma, Over Group, LuxMed or Alab.

He coordinated large R&D projects at the Medical University of Warsaw including development of novel immunooncology as well as non-commercial clinical studies on application of stem cells. He specializes in estimating business potential of R&D projects (academic, commercial, industrial) and identifying their potential risks. He has extensive experience working with seed and venture capital investment funds.

Contact

adam.sobczak@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

 

Krzysztof Sych, MSc Eng

Polish Patent and Trademark Attorney

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Experience & Specialization

Krzysztof Sych specializes in protecting of technological solutions, especially those at the interface between mechanics, electrics, electronics, optics, acoustics, thermodynamics, and telecommunication. He works with cases regarding industrial and intellectual property rights, and directs projects through all stages of IP protection development: from identification of areas for introducing an innovation through recommending a specific innovative solution with an operating plan for its introduction, to preparation of patents and other necessary documentation.

He is a consultant in development of innovation and its protection methods, performs IP valuations and advises on drafting of commercial contracts with a special focus on intellectual property rights.

Krzysztof provides legal counseling relating to IP for numerous companies on the Polish market and their legal departments.

As a Polish Patent Attorney, he represents clients in proceedings before the Polish Patent Office, the International Bureau for Intellectual Property (WIPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

For many years has his private practice in Gniezno, and supports Sigeon IP in Warsaw with his experience, collaborating in certain cases regarding intellectual and industrial property rights.

 

Education

  • Patent Attorney apprenticeship – Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys
  • Post-graduate Studies in Industrial Property Rights, at the Law and Administration Department of University of Warsaw
  • Graduate Studies in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication with specialization in Transmission

 

Languages: Polish, English

Achievements, Additional information

  • Extensive long-term experience in working with companies supporting fundraising for EU projects.
  • Collaboration with beneficiaries of nationwide and regional programs for innovation
  • Creator of innovative solutions
  • Technical consultant for engineering.

 

Membership

  • PIRP – Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys

 

Contact

krzysztof.sych@sigeon.pl

+48 501 556 700

 

 

Leo Turno, MSc Eng, MBA

Project manager. Specialist in commercialization, market strategy, management, marketing and sales

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Experience & Specialization

Leo Turno is a consultant and specialist in commercialization of innovative solutions, provides support for investors and facilitates technology transfers. As a certified mediator he leads the negotiations and mediations of Sigeon IP Clients’ cases. He helps in establishing international R&D consortia to enable execution and completion of projects financed through framework programs (such as H2020), as well as successfully coordinates operations and work of international R&D consortia. He organizes trainings and workshops aiming to identify potential platforms for innovation development in the fields of applied sciences. He cooperates in cases related to valuation and commercialization of industrial property, development and implementation of growth strategy and building market value of companies.

Leo Turno gained his organisational, communication and mediation skills through extensive experience as an executive manager in large corporations in Poland and abroad (UK, France, Switzerland). He initiated and led international workshops for institutes from the Lukasiewicz Research Network and their scientific partners in Finland and Spain. Key Polish corporations such as KGHM, GRUPA AZOTY, and LOTOS Group took part. The workshops resulted in submitting a number of applications to the H2020 programme within months from completing the project.

Earlier in his career, Leo Turno managed an international press agency and worked for several high-tech companies (Blue Chip) in Poland (IBM), Scotland (Motorola Semiconductors), and Switzerland (Eli Lilly). He was responsible for sales expansion, marketing, production, and finance management. Following the corporate experience, he undertook challenges in entrepreneurial ventures and managed startup companies and early-stage projects. He is a cofounder of Insead Alumni Association in Poland and a founder of the Technology Dialogue Foundation (www.technologydialog.eu).

Education

Leo Turno pursued his graduate studies at the Faculty of Electronics of Warsaw University of Technology (MSc Eng) where he graduated in 1991. He continued his education at the Institute Europeene d’Administration des Affairs and graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1996.

Languages: English, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian

Achievements, Additional information

He embarked on leading roles in a number of pioneering projects. Co-organizer of the first first in-store TV channel in Poland, first football stadium to meet strict UEFA standards (Legia football club). Co-organized the European Innovation Summits at the European Parliament in Brussels. Organized two strategic debates at the European Parliament, both regarding prospects and challenges of electromobility in Europe

Membership

  • INSEAD Alumni Association

 

Contact

leo.turno@sigeon.pl

+48 660 482 065

Tomasz Grzelak, PhD, MBA

Expert in operations and investment management with considerable experience in the private equity markets. Strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and financial investors

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Experience & specialization

Tomasz Grzelak complements our team’s competences with his more than two decades of operations and investment management experience. His core area of expertise in Sigeon IP involves bridging the gap between the world of inventions and start-ups, and that of their larger counterparts.

He is an experienced manager and advisor, specializing in creating and securing the value for entrepreneurs and investors throughout the entire investment cycle, from the initial investment evaluation and execution, to a successful exit. Acting as an advisor or non-executive director to entrepreneurs and institutional investors, he has been involved in numerous investment, restructuring, corporate development, MBO and M&A projects in various industries in Poland and abroad.

His unique mixture of operations, investment and consulting experience is particularly valuable at the edge of early-stage companies, investors, and corporations.

Education

  • PhD, University of Warsaw, School of Management
  • MBA, Warsaw University of Technology, Business School, jointly with London Business School, HEC Paris, and Norges Handelshøyskole
  • MSc Eng, Warsaw University of Technology, Institute of Computer Science

Languages: Polish, English, Russian

Achievements, Additional information

In the past he worked for AIG Capital Partners, advising one of their private equity funds operating in Central Europe, where he was primarily engaged in supervising the fund’s investments. He was also a CFO/COO at Julius Baer Investment Management, working from its Warsaw and New York offices on the set up of a private equity fund focused on large companies in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

Prior to that he gained considerable experience in running and supervising private equity- backed companies. He served as a CFO in a number of large private-equity backed companies, including the largest pharmaceutical distributor in Poland, providing leadership throughout the process of market consolidation, IPO, and a successful sale of the company.

Early in his career he ran professional trainings and mini-MBA programs for executives at the Management Development Center of ABB, held management positions in Shell and Sara Lee, and worked as a software engineer in Poland and in the UK.

Contact

tomasz.grzelak@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

Rafał Skopek, Msc

Patent attorney trainee, MSc in molecular biology

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Experience & Specialization

Rafał Skopek is a patent attorney trainee specializing in life sciences in the areas of biology, biotechnology, pharmacy, veterinary, biomedicine and technical solutions, especially concerning scuba diving gear or fire-fighting equipment.

 Education

  • Patent Attorney Trainee– Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys
    MSc in molecular biology – Faculty of Biology of University of Warsaw, major in molecular biology
  • BSc in general biology – Faculty of Agriculture and Biology of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, major in general biology

Languages: Polish, English, Russian (basic), Spanish (basic)

Achievements, Additional information

During his studies he took part in a research project concerned with development of new technologies: “The development of a (bio)technology for waste management and recovery of water from effluents from hydrometallurgical processes”, and financed by Foundation for Polish Science and in numerous internal projects at research institutes of Polish Academy of Sciences.

He is also a co-author of a scientific publication and numerous conference reports.

Contact

ip@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

Witold Uhrynowski, PhD

Specialist in biotechnological inventions, Polish-English / English-Polish translator, biologist, biotechnologist, laboratory diagnostician

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Experience & Specialization

Witold Uhrynowski works as a specialist in the field of biotechnological inventions at Sigeon IP. As a researcher in an R&D company, he has participated in scientific projects (basic research / microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics) and has been involved in application and implementation of research, increasing the scope of biotechnological processes, commercialization, preparation of manuscripts for publication, patent applications, etc. Graduate of doctoral studies at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Warsaw (biology, microbiology). He is also a certified laboratory diagnostician. He has an extensive experience in translating patent applications, patent descriptions, projects, publications and other scientific texts.

 

Education

  • PhD, the Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw (biology, microbiology)
  • Postgraduate studies at the Medical University of Warsaw (major: medical analytics)
  • MSc – individual studies at the University of Warsaw (at the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry; specialization in applied microbiology)

Languages: Polish, English

Achievements, Additional information

  • co-author of several scientific papers and several dozen conference reports
  • co-investigator in 7 scientific projects
  • laureate of the Scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for the best PhD students in Poland (2016/2017)

 

Membership

  • member of the Polish Society of Microbiologists (PTM)
  • member of the National Chamber of Laboratory Diagnosticians (KIDL, Poland)

 

Contact

ip@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

Piotr Szulewski, Eng

Specialist in engineering sciences (mechanics), translator of English and French

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Experience & Specialization

Piotr Szulewski works with Sigeon IP as a specialist in technical science, in particular in mechanics, as well as translator of English and French technical texts.

Piotr received an engineering degree from Warsaw University of Technology, where he majored in transportation engineering. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in construction of bridges and underground structures at the Civil Engineering Department of Warsaw University of Technology.

 

Languages: English, French, and Polish.

Contact

ip@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

Aleksandra Jórczak-Kopeć, BA

Secreteriat manager

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Experience & Specialization

Aleksandra graduated with BA in Hungarian Studies from Warsaw University and Loránd Eötvös in Budapest, she currently continues her edcation towards MA in Hungarian Studies and Psychology at Warsaw University.

In the past she participated in the organization of several translation and linguistic conferences as well as cultural events.

 

Languages: English, German, Hungarian, Finnish, and Polish.

Contact

ip@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

Dariusz Tyc, MSc Eng

IT specialist

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Experience & Specializations

Dariusz Tyc is an IT specialist at Sigeon IP, he provides comprehensive computing services within the Firm and ensures development of novel technologies related to IT.

He is involved in projects related to development and implementation of growth strategies as well as building market value of companies based on innovative IT solutions and management systems for flow of information in different sectors of industry.

Education

Dariusz Tyc finished his graduate studies at University of Trade and International Finance in Warsaw, where he majored in architecture of computer networks and software systems.

Languages: Polish, English

Achievements, Additional information

Owner and CEO of IntelliClass

Contact

ip@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

Anna Łapińska, MA

Translator of English

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Anna Łapińska works with the firm as a translator to and from English, and focuses on technical texts and documentation.

Education

She earned her MA degree in pedagogics from the University of Warsaw, and graduated from the post-graduate English Language College of the University of Warsaw.

Languages: Polish, English, Russian

Contact

ip@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401

Andrzej Hulewicz, MA

Translator of German

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Experience & Specialization

Andrzej Hulewicz specializes in translations of patent applications and granted patents from German to Polish and vice versa. He is also involved in professional and business translations, as well as language interpretation. Alongside his work at Sigeon IP, Andrzej Hulewicz also teaches German and cooperates with the Österreich Institut Warschau. He is an ÖSD (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch) licensed examiner and conducts national and international exams in German language.

Education

Andrzej Hulewicz received his masters degree from University of Warsaw, where he studied Germanic Philology. He also finished Post-Graduate College of German Language for Teaching at the University of Warsaw, and enrolled in doctoral studies in Germanic Philology.

 

 

Languages: German, English, Polish

Contact

ip@sigeon.pl

+48 22 40 50 401