Dr. Roland Graf focuses his practice on biotech and pharma patents, involving technical fields such as small molecule cancer therapeutics, antibodies, and enzyme replacement therapies. In addition to patent drafting, prosecution, opposition, and appeal proceedings, Roland has particular experience in creating Supplementary Protection Certificate portfolios covering the majority of European jurisdictions. He also has experience in vindication proceedings and German compulsory license proceedings. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2011, Roland worked in the biotechnology group of a German intellectual property firm located in Stuttgart.
Roland is a molecular biologist by training, but he has worked in other scientific disciplines including structural biology, biochemistry, and immunology. Roland's masters and doctoral theses, which he obtained at the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology, involved molecular aspects of aberrant cell migration in the Drosophila model. His broad scientific background gives him a deep understanding of both the analytical and medical aspects of pharmaceutical research. In addition, he has experience in the field of medical technology including endoluminal prostheses, such as stents and artificial heart valves, and retina-implants.
Roland is a member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi), the German Patent Bar Association, and the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).
One for All or One for One: More than One Supplementary Protection Certificate for One Basic Patent?
- July 15, 2013
Europe's New Unitary Patent and Unfied Patent Court: Supplementary Protection Certificates Under the New System
- European Qualifying Examination (2013); German Patent Bar Exam (2011); Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry/University of Goettingen (Dr. rer. nat. 2007); International Max-Planck Research School for Molecular Biology/University of Goettingen (M.Sc. Molecular Biology 2004)
- European Patent Office (EPO), German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO), German Federal Patent Court (BPatG), German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) in nullity appeal proceedings, German Federal Office for Plant Varieties (BSA), International Bureau of WIPO (IB), and Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM, European Community Trademarks and Designs)
- Internship with the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court (2010-2011)
- German, English