Nicolas Pecher

Nicolas PECHER

  • Entered the profession in 1996
  • European patent attorney
  • Authorized representative before the Office of Industrial Property (BE)
  • Civil engineer and electrician with a focus on computer science and telecommunications (ULB 1974).
  • Candidate in Physical Sciences (ULB 1972)


After studying engineering, Nicolas became a lecturer at the National University of Zaire in Kinshasa. Later, he joined the Université Libre de Bruxelles as a researcher in the Department of Theoretical Nuclear Physics and the Department of Experimental Physics. A few years later, he started a new professional career in the private sector, as a consultant in industrial automation for energy transmission and distribution companies or companies specializing in nuclear power, the steel industry or even telecommunications networks. Working alongside innovative industrial companies, he discovered the world of intellectual property. He joined an IP consulting firm where he is introduced to patents.


In 2000, he finally opened his own practice, alone at first and then surrounded by collaborators.


From 2000 to 2013, he worked as a part-time patent manager at IBA.


In 2015, building on this experience, he founded a new firm, P & P, with his partner, Marco Connor, with whom he offers quality support to companies active in an array of economic sectors.


Nicolas Pecher has been involved on numerous occasions with patent infringement litigation in Europe and the USA.


In addition, he is a member of the BeAngels selection committee.


Professional affiliations

  • Epi
  • AIPPI and AnBPPI
  • AIrBr


Complementary activities 

  • CEIPI teacher (basic training course preparation for the EQE)
  • Teacher at the ULB (Continuing Education in Administrative and Formal Management of IP)
  • EPI tutor
Marco T. Connor


  • Entered the profession in 1999
  • European agent
  • Engineer in materials sciences (EPFL (CH))
  • PhD in Technical Sciences (EPFL (CH))
  • Certificate in litigation of the European patent (representation before the Unified Patent Court)


After his doctoral dissertation at EPFL (CH) and a post-doc at CSIC (ES) dedicated to research in the field of polymer and composite materials, Marco Connor joined EMS CHEMIE AG (CH) with the mission of developing new products and putting them on the market.


Between 1999 and 2007, Marco worked at the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich as an examiner. During this period, he presided over numerous oral opposition proceedings. He participated in the project „EPO Scenarios for the Future“ and passed the European qualification examination in 2005.


In 2007, Marco moved from examiner to patent attorney and headed the patent office of Office Kirkpatrick (BE). Three years later, he started his own business, working freelance with various firms, notably with BiiP (BE). In 2015, he joined forces with Nicolas Pecher to create together Pecher & Partners (BE).


Pecher & Partners works with LLR to offer inventors in the Belgian market a complete and effective range of services to assist them in the development of their intellectual property strategy. In this context, Marco Connor drafts patent applications and follows European and international grant procedures. In addition, he advises clients in their industrial property strategy, assists them in litigation and conducts patentability and freedom of exploitation studies.


Professional affiliations




Additional activities


CEIPI teacher (basic training course preparation for the EQE)

Teacher at the ULB (Continuing Education in Administrative and Formal Management of IP)

Nicolas Butaye

Nicolas BUTAYE

  • Entered the profession in 2012
  • European European Patent Attorney
  • Authorized representative before the Office of Industrial Property (BE)
  • Civil engineer physicist (UCL 2011)


After his studies as a civil engineer with a focus on materials science and numerical modeling for physics, Nicolas Butaye obtained the CEIPI’s degree in Strasbourg in patent law, following which he began his career in 2012 as a patent attorney at Office Kirkpatrick in Belgium, where he qualified as a European patent attorney in July 2015 and a Belgian patent attorney in January 2016.


In this position, he gained experience in patentability and patent application research in various technical fields including mechanical engineering, software, industrial processes, household appliances, biomedical engineering and medical imaging and vision systems.


He joined Pecher & Partners in 2016 where he leverages his versatile technical background and solid experience in patent law to assist his clients in their IP strategy. Since 2018, he also conducts part-time in-house consultancy assignments in the patent departments of Pecher & Partners’ multinational clients.


Professional affiliations



Sarah Gehrlicher


  • Entered the profession in 2018
  • Civil Engineer with diploma in mechanics and structural engineering
  • German Patent Attorney
  • European Trademark and Design Attorney


During her university studies in civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Sarah Gehrlicher focused on structural engineering and mechanics and earned a diploma degree.


After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the Materials Testing Institute at the University of Stuttgart (MPA Stuttgart) and was responsible for several research projects in the field of material testing and numerical analysis.


In 2011, she qualified as an International Welding Engineer (IWE) at the Training and Testing Institute of Welding in Fellbach, Germany.


In 2014, she started the education as a German Patent Attorney candidate by working at Stumpf Patentanwälte PartGmbB and by studying law for patent attorneys at FernUniversität Hagen. Furthermore, she was trained at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court in Munich.


Since the beginning of 2018, she is working as a German Patent Attorney and European Trademark and Design Attorney. She is a freelance employee of Stumpf Patentanwälte PartGmbB in Stuttgart, Germany.

Her major fields of technology are mechanics, automotive engineering and manufacturing technologies.


Professional Organisations


She is member of the following organisations:

  • German Chamber of Patent Attorneys
  • FICPI (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys)
  • VPP (Association of Intellectual Property Experts)
Holger Spachmann


Dr.-Ing. Holger Spachmann is partner of Stumpf Patentanwälte PartGmbB in Stuttgart since 2012 and head of the patent department.


After having passed an apprenticeship as electrician in a family-owned crafts enterprise, Dr. Spachmann served as corporal of the tank troops in military service. During his university studies, Dr. Spachmann specialized in electrical engineering at the TU Darmstadt and focused on communication technology and theory of electromagnetic fields. He achieved a diploma degree in electrical engineering as best of his class. Dr. Spachmann is author of a dozen of worldwide published scientific publications and passed his PhD degree on a new numerical method for higher order electromagnetic field simulation with summa cum laude. During his university career, Dr. Spachmann was scholar of the German National Academic Foundation. After his scientific career, he became project leader and senior software development engineer of CST AG, responsible for a major electromagnetic software package for simulation of charged particle accelerating structures.


In 2005, Dr. Spachmann entered the world of intellectual property and started a dual-path education as German Patent Attorney by working in an IP firm as patent attorney candidate and student of FernUniversität Hagen in law for patent attorneys. In 2008, he passed the bar as German Patent and Trademark Attorney, and in 2011, he qualified as European Patent Attorney.


Dr Spachmann is specialized on prosecution and litigation of technical IP rights such as patents and utility models and in the field of employee invention law. His major fields of technology are software-related inventions, electronics, electrical engineering, green energy generation, mechanical engineering and automotive inventions. His clients range from individuals to worldwide acting large companies.


Dr. Holger Spachmann is managing partner of Stumpf Patentanwälte PartGmbB.

  • Entered the profession in 2005
  • Electrical engineering technician with master craftsman’s diploma and hands-on expertise
  • Electrical engineer with diploma and PhD in theoretical electrical engineering
  • German Patent Attorney
  • European Trademark and Design Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney

Professional Organisations


Dr. Holger Spachmann is member of the following organisations:

  • German Chamber of Patent Attorneys
  • AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle)
  • FICPI (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys)
  • EPI (Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office)
  • VPP (Association of Intellectual Property Experts)
  • GRUR (Deutschen Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht)
  • Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte e.V.
  • Lions Club Altes Schloss, Stuttgart
  • Alumni of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
WU Wa'ai

Wa’ai WU

Entered the profession in 2006

Master of Law (East China University of Political Science and Law)

Working language: Chinese, English

Working Location: Shanghai


Waai WU worked in one of the leading intellectual property law firms in China and served as in-house attorney in a manufacturing corporation.


She joined LLR China’s team in 2018 and works at our Shanghai office.


She specializes in providing legal advice and services on trademarks, including registration, opposition, revocation, invalidation, assignment, license, etc. and infringement matter.


Her precise diagnosis and professionalism have been recognized by clients.

Alexandra Rossi

Alexandra ROSSI

  • Berufseintritt: 2010
  • Master (MSc) « Structures, Crashworthiness and Impact » (Cranfield University, UK)
  • Ingenieurin ENSMA (École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique)
  • CEIPI-Diplomabschluss im Bereich Erfindungspatente
  • Fachanwältin für den gewerblichen Rechtsschutz (Patente)
  • Vor dem Europäischen Patentamt (EPA) zugelassene Vertreterin
  • Sprachen: Englisch (zweisprachig), Spanisch, Italienisch, Deutsch


Nach dem Beginn ihrer beruflichen Laufbahn im Jahre 2010 und nach vier Jahren in einer großen Pariser Fachanwaltskanzlei für den gewerblichen Rechtsschutz nahm Alexandra ROSSI – VON THUNGEN 2014 ihre Tätigkeit als Patentingenieurin bei uns auf. Zu ihren Spezialgebieten gehören Luftfahrt, Maschinenbau und Materialwissenschaft. Sie verfasst Patentanmeldungen auf Französisch oder Englisch, begleitet Erteilungsverfahren in Frankreich, der Schweiz, in Europa und im außereuropäischen Ausland, berät Mandanten hinsichtlich ihrer gewerblichen Rechtsschutzstrategie und führt Patentfähigkeits‑ und Freedom-to-Operate-Studien durch.

2017 zog Alexandra Rossi nach Genf, wo sie als Patentingenieurin in einer schweizerischen Kanzlei arbeitet.

Bei LLR Suisse arbeitet sie seit der Gründung des Standorts im März 2018.

Emmanuelle Rigollet

Emmanuelle RIGOLLET

Nach ihrem DESS-Abschluss im Dokumentationswesen begann Emmanuelle RIGOLLET ihre berufliche Laufbahn bei der Alma Consulting Group (jetzt Ayming), wo sie mit der Innovationsüberwachung betraut war.


Im Jahre 2005 nahm sie ihre Tätigkeit als Patentanalytikerin auf und sammelte ungefähr 10 Jahre lang Erfahrungen in einer Fachkanzlei für den gewerblichen Rechtsschutz in Lyon. Während dieser Zeit führte sie Patentrecherchen zur Unterstützung der Ingenieure in einem breitgefächerten technischen Bereich durch. Im Anschluss daran folgten vier Jahre in der Industrie als Patentrechercheurin, und zwar zunächst in der Agrarwirtschaft in der Patentabteilung von Limagrain und dann in der Energiewirtschaft durch ihre Arbeit in der Abteilung für Technologie‑ und Marktüberwachung von IFP Energies Nouvelles.


Während sie in diesen beiden Unternehmen die herkömmlichen Aufgaben der Dokumentenrecherche und der Technologieüberwachung durchführte, erarbeitete sie sich ein spezielles Fachwissen im Patent-Mapping auf verschiedenen technischen Gebieten.


Während sie in diesen beiden Unternehmen die herkömmlichen Aufgaben der Dokumentenrecherche und der Technologieüberwachung durchführte, erarbeitete sie sich ein spezielles Fachwissen im Patent-Mapping auf verschiedenen technischen Gebieten.


  • Berufseintritt: 2005
  • DESS, Dokumentationswesen (ENSSIB / Universität Lyon 1)
  • DEA, Makromolekulare Materialien und Verbundstoffe (Universität Lyon 1)
  •     Ingenieurin der Materialwissenschaften (INSA Lyon)



  • Association des Professionnels de l’Information et de la Documentation (ADBS)
  • Club Francophone d’Information Brevet (CFIB)

Meini YAN

  • Berufseintritt: 2016
  • Abgeschlossenes Jurastudium (Volksuniversität China)
  • Ingenieurdiplom (Universität für das Transportwesen Dalian)


Meini Yan schloss ihr Studium in den Bereichen Maschinenbau, Automatisierung und Software mit einem Diplom ab. Zu ihren Qualifikationen gehört auch ein abgeschlossenes Studium des geistigen Eigentumsrechts. Sie ist sowohl Rechts als auch Patentanwältin und verfügt über solide Grundlagen im Ingenieurwesen und auf dem Gebiet des geistigen Eigentums.


Ihr Schwerpunkt liegt im Bereich des geistigen Eigentums und sie beschäftigt sich in erster Linie mit Marken und Patentstreitigkeiten und beschwerden. Ihre technischen Kenntnisse versetzen sie in die Lage, Patentunterlagen schnell zu erfassen und das zentrale Problem auszumachen. Zahlreiche Marken und Patentstreitigkeiten und beschwerden erfolgten bereits unter ihrer Leitung oder mit ihrer Mitwirkung und sie ist für ihre Gründlichkeit und Effizienz bekannt.

Zhen LI

  • Berufseintritt im Jahre 2006
  • Abgeschlossenes Studium der Rechts‑ und Ingenieurwissenschaften (Universität Hebei)


Herr Li verfügt über solide Grundlagen in den Rechts und Ingenieurwissenschaften. Sein bevorzugtes Wirkungsgebiet ist der gewerbliche Rechtsschutz, einschließlich Patentrecht, Marken und Urheberrecht, Wettbewerbsrecht, Geschäftsgeheimnisse, technischer Verträge, neuer Pflanzensorten und anderweitiger Rechtsstreitigkeiten.