Stéphane Hedarchet is the EMEA Senior IP Counsel, General Electric Healthcare. He has diverse corporate and law firm experiences in the IP area. He joins GE Healthcare from Alcatel Lucent where he was Senior IP Counsel. Prior to this, he worked for Thomson (now Technicolor) as an IP Counsel. Before these corporate experiences, he also worked in two private practices (Beyer & Jochem, Frankfurt, Germany, and De Boisse & Colas, Paris, France). Stéphane’s past and current assignments essentially include: IP Counseling, negotiations for IP Agreements & Patent Licensing, M&As, Divestitures, Joint ventures, team management. He is used to working across a variety of sectors in the different fields of industry, including consumer products, IT technology and now Medical Systems. Stéphane is a member of Board of Directors of the French federation of corporate IP professionals, the Licensing Executive Society, and other institutions working with intellectual property (AFEP, EIRMA). Stéphane has an Electronical Engineering degree (1995) from the Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris. He also graduated from the Centre for International Studies of Intellectual Property, holds a Licence in Law, and is a French Patent Attorney admitted before the INPI and a European Patent Attorney before the EPO.