Christophe Saam has a degree in electronic engineering from the EPFL, (The Swiss Federal Institute for Technology, Lausanne), and a degree in European patent litigation from the University of Strasbourg. He is a Swiss patent attorney and was admitted as European Patent Attorney with the European Patent Office (EPO).
After finishing his studies in 1990, Christophe Saam was in charge of research at Holtronics, a start-up that develops photolithographic machines for integrated circuits based on holograms. He then joined the European Patent Office in Berlin, where he worked for four years as a patent examiner. During this time, he became familiar with intellectual property law and perfected on-line search techniques. He forged relationships with other examiners and became familiar with the workings of this organism. His main field of research was control circuits for flat-screens, signal coding, error coding and compression of digital data.
In 1994 he left the EPO to join an intellectual property firm in Bern as a patent attorney. After qualifying as European Patent Attorney in 1998, he took a training course in Washington DC on American patent law. That same year he set up the patent attorney firm P&TS in Neuchâtel of which he is still the director. P&TS experienced dramatic growth and quickly became an important player in the intellectual property scene in Switzerland. In 2014, the company won the Prix de l’Entreprise Romande (Prix SVC) which rewards the most dynamic companies – in all fields of activity. In 2015, Christophe Saam featured among the nominees for the EY prize – Entrepreneur of the Year in Switzerland and was named Swiss Patent Lawyer of the Year by ACQ5.
Christophe Saam’s main areas of expertise within P&TS are the procedures for obtaining patents in various fields in particular electronics, software, micro-technics and watch-making; oppositions and appeals before the EPO; negotiation of licences; complex case studies of freedom-to-operate and of patentability; and patent litigation. Recently Christophe Saam successfully defended appeals before the EPO and litigation in Switzerland and overseas in affairs involving in particular telecommunications operators; manufacturers of electronic components of worldwide reputation; car manufacturers; watchmakers; a manufacturer of metrology equipment; and machine manufacturers etc.
Besides the direction of P&TS, in 2010 Christophe Saam was appointed by the Swiss Federal Assembly as deputy judge to the Swiss Federal Patent Court on a part-time basis. The Swiss federal patent court is the lower court and has the unique competence for patent litigation in Switzerland.
Christophe Saam is a member of many professional associations, in particular the VSP, the ACBSE, l’AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), the LES (Licensing Executive Society) and the PIUG (Patent Information User Group).
The Who’s Who Legal international says ” Christophe Saam comes highly recommended as a key player in the Swiss market, boasting a wealth of expertise on a wide range of matters relating to technology patents.”
In his spare time, Christophe likes to do photographic reports in remote, unexplored areas of the planet.