Dr. Michael Kock

Global Head of Intellectual Property, Syngenta Crop Protection AG

Dr. Michael A. Kock is Head Intellectual Property for Syngenta Crop Protection AG based in Basel, Switzerland. He studied chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology in Hamburg, Germany and Nanjing, China and graduated with a Diploma in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology. He started his carrier in pharmaceutical research before he focused on intellectual property. Michael is a qualified European and Swiss Patent Attorney. Michael is member of the IP advisory committees of several industry associations (CropLife, International Seed Federation, European Seed Association), regularly lectures on IP and has published several papers on IP issues in peer reviewed IP journals. Focus points of his work include the design of new models for technology and IP dissemination and licensing to enable open innovation and collaboration.