Team

We're managed by qualified patent attorneys. With 140+ employees, including five in-house IP attorneys, 65+ paralegals and a vast array of specialist support staff, no team is better placed to understand your needs.

Management team

Our technical understanding of the IP profession goes all the way to the top of our organization. But our management team offer a diversity of knowledge too. This is the foundation of our innovative approach to IP support services.

Patrice Durand
Patrice Durand
Chief Executive Officer

Patrice is a fully-qualified French and European patent attorney. A strong-willed leader and IP expert, he manages day-to-day operations and directs long-term strategy.

CEO of Delegate and sister company Valipat, Patrice gained 10 years’ experience as a private prosecution and litigation practitioner at Parisian IP firm, Cabinet Bloch (now Gevers France).

Patrice has a Masters’ degree from the French engineering school Ecole Centrale de Paris and is a CEIPI graduate. He was also a lecturer at the Ecole Centrale and a tutor for European patent attorney trainees as part of the EPI/CEIPI program for 10 years.

David Kennedy
David Kennedy
Chairman

David is a Chartered British and Registered European Patent Attorney. He is also a Registered European and UK Trade mark Attorney. As well as chairman of Delegate’s board, he is founder and CEO of sister company, Envoy.

Before founding Envoy, David ran his own patent agency with multiple offices in the UK. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering.

Sharon Shofner-Meyer
Sharon Shofner-Meyer
Managing Director, Americas

Thanks to a clear strategic vision, Sharon is skilled at driving revenue growth and growing market share in highly competitive industries.

Before joining Delegate, Sharon worked at the Kemper Insurance Corporation. Here, she demonstrated expertise in streamlining distribution channels and driving efficiencies, while creating better customer experiences. She has a law degree and an MBA.

Olivier Gérardin
Olivier Gérardin
Chief Information Officer

Olivier is an expert in cloud-based businesses. He brings experience in digital business models, product definition, organization, marketing, communication and information systems.

Olivier joined Delegate from sister company, Valipat. Before this, he led internet projects for major telecom, transportation, utility and energy companies at a major management consultancy firm. He has a degree in IT engineering and project management.

Yannick Biron
Yannick Biron
Chief Product Officer

Yannick is a French and European patent attorney. He challenges and optimizes operational processes and quality control, and leads the development of new products.

Joining Delegate from sister company Valipat, Yannick draws on vast experience in patent-related fields – he worked as the head of patents for Snecma, has a degree in aerospace engineering and a post-graduate degree in innovation and technology management. He has more than ten years’ experience in risk mitigation and change management for Airbus and Safran Group’s IP organizations.

Yannick is a former secretary of the French Association of Industry Intellectual Property Professionals (ASPI).

Loïc Depelley
Loïc Depelley
Chief Operations Officer

Loïc is a French and European patent attorney. He leads the operations teams to ensure the highest levels of quality and efficiency. He has a Masters' degree from HEI Lille and is a CEIPI graduate.

Loïc joined Delegate from sister company, Valipat. Before this, he was a partner at Cabinet Hirsch-Pochart, an IP firm in Paris, where he worked for 12 years. He is a lecturer at the Ecole Centrale and a tutor for European patent attorney trainees as part of the EPI/CEIPI program.

Régis de Boisé
Régis de Boisé
Chief Finance Officer

Régis is in charge of Finance, Tax and Corporate issues.

He joined Delegate from sister company Valipat. Régis started his career in the Banking and Private Equity Industry, specializing in Mid-market Growth and Buy-Out transactions. He moved to Aerocan (European leading manufacturer of aerosol cans) as chief financial officer right after its acquisition (2006). He also has an entrepreneurial experience as founder of a legaltech start-up (LeBonBail). Régis graduated from the Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) business school.

Advisory board

Delegate’s management team is supported by a carefully appointed group of senior advisors. Their enviable knowledge, experience and expertize helps ensure that we remain focused on exceeding the expectations of all our customers.

Mark Croll
  • US patent attorney
  • Former Vice President, IP at ITW
Claude Quintelier
  • European patent attorney
  • Former practitioner and partner at Gevers
  • President of the Belgium Chamber of IP Consultants
  • Former Treasurer of the European Patent Institute (EPI)
Tony Tangena
  • European patent attorney
  • Partner at Tangena & Van kan
  • Former President and current Board and Council Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)
Hubert Kiehl
  • European patent attorney
  • Former Vice President, IP at Groupe Seb
Francis Leyder
  • European patent attorney
  • Former Head of the Patents Department at Total Research & Technology
  • President of the European Patent Institute (EPI)

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