PracticeEQE Team

Meet Our Team

We are enthusiastic and passionate about the IP and we spend much of our free time developing questions and methods that can help others passing the EQE exams. We are currently involved in programs that support candidates enrolled for EQE, accumulating hundreds of hours of real experience and knowledge. We have used this knowledge in crafting the materials for this website.

Oana Boncea

Oana graduated from the University of Bucharest in 2002 with a degree in Chemistry. She further holds a degree in Finance and Accounting and a Masters degree in Chemistry of medicaments and cosmetic products. In 2007, she began working as a trainee in patents for Rominvent SA, an Industrial Property Agency from Bucharest, Romania, where she continues to work to date. In 2010, Oana passed the Romanian qualifying examination for patent attorneys. Since 2013, she is also qualified as a design and trademark attorney. She passed the European qualifying examination for professional representatives before the EPO in 2012. To complete her knowledge in IP, Oana took the CEIPI course in European Patent Litigation in 2015-2016.

At present, she is a Romanian Patent and Trademark Attorney and European Patent Attorney.

Since 2012 she has been a coach in the EQE Candidate Support Project, a project of the European Patent Organization intended to promote the European patent attorney profession in member states having five or fewer EQE-qualified Professional Representatives, by offering access to training and guidance for passing the EQE. In this role, she supports EQE candidates from various countries in their exam preparation, and participates in development of study materials and methodologies. She is also an EPI and CEIPI tutor and lecturer for the CEIPI/epi Basic Training Course in several locations all over Europe.

Katerina Hartvichova

Katerina graduated in chemistry (Bc.) and inorganic and organo-metallic chemistry (Master, Doctorate) from the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague. Later on, she studied at the Industrial Property Training Institute of the Czech Industrial Property Office. In 2006, she passed the Czech qualifying examination for patent and trademark attorneys. In 2009 Katerina participated in an internship at the European Patent Office and in 2012 she passed the European qualifying examination for professional representatives before the EPO. In 2015-2016, she added to her training the CEIPI course in European Patent Litigation.

Before her practice of patent attorney trainee and patent attorney at INVENTIA, Katerina worked for 6 years as a junior researcher in research of new catalysts for homogenous and two-phase catalysis at the Institute of Chemical Processes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. At present, she is a Czech Patent and Trademark Attorney, European Patent Attorney and European Trademark and Design Attorney. She is a member of Czech Chemical Association and Licensing Executives Society. In 2009 - 2011 she held the position of the President of Licensing Executives Society Czech Republic. She is also a member of epi Professional Education Committee, in charge with the coordination of coaches for the Candidate Support Project.

Katerina is a tutor at the Czech Industrial Property Training Institute, teaching specialized courses on industrial property to researchers. She published several articles on the strategy of industrial property rights. She is also an EPI and CEIPI tutor, coordinating the CEIPI/epi Basic Training Course in European Patent law in Prague and having lectures in different locations all over Europe. She is also acting as a coordinator and coach for the EQE Candidate Support Project, a project of the European Patent Organization intended to promote the European patent attorney profession in member states having five or fewer EQE-qualified Professional Representatives, by offering access to training and guidance for passing the EQE.

Sara Morabito

Sara graduated from University of Padova in 2000 and she holds a degree in Chemical Engineering. She also has a PhD in Hydrodynamics and Environmental Modelling (University of Padova). She works in IP since 2002 and now she is currently working at Cantaluppi and Partners - Padova. Her practice includes Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Mechanics, patent and design law and practice, competition law, and technical litigation concerning IP related matters.

Since 2012, Sara is a an epi and CEIPI tutor and coach for the EQE Candidate Support Project.

She is an Italian and European Patent Attorney, Professional representative before OHIM (Community Trademark and Design Office) and UIBM (Italian Patent and Trademark Office) for Designs.

Petra Pecharova

Petra graduated from Charles University in Prague with Masters degree in Physics. She started to work in IP in 2011. Her day-to-day work includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as advising in relation to validity and infringement matters, in various technical fields such as mechanical engineering, automotive, etc.

After qualifying as a European Patent Attorney in 2015, Petra became a coach in the EQE Candidate Support Project, a project of the European Patent Organization intended to promote the European patent attorney profession in member states having five or fewer EQE-qualified Professional Representatives, by offering access to training and guidance for passing the EQE. In this role, she supports EQE candidates from various countries in their exam preparation, and participates in development of study materials and methodologies.

She is also an EPI and CEIPI tutor and lecturer for the CEIPI/epi Basic Training Course in Prague.

However, her teaching history began in 2004 when Petra started using her skills as a math, physics and English tutor.

Nina Ferara

Nina holds degrees in physics and mathematics from McGill University in Montreal (BSc), and Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (MSc). Having settled in Germany, she started her career in Intellectual Property as a trainee at Stellbrink & Partner in 2015. Her areas of expertise include software-implemented inventions, robotics, medtech, mechanics and physics. Her work focuses on generating IP strategies, portfolio management, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office. She creates tailored advice for startups including serving as a mentor for various startup accelerators/initiatives. She also enjoys preparing and holding presentations and workshops related to a number of various IP-related topics.

Upon qualifying as a European Patent Attorney in 2019, Nina immediately dived into tutoring candidates for the EQE - one of her great passions. Nina is a coach for the EQE Candidate Support Project, as well as an epi Tutor. To the left, you can see the only existing photo of her preparing for the European Qualifying Examination, and get a snapshot of her troubled mental state. Nina deeply relates to the stress of the EQE preparation, and hopes to do everything she can to help candidates through this difficult time.


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