Our Company

About IPRIS Global

Founded in 2004 by intellectual property and technology transfer experts in Switzerland, IPRIS AG understands the unique challenges faced by companies, universities and government labs when managing their intellectual property portfolios.

IPRIS’ expertise and global reach was expanded through a marketing and customer service partnership with IP Pragmatics Limited in 2005. The partnership created a robust service based on a transparent and reliable fee structure, proactive and responsive customer service team and a dynamic web-based patent renewals software solution.

In January 2018, the companies formed a partnership with Wellspring Worldwide Inc to include an integration of the Wellspring IP Management software with the IPRIS IP renewals software and service. The new software solution is available for all Wellspring clients including corporate clients and universities using the technology transfer software, SOPHIA.  

Today, IPRIS serves over 150 clients in Europe, North America and Australasia and is recognized as a top-tier intellectual property renewals service provider globally.


Our Team


Dr. Bruno Dalle Carbonare

Founder, President and Director of Administration

As an active Entrepreneur for 20 years, Bruno has founded, funded, mentored and ran several companies in the life sciences area. Before that Bruno was active in fields of business development, competitive intelligence and venture capital, within the pharmaceutical industry for a decade. He holds a PhD in cell and molecular biology.

Hugo van Buel

Co-Founder and Member of the Board

Bringing industry and international insights , coupled with finance and management know-how, Hugo has gained experience for 30 years in the valve industry operating in over 75 countries. Hugo graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in engineering and a masters of business administration (MBA).

Dr. Steffen Schwarz

Co-Founder, Member of the Board and Director IP Operation

With 20 years of in depth and practical IP administration experience, Steffen has worked for research organizations administering IP, as well as consulting for different university transfer offices in Switzerland and Europe . He holds a PhD in molecular biology and a masters in intellectual property at the Swiss federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ).

Marcel Schmocker

Member of the Board

Marcel brings 35 years of experience as General Counsel fora number of public and private companies with special emphasis on M&A, Finance, Contracts, Licensing and Compliance. He serves on the board of several Swiss companies and holds a law degree from the University of Bern and a master of Law from the Duke University, NC, USA.

Monika Dalle Carbonare

Member of the Board

Monika has a background in psychology and is since 20 years coaching individuals as well as companies as life coach and team developer. She runs her own coaching company.

Basel Operations Team

Dr. Bruno H. Dalle Carbonare

President and Director Administration

Bruno has extensive experience of managing businesses, including his own consulting company BDC - The Business Development Company since 1998, where his team supported Universities and SMEs in technology transfer, brokerage and IP strategy. Bruno is responsible for all IPRIS AG operational administration matters that include client contracts, strategic relations, personnel, finance, management accounts and invoicing.

Dr. Steffen Schwarz

Member of the Board and Director IP Operations

Steffen has gained 20 years experience in IP administration working in tech transfer for Universities and industrial research organizations, as along with leading patent law firms. Steffen’s has the latest and in-depth knowledge of IP formalities and together with his team is responsible for monitoring, processing and IPR payment instructions for clients’ globally.

Birgit Knaack

Head Paralegal

Prior to joining the IPRIS operations team in Basel, Birgit has been working in the last 25 years for several patent law firms in Hamburg. Munich and Basel (among others Hogan Lovells, Eisenführ Speiser, Bohest) as well as in the patent department of industrial enterprises such as Tesa and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

Bianca Kaufmann


Bianca has joined the IPRIS operations team and brings 20 years work experience as a paralegal for a number of leading patent law firms in Hamburg, Cardiff, Basel and Zürich.

René Meyer


René has over 30 years accounting experience by working for international and stock listed companies worldwide. He runs its own accounting and auditing company and holds a Swiss federal certificate in accountant.

Pascal T. Dalle Carbonare

IT Infrastructure and Maintenance

With over 10 years of experience in the IT industry, Pascal Dalle Carbonare acts as an external consultant and supports IPRIS AG in the fields of IT governance, IT strategy and IT operations.

IT Development Team

IPRIS has a relationship for over a decade with a leading and expert, UK-based IT development company in Internet services including Web Design and Web Development.

Authorised Partner Team

Ronnie Georghiou, IP Pragmatics Ltd

Authorised IPRIS Marketing, Sales & Customer Services, Global

For 19 years, Ronnie has consulted to universities, SMEs and multinationals on IP management and commercialisation projects. Leading marketing, sales and customer services both regionally and globally, Ronnie has worked in partnerships with US, European and Australasian partners, to offer both IP management software and renewals services to clients based in these territories and the UK. Ronnie holds a BSc in Medical Biochemistry and an MBA from Imperial College, London.

Mathew Kilbey, IP Pragmatics Ltd

Authorised IPRIS Customer Services IP Manager

Through multiple roles within a number of the UKs leading Law Firms and Attorneys in London, Mat’s patent and trade mark knowledge enables him to provide assistance across many aspects of IP to our clients. With a previous focus on patent renewals, Mat uses this to always look for ways on how to improve the service and functionality available to our IPRIS clients.

Bansi Pattni, IP Pragmatics Ltd

Authorised IPRIS Representative, Head of North American Operations

Degrees in Physics and Intellectual Property Management and experience as in-house IP counsel for an SME and as an IP consultant has provided Bansi with in-depth knowledge of multiple industries and international markets. In her capacity as Business Development Manager for IP Pragmatics, Bansi has leveraged her technical and commercial expertise to guide IPRIS’ operations, implement the Wellspring integration and lead North American client acquisition.

Diana Portabella Llinares

Authorised IPRIS Marketing, Sales & Customer Services

Diana has gained her thorough knowledge of the IP business in a variety of positions working with international stakeholders for over 20 years. Her first years in a patent attorney´s office were followed by various positions in the European Patent Office. Diana´s expertise covers the different parts of the patent prosecution process, accompanied by a service-oriented approach meeting the needs of applicants, IP advisors, SMEs and universities in particular.

Lara Spence

Authorised IPRIS Representative Australia & NZ

As a qualified biochemist with a Masters degree in Intellectual Property from Queen Mary University in London, Lara is a senior manager with experience that has spanned product management, account management and management consulting services for over a decade. Lara is responsible for the expansion of the IPRIS renewals service in the Australia and New Zealand markets.

Our Clients

IPRIS clients are based in different sectors, countries and industries:


We offer a tailored, hands-on service to


of the top universities and research institutes in a number of countries including the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


We have

small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients and manage over 3,000 renewals for listed companies on AIM, ASX and NASDAQ.


We manage

issued and pending IPRs in over 122 countries worldwide



of the cases we manage are for US-based institutions covering seven states


We offer a personalized and responsive service to clients with portfolios of 30 renewals up to


Our Partners

About IP Pragmatics Ltd

IP Pragmatics is a management consultancy specializing in scientific technologies and intellectual property since 2000. The company is headquartered in London with offices in Scotland and Australia. We also have strategic partners in North America, Japan, South Africa and South Korea.

The company works with universities, research institutes, SMEs, large enterprise and public sector organisations in over 20 countries. For more information, please visit


Wellspring Worldwide Inc

Wellspring is the global leader in technology transfer and technology scouting software. Organizations rely on Wellspring to manage the identification, evaluation, and acquisition of technologies, partners, and investments.

Founded in 2003 as a spin-out of Carnegie Mellon University, Wellspring works with more than 500 organizations worldwide to support tech scouting, IP protection, commercialization, and licensing of emerging technologies. For more information, please visit