Basel Operations Team

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.

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.

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.