Beat Weibel was born in 1966. He studied Electrical Engineering at the ETH in Zurich and was Trainee Patent Attorney with ABB from 1991 until 1995. In 1995 he qualified as European Patent Attorney. He was head of Corporate IP of Georg Fischer AG from 1998 until 2000, head of the IP Department of ABB Switzerland from 2000 until 2007, and Chief IP Counsel of ABB Ltd. from 2007 until 2012. Since 2013 he is the head of the Corporate Intellectual Property Department of Siemens AG. He was lecturer on patent law at ETH Zurich and the University of Applied Science Zurich for many years. Beat Weibel teaches in preparation courses for the Swiss patent attorney qualifying examination, he regularly publishes and speaks on actual topics in the intellectual property law.