Heiko Wongel is a freelance patent information analyst and consultant based in Hamburg, Germany. He holds a physics degree from the University of Hamburg.
He started his career in the patent world in 1990 as a patent examiner in the fields of lasers and electro-optics at the European Patent Office in The Hague. In 1999 he moved to the classification department. He headed this department from 2009 to 2011. From 2011 to February 2020 he was the director of the patent information promotion directorate in the Vienna office of the EPO in charge of promotion, marketing and feature planning for the EPO’s patent information tools, the organisation of patent information events as well as user support and training of patent information users.