The EPO's Economic and Scientific Advisory Board is composed of 11 patent experts from around the world. Appointed for a period of three years, they are a mix of economists, social scientists and practitioners. The executive secretary of the Board is EPO Chief Economist, Nikolaus Thumm.
Dietmar Harhoff (Chairman)
Director, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Dietmar Harhoff is director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law and head of the department Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER).
Béatrix de Russé
Executive Vice-President, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Technicolor
Béatrix de Russé is Executive Vice-President, Intellectual Property and Licensing, at Technicolor (formerly Thomson), a position she has held since February 2004. She leads a team of 200 patent experts at 13 sites in Europe, Asia and the US.
Professor, UC Berkeley
Bronwyn Hall is a professor in the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley and Professor of Economics of Technology and Innovation at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Professor, University College London
Sir Robin Jacob was appointed a High Court Judge (Chancery Division) in 1993 and Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2003. He joined the Faculty of Laws at UCL in May 2011.
Patent attorney, Danubia patent and trademark attorneys
Dr István Molnár is a patent attorney and partner at Danubia Patent & Law Office. In 2011 he was appointed assistant professor at Kecskemét College, Hungary.
Director-General, Institute of Policy and Management, CAS
Mu Rongping is director-general and professor of the Institute of Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), director of the CAS Center for Innovation and Development and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Science Research Management.
Professor, Hitotsubashi University
Dr Sadao Nagaoka is a professor in the Institute of Innovation Research at Hitotsubashi University, Japan, and program director for research on technology and innovation at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
N. Ayşe Odman Boztosun
Associate Professor, Akdeniz University, Antalya
Ayşe Odman Boztosun is a member of the Faculty of Economics, Akdeniz University, Turkey, and head of its Commercial Law department. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust at Loyola University Chicago's School of Law.
Executive Vice-President, Philips
Ruud Peters is Chief Executive Officer of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, with responsibility for managing the company's worldwide IP portfolio and technical and formal standardisation activities.
Senior Economist, OECD
Dr Mariagrazia Squicciarini is Senior Economist - Head of Unit at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), within the Directorate for Science Technology and Industry (DSTI), where she is responsible for IP-related data and analysis work.
Geertrui Van Overwalle
Professor, Centre for Intellectual Property Rights, KU Leuven
Geertrui Van Overwalle teaches patent law at the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) of the Catholic University of Leuven. She is a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on Biotechnological Inventions.