1 March 2010
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, meeting in Munich on 1 March 2010 under the chairmanship of Jesper Kongstad (DK), has elected Benoît Battistelli (FR) to succeed Alison Brimelow (GB) as President of the European Patent Office (EPO). Currently Mr Battistelli is Director General of the French National Institute of Industrial Property. His five-year term as President of the EPO will begin on 1 July 2010.
The Administrative Council, made up of delegations from the member states, is the Organisation's legislative body. It is responsible for supervising the activities of the Office, approving the budget and appointing senior managers, including the President of the EPO.
Under the European Patent Convention, a qualified majority of three-quarters of the votes cast by the Organisation's member states is required for the decision on the appointment of a new President.