28 June 2012
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Alberto Casado Cerviño to the position of Vice-President of the European Patent Office (EPO). The 59-year-old Spaniard will be in charge of the EPO's Directorate-General Operational Support. The appointment is for five years. He will succeed Peter Vermeij of the Netherlands.
Alberto Casado Cerviño has extensive experience in IP. He is the Director General of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office and previously served as Vice-President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) from 1994 to 2004. He was a member of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation from 1988 to 1994, and has led the Spanish delegation since 2008. In 2009, he also acted as Chairman ad interim of the Administrative Council.
The Administrative Council is the European Patent Organisation's legislative body. Made up of delegations from the 38 member states, it is responsible for supervising the activities of the European Patent Office, the Organisation's executive branch, approving the Office's budget and appointing its senior managers, including the President and vice-presidents.
Directorate-General Operational Support is in charge of delivering support for the patent granting process to internal and external users of EPO services. Its core activities are Quality Management, Patent Administration and Information Management.