To mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the EPC, Munich city council agreed to name the area in front of the EPO headquarters (Isar building) Bob-van-Benthem-Platz, in honour of the EPO's first president, Johannes Bob van Benthem. Christian Ude, mayor of Munich, conducted the inauguration ceremony on 17 October 2013.
The Isar building's street address is no longer Erhardtstrasse 27 but Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1, 80469 Munich.
Our postal address remains unchanged:
Dr Johannes Bob van Benthem (1921 - 2006) was a Dutch lawyer who became the first president of the EPO, serving from 1 November 1977 to 30 April 1985.
Before that, together with Germany's Kurt Haertel and France's François Savignon, he was a founding father of the European patent system. Many facets of the European Patent Convention were shaped by this pragmatic visionary and great European.
It applies from 17 October 2013, the day of the inauguration of Bob-van-Benthem-Platz.
Yes: for at least six months, the German postal service will redirect any post still bearing the old address. Parcel delivery services will also be informed of the change.
It may however take a while before online map services and car navigation systems are updated. If you can't find the new address, try entering the old one: Erhardtstrasse 27.
Please use the EPO's postal address, which remains unchanged: