Select Committee


The legal basis for the Select Committee is Article 9(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1257/2012 ("the Regulation") and Article 145 EPC. The committee has been set up by the 25 member states that initially participated in the unitary patent, to supervise the EPO's activities related to the tasks entrusted to it in the context of unitary patent protection. The committee's competences include the setting of fees.

Current status

The committee held its inaugural meeting in Munich on 20 March 2013. Since then, it has adopted rules of procedure, a communication policy and a timeline for its work.


The committee is composed of a chairman, deputy chairman, secretary, the participating member states as defined in Article 2(a) of the Regulation, the European Patent Office, the European Commission as observer and other observers as follows:

Chair / Deputy Chair

Jérôme Debrulle (BE), Conseiller géneral, Office de la Propriété Intellectuelle, Service Public Fédéral Economie, P.M.E., Classes moyennes et Energie

Deputy Chairwoman
Simona Marzetti (IT), Head of unit IV: Assistance to enterprises in the fight against counterfeiting, IP Promotion and International Affairs, Directorate General for the Fight against Counterfeiting, Italian Patent and Trademark Office, Ministry of Economic Development


1. Representatives of the participating member states
2. President of the EPO
3. Board of Auditors
4. EPO Staff Committee


1. European Commission
2.1 epi
2.2 BusinessEurope
3. Observer states:
    - Albania (AL)
    - Croatia (HR)
    - Iceland (IS)
    - Monaco (MC)
    - Norway (NO)
    - San Marino (SM)
    - Serbia (RS)
    - Spain (ES)
    - Switzerland (CH)
    - Turkey (TR)



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