The Administrative Council was set up under Article 4, paragraph 2(b), EPC. Detailed provisions relating to the Council can be found in Articles 26 to 36 EPC.

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Christoph ERNST, Ministerialdirigent, Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz (DE)

Deputy Chairman
Josef KRATOCHVÍL, President, Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (CZ)

Honorary Chairman

Roland GROSSENBACHER, Berater und Mitglied der Schweizer Delegation (CH) 


1. Representatives of the member states
2. President of the Office supported by EPO staff
3. Board of Auditors (members: Frédéric ANGERMANN (FR), Ola HOLLUM (NO) and Hannes SCHUH (AT))
4. Staff Committee


Observer states:
- Bosnia and Herzegowina (BA)
- Montenegro (ME)

Intergovernmental organisations:
- European Union (EU), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Nordic Patent Institute (NPI)

Non-governmental organisations:
- Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi), BUSINESSEUROPE


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