Current members

SACEPO

Members nominated by user associations

Mr Joachim BEE

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Axel BRAUN

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Sylvia COHEN

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Francesco MACCHETTA

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Bernhard MEHNERT

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Alois PEHAM

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Åsa RYDENIUS

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Jim BOFF

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Mr John GRAY

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Ms Anette HEGNER

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Mr Bogoljub ILIEVSKI

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Mr Francis LEYDER

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Mr Chris MERCER

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Ms Heike VOGELSANG-WENKE

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Mr Raymond E. FARRELL

AIPLA

Mr Koen BIJVANK

AIPPI

Mr Markus RIECK

AIPPI

Mr Paul Georg MAUÉ

FEMIPI

Mr Beat WEIBEL

FEMIPI

Mr Antonio PIZZOLI

FICPI

Mr Robert WATSON

FICPI

Mr Daniel J. STAUDT

IPO

Mr Shuichiro IMAI

JIPA

Mr Akitoshi YAMANAKA

JIPA

Mr Yoshinori SHIMIZU

JPAA

Ms Kumiko YAMADA

JPAA

Mr Yoon HEESANG

KINPA

Ms Yoon SUN YOUNG

KINPA

Mr Xuwen HE

PPAC

Mr Rui GOMES

UNION-IP

Mr Reinier WIJNSTRA

UNION-IP

Mr Paul COLETTI

US Bar-EPO Liaison Council

Members appointed ad personam

Mr Rubén BONET

Mr Andreas GRASSAUER

Mr Scott ROBERTS

Ms Olga SIRAKOVA

Ms Mihaela TEODORESCU

Ms Magali TOUROUDE PEREIRA

SACEPO Working Party on e-Patent-Process (WP/ePP)

Members nominated by user associations

Mr Joachim BEE

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Dermot ROCHE

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Yannick BIRON

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Ms Marjut HONKASALO

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Ms Theresa STADHEIM

AIPLA

Ms Ann de CLERCQ

AIPPI

Ms Manuela LOIDL

FEMIPI

Mr Kim FINNILÄ

FICPI

Ms Elena CERBARO

FICPI

Mr Robert B. FURR, JR.

IPO

Mr Shuichiro IMAI

JIPA

Ms Rie KAWAI

JPAA

Mr Seiji SOGO

JPAA

Mr Brian Sungpil CHUN

KINPA

Ms Eun-young HAM

KINPA

Mr Dong-woo PARK

KINPA

Mr Manyu LI

PPAC

Mr Albert ZHANG

PPAC

Mr Fabian EDLUND

UNION-IP

Mr Hans MERTENS

UNION-IP

Mr Paul TAYLOR

US Bar-EPO Liaison Council

Members appointed ad personam

Mr Rainer BÖCKELEN

Mr David BROPHY

Ms Dolinda DE PROOST

Mr John GRAY

Mr Michael LIEBETANZ

Ms Catherine MENES

Ms Magali TOUROUDE PEREIRA

SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines (WP/G)

The members of WP/G include representatives of European industry and patent profession as well as experts nominated by leading user associations mainly located in the European contracting states. In addition, the President of the EPO has appointed recognised experts in the field of industrial property law as ad personam members.

As of 2021, the membership of the SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines has been extended to include user representatives from the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the Union of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property (UNION-IP) and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI). The aim is to enrich the user feedback and to continuously extend the EPO’s worldwide reach.

Members nominated by user associations

Mr Alois PEHAM

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Dermot ROCHE

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Heiko SENDROWSKI

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Anette HEGNER

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Mr Manolis SAMUELIDES

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Mr Martin WILMING

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Ms Tamara ELMORE

AIPPI

Mr Jordi KOX

FICPI

Ms Joana SANTOS

UNION-IP

Members appointed ad personam

Ms Brigitte CARION-TARAVELLA

Mr Felix HERMANN

Mr Gwilym ROBERTS

SACEPO Working Party on Quality (WP/Q)

As of 2021, to better reflect that half of applications filed at the EPO originate from non-European applicants, four geographical branches are set up within SACEPO WP/Q, as follows:

  • WP/Q Europe/neighbouring countries
  • WP/Q Asia/Oceania
  • WP/Q Americas
  • WP/Q Africa/Middle-East

The members of WP/Q include representatives of European industry and patent profession as well as experts nominated by national and international leading IP associations and patent attorney federations from all over the world. The President of the EPO has also appointed recognised experts in the field of industrial property law as ad personam members.

WP/Q Europe/neighbouring countries

Members nominated by user associations

Mr Francesco MACCHETTA

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Bernhard MEHNERT

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Åsa RYDENIUS

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Maaike SCHAAPMAN

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Anette HEGNER

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Mr Bogoljub ILIEVSKI

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Mr Francis LEYDER

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Ms Heike VOGELSANG-WENKE

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Ms Gaëlle BOUROUT

AIPPI

Mr Nèstor COROMINAS

AIPPI

Mr Henning LÜTJENS

FEMIPI

Mr Paul Georg MAUÉ

FEMIPI

Mr Axel REMDE

FICPI

Mr Christian WENDE

FICPI

Mr Yuri KUZNETSOV

FICPI

Ms Ena PUGATSCH

IPAA

Mr David PEARCE

UNION-IP

Mr Jochen KILCHERT

UNION-IP

Members appointed ad personam

Mr Thorsten BAUSCH

Mr Rubén BONET

Mr Marek BURY

Ms Brigitte CARION-TARAVELLA

Mr Jeroen DU PONT

Ms Katerina HARTVICHOVA

Mr Hans-Rainer JAENICHEN

Mr Mike JENNINGS

Mr Markus KLOSE

Ms Katarzyna MATUSIEWICZ

Mr Winfried SABISCH

Mr Alexandre TSOUKALIS

Mr Christian VEJGAARD

Ms Bettina WANNER

WP/Q Asia/Oceania

Members nominated by user associations

Ms Vidisha GARG

AIPPI

Mr André MEYER

AIPPI

Ms Duan XIAOLING

AIPPI

Mr Hirohito KATSUNUMA

APAA

Mr Michael CAINE

FICPI

Mr Martin SCHWEIGER

FICPI

Ms Archana SHANKER

FICPI

Mr Satoshi AKIYAMA

JIPA

Ms Kanako MURAKAMI

JIPA

Ms Masako BARNARD

JPAA

Ms Kumiko YAMADA

JPAA

Mr SeHoon CHO

KINPA

Mr HyunJung KIM

KINPA

Mr Ju Young KIM

KINPA

Mr Young Jin HEO

KPAA

Mr Yixiong ZOU

PPAC

Mr Albert ZHANG

PPAC

Members appointed ad personam

Mr Stanley LAI

Mr Fabrice MATTEI

Mr Kin WAH CHOW

WP/Q Americas

Members nominated by user associations

Mr Bret A. HRIVNAK

AIPLA

Mr Matias NOETINGER

ASIPI

Ms MaryAnne ARMSTRONG

FICPI

Mr Dean M. HARTS

IPO

Ms Iris MOK

US Bar-EPO Liaison Council

Members appointed ad personam

Mr Dámaso PARDO

Mr Luiz Henrique O. do AMARAL

Mr Maximiliano SANTA CRUZ

Mr Kiyoshi TSURU

Mr Juan Carlos GARAVITO

Mr Kazim AGHA

(4) WP/Q Africa/Middle-East

Members nominated by user associations

Mr Emmanuel KEDI BEH

AMOAPI

Mr Joseph ROWAN

FICPI

Mr David GILSON

SAIPL

Mr Andrew BAILEY

SARIMA

Ms Brenda MATANGA

ZIPTA

Members appointed ad personam

Mr Prof. Dr. Youssef ABDALLAT

Mr Mohammed AL-MASRI

Mr Mondher AL MENSI

Mr Salem AL-ZAHRANI

Mr Abdelhaq AMMANI

Mr Karim CHAIEB

Mr Mohamed EL HARZLI

Mr Mohamed GUEBLAOUI

Mr Mardson Queiroz McQUAY

SACEPO Working Party on Rules (WP/R)

The members of WP/R include representatives of European industry and patent profession as well as experts nominated by leading user associations mainly located in the European contracting states. In addition, the President of the EPO has appointed recognised experts in the field of industrial property law as ad personam members.

As of 2021, the membership of the SACEPO Working Party on Rules has been extended to include user representatives from the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the European Federation of Intellectual Property Agents in Industry (FEMIPI), the Union of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property (UNION-IP) and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI). The aim is to enrich the user feedback and to continuously extend the EPO’s worldwide reach.

Members nominated by user associations

Mr David GOODFELLOW

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Heiko SENDROWSKI

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Leo STEENBEEK

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Marjut HONKASALO

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Mr Chris MERCER

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Mr Martin WILMING

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Mr Heiko DUMLICH

AIPPI

Mr Henning LÜTJENS

FEMIPI

Mr Antonio PIZZOLI

FICPI

Mr Luigi FRANZOLIN

UNION-IP

Members appointed ad personam

Ms Cyra NARGOLWALLA

Mr Scott ROBERTS

SACEPO Working Party on Patent Documentation and Information (WP/PDI)

Members nominated by associations

Mr David GOODFELLOW

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Paul Georg MAUÉ

BUSINESSEUROPE

Mr Arndt MECKE

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Gudrun OEHLER

BUSINESSEUROPE

Ms Birgitta GASSNER

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Mr Francis LEYDER

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Mr Chris MERCER

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Mr Paolo PROVVISIONATO

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Mr Philippe BODART

CEPIUG

Mr Aalt van de KUILEN

CEPIUG

Mr Charles MADORE

CEPIUG

Mr Guido MORADEI

CEPIUG

Mr Henrik SCHREIBER

CEPIUG

Ms Hannah SOPHIA

CEPIUG

Ms Katia SØRENSEN

CEPIUG

Ms Marjolaine THULIN

CEPIUG

Mr Christian WENDE

FICPI

Ms Birte BLICHENBERG

PDG

Mr Torsten GERBER

PDG

Ms Maike HOUTROUW

PDG

Ms Bettina de JONG

PDG

Members appointed ad personam

Mr José Ricardo AGUILAR

Ms Marta BARBA

Ms Monika HANELT

Mr Marcell KERESZTY

Mr Arne KRÜGER

Ms Hanna LAUREN

Ms Valérie MIEBACH

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