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

epi

Mr Bogoljub ILIEVSKI

epi

Mr Francis LEYDER

epi

Ms Heike VOGELSANG-WENKE

epi

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

Ms Debora SCHWERTNER

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

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