EPO Names Three New Vice-Presidents, From UK, Germany, Austria 11/10/2018 by Intellectual Property Watch Leave a Comment Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The European Patent Office today announced the appointment of three new vice-presidents, related to patent granting, legal and international affairs, and corporate services. The appointees come from Germany, the United Kingdom, and Austria. The new vice-presidents are: Stephen Rowan (UK), Christoph Ernst (Germany) and Nellie Simon (Austria). They will take office on 1 January for five years. The selection was made at a meeting of the EPO Administrative Council. EPO President Antonio Campinos was in Geneva during the recent World Intellectual Property Organization annual General Assemblies, and was seen with representatives of the UK delegation, as he was said to support the candidacy of Rowan. Simon takes over for the embattled Željko Topić of Croatia, who faced accusations from his home country throughout his EPO tenure. The full EPO press release is reprinted below: Three new vice-presidents for the EPO Munich, 11 October 2018 – The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Stephen Rowan (UK), Christoph Ernst (Germany) and Nellie Simon (Austria) as the next vice-presidents of the European Patent Office (EPO). The appointments were made at a meeting of the Administrative Council chaired by its Deputy Chairman, Josef Kratochvíl. The three new vice-presidents will take up their positions on 1 January 2019 for a period of five years. Stephen Rowan was appointed Vice-President Directorate-General Patent Granting Process. He will succeed Alberto Casado Cerviño of Spain. Mr Rowan is currently Director of Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Tribunals at the UK Intellectual Property Office. He has extensive experience in intellectual property, working across all IP rights. Mr Rowan has served as Head of the UK Delegation at several WIPO diplomatic conferences, and was Head of the UK Delegation at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The EPO’s Directorate-General Patent Granting Process is responsible for the entire patent granting process from end-to-end, including search, examination, publication, opposition and all related formalities, and for delivering support for the patent granting process to internal and external users of EPO services. Christoph Ernst will take up the post of Vice-President Directorate-General Legal and International Affairs, succeeding fellow German Raimund Lutz. Mr Ernst is currently head of directorate at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, and has served as Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation since 1 October 2017. He is experienced in economic, commercial and tax law, and also has extensive knowledge of intellectual property. Mr Ernst has represented Germany in the Administrative Council of the EPO and other IP organisations, including the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The EPO’s Directorate-General Legal and International Affairs is in charge of European and international co-operation, patent law and multilateral affairs, legal services, patent information and the European Patent Academy. Nellie Simon is the next Vice-President of the European Patent Office’s Directorate-General Corporate Services, taking over from Željko Topić of Croatia. Ms Simon, an Austrian national, is currently Head of Cabinet and Acting Director of the Academy at the EUIPO. She is a graduate of the University of Vienna and the London School of Economics, and has held several IT-related positions at the EUIPO, including CIO. The EPO’s Directorate-General Corporate Services is responsible for support services including Human Resources, Information Management, Finance, General Administration and Central Procurement. About the Administrative Council The Administrative Council, made up of delegations from the 38 member states, is the legislative body of the European Patent Organisation. It is responsible for supervising the activities of the European Patent Office, the Organisation’s executive arm. The Council also approves the Office’s budget, and appoints its senior managers, including the President and Vice-Presidents. About the EPO With nearly 7 000 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich with offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO’s centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world’s leading authority in patent information and patent searching. 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