Administrative Council to meet again to try to choose Brimelow’s Successor

An EGM of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization has been called for today and tomorrow to elect a new president of the European Patent Office to succeed Alison Brimelow. The candidates are:

  • Susanne Ǻs Sivborg of Sweden
  • Benoît Battistelli of France,
  • Roland Grossenbacher of Switzerland.

The Administrative Council, which is made up of representatives of each of the contracting parties to the European Patent Convention (“EPC”), supervises the European Patent Office. Previous attempts to elect a president failed in October and December 2009.

Deadlock of this kind is not unknown in the Administrative Council. A similar tussle occurred in 2003 when Brimelow first stood for election which was resolved by Brimelow and her rival each serving as president for a term (see Anjana Ahuja “An Obstacle to the Patently Obvious” 27 Oct 2003 Times Online).


About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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