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).