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New President of the European Patent Office, Mr. Benoît Battistelli


Arlington, VA – The American Intellectual Property Law Association will hold a Q&A for the Media with the new President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Mr. Benoît Battistell, who will be visiting AIPLA Headquarters in Arlington, VA next Tuesday, November 16th. The Q&A session will begin promptly at 5:30 pm (ET) and conclude at 6:00 pm. Members of the press may attend the Q&A either in person or via conference call. Please note: press must register by emailing or calling 703-412-1315 to attend or to participate via conference call.

Benoît Battistelli
Benoît Battistelli took up his duties as President of the European Patent Office on 1 July 2010 following his election in March. Mr Battistelli, a French national born in Paris on 12 July 1950, is married with three children. A law graduate and former student at the Paris Institute of Political Science (IEP) and the National School of Administration (ENA), Mr Battistelli began his career as a senior civil servant in the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance, where he was principally responsible for devising, implementing and evaluating public policy in the various ministries and public administrative institutions. There followed various positions at the Directorate-General for Competition and Consumer Affairs and the Directorate of External Economic Relations at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, where he was involved, in particular, as Trade Commissioner to Poland, Italy, India and Turkey.

In 1997, Mr Battistelli was appointed Regional Director for Foreign Trade for the Paris-Ile-de-France region. In 1999, he became director with responsibility for innovation, competitiveness and industrial property policy at the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry. Mr Battistelli served as Chief Advisor to Nicole Fontaine (President of the European Parliament from July 1999 to January 2002 and Junior Minister for Industry) before being appointed Director General of the French National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) in May 2004. Mr Battistelli also served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the European Patent Academy from July 2005 to July 2008 and was elected Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in March 2009, after serving as Vice-Chairman of the Council from December 2006 on.

The European Patent Office
The European Patent Office (EPO) provides a uniform application procedure for individual inventors and companies seeking patent protection in up to 40 European countries. It is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation and is supervised by the Administrative Council.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
The American Intellectual Property Law Association is a national bar association of approximately 16,000 members engaged in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in academia. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of various fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property, and they have a keen interest in a strong and efficient intellectual property system