149th meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 12 and 13 October 2016)
17 October 2016
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 149th meeting in Munich on 12 and 13 October 2016 under the chairmanship of Jesper Kongstad, Director General of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.
After the Chairman's report on the most recent meetings of the Board of the Administrative Council, the Council noted the activities report given by the President of the European Patent Office, Benoît Battistelli (to be published shortly on this website). The Council was pleased with the excellent results achieved by the Office in terms of efficiency and productivity but again stressed the need to be conscious of any possible impact on quality. The Council urged staff and management to use the momentum of the Social Conference, held just ahead of the Council meeting, in order to further the social dialogue and work together to find solutions.
The Council then proceeded with a series of appointments and reappointments of members of the Enlarged Board of Appeal and a Chairman and of legally and technically qualified members of the Board of Appeals.
Later, under the heading Legal and International Affairs, the Council heard a status report on the Unitary patent and related developments, given by the Slovak delegation, representing the country holding the EU presidency for the second half of 2016.
The Council made the following appointments to the Boards of Appeal Committee each for a three-year term, starting on 13 October 2016
a) from among the delegations:
Mr Roland Grossenbacher(CH) and his alternate Mr Derk-Jan De Groot (NL),
Ms Patricia García-Escudero (ES) and her alternate Mr Jorma Hanski (FI),
Ms Bucura Ionescu (RO) and her alternate Ms Catherine Margellou (GR)
b) from among former or serving judges:
Mr Klaus Bacher (DE), Mr Justice Birss (GB) and Mr Are Stenvik (NO). Alternate members in this category would be appointed at the next Council meeting. The Council noted that the Board of Appeals Committee and the President would make a joint proposal for appointment of the President of the Boards of Appeal in time for the next Council meeting.
By way of further appointments to the Council's own bodies, in each case for a three-year term, starting on 15 December 2016, the Council:
-elected Mr Josef Kratochvíl (CZ) deputy chairman of the Council,
re-elected Mr Lex Kaufhold (LU) deputy chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee; and
-elected Mr Vojko Toman (SI) member of the Board of the Administrative Council.
It also elected Ms Delfina Autiero (IT) member representing the Administrative Council within the Supervisory Board of the Reserve Funds for Pensions and Social Security (RFPSS) with effect from 12 October 2016.
On a proposal from the President, the Council decided to extend until 31 December 2018 the appointments of Mr Alberto Casado (ES) and Mr ZeljkoTopic (HR), Vice-Presidents in charge of Directorate-General 2 and 4 respectively.
Finally, the Council noted, as a first step in a longer process, comprehensive social and financial studies and had an exchange of views on reviewing the disciplinary procedures framework.