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12.10.15

Contacting National Delegations to Complain About the European Patent Office (EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The national delegations to whom the serious abuses by the European Patent Office (EPO) can — and probably should — be reported

THE EPO‘s management is apparently (if word on the street is to be believed) shielded by fear. The continued abuse is facilitated mostly by the Administrative Council, where nobody ‘dares’ to take the first move and challenge Team Battistelli, having already seen how Battistelli can bully delegates. We have decided to make a concise summary of the situation along with the following easy-to-follow list of contacts for anyone wishing to express an opinion and/or ask national delegations to tackle the abuses.

Starting with smaller member states (or groups) and moving towards larger ones, here we go. Some E-mails may no longer be up to date or active, so contacting several people (multiple recipients) is the safest way to ensure the messages land on the right ears. For one to contact one’s officials is not political activism but an exercise in functioning democracy.

Albania

Delegates/Representatives:

elvin.lako@dppm.gov.al

elvanda.mece@dppm.gov.al

mailinf@dppm.gov.al


Bulgaria

Delegates/Representatives:

vbabaleva@bpo.bg

tnaydenova@bpo.bg

bpo@bpo.bg


Croatia

Delegates/Representatives:

ljiljana.kuterovac@dziv.hr


Cyprus

Delegates/Representatives:

skokkinos@drcor.mcit.gov.cy

eeleftheriou@drcor.mcit.gov.cy


Czech Republic

Delegates/Representatives:

jkratochvil@upv.cz

skopecka@upv.cz

posta@upv.cz


Estonia

Delegates/Representatives:

Matti.Paets@epa.ee

Margus.Viher@epa.ee


Greece

Delegates/Representatives:

ssta@obi.gr

kmar@obi.gr

info@obi.gr


Latvia

Delegates/Representatives:

guntis.ramans@lrpv.gov.lv

sandris.laganovskis@lrpv.gov.lv

valde@lrpv.lv


Lithuania

Delegates/Representatives:

rimvydas.naujokas@vpb.gov.lt

zilvinas.danys@vpb.gov.lt


Macedonia

Delegates/Representatives:

safet.emruli@ippo.gov.mk

irenaj@ippo.gov.mk


Malta

Delegates/Representatives:

godwin.warr@gov.mt

michelle.bonello@gov.mt


Monaco

Delegates/Representatives:

ekheng@gouv.mc

expansion@gouv.mc

mcpi@gouv.mc


Poland

Delegates/Representatives:

aadamczak@uprp.pl

ematysiak@uprp.pl

glachowicz@uprp.pl


Portugal

Delegates/Representatives:

leonor.trindade@inpi.pt

marco.dinis@inpi.pt


Romania

Delegates/Representatives:

ionel.muscalu@osim.ro

alexandru.strenc@osim.ro

office@osim.ro


San Marino

Delegates/Representatives:

silvia.rossi.ubm@pa.sm

b.cinquantini@ngpatent.it


Serbia

Delegates/Representatives:

btotic@zis.gov.rs

bbilenkati@zis.gov.rs

zis@zis.gov.rs


Slovakia

Delegates/Representatives:

lubos.knoth@indprop.gov.sk

lukrecia.marcokova@indprop.gov.sk

urad@indprop.gov.sk


Slovenia

Delegates/Representatives:

Vesna.StankovicJuricic@uil-sipo.si

Ales.orazem@uil-sipo.si

h.zalaznik@uil-sipo.si

sipo@uil-sipo.si


Turkey

Delegates/Representatives:

habip.asan@turkpatent.gov.tr

akocer@turkpatent.gov.tr

info@turkpatent.gov.tr


Belgium

L’Office belge de la Propriété intellectuelle (OPRI)
SPF Economie, P.M.E., Classes moyennes et Energie
City Atrium C
Rue du Progrès, 50
B-1210 Brussels, BELGIUM
Ms. Sabine Laruelle

http://www.laruelle.belgium.be/fr/equipe-et-contact

http://www.sabinelaruelle.be/homepage

info@laruelle.fgov.be

Delegates/Representatives:

jerome.debrulle@economie.fgov.be

geoffrey.bailleux@mineco.fgov.be


Netherlands

NL Octrooicentrum
Ministerie van Economische Zaken
Bezuidenhoutseweg 73
postbus 20401
NL- 2500 EK, Den Haag
NEDERLANDS
Mr. Henk Kamp

http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/regering/bewindspersonen/henk-kamp

Assistant:
b.becker@minez.nl
Spokespersons:
b.visser@minez.nl
P.vanStrien@minez.nl
t.d.vanes@minez.nl

Delegates/Representatives:

derk-jan.degroot@agentschapnl.nl

p.h.m.vanbeukering@minez.nl


Luxembourg

Office de la propriété intellectuelle
Ministère de l’Economie et du Commerce extérieur
19-21, boulevard Royal
L-2914 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG
Mr. Etienne Schneider

http://www.eco.public.lu/ministere/ministre/index.html

etienne.schneider@eco.etat.lu
minister@eco.etat.lu
Secretary:
catherine.lammar@eco.etat.lu

Delegates/Representatives:

lex.kaufhold@eco.etat.lu

claude.sahl@eco.etat.lu


UK

Intellectual Property Office
Department for
Business Innovation & Skills
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
UNITED KINGDOM
Dr. Vince Cable

https://www.gov.uk/government/people/vince-cable

enquiries@bis.gsi.gov.uk
cablev@parliament.uk

Delegates/Representatives:

john.alty@ipo.gov.uk
sean.dennehey@ipo.gov.uk


Ireland

Irish Patents Office
Department of
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation,
23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
IRELAND
Mr. Richard Bruton

http://www.djei.ie/corporate/ministersoffice/richardbruton.htm

minister@djei.ie

Delegates/Representatives:

gerard.barrett@patentsoffice.ie


France

Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI)
Ministère de l’Économie,
des Finances et
du Commerce extérieur
139, rue de Bercy
F-75572 Paris Cedex 12
FRANCE
Mr. Emmanuel Macron

http://www.economie.gouv.fr/le-ministere/emmanuel-macron

Delegates/Representatives:

ylapierre@inpi.fr

fclaireau@inpi.fr

contact@inpi.fr


Italy

Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi
(UIBM)
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico
Uffici del Ministro
Via Veneto 33
IT-00187 Roma
ITALIA
Ms. Federica Guidi

http://www.sviluppoeconomico.gov.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&idmenu=3315

segreteria.ministro@mise.gov.it

Delegates/Representatives:

mauro.masi@consap.it

loredana.gulino@mise.gov.it


Spain

Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas
(OEPM)
Ministerio de Industria,
Energía y Turismo
Pº de la Castellana 160.
ES-28046 Madrid
ESPAÑA
Dr. José Manuel Soria López

http://www.minetur.gob.es/es-ES/Ministro/Biografia/Paginas/CV_Ministro.aspx

secretaria.ministro@mityc.es

Delegates/Representatives:

patricia.garcia-escudero@oepm.es

pedro.cartagena@oepm.es


Germany

Deutsches Marken- und Patentamt (DPMA)
Bundesministerium der Justiz (BMJ)
Mohrenstraße 37
D-10117 Berlin
DEUTSCHLAND
Mr. Heiko Maas

http://www.bmjv.de/DE/Ministerium/Hausleitung/Minister/_node.html

mail@heiko-maas.de
poststelle@bmj.bund.de

Delegates/Representatives:

ernst-ch@bmj.bund.de

info@dpma.de


Switzerland

Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum
Eidgenössischen Justiz- und Polizeidepartement (EJPD)
Bundeshaus West
CH-3003 Bern
SCHWEIZ
Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga

http://www.ejpd.admin.ch/ejpd/de/home/ueber-uns/dv.html

simonetta.sommaruga@gs-ejpd.admin.ch
simonetta.sommaruga@parl.ch

Delegates/Representatives:

roland.grossenbacher@ipi.ch

christian.bock@metas.ch

info@ipi.ch


Liechtenstein

Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum
Ministerium für Inneres,
Justiz und Wirtschaft
Postfach 684
9490 Vaduz
LIECHTENSTEIN
Dr. Thomas Zwiefelhofer

http://www.regierung.li/ministerien/wirtschaft/mitarbeitende-kontakt/

thomas@zwiefelhofer.net
Assistant:
Simon.Biedermann@regierung.li

Delegates/Representatives:

Sabine.Monauni@llv.li

Esther.Schindler@llv.li

ute.hammermann@avw.llv.li

info@avw.llv.li


Austria

Österreichisches Patentamt
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Radetzkystraße 2
A-1030 Wien
ÖSTERREICH
Mr. Alois Stöger

http://www.bmvit.gv.at/

alois.stoeger@spoe.at

Delegates/Representatives:

friedrich.roedler@patentamt.at

andrea.scheichl@patentamt.at

info@patentamt.at


Hungary

Hungarian Intellectual Property Office
Ministry of Public Administration
and Justice
Kossuth Lajos tér 2-4.
HU-1055 Budapest
HUNGARY
Dr. Tibor Navracsics

http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-public-administration-and-justice/the-minister

info@kim.gov.hu
intcomm@me.gov.hu

Delegates/Representatives:

miklos.bendzsel@hipo.gov.hu

mihaly.ficsor@hipo.gov.hu

elnokseg@hipo.gov.hu


Denmark

Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO)
Ministry for Business and Growth
Slotsholmsgade 10-12
DK-1216 København K
DENMARK
Mr. Henrik Sass Larsen

http://www.evm.dk/english/the-minister

evm@evm.dk
Press Secretary
smn@evm.dk

Delegates/Representatives:

jko@dkpto.dk

arj@dkpto.dk

mlr@dkpto.dk

knj@dkpto.dk

pbp@dkpto.dk

pvs@dkpto.dk


Sweden

Swedish Patent and Registration Office
Ministry of Justice
Rosenbad 4
SE-103 33 Stockholm
SWEDEN
Ms. Beatrice Ask

http://www.government.se/sb/d/7567

beatrice.ask@gov.se
Justitiedepartementet.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

Delegates/Representatives:

susanne.sivborg@prv.se

per.holmstrand@prv.se

Update: Beatrice Ask is no longer minister of justice, it’s Morgan Johansson. Best way of contacting is via registrator of department of justice: ju.registrator@regeringskansliet.se


Finland

National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland (NBPR)
Ministry of Employment
and the Economy
P.O. Box 32
FI-00023 GOVERNMENT
FINLAND
Mr. Jan Vapaavuori
Minister of Economic Affairs

http://www.tem.fi/index.phtml?l=en&s=2297

jan.vapaavuori@tem.fi

Secretary:

jonna.sjogren@tem.fi

Delegates/Representatives:

rauni.hagman@prh.fi

jorma.hanski@prh.fi


Norway

The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO)
Ministry of Trade and Industry
P.O.Box 8114 Dep.,
N-0030 Oslo
NORWAY
Monica Mæland, Minister of Trade and Industry

http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/nfd/about-the-ministry/minister-of-trade-and-industry-monica-ma.html?id=742948

postmottak@nfd.dep.no

Delegates/Representatives:

pfo@patentstyret.no

jsa@patentstyret.no


Iceland

Icelandic Patent Office
Ministry of Industries and Innovation
Skulagotu 4
150 Reykjavík
Iceland
Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir
Minister of Industry and Commerce

http://eng.atvinnuvegaraduneyti.is/ministers/nr/6748

rea@althingi.is
postur@anr.is

Delegates/Representatives:

borghildur@els.is

elfa@els.is


If we have left something or someone out, or if an inclusion of an entry is out of date, please let us know in the comments below.

Once upon a time someone spoke of the “Broken Governance of the European Patent Organisation”, noting that “several members of the Administration Board of the European Patent Organisation are the national patent offices themselves!”

At the time, things were different and not the same persons involved.

Nevertheless, back then the list of representatives at the Administrative Council of the EPO highlighted the fact that the Executive was also the Legislator:

BE: Office de la Propriété Intellectuelle
BG: Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria
CZ: Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic
DK: Danish Patent and Trademark Office
EE: Estonian Patent Office
ES: Department, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
FI: National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland
FR: Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle
UK: UK Intellectual Property Office
GR: Industrial Property Organisation (OBI)
HU: Hungarian Patent Office
HR: State Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia
IE: Irish Patents Office
IS: Icelandic Patent Office
IT: Office italien des brevets et des marques
LT: The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania
LV: Latvian Patent Office
NL: Netherlands Patent Office
NO: Norwegian Industrial Property Office
PL: Patent Office of the Republic of Poland
PT: National Institute of Industrial Property
RO: State Office for Inventions and Trademarks
SE: Swedish Patent and Registration Office
SI: Slovenian Intellectual Property Office
SK: Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic
TR: Turkish Patent Institute

Three questions were raised at the time:

  1. Does the Council recognise that there is lack of separation of powers between the legislative powers and the executive powers in the European Patent Organisation?
  2. How does the Council view the separation of powers between the legislative and the executive powers in the future European Patent System?
  3. How does the Council view the fact that the same lack of separation of powers may happen inside its own institution?

That was written a long time ago, but it was rather prophetic because we still see some overlap between the legislative and executive powers. This in its own right is a subject which merits open debate.

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