Alain Pompidou Takes Office As EPO President

Law360 (July 1, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Alain Pompidou has succeeded Ingo Kober as President of the European Patent Office, taking office as part of an unusual “dual-mandate” deal that was negotiated to quell a row between member states over the appointment.

Elected in December 2003 by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, the EPO’s supervisory body , Pompidou becomes the fourth President of the EPO since it was set up in 1977.

In a statement, Pompidou said the two main objectives of his presidency would be "to improve, in conjunction...
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