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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

Summaries of the tasks of the committees

By-Laws Committee

The By-Laws Committee assists the President, the Board and the Council in all matters having regard to the interpretation of the various regulations of the epi, the most important of them being the Founding Regulation and the By-Laws. On request of the Board or Council the Committee proposes in the three official languages amendments of existing By-Laws, or drafts new ones.

The By-Laws Committee is responsible for the organisation of the Collection of Decisions (CoD) and for editorial changes and translation revisions.

The By-Laws Committee consists of five members, of which one shall have German, one English, and one French, respectively, as their mother tongue. This Committee shall have up to four substitute members, of which, one shall have German, one English, and one French, respectively as their mother tongue, necessarily substituting the full member having the same mother tongue.

Terms of Reference of the By-Laws

Committee Members
Country Name
FR Pascal Moutard (Chair)
Sylvain Le Vaguerèse (subst.)
GB Terry Johnson
IT Paolo Gerli
MC Günther Schmalz
AT Martin Forsthuber (subst.)
BE Francis Leyder (subst.)
DE Michael Thesen (subst.)

Editorial Committee

The task of the Editorial Committee in publishing "epi Information" shall be to ensure that the publisher of the journal will receive all texts to be published. In addition, the tasks if the Editorial Committee in maintaining the epi website shall be to ensure that all texts to be published are placed and removed from the website as appropriate.

The Editorial Committee shall consist of at least four and at most eight members. Of these, one shall have German, one English, and one French, respectively, as their mother tongue. At least one member should have knowledge of Internet website design.

Terms of Reference of the Editorial Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
DE Albert Wiedemann
FR Marc Nevant
GB Terry Johnson (Chair)
NL Maarten Nollen

epi-Finances Committee

The epi-Finances Committee advises on the preparation of the budget and makes proposals for the financial planning and financial management of the Institute. The Committee is empowered to consider financial management of the Institute and investigates every aspect of the financial affairs of the Institute, particularly for the purpose of ensuring a balanced financial situation.

The Committee shall have a maximum of ten full members.

Terms of Reference of the epi-Finances Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
BE Claude Quintelier
CH André jr. Braun
DE Michael Maikowski (Chair)
FR Jean-Loup Laget
GB Tim Powell (Secretary)
IT Guilia Tagliafico
LU Jean Beissel
PL Ewa Malewska
RO Doina Tuluca
SM Andrea Tiburzi

EPO Finances Committee

The Committee's terms of reference are to keep under review the information available, from the EPO or otherwise, concerning all aspects of the financial affairs and forward planning of the EPO having relevance for the levels of official fees charged to the applicant. The concern of the Committee is not just the absolute level of fees, but also assessing whether the users of the EPO get value for money. This involves looking to the Annual Report and other documents relating to the EPO's costs, staffing, financial obligations, performance, and levels of demand.

The committee shall have a maximum of four full members, and up to four substitute members.

Terms of References of the EPO Finances Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
BE Claude Quintelier
CH Michael Liebetanz
GB Jim Boff (Chair)
IE Lindsay Casey
DE Carsten Szymanowski (subst.)
ES Santiago Jordá Petersen (subst.)
IT Alessandra Longoni (subst.)
NL Erik Bartelds (subst.)

Online Communications Committee

The Online Communications Committee collaborates with the European Patent Office in its projects for introducing online communication. The Committee draws on experience and knowledge of the systems set up by the national Patent Offices of the USA and Japan. In addition, the Committee monitors the activities of National Patent Offices in the Member States and other official institutions in the area of online communications in connection with intellectual property and observes the efforts of these institutions regarding harmonisation of online communications. The Committee deals with all questions relating to these projects referred to it by members of the epi. The Committee members are selected for having practical experience of online systems for the benefit of the members of epi, and of the European Patent Office and its users.

The Committee shall have a maximum of eleven full members.

Terms of References of the OCC

Committee Members
Country Name
DE Ludger Eckey
DK Peter Indahl
FI Antero Virkkala (Chair)
FR Catherine Ménès
GB Hugh Dunlop
IE David Brophy (Secretary)
IT Luciano Bosotti
NL Johan van der Veer
SM Gian Masciopinto

Harmonisation Committee

The Harmonisation Committee deals with all questions concerning the worldwide harmonisation of Patent Law. In particular, the Committee advises the delegates named by the President of the Council for meetings of the Standing Committee on the law of Patents, convened by WIPO, or for other related meetings convened by WIPO, and reports to the Council about these meetings.

The Harmonisation Committee shall have a maximum of seven full members and a maximum of seven substitute members.

Terms of Reference of the Harmonisation Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
BE Francis Leyder (Secretary)
CH Axel Braun
DE Lothar Steiling
ES Luis-Alfonso Durán Moya
GB John Brown (Chair)
IE Naoise Gaffney
MC Tum Thach
BG Natasha Andreeva (subst.)
DK Bo Hammer Jensen (subst.)
FI Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (subst.)
FR Philippe Conan (subst.)
IT Filippo Santi (subst.)
SE Peter Martinsson (subst.)
TR Aydin Mutlu (subst.)

Committee on Biotechnological Inventions

The Committee on Biotechnological Inventions shall consider and discuss all questions pertaining to, or connected with, inventions in the field of biotecchnology, including the Budapest Treaty.

For this Committee, only one full member may be elected for each member state.

Terms of Reference of the Biotech Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
AL Diana Sinojmeri
AT Andreas Pföstl
BE Ann de Clercq (Chair)
BG Stanislava Stefanova
CH Dieter Wächter
CZ Roman Hak
DE Günter Keller
DK Anne Schouboe
ES Francisco Bernardo Noriega
FI Sisko Knuth-Lehtola
FR Brigitte Taravella
GB Simon Wright (Secretary)
HR Tihomir Dragun
HU Árpád Pethö
IE Anna-Louise Hally
IS Thorlakur Jonsson
IT Olga Capasso
LI Burkhard Bogensberger
LT Ludmila Gerasimovic
LU Stéphane Speich
LV Valentina Sergejeva
MK Bogoljub Ilievski
MT Luigi Sansone
NL Bart Swinkels
NO Liv Thoresen
PL Lidia Chlebicka
PT Alberto Canelas
RO Cristina Popa
RS Zeljka Brkic
SE Niklas Mattsson
SI Mojca Bencina
SK Katarina Makel'ová
SM Maria Primiceri
TR Ayse Erdem

Professional Conduct Committee

The Professional Conduct Committee shall deal with the formulation of recommandations in compliance with the Founding Regulation.

For this Committee the maximum number of members which may be elected from each member state is one full member and one substitute member.

Terms of Reference of the PCC

Committee Members
Country Name
AL Vjollca Shomo
AT Alois Peham
Tobias Fox (subst.)
BE Wim van den Boeck (Secretary)
Koen Vanhalst (subst.)
BG Radislava Andreeva Kosseva
Neyko Hristov Neykov (subst.)
CH Regula Rüedi
Paul Georg Maué (subst.)
CZ Dobroslav Musil
Vitezlsav Zak (subst.)
DE Holger Geitz
Rainer Kasseckert (subst.)
DK Leif Roerboel
EE Jaak Ostrat
ES Iñigo Elosegui de la Peña
FI Juhani Kupiainen (Deputy Secretary)
Jonna Sahlin (subst.)
FR Nicolas Delorme
Brigitte Taravella (subst.)
GB Tim Norris
Tim Powell (subst.)
HR Aleksandar Bijelic
Albina Dlacic (subst.)
HU Mihaly Lantos
IE Michael Lucey
Brian O`Neill (subst.)
IS Thorlakur Jonsson
Einar Karl Fridriksson (subst.)
IT Giorgio Checcacci (Chair)
Andrea Marietti (subst.)
LI Roland Wildi
LT Vitalija Banaitiene
Virgina Draugeliene (subst.)
LU Henri Kihn
LV Alexander Smirnov
Larisa Fortuna (subst.)
MC Nicolas Hautier
MK Marija Kjoseska
MT Antoine Camillieri
NL Hans Bottema
John Peters (subst.)
NO Knut Thorvaldsen
Lorentz Selmer (subst.)
PL Ludwik Hudy
Magdalena Krekora (subst.)
PT César De Bessa Monteiro
João Luis Garcia (subst.)
RO Dana Maria Petrea
Gheorghe Bucsa (subst.)
SE Anders Lindgren
Stina Sjögren Paulsson (subst.)
SI Jure Marn
Marjanca Golmajer Zima (subst.)
SK Dagmar Cechvalová
SM Silvio Bergamini
Fabio Marcello Merighi (subst.)
TR Selda Arkan

European Patent Practice Committee

The European Patent Practice Committee (EPPC) considers and discusses all questions pertaining to, or connected with, practice under the European Patent Convention, the Community Unitary Patent Regulation and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) including any revision thereof, except questions concerning inventions in the field of biotechnology, online communications, documentation and patent information, the litigation of EP and Community applications and patents, and the setting of EPO fees. The EPPC drafts epi position papers for ratification by Council and then submits them to relevant bodies.

This Committee shall include one full member, for each member state, and additional full members belonging to four technological groups as follows:

- Pharmaceuticals (10 members);

- Information and Communication Technologies (12 members);

- Mechanics: (10 members);

- Chemistry (8 members).

Terms of References of the EPPC

Committee Members
Country Name
AL Vladimir Nika
Ditika Hoxha
AT Werner Kovac
Andreas Vögele
BE Ludivine Coulon
Pieter Vandersteen
BG Samuil Gabriel Benatov
Violeta Varbanova Shentova
CH Paul Georg Maué
Martin Wilming
CY Christos A. Theodoulou
CZ Roman Bucek
Ivana Jirotkova
DE Silke Völger
Heike Vogelsang-Wenke
DK Eva Carlsson
Soeren Skovgaard Pedersen
EE Margus Sarap
Jürgen Toome
ES Enrique Armijo Navarro-Reverter
Francisco Bernardo Noriega
FI Terhi Marjut Anneli Honkasalo
Arja Weckman
FR Jean-Robert Callon De Lamarck
Sylvain Le Vaguerèse
GB Jim Boff
Chris Mercer (Chair)
GR Manolis Samuelides
HR Tomislav Hadzija
Gordana Turkalj
HU Zsolt Lengyel
Zsolt Szentpéteri
IE Conor Boyce
Denis McCarthy
IS Einar Karl Fridriksson (Secretary)
Dana Marlin
IT Francesco Macchetta
Micaela Modiano
LI Christoph Gyaja
Andreas Keil
LT Vitalija Banaitiene
Ausra Pakeniene
LU Sigmar Lampe
Philipe Ocvirk (Secretary)
LV Jevgenijs Fortuna
Alexander Smirnov
MC Michael Fleuchaus
Nicolas Hautier
MK Bogoljub Ilievski
Marija Kjoseska
NL Arnt Aalbers
Ruurd Jorritsma
NO Kristine Rekdal
Knut Thorvaldsen
PL Marek Bury
Katarzyna Lewicka
PT Pedro Alves Moreira
Fernando Ferreira Magno
RO Daniella Nicolaescu
Doina Tuluca
RS Uros Plavsa
SE Jenny Blidefalk
Fredrik Carlsson
SI Annette Hegner
Bojan Ivancic
SK Marta Majlingová
SM Andrea Perronace
Andrea Tiburzi
TR Aydin Deris
Sertac Murat Köksaldi


Professional Education Committee (PEC)

PEC advises the epi Board on professional education and qualification. Its members are professional representatives, with at least one from each EPC member country, and it meets regularly.

The PEC also liaises with the Examination Board/Examination Committees on behalf of epi. It organises and oversees educational activities, including epi Tutorials. It administrates the epi Students, who are trainees preparing for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE). PEC maintains continuous dialogue between itself, tutors and students.

PEC has set up a number of working groups to concentrate on key areas of its responsibility.

At the moment, PEC is particularly considering EQE pass rates and Continuing Professional Education for professional representatives. It has set up working groups to look at both topics.

Terms of Reference of the PEC

Committee Members

View here a list of all full and substitute members and get in touch with your national PEC member.


PEC has set up a number of subcommittees to concentrate on key areas of its responsibilities.


Litigation Committee

The Litigation Committee considers and discusses all questions, including inter-state agreements, related to the litigation of European and EP patents and patent applications, as well as representation in Court by European Patent Attorneys and the proposal to separate the Boards of Appeal from the European Patent Office.

The Committee shall consist of a maximum of one full member and one substitute member for each contracting state.

Terms of Reference of the Litigation Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
AL Ela Panidha
AT Werner Kovac
Harald Nemec (subst.)
BE Pieter Vandersteen
Valérie Mellet (subst.)
BG Milena Lubenova Georgieva-Tabakova
Slavcheva Pakidanska (subst.)
CH Peter Thomsen (Secretary)
Andreas Detken (subst.)
CY Christos A. Theodoulou
CZ Michal Guttmann
Eva Halaxova (subst.)
DE Tilman Pfrang
Christian Rupp (subst.)
DK Nicolai Kanved
Ejvind Christiansen (subst.)
EE Mart Enn Koppel
ES Juan Arias Sanz
Santiago Jordà Petersen (subst.)
FI Kirsikka Etuaho
Olli Jaakko Väisänen (subst.)
FR Axel Casalonga (Chair)
Pierre Gendraud (subst.)
GB John Malcolm Hepworth
Tim Powell (subst.)
HR Sanja Vukina
Mladen Vukmir (subst.)
HU Ferenc Török (Vice-Chair)
IE Triona Walshe
Jonathan White (subst.)
IS Gunnar Örn Hardarson
Einar Karl Fridriksson (subst.)
IT Giuseppe Colucci
Antonella De Gregori (subst.)
LI Bernd-Günther Harmann
Amon Marxer (subst.)
LT Reda Zaboliene
Otilija Klimaitiene (subst.)
LU Mathis Bruck
Didier Lecomte (subst.
LV Voldemars Osmans
Jevgenijs Fortuna (subst.)
MC Günther Schmalz
Tum Thach (subst.)
MK Vanco Damjanski
NL Paul Magnus Clarkson
Leonardus Johannes Steenbeek (subst.)
NO Kari Simonsen
Haakon Thue Lie (subst.)
PL Lech Bury
Anna Korbela (subst.)
PT Nuno Cruz
António Corte-Real Cruz (subst.)
RO Dan Puscasu
Raluca Vasilescu (subst.)
RS Mihajlo Zatezalo
SE Margareta Linderoth
Peter Martinsson (subst.)
SI Nina Drnovsek
Barbara Kunič Tešović (subst.)
SK ladimir Neuschl
Katarina Bad'urová (subst.)
SM Gian Giuseppe Masciopinto
Antonio Maroscia (subst.)
TR Aydin Deris
Serra Yardimici Coral (subst.)

Electoral Committee

The Electoral Committee set up by the Council under Rule 4 of the Rules for election of Council, shall ensure the smooth running of the elections. For the ordinary election for which it is set up, the Electoral Committee shall supervise conformity with the applicable rules, the opening of envelopes and counting of the votes, shall decide in cases of doubt, shall draw  lots whenever required by the Rules for Election of Council, and shall prepare a written report to the President of the Council on that election.

Terms of Reference of the Electoral Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
CH Markus Müller (Chair)
GB Peter Barrett
IS Árni Vilhjálmsson

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee consists of a maximum of 6 members being current or former members of the Presidium, elected by the Council and not standing for election to the Board. The Nominations Committee exists to seek candidates for positions belonging to the Board, bearing in mind the capacity and the time availability of candidates to comply with the responsibilities of the positions to be filled, so as to ensure that there is at least a candidate for each vacant position in the Board.

Terms of Reference of the Nominations Committee

Committee Members
Country Name
BE Claude Quintelier - (chair)
DE Gabriele Leissler-Gerstl
ES Luis-Alfonso Durán
FR Sylvain Le Vaguerèse (Secretary)
RO Mihaela Teodorescu
TR Selda Arkan

epi Studentship Admissions Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to determine whether each person applying to become an epi student has the necessary qualifications to meet the requirements set out in the Rules governing epi studentship.

The Committee shall consist of six members elected by Council. 

Please note that the Committee consists of 7 members elected temporarily for the transition phase until the C83

Terms of Reference of SAC

Committee Members
Country Name
CH Mr Nicolas Favre
DE Ms Gabriele Leissler-Gerstl
Mr Stefan Kastel
GB Mr Chris Mercer
GR Mr Dimitrios Roukounas
IT Mr Francesco Macchetta
Mr Paolo Provvisionato