Benoît Battistelli to head the Administrative Council of the EPO

Benoît Battistelli is appointed as its next Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (EPO). Mr Battistelli is Director General of France’s I nstitut national de la propriété industrielle (INPI), and has served as Deputy Chairman of the EPO’s Administrative Council since 2006. His three-year term as Chairman of the Council will run from 5 March 2009 until March 2012, and will not affect his functions as head of INPI and of the French delegation in the Council.