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Archived updates for Thursday, July 01, 2004

Alain Pompidou Assumes Presidency of the European Patent Office

On July 1, 2004, Alain Pompidou became the fourth President of the European Patent Office (EPO) since it was set up in 1977.  The 62-year old Frenchman, with doctorates in medicine, science and biology, has been a professor in the medical faculty of the University of Paris since 1974.  He was also a member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 1999, where he was particularly concerned with the patentability of biotechnology inventions and bioethics.

Mr. Pompidou considers the two main objectives of his presidency to be "to improve, in conjunction with the member states, the performance of the European patent system, and to strengthen international co-operation. At Office level, this will mean boosting efficiency by drawing more on each individual's potential and creating real dynamic concertation with the staff."

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