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    Mr Benoît Battistelli

Since July 2010, Benoît Battistelli has been President of the European Patent Office, an international organisation with 38 member states, comprising all the members of the European Union, plus a number of further countries, including Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and several Southeast European states.

A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP) and the National School of Administration (ENA), Mr Battistelli held various positions in the Directorate-General for Competition and Consumer Affairs and the Directorate of External Economic Relations at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance.

Mr Battistelli acted as Chief Advisor to Nicole Fontaine (Minister for Industry in the French government from June 2002 to May 2004), before being appointed Director General of the French National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) in May 2004.

Mr Battistelli also chaired the Supervisory Board of the European Patent Academy from July 2005 to July 2008 and held the position of Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation from March 2009 to June 2010, after serving as the Council's Deputy Chairman from December 2006 to March 2009.

Mr Battistelli has been awarded the title of Professor honoris causa by the Renmin University of China, Beijing and by the Menéndez Pelayo University in Santander, Spain.

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