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Benoît Battistelli was elected president of the European Patent Office (EPO) in July 2010. His initial mandate was extended by three years (to June 2018), following the unanimous approval of his results and programmes by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in June 2014.
Before joining the EPO, Mr Battistelli was director general of the French National Institute of Industrial Property from May 2004. He was also elected chair of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in March 2009. During his career, Mr Battistelli has held several high-profile positions concerned with innovation, competitiveness and external economic relations – for example, as French trade commissioner to Poland, Italy, India and Turkey.
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