UKIPO Director Steve Rowan joins the EPO as Vice-President of the Patent DG

Published: 11 October 2018

CIPA has congratulated Steve Rowan of the UK Intellectual Property Office on his appointment as Vice-President of the European Patent Office's Directorate-General Patent Granting Process. 

Steve, who is Director of Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Tribunals at the UKIPO, will take up his new post on January 1, 2019. He will succeed Alberto Casado Cerviño of Spain.

The EPO's Patent DG is responsible for the entire patent granting process and provides support for all users of EPO services.

CIPA President Stephen Jones said: "We have sent our congratulations to Steve. He is a great friend of CIPA's and we look forward to continuing our contact with him at the EPO. 

"At a time of great international change, Steve's appointment can only strengthen the relationship between the UK and the EPO."