President 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. His mandate runs until 30 June 2018. A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP) and the National School of Administration (ENA), Mr Battistelli began his career as a senior civil servant in the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance.
In 1997, Mr Battistelli was appointed Regional Director for Foreign Trade for the Ile-de-France region. In 1999, he became director with responsibility for innovation, competitiveness and industrial property policy at the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry. Mr Battistelli acted as Chief Advisor to Nicole Fontaine, 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.
Tim Moss, CBE – Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the Intellectual Property Office
Tim took up post as Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on 1 May 2017. As CEO of the IPO Tim is responsible for advising Ministers on all IP policy matters and for the operation of the Office, which grants some 5509 patents 54761 trade marks each year.
Tim came to the IPO from Companies House where he was the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales and Chief Executive (March 2012- April 2017). He worked at Companies House from 2002 where he held many senior positions within the organisation. His extensive work portfolio included leading on the digital agenda, operational delivery, business strategy and corporate policy. Tim also held the position of president of the Corporate Registers Forum (an association of over 60 registries worldwide) from 2013 to 2017.
Tim’s career also includes 12 years in senior operational roles in the manufacturing industry; he has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Swansea University and lives on a farm in South Wales and is married with two children. He was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the economy and the people of Swansea.
Kristina Cornish- EPA, CPA, Partner at Kilburn & Strode
Kristina practices primarily in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical chemistry, foodstuff technology and low global warming fluorocarbons.. She advises clients in areas of patent strategy and represents clients at the European Patent Office in prosecution matters, oppositions and appeals.
Kristina has a track record of assisting various multi-national companies in their offensive and defensive patent position as they bring products to the marketplace. She is also regularly involved in providing advice in relation to infringement queries, as well as conducting freedom to operate searches on a world-wide scale.
Kristina is a member of the Bio Industry Association IP Committee and their work stream on the UK EU Life Sciences Transition Programme which feeds into the UK Government Ministerial Industry Strategy group. She is also a member of the Brexit EU Task Force for the English Law Society. Kristina was an examiner for the European Qualifying Examinations at the European Patent Office (Opposition paper) for 10 years and is a member of CIPA’s Life Science committee.