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.
Sir Mike Pitt
Sir Michael Pitt has been appointed as the second Chairman of the Legal Services Board (LSB), and took up post on 1 May 2014. The appointment was made by the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice.
Mike graduated from University College London with a first class honours degree in Engineering. During the first half of his career he was involved in the planning, design and construction of transport and other infrastructure in this country and abroad, working for the private and public sectors. He has held Directorships in the country’s largest local authorities. From 1990 to 2005 he was Chief Executive of Cheshire and Kent County Councils.
More recently, he has worked on a wide range of consultancy assignments, including a year-long appointment as independent Chair of the Government’s review of the 2007 floods. He has also been Chair of a number of other organisations including NHS South West, two companies and a charity. His most recent post before becoming Chairman of the LSB was as Chair and Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate.
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.