Roland Grossenbacher

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Dr. Roland Edouard Grossenbacher[1] is a Swiss attorney at law, who served as chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation from March 5, 2000 to March 4, 2009. He was appointed at this post for a first three-year term on 5 March 2000.[2] He was then reelected in 2002 for a second term, beginning on 5 March 2003.[3] In December 2005, he was again re-elected as Chairman of the Council from a third term from 5 March 2006 to 4 March 2009.[4] After he stepped down in March 2009, he was made "Honorary Chairman" of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation.[5]

He is the current Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, which he joined in 1976.[6] His first contact with patents was when he was involved "in a lawsuit while working as an attorney at law for a very small law firm." [6] He originally came "from the copyright area" and wrote his PhD on copyright.[6] He studied at the Zurich University from 1969 to 1974.[6]

He was candidate for the position of President of the European Patent Office, which was to be filled on 1 July 2010,[7] but has not been elected to the position.[8]

Publications[edit]

  • Die Entwicklung des Welturheberrechtsabkommens im Hinblick auf den Beitritt der Sowjetunion, Diss. Zürich 1977[9][10]
  • Das Uebersetzungsrecht des Welturheberrechtsabkommens und Schutzausnahmen im sowjetischen Urheberrecht: konventionsrechtliche Grenzen innerstaatlicher Einschränkungen des Uebersetzungsrecht, Film und Recht, 1977, Vol 21 No 12, p 816-821 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As source for his middle name, see (German) In Betreuung von Prof. Rehbinder erstellte Dissertationen, web site of the University of Zurich, Rechtswissenschaftliches Institutes, number 32. Consulted on February 12, 2010. See also the use of "Roland E. Grossenbacher" in Bertrand F. Micheli, Review of the Congress Geneva 2004 – Social Events, AIPPI Newsletter, October 2004, no. 14|4_04, page 10.
  2. ^ Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property web site, EPO: victory for Switzerland, Bern, October 15, 1999. Consulted on March 24, 2008.
  3. ^ EPO web site, Roland Grossenbacher reappointed to chair the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, Press release, 29 October 2002. Consulted on March 24, 2008.
  4. ^ Official Journal of the European Patent Office (OJ EPO) 1/2006, Report on the 104th meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (13 to 15 December 2005), p. 1.
  5. ^ EPO web site, "A special tribute to a special chairman", News, 1 April 2009. Consulted on April 3, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d Managing Intellectual Property, Fees may rise as EPO stresses quality (Interview: Roland Grossenbacher), February 1, 2008
  7. ^ EPO web site, Applications received for the post of EPO President, 17 September 2009. Consulted on September 18, 2009.
  8. ^ EPO web site, Benoît Battistelli elected EPO President, News, 1 March 2010. Consulted on 2 March 2010.
  9. ^ (German) In Betreuung von Prof. Rehbinder erstellte Dissertationen, web site of the University of Zurich, Rechtswissenschaftliches Institutes, number 32. Consulted on February 12, 2010.
  10. ^ Die Entwicklung des Welturheberrechtsabkommens im Hinblick auf den Beitritt der Sowjetunion, GROSSENBACHER, ROLAND, WIPO Library Catalog. Consulted on February 12, 2010.
  11. ^ Das Uebersetzungsrecht des Welturheberrechtsabkommens und Schutzausnahmen im sowjetischen Urheberrecht: konventionsrechtliche Grenzen innerstaatlicher Einschränkungen des Uebersetzungsrecht, GROSSENBACHER, ROLAND, WIPO Library Catalog. Consulted on February 12, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by
Sean Fitzpatrick
Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation
2000–2009
Succeeded by
Benoît Battistelli