After completing his legal studies, Ingo Kober began his professional career in 1972 as judge and public prosecutor in Mannheim and Tauberbischofsheim. In 1975 he moved to the Federal German Ministry of Justice (MoJ), where he served until 1982. He then worked for a short time as chief legal policy adviser before returning to the MoJ in November 1982 as head of its "Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs" department. Subsequently he took charge of personnel and organisation (1985), then of overall administration at the MoJ (1986).
In January 1991, Ingo Kober was appointed Secretary of State (German: Staatssekretär) at the MoJ, a position he held until taking over as third president of the European Patent Office. He held this post from January 1, 1996 to June 30, 2004. In 2007, he was President of the Administrative Council of the Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI), which is part of the Robert Schuman University.
- (German) Ingo Kober, Präsident des Europäischen Patentamts, im Gespräch mit Klaus-Joachim Jenssen, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Sendung vom 06.03.1998 (pdf)
- Curriculum vitae of Ingo Kober at the Wayback Machine (archived June 15, 2004)
- (German) Ingo Kober on Munzinger-Archiv
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