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The German Patent and Trade Mark Office is headed by the President, the Vice-President as well as the Heads of the four Directorates General.

President

Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer

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Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer

Since 1 January 2009, Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer is the President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office. She is the first woman to hold this leadership position. With more than three decades of academic, legislative and administrative experience she is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in the field of intellectual property protection.

Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer studied Law, Politics and Journalism in Mainz and was awarded a scholarship under the study support programme of the Bischöfliche Studienförderung Cusanuswerk. After the second state examination in Law, she did research at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law (now MPI for Innovation and Competition) as from 1984 and lectured at the Ludwig–Maximilians–Universität in Munich.

In 1991, she transferred to the Federal Ministry of Justice. There she headed the Section "Legal Issues of New Technologies" and the Section "Trade Mark Law, Law Against Unfair Competition" and represented the Federal Republic of Germany at international conferences. In 2001, she took over management of the Legal Division of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, and in 2006, was appointed Head of the Trade Marks, Utility Models and Designs Department.

Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer is the co-author of the standard legal commentary "Schulte, Patentgesetz mit EPÜ”, whose tenth edition is published in 2017. Tongji University in Shanghai awarded an honorary professorship to her in 2011 in recognition of Germany’s contribution to setting up the Chinese patent system.

The German Federal President appointed her a member of the Board of Trustees of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis award in 2009. She is a member of the German delegation at the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation and of the General Council of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR). Since 2015, she has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.


Vice-President

Christine Moosbauer

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Christine Moosbauer

Born near Passau, on 14 May 1956, married

1975 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Passau

1975 – 1981 studied Communications Engineering at the Technische Universität München

1982 – 1991 held various engineering posts in industry (medical engineering)

1992 - 1997 Deputy Head of section and Head of section at the DPMA

1998 – 2002 patent examiner at the DPMA

2002 – 2006 Head of the patent administration at the DPMA

2006 – 2013 Head of Division IT planning and development at the DPMA

2013 – 2015 Head of a patent division at the DPMA

2015 - 2017 Head of Directorate General "Information"

25 September 2017 to date: Vice–President of the DPMA


Head of the Directorate General Patents and Utility Models

Günter Hubert

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Günter Hubert

Born in Munich, on 30 June 1959, married, two daughters

1978 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Munich

1978 – 1985 studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universität München

1985 – 1996 held various engineering posts in industry (Siemens AG, limited liability company (GmbH) of Thyssen AG)

1996 – 2009 patent examiner and group leader at the DPMA

2009 – 2013 technical judge at the Federal Patent Court

2013 – 2016 Head of a patent division at the DPMA, Deputy Head of Department "Patents"

Since 1 July 2016 Head of Directorate General "Patents and Utility Models"


Head of the Directorate General Information

Hubert Rothe

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Hubert Rothe

Born in Schorndorf, on 24 June 1955, married, two sons

1974 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Freudenstadt/Black Forest

1974 - 1980 studied Mechanical Engineering and Economics at the University of Stuttgart

1980 - 1982 post-graduate library traineeship for the Higher Civil Service at Science Libraries in Stuttgart and Cologne

1982 - 1988 Deputy Head of section at the DPMA library

1988 - 1990 Head of section at the DPMA library

1990 - 2006 Head of section “IP Information for the Public” at the DPMA

2006 - 2017 Head of Division “Information Services for the Public”

2013 - 2017 Deputy Head of Directorate General 2

Since 14 December 2017 entrusted with the duties of Head of Directorate General “Information”


Head of the Directorate General Trade Marks and Designs

Barbara Preißner

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Barbara Preißner

Born in Hamburg, on 13 July 1957, married, two sons

1974 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Hamburg

1975 – 1980 studied Law in Hamburg

1980 – 1983 trainee lawyer in Hamburg, Schleswig–Holstein and Washington, D.C.

1983 – 1989 legal officer in the administrative service of Hansestadt Hamburg, lecturer at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Representation of the State of Hamburg to the Federal German government

1989 – 1992 Deputy Head of section and Head of section at the DPMA

1992 – 1996 parental leave

1996 – 2002 senior examiner in the trade mark area at the DPMA

2002 – 2006 Head of a trade mark team at the DPMA

2006 – 2010 Head of a trade mark division at the DPMA, Deputy Head of Department "Trade Marks, Utility Models and Designs"

Since 20 May 2010 Head of Department "Trade Marks, Utility Models and Designs", since 1 March 2015 Head of Directorate General 3 "Trade Marks and Designs"


Head of the Directorate General Administration and Law

Dr. Regina Hock

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Dr. Regina Hock

Born in Munich, on 18 January 1963, two daughters

1981 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Munich

1981 – 1986 studied Law at Ludwig–Maximilians–Universität in Munich, journalism training

1986 – 1989 trainee lawyer in Munich

1989 – 1991 judge at Munich district court (LG München I), press division

1991 – 1992 legal officer at the Bavarian State Chancellery (Bayerische Staatskanzlei), public relations office

1992 – 1993 public prosecutor at Munich district court (LG München I)

1993 doctorate in Law (Dr. jur.)

1994 – 2000 judge at the local court in Munich

2000 – 2010 judge and Head of a section at the Federal Patent Court

Since 24 January 2011 Head of Department "Law", since 1 October 2012 Head of Directorate General "Administration and Law" at the DPMA

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Last updated: 20/08/18 

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