CVs of DPMA top management
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office is headed by the President, the Vice-Presidents as well as the Heads of the four Directorates General.
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.
Born in Nuremberg, on 14 March 1953, married, two sons
1972 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Eschenbach, Upper Palatinate
1973 – 1976 studied Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering at the universities of the Bundeswehr (German armed forces) in Hamburg and Munich
1976 – 1978 officer training, training for helicopter pilots
1978 – 1987 helicopter pilot, maintenance officer and aircraft maintenance officer, operations officer und deputy squadron commander
1987 – 2001 patent examiner at the DPMA
2001 – 2004 technical judge at the Federal Patent Court
2004 – 2007 Head of a patent division at the DPMA
2007 – 2010 Head of Department "Patents" at the DPMA
1 September 2010 to date: Vice–President of the DPMA
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"
Since 25 September 2017 entrusted with the duties of Vice-President at the DPMA
Head of the Directorate General Patents and Utility Models
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
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
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
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
Last updated: 23/02/18