Dr Maria Skottke-Klein is new Vice-President of the DPMA

Former Head of Directorate General 1 "Patents and Utility Models" joins senior management of the office – DPMA President Eva Schewior: "Great experience, outstanding expertise, excellent expert network"

Press release, 1 December 2023

Munich. Dr Maria Skottke-Klein, former Head of the Directorate General for Patents and Utility Models of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), joins senior management of the office and is now DPMA Vice-President. “I am very pleased that Dr Skottke-Klein is now Vice-President,” DPMA President Eva Schewior said. "She has held prominent leadership positions for many years and has been shaping the DPMA's strategy for a long time. With her great experience, outstanding expertise and excellent expert network, she will play a key role in shaping the future of the office."

Dr. Maria Skottke-Klein wurde

Dr Maria Skottke-Klein was born in Hamburg. She studied chemistry at LMU in Munich and obtained her doctorate at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. She joined the DPMA in 1991 and initially worked as a patent examiner until 1999. In addition, Dr Skottke-Klein took over tasks as a project manager in Directorate General 2 “Information”, where she headed the Program Management Section from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, she returned to patent examination as a classification and documentation officer and a group leader. In 2012, Dr Skottke-Klein became Head of Division and four years later Deputy Director General. In 2021, she took over as Head of Directorate General 2, one year later she became Head of Directorate General 1. As Vice-President, Dr Maria Skottke-Klein will join President Eva Schewior and Vice-President Bernd Maile at senior management level from 1 December 2023 on.

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Inventiveness and creativity need effective protection. The DPMA is the German centre of expertise for all intellectual property rights – patents, utility models, trade marks and designs. As the largest national patent office in Europe and the fifth largest national patent office in the world, our office stands for the future of Germany as a country of inventors in a globalised economy. Its staff of just under 2,800 at three locations – Munich, Jena and Berlin – provide services to inventors and companies. They implement federal innovation strategies and develop the national, European and international protection systems.


Last updated: 8 February 2024