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Rudloff-Schäffer, Mossbauer, Deffaa

Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, Christine Mossbauer, Ulrich Deffaa

DPMA Vice-President Christine Moosbauer goes into retirement – and is succeeded by Bernd Maile

Press release of 1 June 2021

Munich. At the end of May, Christine Moosbauer, the previous Vice-President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), celebrated her retirement and Bernd Maile, her successor, was entrusted with the duties of a Vice-President.

“I very heartily thank Christine Moosbauer for the successful collaboration,” said DPMA President Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer. “She had a direct hand in shaping the strategy to change the DPMA from a traditional administrative authority to a modern, digital service provider. During 30 years of farsighted work in different positions at the DPMA, she promoted the digitisation of the office and made it a pioneer in e-government. An expert in management and strategic issues, she additionally set important milestones and initiated future measures,” said Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, adding: “We will benefit from the IT strategy she developed and the digital roadmap to implement it in the future too.”

Christine Moosbauer

Christine Moosbauer

Furthermore, the DPMA President emphasised the particular qualification of the new Vice-President: “Thanks to his many years in patent examination, as a technical judge at the Federal Patent Court and as Head of the Directorate General Patents and Utility Models, Bernd Maile brings great technical expertise and managerial skills. He is best placed to lead, together with Vice-President Ulrich Deffaa, a lawyer, and me, our office into the future.”

Christine Moosbauer, 65, was born near Passau and lives at Lake Chiemsee. She studied Communications Engineering at the Technical University of Munich. After working for medical technology companies for nine years, she joined the DPMA in 1992 – initially as Deputy Head of Section in IT organisation. Subsequently, Christine Moosbauer became a patent examiner and Head of the patent administration at the DPMA with 350 staff. From 2006 onwards, she headed the IT Planning and Development Division. In February 2013, she became the leader of a patent division and, in May 2015, Head of the Directorate General “Information”. In September 2017, she was the first woman to hold the office of Vice-President focusing on IT and strategic management.

Bernd Maile

Bernd Maile

Bernd Maile, 57, was born in Stuttgart and lives near Augsburg. He studied physics at the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart, specialising in semiconductor physics and the theory of relativity. In 1990, the graduate physicist started his professional career at ANT-Bosch Telecom and Robert Bosch GmbH, where he was working on microsystems for communications engineering and signal transmission. In 1996, he graduated from postgraduate studies in Economics at the FernUniversität in Hagen which he had pursued parallel to his work.

After 18 months at AMD in the United States, where he prepared the transfer of manufacturing processes from the United States to Dresden, and another position in the production quality management for chip card applications and chip modules, Bernd Maile joined the DPMA in 2000, initially as a patent examiner, then as a group leader. From October 2008 onwards, he was a technical judge at the Federal Patent Court for five years. In September 2013, he became the leader of a patent division at the DPMA before he was appointed as Head of Directorate General “Patents and Utility Models” in 2019.

Like Vice-President Moosbauer, Vice-President Maile will focus on further developing the digitisation of the DPMA, in particular the administration work, and the strategic management systems.

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 around 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 IP systems further.

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Last updated: 18 June 2021 

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