Dr Catherine Chammartin was appointed as new Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Intellectual Property last week. She will take up her position on 1 November 2015.

Dr Catherine Chammartin is not an insider of the Swiss IP community. The thirty-six-year old used to work for the Swiss State Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF) in the Taxation Policy Section.

Dr Catherine Chammartin studied law, economics and social sciences. Her doctoral thesis is entitled „The State and the Banks – A Comparative Analysis of the Relationship in China and Switzerland“.

Catherine Chammartin replaces Roland Edouard Grossenbacher. He has been working for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property for almost 40 years. He became director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in 1989. In addition, he served as chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation from 5 March 2000 to 4 March 2009. After he stepped down in March 2009, he was made “Honorary Chairman” of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation.

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