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November 17, 2016 About the EUIPO
Management Board and Budget Committee (MBBC) meets at EUIPO
The Management Board and Budget Committee (MBBC) of EUIPO met at the Office from November 15-17.
The Management Board and Budget Committee are composed of representatives of the Member States of the EU-28, the European Commission and the European Parliament, with the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and user associations acting as observers.
On November 15, Patricia García-Escudero Márquez, the Director-General of the Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas, the Spanish Patent and Trade Mark Office, was elected as chairperson of EUIPO’s Management Board. Ms García-Escudero’s mandate begins on January 1 2017.
On November 17, Sandris Laganovskis, the Director of the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia, was elected as incoming Deputy Chair of the Budget Committee of EUIPO. His mandate begins on 26 February 2017.
During the three days of meetings, members discussed and approved the Work Programme 2017 of the Office, including the Observatory. The Budget Committee approved the Draft Budget 2017 of the Office.