In a ceremony in Berlin, the State Secretary of the Federal Minister of Justice, Dr Birgit Grundmann, made particular mention of Alison Brimelow’s pioneer role as the first woman President of the EPO and her achievements in reforming and guiding the Office through a time of financial crisis, as well as her personal engagement in the life of her adopted city of Munich.
The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss. It is the only honour that may be awarded in all fields of endeavour and is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation.
Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox said:
“It is fantastic to see a former British civil servant get this prestigious recognition. Alison has made a huge contribution to the field of intellectual property law over a number of years.”
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Alison Brimelow was appointed Chair of the Intellectual Property Institute from April 2011. From 2004-2010 she was President-elect and then President of the European Patent Office. From 1999-2003 she was Comptroller General and Chief Executive of the UK Patent Office (now the IPO). She joined the UK Patent Office in 1991, where she became Head of the Trade Mark Registry in 1993. From 1997-1999 she was Director European and International Competition Policy at the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI). Other posts included European Trade Policy at the DTI, and Deputy Director, Top Management Programme at the Cabinet Office.
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