Sean took on the role of IPO’s Acting Chief Executive and Comptroller General in July 2016.
Sean joined the IPO as a patent examiner in 1978. In addition to a series of leadership roles, he has had experience of domestic policy development and international negotiation. As a tribunal Hearing Officer, he has decided patent disputes as an alternative or prelude to litigation in the High Court.
Sean was appointed Director of Patents in 2004 and Deputy Chief Executive in 2007. He acted as Chief Executive for periods in 2009/10 and 2012/13.
Acting Chief Executive and Comptroller General, IPO
The Acting Chief Executive is the leader of the IPO and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation.
The Comptroller General is formally responsible for the operation of the IPO and supervising the quality of its accounting and financial reporting.