OJ EPO SE 1/2016, p27 - II.4 - Business distribution scheme of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal for the year 2016

In my capacity as Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office, having regard to Article 1 of the Additional Rules of Procedure of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office, I hereby adopt the following business distribution scheme:

Article 1

Members of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal

The Disciplinary Board of Appeal shall comprise the Chairman[ 1 ] and the members listed below:

Professional representatives:

Ejvind J. Christiansen

Pierre H. Gendraud

Huw G. Hallybone

Terence L. Johnson

Nanno M. Lenz

Pedro Sugrañes Moliné

Bart van Wezenbeek.

Legally qualified members:

Eugène Dufrasne

Gérard Weiss

Ingo Beckedorf

Tamás Bokor

Claus-Peter Brandt

Lukas Bühler

Theodora Karamanli.

Article 2

Designation of members and rapporteur responsible for an appeal

(1) On receipt of an appeal by the registry, the Chairman shall determine the composition of the board responsible for deciding it from amongst the Board members.

(2) In determining the composition the Chairman shall, apart from Article 10, paragraph 4, of the Regulation on discipline for professional representatives, take account in particular of the workload of each member and the language requirements of the case.

(3) If a member cannot or can no longer participate in a case for which he has been designated, the Chairman shall designate another member of the Board to replace that member, having regard in particular to the criteria indicated in paragraph 2.

(4) The rapporteur shall be designated in accordance with Article 5, paragraph 1, of the Additional Rules of Procedure of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal.

Article 3

Composition of the board where a number of appeals are closely linked

Where appeals pending before the Board are closely linked, in particular by involving similar legal or factual questions, the Chairman may order that the board shall decide in the same composition.

Article 4

Term of validity

This business distribution scheme shall apply from 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2016.

Done at Munich on 7 December 2015

The Chairman




[ 1 ] If prevented from participation, particularly as a result of sickness or excessive workload, the Chairman shall nominate one of the legally qualified members as his deputy.