Mr. Francois-Régis Hannart 

Principal Director European and International Co-operation

Changes in the European Patent System (UPC) session

As Principal Director of European and International Co-operation, François-Régis Hannart contributes substantially to the development and support of EPO policy by promoting, strengthening and co-ordinating co-operation affairs with the EPO Member States and International partners. He is also responsible for the policy, strategy and administration regarding the European Qualifying Examination for Professional Representatives (EQE).
 
Before joining the European Patent Office, he worked for five years at the National Institute
of Industrial Property (INPI) in France. In his role as Director of Information Systems, he
achieved the setting up of the EPTOS/SOPRANO Project, implemented a new policy of
dissemination and communication of industrial property data with free and open access
including the redesign of the INPI website.
 
He holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Science and an IT Master's Degree from Paris 1
University.