Heli Pihlajamaa

European Patent Office, Director, Directorate Patent Law

Ms Hell Pihlajamaa studied Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland and completed her
postgraduate studies at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and
Tax Law. She worked for the Finnish Patent and Registration Office and for a patent
attorney’s office in Helsinki before moving to Munich in 1996 to take up a post as lawyer in
Directorate Patent Law at the European Patent Office. For several years Ms Pihlajamaa
taught Industrial Property Law at the Technical University of Helsinki, Finland. She has
published books and newspaper articles on patent law in Finnish.


During her time as a lawyer in Directorate Patent Law, Ms Pihlajamaa was responsible for
legal issues relating to search and examination procedure within the European Patent
Office. As Director, Ms Pihlajamaa continues to act as legal member for the hearing of
witnesses in opposition proceedings.

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