CVs of DPMA top management
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office is headed by the President, the two Vice-Presidents as well as the Heads of the four Directorates General.
Eva Schewior, LL.M. (University of Michigan)
Eva Schewior has been President of the German Patent and Trademark Office since February 1, 2023.
Schewior studied law at the University of Mannheim. From 1993 to 1994, she spent a year studying at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. In this context, she dealt, among other things, with U.S. and international patent law.
Ms. Schewior completed her legal clerkship in the district of the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court. After her second state examination, she joined the Federal Ministry of Justice in 1994 and passed through several stations as a legal advisor. During a secondment to the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels, she was responsible for civil law dossiers, including intellectual property law. In 2004, she was appointed head of unit and initially worked in the administration of justice. Later, she moved to the unit in charge of legal issues related to new technologies in the natural sciences and bioethics. In 2010, she assumed responsibility for the administrative affairs of the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Patent Court and the European Patent Office.
In 2015 until January 2023, Schewior headed a unit in the BMJ in the law of obligations with a focus on banking law. Her work focused on the negotiation of directives in the European Union and their subsequent transposition into German law.
In addition, Schewior was a member of the Administrative Council of the Examination Office of the Federal Chamber of Notaries for the Federal Ministry of Justice from mid-2020 to January 2023.
Since 1 June 2021, Bernd Maile has been Vice-President of the DPMA.
From 1982 to 1989, he studied physics at the University of Tübingen (Eberhard Karls Universität) and the University of Stuttgart. Then, he completed a postgraduate distance learning course in economics at the FernUniversität in Hagen (degree: Diplom-Wirtschaftsphysiker), which he pursued parallel to work.
From 1990 to 2000, Bernd Maile worked as a development engineer, project manager and head of a manufacturing division at several German and US companies in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries.
In 2000, he joined the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, where he worked as a patent examiner and group leader in the field of semiconductor technology until 2007.
In the seven years that followed, Bernd Maile was a judge at two technical boards of appeal of the Federal Patent Court, a nullity board and the board of appeal for utility model cancellations. From 2011 onwards, he also fulfilled the duties of Data Protection Officer of the Federal Patent Court and headed a working group for prospective patent attorneys (opposition proceedings and opposition appeal proceedings).
In 2013, he returned to the German Patent and Trade Mark Office and headed a patent division that focused on medical technology and sub-fields of electrical engineering. During that time, he was a member of the examination board for patent attorneys. In 2019, he was appointed as Head of Directorate General “Patents and Utility Models”.
Since 1 January 2019, Ulrich Deffaa has been Vice-President of the DPMA.
From 1977 to 1982, Ulrich Deffaa studied Law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and, after passing his First State Examination in Law, he read Oriental Studies for another four semesters. At the same time, he completed his practical legal training in Munich and Istanbul. After the Second State Examination (1987), he spent a year at the European University Institute in Florence. He was awarded scholarships under the study support programmes of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Bischöfliche Studienförderung Cusanuswerk.
In December 1988, Ulrich Deffaa joined the administrative judiciary of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, to which he belonged until October 2010. He was a judge at various administrative courts and at the Münster Higher Administrative Court and dealt with a broad range of public-law matters. At the beginning of his work as a judge, he was seconded for one year to the local government of Minden-Lübbecke, where he held the position of Head of Department.
From 1997 to 1998 and later, from 2007, Ulrich Deffaa was seconded to the Federal Ministry of Justice, where he worked as Deputy Head of a division in the Directorate General – Commercial and Economic Law and in the Directorate General – Central Affairs. After transferring to the Federal administration in March 2013, he assumed the post of Head of Division of Data Protection Law; Law Regarding Federal Statistics, which he held until 31 December 2018. In this function, he was involved in the negotiations for the EU General Data Protection Regulation on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and, from 2016, in the German legislation implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
Ulrich Deffaa has three adult children and three grandchildren.
Head of the Directorate General "Patents and Utility Models"
Dr Maria Skottke-Klein
Dr Maria Skottke-Klein
Born in Hamburg on 17 March 1960, two sons
1979 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Tutzing
1979 – 1985 studied chemistry at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich
1986 – 1991 doctorate in science (Dr. rer. nat.) and research fellow at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin
1991 – 1999 patent examiner at a patent division of Directorate General 1; project leader at Directorate General 2
2000 – 2004 Head of section (program management) at Directorate General 2
2004 – 2012 patent examiner, Senior Officer for Classification and Documentation and group leader at a patent division of Directorate General 1
2012 – 2016 Head of a patent division of Directorate General 1
2016 – 2021 Head of a cluster of Directorate General 1
2021 - 2022 Head of Directorate General 2 "Information"
Since 1 April 2022 Head of Directorate General 1 "Patents and Utility Models"
Head of the Directorate General "Information"
Dr. Bernd Läßiger
Dr. Bernd Läßiger
Born in Munich on 7 April 1961, two daughters
1980 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Gräfelfing
1982 – 1984 studied General Physics at the University of Stuttgart (undergraduate degree)
1984 – 1989 studied Technical Physics at the Technical University of Munich; degree: Diplom-Physiker
1989 – 1994 doctorate in science (Dr. rer. nat.) and project engineer at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen
1994 – 2000 worked as a sales engineer and head of an application centre at a Canadian and several German companies for laser technology
2000 – 2013 examiner at patent division 1.51 (Optics, Acoustics) of the DPMA
2013 – 2015 group leader of patent division 1.56 (Measuring, Controlling in Automotive Engineering, Traffic Management and Control Systems) and assistant to the Head of Directorate General 1
2015 – 2018 Head of division 1.1 (Patent and Utility Model Administration)
2015 – 2021 founding member and head of the DG1-IT coordination
2018 – 2021 Head of patent division 1.27 (Printing, Packaging, Paper, Refrigeration)
2021 – 2022 Head of cluster 1.40 (Chemistry, Medical Engineering, Patent Administration, Utility Models)
Since 20 June 2022 Head of Directorate General 2 "Information"
Head of the Directorate General "Trade Marks and Designs"
Born in Hamburg, on 13 July 1957, two sons
1974 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Hamburg
1975 – 1980 studied Law in Hamburg
1980 – 1983 trainee lawyer in Hamburg, Schleswig–Holstein and Washington, D.C.
1983 – 1989 legal officer in the administrative service of Hansestadt Hamburg, lecturer at the Federal University of Applied Administrative Sciences, Representation of the State of Hamburg to the Federal German government
1989 – 1992 Deputy Head of section and Head of section at the DPMA
1992 – 1996 parental leave
1996 – 2002 senior examiner in the trade mark area at the DPMA
2002 – 2006 Head of a trade mark team at the DPMA
2006 – 2010 Head of a trade mark division at the DPMA, Deputy Head of Department "Trade Marks, Utility Models and Designs"
Since 20 May 2010 Head of Department "Trade Marks, Utility Models and Designs", since 1 March 2015 Head of Directorate General 3 "Trade Marks and Designs"
Head of the Directorate General "Administration and Law"
Born in Gehrden (Lower Saxony) on 29 September 1966, two adult children
Attended schools in several regions of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony
1985 Abitur (university entrance qualification) in Lower Saxony
1985 – 1986 au pair in Portland/Oregon, USA
1986 – 1991 studied law in Göttingen, Lower Saxony
1991 – 1994 trainee lawyer in Kassel, Hesse
1994 – 1995 worked as a lawyer in Kassel, Hesse
1995 – 1997 coordination unit for staff representation matters at the DPMA
1997 – 1998 parental leave
1998 – 1999 Head of section (employees and employee and civil servant salaries) in the Personnel Division of the DPMA
2000 – 2001 parental leave
2001 – 2002 legal examiner in the trade mark area at the DPMA
2002 – 2006 Head of section (organisation, personnel and administration) in the trade mark area at the DPMA
2007 Head of a trade mark examination team at the DPMA
2007 – 2022 Head of a trade mark division (including four examination teams, the organisation, personnel and administration section of the trade mark area and the IT coordination of the trade mark area); Deputy Head of Directorate General 3
Since 15 April 2022 Head of Directorate General 4 "Administration and Law"
Last updated: 31 January 2023