Ing. Mgr. Josef Kratochvíl, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Industrial Property Office, Chairman of the IPO Management Board
Title: How to earn more at the same cost? Use of the patent system.
Anna Grocholsky Josef Kratochvíl has been working at the Industrial Property Office since 1986, first in patent research and patent information, later as a deputy chairman for patent information, international cooperation and economics, and since 2009 as its chairman. At the same time he is a chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization. He is a guarantor of the Intellectual Property Protection pillar of the Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2019-2030. He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Faculty of Law at the Charles University in Prague, and has a doctorate from the Metropolitan University. He has completed a number of short and medium-term internships abroad, including an internship at the European Patent Office and in the US and France.

Industrial Property Office

The Industrial Property Office (IPO CZ) is a central body of state administration of the Czech Republic acting in the field of industrial property protection. The IPO is lead by the president appointed by the government.The history of the IPO CZ goes back to 1919 when a Patent office was founded. The IPO CZ acts namely as a patent and trademark office. The main roles of the IPO CZ are as follows: makes decisions within administrative proceedings on providing protection by way of patents, utility models, topographies of semiconductor products, trademarks, geographical denominations and appellations of origin and administers registries of those industrial rights; works in compliance with the provisions for patent attorneys; obtains, processes and makes accessible the world patent literature; secures the fulfilment of international treaties in the area of industrial property in which the Czech Republic takes part; actively participates in cooperation with other bodies of state administration on industrial rights enforcement; collaborates with international organizations and national offices of individual countries in the field of industrial property.