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.