Zacca_webMr. Francesco Zaccà, Director in ICT, European Patent Office

Francesco Zaccà is director in ICT at the European Patent Office in The Hague; he has operational responsibility for several teams of highly qualified patent examiners. In the ICT management team he is responsible for strategic external relations with applicants, international institutions, standardisation bodies. He regularly represents the EPO at technical conferences, exhibitions, international symposia.

He has been in charge of business re-engineering projects, member of the steering board of major IT development programmes, advisor to senior management.

He is the chair of the internal jury board for the European Inventor of the year Award, which has reached its 12th edition this year in Venice.

Previously he has been director in Telecommunications, in Medical Technologies, examiner in the Radar field, coordinator for applied research and development in the documentation department. Before the EPO he has been senior researcher in Electromagnetics and Electronic Warfare with a System Engineering consulting firm.

Francesco received his Master in electrical engineering from Pisa University, specialising in telecommunications.