It was reported by IAM this morning that Alison Brimelow will stand down as the President of the European Patent Office at the end of her term in June 2010. She took over the office in 2007 after Alain Pompidou controlled the position from 2004 to 2007. The EPO will have the task of electing a completely new President between now and then. The new President will have his or her hands full with a growing backlog and financial deficiencies caused by the economic storm. More details at IAM.
On the other side of the sea, the Obama Administration has yet to decide on a new leader for the USPTO . . .