European Patent Office, Germany
Nigel Berrington is Director of Talent Development at the European Patent Office, responsible for the design and deployment of development activities across the organisation. He studied mechanical engineering at Manchester University before joining the European Patent Office in 1984 as a patent examiner. In 2004, he was appointed as an operational director with responsibility for a team of over 30 examiners. In 2012, he moved to Quality Management (where he was responsible for the implementation of ISO 9001) and, in 2016, he took over responsibility for staff development activities. In addition to his managerial duties, he has also been involved in a number of international cooperation activities with the patent offices of China, Japan, Korea and the United States.