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About INPI


We are organised into three bodies: Directive Council, Advisory Council and External Auditor.


The Directive Council is composed by the President and two Members of the Board, and it is responsible for directing and coordinating INPI's activities and services in order to comply with its statutory obligations, the activity plan and the annual budget.

The Advisory Council is composed by the President of INPI's Directive Council and a group of senior managers of representative entities of public, entrepreneurial and academic sectors, recognised in Portugal for their contributions to the economic, scientific and technological areas, mainly in the area of Industrial Property.

Among other responsibilities, the Advisory Council should examine:

• The annual report and accounts

• The activity plan

• The annual budget

• Opinions on matters identified by the Directive Council.


The External Auditor is the person in charge of: 

• Monitoring and controlling the financial management of INPI

• Assessing and issuing opinions on INPI budgets and annual reports and accounts.


There are also other intermediate Management Bodies that ensure the proper functioning of INPI and that seek to ensure that the Institute achieves its objectives and meets the expectations of citizens who use its services.

INPI Directive Council

Ana Bandeira
Appointment order: Order no. 8253/2020 (Ministerial Order 166/2020 of August 26)

Margarida Matias
Appointment order: Order n.º 11879/2020 (Ministerial Order 235/2020 of December 3)

Luís Engrossa
Appointment order: Order no. 11474/2023 (Ministerial Order 218/2023 of November 10)


Delegation of powers: (Deliberation no. 290/2024, of March 7)


INPI Advisory Council

Appointment order: Order no. 10475/2020 (Ministerial Order 210/2020 of October 28)


External Auditor

Appointment order: Order n.º 4878/2021 (Ministerial Order 94/2021 of May 14)


Internal Struture

Organization and Management Directorate: Fernanda Pimenta (Order (extract) no. 8149/2023 (Ministerial Order 154/2023 of August 9))

External Relations and Legal Affairs Directorate: João Amaral (Order no. 11547/2022 (Ministerial Order 189/2022 of September 29))

Trademarks and Patents Directorate: André Robalo (Order no. 5005/2021 (Ministerial Order 96/2021 of May 18))

Extinction of Rights Directorate: Rui Solnado da Cruz (Order no. 5008/2021 (Ministerial Order 96/2021 of May 18))

Information System Department: Vítor Faria (Order no. 3013/2024 (Ministerial Order  58/2024 of March 21))


Information updated on 22 March 2024 16:53