The General Secretariat provides the necessary infrastructure for day-to-day operations at the FAC and assists the Divisions with a large number of scientific and administrative support services. These services are also offered to the Federal Patent Court (FPC) against payment.
The General Secretariat comprises five departments: Human Resources, Finance and Services, IT & Transformation, Scientific Services, and Legal Services. These departments are supported by a number of central staff units: FCPC supervision, data protection, information security and public relations office, staff & assistants (including language services), communication, and the central registry & scanning centre. The broad range of services is provided by a staff of some 80 people.