New OHIM President Campinos Wants to Transform his Registration Office into "True IP Agency"
[OHIM President, Antonio Campinos]
Mr. António Campinos, former president of Portugal's Institute of Industrial Property, who has been appointed as OHIM President from 1 October 2010, has great plans for OHIM, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market in Alicante,
Spain, as titled by the 1709 blog with reference
to Mr Campinos' speech at
the Brussels IP 2010 Summit on December 3: "OHIM is becoming a true
'IP agency'", which is in deed more thrilling than a boring registration office.
As reported by WTR in a series of postings (here, here and here), Campinos' vision
for the future of OHIM especially involves an active role in enforcement activities, to provide enforcement measures on the community
level. In this regard, he intends that OHIM contributes to the EU Commission’s "Observatory on Counterfeiting" by harmonising the
enforcement of IP rights in member states, which fueled speculations that the Observatory will be merged into OHIM, as a starting point of
OHIMs future fight against counterfeiting.
A series of meetings of the OHIM Administrative Board and Budget Committee in Alicante took
place on November 22 to 24. The Administrative Board (AB)
includes representatives of the 27 EU member states, the EU Commission and five so-called user associations, namely INTA, Marques, IAM,
ECTA, and BusinessEurope. In
these meetings, the AB received a detailed briefing from President Campinos, covering Office performance, plans for enhanced cooperation,
and details on new competencies which may be undertaken by OHIM, including a deeper involvement in IP enforcement.
Participants of the briefing reported later that Campinos appears to be willing to spend money, especially on cooperation with the EU
Commission for strenghtening OHIM's compentences in the new filed.
Most interesting in this regard were, presumably, the 40th meeting of the Administrative Board on November 22 and the 38th meeting of the