Profile: Antonio Campinos, INPI Portugal
James Nurton speaks to Antonio Campinos, chair of OHIM’s Administrative Council, about tensions between OHIM and EU member states, the Madrid Protocol and promoting IP in Portugal
The city of Alicante in Spain is the gateway to a number of
desirable resorts on the Costa Blanca, making it popular with
visitors from all over Europe and beyond. It has also of course
been home to the Community trade mark (CTM) officeOHIM or
OAMI in its Spanish formsince the CTM system was founded
in 1996. The CTM, and its more recent sister the registered
Community design, have proven very successful with applicants,
and most trademark practitioners have welcomed their
development. However, the very success has recently raised
unexpected debates about questions such as price, the
CTMs relationship with national rights and the
interaction between OHIM and national offices. Antonio
Campinos, new chair of OHIMs Administrative Council, will
now be regularly joining the tourist hordes flying to the city
as he takes on the mission of addressing the perceived tensions
in Europes trademark system....
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