From 20 to over 2,000 – two decades at the EUIPO Boards of Appeal

By Théophile Margellos

In 1997 20 appeals were received in the first full year of the boards of appeals’ activity; fast forward to 2016 and that number topped 2,600. The boards have evolved their practices over the past 20 years – but preparations for the future continue

The EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO – formerly the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market) Boards of Appeal were built from the ground up. For those of us who were there at the beginning, what we have today is a far cry from what we started out with – not just in terms of staffing, physical environment and resources, but also from the perspective of the development and evolution of EU trademark and design law, to which the boards have contributed significantly.

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