Trevor Little

Antonio Campinos, executive director of the EU Intellectual Property Office, has been announced as an inductee into the IP Hall of Fame. He joins a number of the trademark world’s luminaries in the project, which identifies individuals who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century.

The IP Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by IAM as a not-for-profit exercise, created to recognise those individuals who have made a significant contribution to IP law and practice. Each year the IP community is asked to submit nominations for the individuals they believe should be honoured. The nominees are then presented to the IP Hall of Fame Academy members, who vote on who should be inducted. This year, then, the Academy have voted to induct Campinos, alongside Philip S Johnson, the recently retired senior VP of IP strategy & policy at Johnson & Johnson, renowned patent and trademark litigator Charles Gielen and Carl Horton, the former VP & chief IP counsel at GE (who passed away at the end of last year).

It is safe to say that few in the trademark industry have had as busy a schedule as Campinos over the past decade. He was appointed president of the EUIPO (then OHIM) in October 2010 and immediately set to work. In the first few months of his presidency he kept a relatively low public profile as the organisation undertook an extensive consultation which resulted in a new organisational structure and set out key priorities for the Alicante-based office. Just prior to the publication of that plan, the Max Planck Institute’s Study on the Overall Functioning of the European Trademark System was released, opening up the long and winding road to the European Trademark Reform package. As well as steering OHIM through this significant change to the legal environment in which the office operates (which included a rebrand to the EUIPO), he has overseen the integration of new roles and responsibilities in Alicante, and worked with national offices to facilitate the expansion of European Trademark and Design Network activities. 

In June 2012, for instance, the EUIPO was entrusted with responsibility for The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, with the think tank going on to launch a series of high-profile impact studies and acting as the gateway to several databases related to the enforcement of IP rights. In the meantime, projects to enable convergence of practice at European and national level were continued and the Cooperation Fund delivered new tools and services to the community. On top of all of that is the little matter of ensuring that the office’s core duties with respect to the registration of marks and designs are fulfilled and pendency goals met (at a time of rising application numbers).

Prior to joining the EUIPO, Campinos served as trademark director, then IP commissioner and president of the Directive Council at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Portugal. He was also chairman of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks at WIPO between 2005 and 2008.

Speaking to IAM’s Sara-Jayne Clover, Campinos reflected: "I am very grateful to have been elected to join the IP Hall of Fame; it is a wonderful honour which is due in no small part to the fact that I lead a vibrant, forward-looking organisation that is entirely committed to, and driven by, its users."

A number of the trademark world’s luminaries have already been inducted into the IP Hall of Fame. In 2015, INTA past president and former Richemont chief IP counsel Frederick Mostert was inducted; the previous year saw the initiation of Canadian trademark law doyen Daniel Bereskin. Former INTA executive director Alan Drewsen was inducted in 2012, alongside then-USPTO director David Kappos and veteran trademark jurist J Thomas McCarthy. Famed trademark lawyers to have made the grade include Dolores Hanna, Miles Alexander, Stephen Ladas and Peter Dirk Siemsen.

Campinos now joins them, strengthening the trademark industry’s ranks in the IP Hall of Fame. World Trademark Review congratulates all of this year’s inductees, who will be honoured at a ceremony being held in Ottawa this June during IPBC Global.

Full coverage, with reaction from this year’s inductees, is available on the IAM blog here.

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