As Antonio Campinos prepares to start work as European Patent Office president, WIPR investigates whether he has what it takes to fix longstanding problems and drive the office forward.
Benoît Battistelli’s reign at the helm of the European Patent Office (EPO) has, at times, been beleaguered by low staff morale. Does new president Antonio Campinos have what it takes to galvanise the office? That’s the question on the minds of patent attorneys across Europe.
With nearly eight years under his belt as head of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Campinos is certainly an “accomplished Eurocrat”, explains Carrollanne Lindley, partner at Kilburn & Strode.
A Portuguese national, Campinos took up the EUIPO post in October 2010, and since then he’s been instrumental in providing a more efficient and engaged service.
Benoît Battistelli, European Patent Office, Antonio Campinos, EUIPO, patent examiner