Observatory consultation gets under way
OHIM has launched a consultation on the tasks and activities of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights following the formal entrustment of the organisation to the Office on 5 June.
Under Regulation (EU) No 386/2012, OHIM is given responsibility for a wide range of tasks relating to research, training, communication, the development of advanced IT support tools and the enforcement of all types of intellectual property rights.
Welcoming the Regulation, OHIM’s President António Campinos said that EU policymakers and stakeholders needed a reliable source of information, advice and practical solutions to help deal with the challenges facing Intellectual Property in the 21st century.
“In our view, for the Observatory to be a success we need to become an effective, credible, transparent and inclusive IP think tank, capable of providing independent and evidence-based contributions”.
The OHIM President announced that while the Observatory would continue with the projects currently under way, a comprehensive consultation exercise would be launched immediately to reach out to all stakeholders.
“We need to make sure that everyone – with no exceptions – who has a view on these issues has a chance to be heard on what tasks or activities the Observatory should undertake within, of course, the bounds of the Regulation”, he said.
June 5, 2012