The news that António Campinos has been chosen to succeed Benoît Battistelli as president of the European Patent Office should not have come as a huge surprise to IAM’s readers. We predicted it might happen back in July. But the speed of the appointment is perhaps a little unexpected. It’s only just over three months since the job prospectus was posted on the EPO website; so perhaps the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation really did have the executive director of the EU IP Office lined up all the time.

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