There's another new blog on the block -- OAMI Live -- which looks like it's making a big effort to address some very keenly-felt anxieties concerning the staffing and policies of the Office of Harmonisation in the Internal Market (the European Union's administrative nerve-centre for examining, processing and granting Community trade marks and Community designs).
Right: OAMI Live will have to tread the tightrope between constructive free speech and demoralising abuse
Says the first post on this blog:
"Welcome to OAMI Live, the very first independent blog where OAMI staff and OAMI users can express and exchange views on any OAMI issues completly freely, without any constraint, control or whatsoever... A new era of internal communication has now started. The floor is yours. Hope you enjoy it!"You can send your views to email@example.com. Comments submitted will be published anonymously, though everyone is free to sign his or her contributions in the content of their message.
The IPKat welcomes this initiative and hopes that outsiders will make as much use of it as those who work for OAMI. Merpel adds, this blog is a valuable tool for articulating grievances and suggestions not just for staff members and OAMI's users but for the Office itself. She hopes that OAMI (the Spanish acronym for OHIM) will engage with OAMI Live's contributors in a spirit of mutual interest.