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Friday, 19 November 2004


BAILII -- the British and Irish Legal Information Institute -- has a wonderful website. This site houses many thousands of full text transcripts of decided cases from England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as Privy Council cases. Where illustrations are referred to, such as diagrams in patent cases and logos in trade mark cases, BAILII usually supplies those too. But, roars the IPKat, there seems to be a bit of a problem with the patent cases. Only three cases have been added to the database for 2004. The patents page seems to be going into decline, since six cases were added in 2003, while ten were posted in 2002. Some patent cases end up as Chancery Division cases, which is no terrible thing if you consider that the Patents Court is part of the Chancery Division, but the IPKat is a tidy cat and he likes to see that everything's in its proper place.

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