The May issue of the monthly Sweet & Maxwell publication The European Intellectual Property Review has now been published. It contains, as usual, a selection of gripping pieces. These include the following:
* Maciej Barczewski (University of Gdansk) writes on "International Frameworks for Legal Protection of Digital Rights Management Systems" -- a nice twist, since people are so preoccupied with what it is that DRM systems protect that they don't focus on protection of the DRM systems themselves;Subscription details of the EIPR are available here.
* Belinda Isaac and Rajiv Joshi (Morgan Cole, Oxford) review current case law on the tests employed in establishing whether trade marks are "identical" to one another;
* Also on the subject of trade marks, IPKat co-owner Ilanah Simon gives a full analytical account of the fascinating decision of Electrocoin v Coinworld on infringement and validity on a most unusual set of facts;
* Angus McCulloch (University of Manchester) reviews recent cases that protect the right of computer game manufacturers to impose their pestilential "region locks" on computer games.