The March 2006 issue of Butterworths' Intellectual Property & Technology Cases, which supports its online IP&T service, contains five cases: the Court of Appeal for England and Wales decisions in BHB v William Hill (on how useless the sui generis database right really is), Ultraframe v Eurocell (on patent and design infringement - this must be about the 100th time these two have met in court, moans the IPKat) and Oakley v Animal (on how UK IP implementation of EU harmonisation directives is totally valid and boringly uncontroversial again, despite the unexpected court appearance of King Henry VIII (right) at first instance).

Concluding the issue are Soffass v OHIM (the Nicky/Noky Community trade mark case before the Court of First Instance) and the highly publicised defeat of the Picasso estate by OHIM in the PICASSO/PICARO battle before the European Court of Justice).


Nurtured by the rich soil of rural Oxfordshire, Lawtext's occasional Bio-Science Law Review has now produced its fifth issue for the fondly-remembered year 2004-2005. As usual, it's worth waiting for if you like a good bio-legal read.

Right: the dangers of addictive varieties of catnip go wider than merely issues of joint ownership

This issue contains Margaret Llewelyn's musings on the new compulsory exploitation right, introduced by Article 29 of the Community Regulation on Plant Variety Rights (the IPKat missed this when it first occurred ...), as well as a bright piece from Vicky Clark (VC Legal - the Kat thinks she's a sole practitioner) on shared ownership of research results - this is about the worst thing the IPKat can imagine, so he's glad that Vicky sounds a warning about the dangers that joint ownership can generate.

Patent World

The April 2006 issue of Informa's popular Patent World has a first-off-the mark piece by Taylor Wessing's Gary Moss and Benjamin Grzimek on some procedural aspects of the BlackBerry patent litigation in Germany and the UK.

Left: nanotechnology seeks to shrink the microcat still further

There's a highly topical article by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Peter Hendrick and B. J. Berghuis van Woortman on the current position regarding detention of infringing goods as they enter the EU - a subject that many people assume concerns trade marks and copyrights rather than patent rights. Also worthy of note is the issue's special focus on patents in nanotechnology which, in keeping with its subject matter, is very small ...
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