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Thursday, 20 April 2006


April/May IAM

The cover story of issue 17 of Intellectual Asset Management is the induction of the first set of inductees into the publishers' IP Hall of Fame. Under the title "World beaters", portraits of an avuncular Arpad Bogsch (left) and a fairly jolly Alexander von Muehlendahl (right) gaze out benignly, leaving the IPKat a little unsure as to who or what it was that they were trying to beat. Merpel notes that Hall of Fame inductions are going to be an annual event and wonders whether there shoudn't also be a Hall of Infamy for people who really spoil things for IP enthusiasts, like (i) whoever it is in the UK's Department of Trade and Industry who won't order the instant and total overhaul of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and (ii) the people who ruined the US BlackBerry litigation by allowing it to settle ...

On a more serious note, this issue includes the following rather more serious material (the sort of stuff that justifies the subscription cost):

* STMicroelectronics' Lisa Jorgenson writes on licensing practice in the semiconductor industry - an excellent review of a subject which is about as familiar to most IP practitioners as the dark side of the moon;

* Bruce Berman's thesis that it's not bad patents that stifle innovation, but rather long pendency times and the cost of litigation;

* a report on the AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) annual conference in Orlando, Florida, which takes a broad view of university tech transfer issues.

Right: tech transfer is so often a question of getting the right balance - not something to monkey around with.

Details of this issue are not yet online, but you can read about issues 15 and 16 here.

Latest JCL&E

The first issue of volume two of Oxford University Press's quarterly Journal of Competition Law & Economics has just been published. Of particular interest to intellectual property enthusiasts are
* "Unilateral Refusals to License", by the triumvirate of Herbert Hovenkamp, Mark D. Janis and Mark A. Lemley and

* "Antitrust Analysis for the Internet Upstream Market: a Border Gateway Protocol Approach", by Alessio d'Ignazio and Emanuele Giovannetti.
You can view the full contents of this issue here.

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