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Saturday, 15 July 2006

NOT QUITE ON HOLIDAY; NEW EIPR SERIES


Not quite on holiday

Ostensibly the European Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance of the European Communities go off on their holidays on Monday 17 July and won't be back till Sunday 3 September. However, unwilling to pack their bags without tackling just one more case for luck, the ECJ is coming in on Tuesday to deliver its ruling in Case C-214/05 P Sergio Rossi SpA v OHIM.

Left: Sissi Rossi luggage

This is an appeal against the judgment of the Court of First Instance of 1 March 2005 in Case T-169/03 in the spat between the owner of the MISS ROSSI mark and the subsequent applicant to register the word mark SISSI ROSSI. Advocate General Kokott advised the ECJ to dismiss the appeal (see the IPKat's earlier post here).

The IPKat wishes the members of the ECJ and the CFI a lovely holiday. He thinks they are going to their regular resort in Outer Space, the place from which they bring back some of their more exotic doctrines each year.


New EIPR series

The IPKat has been looking through the first book in the new EIPR Practice Series: A Practical Guide to Intellectual Property in Mergers & Acquisitions. Authored by series editor Colm MacKernan (Origin), the guide is published by Sweet & Maxwell, from whose website full details can be obtained concerning this volume and the series itself. Consultant editor is Hugh Brett, who masterminded the European Intellectual Property Review itself back in the 1970s and who has presided over its apotheosis from mere journal to iconic brand.

What the publisher says:

"Intellectual Property in acquisitions and mergers an area of growing importance, yet there is little information and in-depth guidance to help practitioners through this specialized subject.
A Practical Guide to Intellectual Property in Mergers & Acquisitions provides readers with everything they need to know about intellectual property when conducting a merger or acquisition and offers expert guidance on the opportunities and pitfalls of intangible assets to businesses. A practical, easy-to-read guide, it supplies handy hints, inside tips and summary
checklists on a wide range of issues relevant to getting the deal done.
* Supplies detailed information on intellectual property in the mergers and acquisitions process
* Highly practical focus using checklists and diagrams for clear explanation
* Includes worked examples and past scenarios from the experiences of current practitioners to bring the issues to life".
What the IPKat says: This is a neat little book, which reflects the author's intensely practical, yet rigorously analytical, approach to getting things done in the field of IP rights. The text is crisp and clear; it leads the reader to draw conclusions rather than peppering him with generous doses of "it remains to be seen", "it all depends", "it is necessary to strike a balance" and all the other phrases that contemporary IP writers seem to have borrowed from the same terminological hedge fund. There are lots of checklists too, and enough data to enable a European reader to speak with Americans without appearing to be too far off the pace. Judging by the price, the publishers don't plan to be selling many copies which is a pity: the value of this book is in its being read by people who need it, rather than being sold at a premium by its publishers.

Bibliographic details. ISBN 042193820X. Paperback. xvi + 189 pages. £79. Rupture risk: minimal - the book is small, light and flexible.

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