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Thursday, 26 October 2006

EINSTEIN - WHO NEEDS HIM?; ENGLISH SAUSAGES


Wacky patent

The IPKat is grateful to Maria Nichol for alerting him about this rather lovely application to gain patent protection for this EINSTEIN-BOHR END: NEW ATOMIC SCALE PHYSICS, ELECTRIC FIELD: NEUTRINOS AND ELECTRONS IN CONVERSIONS, PERPETUAL MOTION. DEVELOPMENT: SEISMS, EXTINGUISHED VOLCANS, CREATED ISLANDS, BIG BANG ENERGY.

Einstein (right) isn't impressed

Read and enjoy.


Silly sausage?

The IPKat has learnt from the News & Star that the Cumberland Sausage Association is mounting an expedition to Turin to participate in the Salone del Gusto food festival. The aim is to promote the associaiton’s campaign to gain protected geographical indication status for the Cumberland sauage.

The IPKat isn’t convinced. Cumberland is currently used to describe a particular type of sausage, rather than geographical origin. To limit it to Cumbrian producers would be to seek to turn back the clock.

4 comments:

Luke Ueda-Sarson said...

Just like champagne was used to describe a type of wine until its "geographical origin" status was given the force of (international) law, ditto feta cheese, etc...

Can anyone give me an example of a "geographical origin" name that is genuinely just that?

The whole concept is laughably illogical.

Regards, Luke

Anonymous said...

Parma ham? Stilton? Melton Mowbray pork pie?

John H said...

That patent application looks like it was filed by a Bond villain. "Atomic-scale physics", "perpetual motion" and "big bang energy", all in the context of "extinguished volcanoes" and "created islands" - clearly a reference to the fiend's secret underwater headquarters in the Caribbean.

Anonymous said...

The decision of the Board of Appeal makes interesting reading - they appear to have been most considerate. See:

http://legal.european-patent-office.org/dg3/pdf/t051538eu1.pdf

Surprising that James Bond wasn't cited as relevant prior art though.

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