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SpecialKats: Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo (TechieKat), Hayleigh Bosher (Book Review Editor), and Tian Lu (Asia Correspondent).

Friday, 17 November 2006


Latest ECDR

The November 2006 issue of the European Copyright and Design Reports has now been published by Sweet & Maxwell. Excuse the slightly emotional lump in IPKat co-blogmeister Jeremy's throat, but this is the last issue to be edited by him. Having founded the ECDR in late 1999, he's handing the editorial hot-spot over to Dr Uma Suthersanen (right), who has been Deputy Editor since the reports' inception. Jeremy has given up editing the ECDR, as well as all his teaching, to concentrate on some of his current writing projects.

Left: perfume as art - from

Cases in this issue include two on copyright in perfume: Kecofa v Lancome (Netherlands), which says that a scent can be protected by copyright, and Bsiri-Barbir v Haarmann & Reimer (France), which says it isn't. There's also a fun decision from Italy, Sky Srl's application for an emergency order, which deals with the protection - or lack of it - for encrypted transmissions of football matches.

Go higher with Altius

Here's an opportunity for some lucky soul:

"The Belgian law firm Altius, with a leading practice in intellectual property litigation (see, is interested in recruiting a Belgian law student with an interest in intellectual property, in particular in the field of patent law, as a trainee. Applications may be sent by email to".
The IPKat, who has a lot of respect for Altius, thinks that this may provide a golden opportunity for the right applicant.

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