The IPKat has received some outstanding entries for his competitition to draft a haiku replacement for the usual confidentiality disclaimer that appears at the end of lawyers' emails. Some of the better entries are published below. His favourite entry, sadly, was disqualified on the ground that it had nothing (at least in the Kat's opinion) to do with email disclaimers - unless it bore a deeper, metaphoric message. It comes from Edward Smith at the UK Patent Office:
"Caged and cute rattie,Caged and cute rattie? Can this be a reference to working conditions at the Patent Office ...? And is "mass disease bearer" a coded allusion to some sort of email virus?
Loved pet, but in other times
Mass disease bearer".
Two of patent agent John Anderton's entries deserve an honourable mention:
"Sent in confidenceand
should fatherless foe pilfer
pluck out eyes and tongue"
"Errant epistleRight: A howling advocate unleashed ...
howling advocates unleashed
silver tongues tarnished".
John Halton (Partner, Cripps Harries Hall LLP), deliciously pins any error on the recipient:
"Misaddressed email?while from the other side of the world Daniel Lee (Patent Engineer, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore) suggests the somewhat mystic:
Before reading, understand:
We think that's your fault"
"Blind words that bindIt's difficult not to empathise with the mood of Sandra Martins Pinto's sender in
Books written kept clean".
"Should you read this mail,From Down Under comes an ever-competitive Australian entry from Craig Smith (Freehills):
Please pity the poor sender
Oh, I'm so getting fired".
"Unknown receiver,Meanwhile, we have another virus-related entry in the somewhat sinister
my secrets please keep guarded,
perhaps no virus".
Big Brother is watching you
May be viruses"
Right: You are being watched (www.sinister-designs.com)
from James Heath (Intellectual Property Department, News International Ltd). IPKat friend and informant Miri Frankel (Manager, Legal Affairs Beanstalk Group) is not to be left out:
"Not the addresseeThere were also several entries arrived from Abel & Imray's James Legg, of which the IPKat preferred the following:
of this private document?
My bad – please delete!"
"If not yours noseyIPKat fellow bloggie David Pearce (Eric Potter Clarkson) felt tempted by the lack of any rule preventing him from entering to submit
Most rapidly vaporise
"Meant for whom it’s meant
Contrarily, gain nor tell not
Many thanks old sport"
Relief all around".
"Legal use only;The Kat also received a proxy entry, sent in by Nick Beckett (a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna) on behalf of Intel's Fabio Angelini:
Received in error? Bin it.
Please don't grass me up".
"Destroy this as fastThe three winners are Nick/Fabio, Sandra Martins Pinto and John Anderton, each of whom will receive a copy of The European Lawyer's book, Patent Litigation: Jurisdictional Comparisons, edited by Thierry Calame (Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich) and Massimo Sterpi (Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati, Turin). Can the winners please email the IPKat here and confirm the address to which they'd like their prizes to be sent.
As stormy winds gather clouds
If it wasn't for you".