The April 2008 issue of the Oxford University Press monthly Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) has now been published. It leads with an editorial, "Intellectual property and Africa: the agony and the entropy", which considers the problems facing the continent of Africa as its constituent nations face up to the task of becoming more IP-savvy.
Other things you'll find in this issue include
* "Managing generic competition and patent strategies in the pharmaceutical industriy" by the Addleshaw Goddard triumvirate of Brian Whitehead, Stuart Jackson and Richard Kempner;
* An unusual piece by 7 New Square barrister and head of chambers John Fitzgerald, reviewing the extent to which the "innocent infringement" plea assists a defendant in unregistered design right litigation in England and Ireland;
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The March 2008 issue of Butterworths' black, shiny Intellectual Property and Technology Cases (here) is fatter than usual, but this is on account of the length of the sole case it contains -- the endlessly detailed and highly depressing (for Microsoft and many other IP owners) ruling of the Court of First Instance in Case T-201/04 Microsoft Corp v European Commission (noted here and here by the IPKat). Fortunately for all those trees in Norway, and for headnote writers everywhere, Microsoft decided not to appeal.
While on the subject of Microsoft, and therefore law and information technology, let's welcome volume 16 no.1, the Spring 2008 issue of Oxford University Press's seriously cerebral International Journal of Law and Information Technology. Among the must-read items for IP enthusiasts this time round are
* Warren B. Chik's "Lord of Your Domain, But Master of None: The Need to Harmonize and Recalibrate the Domain Name Regime of Ownership and Control" (abstract here). The great thing about long titles -- and this one has 22 words in it -- is that they rarely keep you guessing long about what they're about ...;Right: many fear that business method patents will lead to sharp practice in Australian trading circles
* Judith McNamara and Lucy Cradduck, "Can We Protect How We Do What We Do? A Consideration of Business Method Patents in Australia and Europe" (abstract here). The title is a mere 19 words, but the article is nonetheless well worth reading.
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