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Monday, 7 July 2008

Some recent periodicals

A neat little publication that IPKat team blogger picked up at the INTA Meeting in Berlin is entitled "Don't I Know You From Somewhere?". It's a 74 page note by Anne Gilson LaLonde on the protection in the United States of foreign trade marks that are well known in the US but aren't actually being used there. Published by Matthew Bender, this book -- with an eye-catching purple cover -- is a compelling stand-alone read but seems to serve equally well as a supplement to Gilson on Trademarks, for which Anne has shouldered the editorial responsibility over the past two and a half years. You can buy it here for just $37 (less if you purchase it in multiples). It's not quite an A-z of foreign marks, but it does at least run from BUKHARA to WIMBLEDON. Enjoy!


The July 2008 issue of Sweet & Maxwell's European Intellectual Property Review leads with the longest and most complete study of the Global Patent Prosecution Highway that has so far come from a senior patent practitioner (John A. Tessensohn's "Whither the Global Patent Prosecution Highway?"). Other goodies are provided by the totally readable Chris Wadlow ("Bugs, Spies and Paparazzi ...") and Po-Jen Yap (""Honestly, neither Celine nor Gillette is defensible", a little bit of heresy for those who think the European Court of Justice knows more about honest business practices than trade mark owners do). For a complimentary inspection copy of the EIPR just email Jo Slinn here.


Issue 4 of the European Copyright and Design Reports -- also publlished by Sweet & Maxwell -- emerged from the IPKat's letterbox this morning. Two cases are reported in full in this issue. They are

* Murray v Express Newspapers plc (noted by the IPKat here), the Court of Appeal for England and Wales ruling that seeks to establish a balance between the privacy-friendly European Court of Human Rights' ruling in Von Hannover and the rather more press-tolerant House of Lords ruling in the Naomi Campbell case and

* Rolawn Ltd v Turfmech Machinery Ltd, a Patents Court for England and Wales decision on the subsistence of both registered and unregistered design right in lawn mowers and on the extent to which design law is capable of protecting an idea (see IPKat note here.

For a complimentary inspection copy of the ECDR, please email Jo Slinn here.


The June-July 2008 issue of Intellectual Asset Management, published bimonthly by Globe White Page, continues to impress. There's "How serious gaming can solve the patenting paradox", a very stimulating article on "serious gaming" -- nothing to do with gambling addictions but a game-oriented approach towards learning how to get the most out of one's patent portfolio, by visionary Dutch academic Arnaud Gasnier. Also recommended is "Managing IP in open innovation partnerships" by John Cronin and Kate Shore of ipCapital Group, who advocate open and collaborative innovation in preference to the traditionally introverted model, so long as those who practise open innovation go into it with their eyes open.


Under a pile of papers in his urgent file the IPKat has just found his missing copy of the June issue of Trademark World, published ten times a year by Informa. It carries plenty of cheerful stuff: there's a warning by Marcus Hughes (Speechly Bircham) of chaos to come following the shift in Google's AdWords policy in the UK and Ireland, plus a bit of a Jeremiad from Addleshaw Goddard's Margaret Tofalides as to whether the double whammy of an economic downturn and a boom in fakes spells disaster for luxury brands. Full contents of the current issue can be perused here.


Finally there's issue two for 2008 of another Sweet & Maxwell title, the Intellectual Property Quarterly. This issue includes an exploration of the new Australian 'parody' defence to an action for copyright infringement by Jani McCutcheon, who lectures at the University of Western Australia (the IPKat says, he's looking forward to an exhibition of bad reproductions of the doggie pic in Rogers v Koons, which seem to spring up wherever satire and parody are discussed). There's also a critical analysis of some explanations of morality as they affect commercial exploitation of biotech inventions by Amanda Warren-Jones, who lectures at the University of Liverpool. If you fancy an inspection copy, email Jo Slinn here.

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