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One of the IPKat's readers, who has asked specifically not to be mentioned by name on account of his brilliant and creative personality, has drawn the Kat's attention to the availability online of the Patscan Bizarre Patent Calendars from 2004 to 2009. If you're that way inclined -- enjoy!
Eternally fascinated by the magic of Scotch whisky, but somewhat suspicious of the Canadian version, the IPKat took quite an interest in the Glen Breton affair (see earlier post here). He has now learned of further developments, thanks to his good friend and canny scholar Professor Hector MacQueen, whose article with Scott Wortley in Scots Law News ("Scotch and wry in the glens of Nova Scotia") brings him up to speed. The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal, on 22 January 2009, has apparently allowed the Glenora Distillery, of Nova Scotia (Canada) to market its product as “Glen Breton”, much to the annoyance of the Scotch Whisky Association.
The IPKat's friend Klara is a keen motorist, and spends a lot of time driving. Although she keeps her eyes on the road, she still has her ears free. Klara therefore asked the IPKat to recommend her a good podcast on IP law done by European lawyers. Offhand he can't think of any, but he's very happy to invite readers' recommendations. Please post them below.
The IPKat's friend Carolina Montero (Abril Abogados) is doing some research into the use of trade marks in "virtual worlds" such as Second Life. This is for academic (i.e. non-client) purposes and is focused on the position in terms of law and practice in Europe. If you've any useful information to share with Carolina, please email her here. She'll be really grateful to hear from you.
How old can prior art get? The IPKat is indebted to Chris McLeod (Hammonds) for drawing his attention to Sheila Frisk's application to invalidate a UK registered design for a golf tee that was registered in the name of one Michael John St John (Case 0-023-09, available from the IPO website here). The prior art was a patent publication dating back to 1925. Fortunately for Mr St John, his design was sufficiently different to that in the patent application for him to be able to fend off the challenge -- but it left the Kat wondering whether readers regularly find themselves confronted with prior art of such antiquity.
Right: this Kat prefers tea cups to tee cups (for more of the same, see 99 Cats and a Bird)
Another friend of the IPKat, Federico Bueno
Several readers of this blog have drawn the IPKat's attention to this masterly poetic rendering by blogmeister extraordinaire Yehuda Berlinger of sections 1 to 179 of the UK's Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. This is a sequel to his verse versions of the US copyright, patent and design codes and the Canadian copyright law (all of which are accessible via his website).