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If you're concerned by cookies, take heart: Rosie Burbidge, a new recruit to the Datonomy blog-squad is doing something about them. Having spent many hours contemplating the data protection issues, Rosie has decided to make cookies more appealing -- she's compiling a collection of recipes for cookies (as in the US English terminology for 'biscuits') and hopes to publish the best of them in the Datonomy Cookie Cookbook, a useful research resource which will be made available online in due course. If you have a good cookie recipe, email Rosie here (she's hoping to get recipes from at least every country within the European Union, if not beyond).
The amazing thing about the Competition Law Association, whose meetings the IPKat has been known to attend (and even address ...) is how it provides a safe environment for IP lawyers and competition lawyers to come together and discuss the topics on which their interests intersect without actually killing one another. Anyway, the CLA has an exciting seminar coming up next Wednesday evening at which Henry Carr QC, who represented the famous perfume brands against the smell-alikes in L'Oréal v Bellure, is speaking on the IP/unfair competition aspects of the ECJ's ruling in the comfy climate of Milbank Tweed's London office. Details here.
Around the blogs. The 1709 Blog has got an English translation of last week's Norwegian District Court decision not to order ISP Telenor to sever online access to The Pirate Bay. Patent litigation specialist weblog PatLit, no doubt buoyed by the recent batch of posts on European and UK patent litigation reforms, has just welcomed its 400th email subscriber. Patently-O is running a survey on attitudes here towards how disruptive a shift to first-to-file might be for US patent practice.