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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

"I love IP Dispute Resolution because ..."

Earlier this week the IPKat offered readers the chance to win a free place to this week's IP Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management conference, which is being held on Thursday and Friday, 25 and 26 March, in Central London. To recap, this conference is an opportunity to hear advice from some high-profile speakers, including Lord Justice Jacob and Anthony Robb-John (easyGroup IP Licensing). All readers had to do was to say, in ten words or less, how they'd complete the following sentence: "I love IP dispute resolution because ...".

Curiously, although the IPKat received many entries, very few of them commended themselves to him as showing the sort of profound insight that we expect from Lord Justice Jacob -- whose name, by sheer coincidence, appeared in quite a few of them.


Chris Atkinson, annoyed at missing out on last year's haiku competition, gave us this: ""I love IP dispute resolution because ...
Everyone's a winner, baby,
that's no lie!...
Edmund Irvine disagrees".
But that's no haiku either, according to the classical rules for their composition [For the benefit of anyone wondering who Edmund Irvine is, it's Eddie Irvine, motor racing driver and ultimately successful litigant].

Chris Reps (an ITMA student member) offers: "I love IP dispute resolution because … despite revolutions, time is still money".

Pete Sadler (patent attorney, Reddie & Grose) suggests this: "
I love IP dispute resolution because ... everyone loves a bargain".

And now for the winning entry:

Robert Carolina (Origin) was obviously speaking from the heart when he offered this: "I love IP dispute resolution because ... it so often produces irrational, counterproductive, emotion-driven, business decisions", citing in support, though not as part of his 10 word allocation, "the ruinously expensive and (in my opinion) irrational behaviour of RIM management in the famous US case of NTP v RIM".

Okay, Robert. Now you can go to the conference and see what the experts say about converting irrational client behaviour into handsome profits ...

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