Around the blogs. The IPKat's friend Adam Smith has sent him news that the World Trademark Review has now officially launched its blog, billed as "the first blog written by specialist IP journalists". You can find it here. Good luck, says the IPKat, who is sure that it will be good. Aaradhana Sadasivam's little story on SOLO IP, "Handling Difficult Clients", has attracted some interesting little tales of woe from that blog's readers. To see them, and indeed to add to them, click here. Another nine "what not to do" tips for authors hoping to publish articles and case notes on IP topics appear here on the jiplp blog. After the IP Finance weblog questioned whether bad corporate ratings for ethical issues like transparency can damage the value of a business's brands (here), Miri Frankel sent the IPKat this link to evidence suggesting that there's at least some correlation between a positive ethical rating and financial performance.
The IPKat's friend Abida Chaudri has just become Intellectual Property Consultant to the Museum of Brands, Advertising & Packaging, where she will help the Museum develop a more prominent role in the legal/IP sector and boost its IP learning resource. The Museum, based in London's Notting Hill, is a registered charity and is the world's only brand heritage venue, featuring over 12,000 original items from the Robert Opie collection. A "time tunnel" charts the fascinating evolution of many well-loved brands and consumer culture from Victorian times through to the present day. While she is still too young to qualify as an exhibit, Abida brings significant experience in the field, being a seasoned IP solicitor and trade mark attorney. You can contact her by email here.
In case you missed it, yesterday's online version of the Official Journal of the European Union brings the full text of Directive 2010/13/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2010 on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services (Audiovisual Media Services Directive). It's a codification of the original Directive and its numerous amendments: you can access the new Directive here.