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Around the blogs. A new blog, masterminded by Mark Summerfield from Australian IP practice Watermark, has been launched under the portentous (or should that be 'patentous') title Patentology. Good luck, says the IPKat! Having written a bit about green patents of late, the IPKat stumbled across the Green Patent Blog, which readers may wish to take a look at; the author, Eric Lane, is a climate/cleantech IP attorney in San Diego. Congratulations to the Class 99 design law weblog on its 300th email subscriber and to the jiplp weblog for welcoming its 250th email subscriber.
Scandinavian positions. No, this is not what some naughty readers might be thinking -- it's the subtitle of an email from the IPKat's friend Timo Minssen, Assistant Professor in the Centre for Information and Innovation Law, University of Copenhagen. Timo refers to Michael A. Kock’s article in JIPLP, "Purpose-bound protection for DNA sequences: in through the back door?" (available here) and writes:
"I have struggled with this issue for several years and have discussed the Swedish position in Klinische Forschung und Recht Nr. 3 & 4 (2008 – with reference to the Monsanto case in fn. 141). The article is in German and you can read it here. Since it seems to be generally difficult to get access to KliFoR I attach a link to my article here (with thanks to KliFoR for permission to do so). Given the relevance and immediacy of the problem I thought that the Kat team and its readers might perhaps be interested".