A special bonus for visitors to the IPKat's Forthcoming Events list is that there are actually fewer events to check out than there were last week. This means less interruption to a work-week which is already under pressure from commitments to Wimbledon fortnight, meaningless little skirmishes between the Australian and English cricketers and the World Cup.
The European Patent Office is looking for middle-aged lawyers to staff its Boards of Appeal. According to this advertisement, candidates must have an excellent knowledge of one of the EPO's three official languages [four, says Merpel, if you include the somewhat robotic dialect of Legalese in which many Board decisions are drafted], and an ability to understand the other two.
"We have chosen to lock up the vast majority of the last century's culture, to make it inaccessible and in most cases, done so with no benefit to anyone.The conference, ORGCon, is a low-cost conference where campaigners can find out about and take action in support of their digital rights. Other speakers confirmed for the conference include Tom Watson MP, "the vociferous critic of the Digital Economy Act" [not to be confused with Tom Watson the golfer, who may well be a bit tee'd off by digital economy issues for all we know], and the Canadian Craphound, activist and author Cory Doctorow.
"Why has legal freedom decreased at the moment that technological openness has flourished And what can we do to save the incredible shrinking public domain?"