IP ThinkTank strategist and enthusiast, the smiling and podcast-friendly Duncan Bucknell has launched a new website, Think IP Strategy. He wants to know what you think of it. Well, you can take a look here and let him know. Duncan's smart new office premises, Bucknell Towers, are depicted on the right.
Talking of strategy, SABIP -- the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy, published a report at the tail end of last week entitled "The Relationship Between Copyright and Contract Law". Among the authors are the IPKat's friends Estelle Derclaye and Martin Kretschmer. A note on this report and a recently-published book on copyright and contracts can be found on the 1709 Blog here. The report lives here (beware, it's long!) and the executive summary can be found here.
JIPITEC is the catchy name of the brand new Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law, an online journal covering current issues of intellectual property, information technology and e-commerce law. Its main focus is on European law -- both at EU and national level -- and articles will be in English, German, French and other European languages. Based on open access principles, JIPITEC articles are available according to the terms of the Digital Peer Publishing Licences, leaving it open to authors to make use of Creative Commons and other licence terms. Peer reviewed, JIPITEC promises to process all submissions within four weeks. You can visit JIPITEC's website and see it for yourself here.
Time is running out if you want to attend the 11th Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Certificate in Patent Administration course, which starts on 2 September 2010. Held in London, it seeks to provide systematic training across a range of administrative activities and culminates in an examination, success in which leads to fame, fortune, success in love and even entitlement to Associate Membership of CIPA. The course, the IPKat understands is aimed at experienced administrators and formalities clerks both in private practice and industry. Application form, syllabus and timetable are available on the Institute website here -- but you have to move swiftly, since the deadline for receipt of completed application forms is 16 July which is, er, this Friday ...
"... four experiments were carried out in which participants were given designer sunglasses and told in some conditions they were real and in other conditions fake—actually they were always real.
The results showed that, when told the sunglasses were fake, people behaved in more unethical ways than when told they were real. In one experiment, those wearing sunglasses they were told were authentic cheated on a task 30% of the time, while those told they were fake cheated 71% of the time".