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Patent Limerick competition ("A crafty inventor called Fred ..."), for which the prize is complimentary admission to this year's Standards and Patents conference, has already attracted nearly 30 entries -- some of which are hilarious. The "If music be the food of love, then copyright is ..." competition (here), for which the prize is free admission to this year's Music and Copyright conference, has received nearly 20 entries -- some of which reveal a degree of cynicism which would shock the entrants' clients. Then there's the Anagram competition -- which has proved surprisingly difficult (the task is to find an anagram of the words "fair dealing for the purposes of private study"). The prize is free admission to this year's Copying Without Infringing conference. There have been only 8 entries so far, and the Kat thinks one of the competitors is a bit dyslexic.
One of the Kat's correspondents, writing in this week with an interesting observation, is Frances Anderson (Cobbetts). Frances had been attending Steve Ballmer's lecture on cloud computing at LSE, at which Lord Justice Jacob asked Steve what he thought of software patents. She says:
"I hope neither of them will mind my reporting to you that he gave a positive thumbs up to this form of IP protection, though the reasons for this were initially not entirely clear to me. Admitting that Microsoft had spent more on prosecuting patents than it had earned in licence income from exploiting them, he added that they had value in collaboration agreements between software companies.
The IPKat is not currently stockpiling patents since he can't afford the nuclear [or as George W. Bush would call it, "nucular"] option. He relies on small arms instead. Indeed, most cats have very small arms ...
PatLit weblog carries a powerful comment by Spanish IP expert Antonio Selas on the Apple/Sharing Sound settlement and on the patent on which it is based. PatLit is still looking to recruit more bloggers; Wednesday's appeal for fresh blood (here) drew a zero response. Meanwhile there are still two days in which to vote on IP Finance's poll to find the best IP begging letter -- surely the least popular blog poll of all time!
this notice, issued by European Patent Office (EPO) concerning inventions which involve the use of, or concern, biological material. This updates that of 1986 on European patent applications and European patents that refer to micro-organisms, and also contains a measure of consolidation.
here's the 24-page Consolidated Text of the fabled Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, 2 October 2010. Says the rubric, "This text reflects the outcome of the 11th and final round of the negotiations held in Tokyo. Some delegations expressed reservation on specific parts of text, which are highlighted in the text by underlines and italic letters".