Conferences, seminars, talks -- there's so much coming up in the next few months, so be sure to check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page. Just click here to indulge your wildest fantasies ...
IP Finance blog hosts a really useful piece by Susan Sneddon (Maclay Murry Spens) on a recent mammoth Scottish decision that considers alternative approaches for assessing the damage done to the value of a brand when quality control and customer relations standards were allowed to slip: you can read it here. The MARQUES Class 46 European trade mark blog has finally reached the 1,600 subscriber mark (well done!). Recent posts include news of Nokia's day in court in Luxembourg and a request for feedback on some issues relating to copyright in depictions of trade marks in official registers.
Adbusters -- a bright, exciting organisation dedicated to freeing the consumer from the tyranny of brands and of exploitation via the manipulated media. Well, though he has heard pretty well nothing of Adbusters over the past few years, he can see that it's still around, as is evidenced by Buy-Nothing Day (coming to a shopping centre near you ...) This is the story: "We are a network of activists organizing a Carnivalesque Rebellion that will shut down consumer capitalism for a week. The climax of our efforts is Buy Nothing Day, a 24-hour moratorium on consumer spending, celebrated November 26th in North America and 27th Internationally". Merpel wonders if anyone is monitoring the pulse of the capitalist world on those days, to see whether the heart of Mammon skips a beat.
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