|CIPA -- or just the three muses?|
IPHire, "a temporary agency for IP professionals, and here we are talking professionals at all levels - assistants up to senior advisors". As the site's masteminds tell the Kat, "When you are an employer, you should not only think parental or maternity leave, but also if you suddenly have a big project where you need extra help, but you know that the post will finish when the job is done, justlook here" -- and if you are a job-seeker, a newly qualified candidate or just looking for a new challenge and maybe want to have a European post on your CV, then please put your name in the database here. The hope is that as many of us as possible learns about this new initiative so that we can easily find each other should the need arise, and then all in the IP Community will benefit". The IPKat applauds this initiative but reminds readers that it's only going to be of any use if people actually use it. Since this Kat is currently receiving between six and 10 job inquiries a month, he's sure that the database of those seeking work or experience will fill up pretty quickly. Let's see if employers and those in need of extra help find it helpful.
All Party Parliamentary IP Group, in the House of Commons Dining Room. He doesn't know if mince pies and wine are the only things the Mother of Parliaments ever serves, but by sheer coincidence it was mince pies and wine that were on offer on the previous occasion the same Kat visited that venue [Not good for the calorie count, sniffs Merpel, who suddenly wonders if the reason why the Germans and the Japanese are so successful is that their parliament is actually a Diet]. The high spot of the meeting was the unexpected and voluntary appearance of former IP Minister David Lammy MP, who looked a lot more relaxed and sounded a good deal more convincing than he ever did when he was the Prisoner of the Civil Service, whose guards shepherded him everywhere and dragged him away from even the choicest events before the IPKat could ask him any questions. Well done, David, it was good to see your commitment! Jeremy didn't fare terribly well with the other Members of Parliament present: one had never heard of this weblog and, worse still, another told Jeremy how good it was and recommended that he read it. Still, it's good to see that the Parliamentarians are taking intellectual property issues increasingly seriously, showing a genuine willingness to learn as well as to lead. This blog remains at the Group's disposal and this blogger wishes it well in its endeavours.
Lexsynergy have been busily developing a new domain name dispute search engine (here). They tell him, with all due modesty, that it searches "a few databases" (the Kat counted nine) and that "there are similar services on the internet" but then declare, a trifle less modestly, that "none that cover as many databases as ours". The searches do take a bit of time to be displayed on account of the format of each database searched. If you want to put it through its paces and tell Lexsynergy what you think, just email Daniel here.
Curious concept in search of a name. It is now apparent that our lords and masters are happily entertaining a unitary patent for only those European Union countries which are prepared to engage in a spot of enhanced cooperation with one another: this would be a sort of Community patent that only covered part of the European Community. The idea of pan-European concepts being trimmed down to apply to only part of Europe is not new. As Antonio Selas has observed, we have a European currency -- the Euro -- which is the currency of only some Member States, and the Schengen rules on cross-border travel are also only operational for part of the EU, so why not patents too? The big problem, as the IPKat's friend Filemot has tweeted, is that we don't have a name for it. What then should we call the not-very-Community patent? Please email your suggestions to the IPKat here, with the subject-line "Not the Community Patent", and he'll organise a poll to choose the best one.