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|Some IPOs will do anything|
to curry favour with the patent
and innovation community
Where are you? Last week's Friday Fantasies carried a plea from an enthusiastic would-be trainee for a position which -- unusually for anything posted on this weblog -- attracted no responses at all. If you could do with a trainee who is bubbling with enthusiasm and who has a substantial business track record from an earlier career, do please reconsider!
Meanwhile, the IPKat's friend, dynamic small London-based practitioner Shireen Smith (Azrights) is offering an employment opportunity. She is looking for a qualified intellectual property solicitor ("the closer to three years the better"). Azrights is "totally flexible about days they work and if they want to be home based etc.". Shireen adds: "the right person will probably be interested in online issues, and be able to write, among other things". Azrights' online application form is here.
"Win the game or lose the plot?", the 9 March seminar with three members of the IPKat team participating, now has a gratifying 59 registrants. This seminar, which focuses on the way copyright does [or does not] protect various types of content -- think games, plots, formats and so on -- is held by Hardwicke, Lincoln's Inn, London. You can still book here. This event marks Kat team member's first appearance for her new firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner, which she joins later this month (good luck, Birgit!)
|The threat of a Euro-defence|
can easily sink an application
for summary judgment
|The Kat -- distracted|
by the sudden sound
of an inbound Tweet
|Architects of the proposed|
European patent litigation
system get that sinking feeling
here), the Kat has received further information by way of background:
"The 2009/10 report of the Ombudsman says that since 2003 (when she was appointed) she has only ever dealt with one complaint involving the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), that being in 2006/7. However, We have to go back to 2002/3 and 2003/4 to find any references to a case being referred to her. 2002/3 states that one case was referred to her, but her investigation hadn't been completed at the time of the Report. The next Report states that that case could not be considered, as it did not relate to a Patent Attorney Litigator (PAL) and her jurisdiction over CIPA's case-handling applies only to cases involving a PAL".