|Fledgling IP practitioners waiting for their TIPLO dinner:|
even if it doesn't come "cheep", it's a good deal cheaper ...
Cat That Walked by Himself and has gone solo! The Kats all wish him the best of luck with his new blog and are sure that he'll be a great success.
Meanwhile, PatLit's series on the Patents County Court for England and Wales, the PCC Pages, reaches its 16th installment, in which the question is posed as to whether a defendant can find ways of making the proceedings inappropriate to be handled by a patent attorney so as to force them back into the more expensive Patents Court. The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice's jiplp weblog publishes the March 2011 editorial, "The Panda Plan: China's March to Progress" which, as the title suggests, is about current Chinese initiatives on the IP front. Finally, The SPC Blog -- which is closing in on its 1,000th email subscriber -- has posted information on two very recent decisions in which Novartis has successfully sought injunctive relief in respect of its Valsartan product in Belgium and France.
|Eminent football scholars discuss the finer points of|
database protection for football fixture lists, seeking
a clear solution with no ifs and "butts"
"1. In Article 3(1) of Directive 96/9/EC on the legal protection of databases what is meant by "databases which, by reason of the selection or arrangement of their contents, constitute the author's own intellectual creation" and in particular:This case UK's Intellectual Property Office says: "If you would like to comment on this case please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org before 21 February 2011".
a) should the intellectual effort and skill of creating data be excluded?
b) does "selection or arrangement" include adding important significance to a pre-existing item of data (as in fixing the date of a football match);
c) does "author's own intellectual creation" require more than significant labour and skill from the author, if so what?
2. Does the Directive preclude national rights in the nature of copyright in databases other than those provided for by the Directive?"
According to Helen Dunne (editor of CorpComms Magazine), the display of this logo will signal to viewers that brands have paid to appear on a television programme. Broadcasters can slightly adapt the logo, subject to brand guidelines, to enable use on either lighter or darker backgrounds. Some programmes (current affairs, news, consumer advice, children's and religious programmes made for UK audiences) remain restricted from carrying paid-for products.
this post on a non-IP blog, the idiosyncratic rant-site GrumpyHatLady & Chums, entitled "Twitter, Privacy and Copyright". This post defends the Commission's correct finding that newspaper reportage of Twitter content which was publicly posted, while also reviewing Twitter's copyright policy.