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Since this seminar is coming up very soon, the Kat is helping the 1709 Blog to spread the word. The date: Wednesday 23 March; venue, the lovely, airy room up on the sixth floor of 90 High Holborn, London. Registration 5pm. Kick-off 5.30pm. Close of play, following questions and discussions, 7pm. Refreshments will be provided. Cost: nothing, it's free. To register, email the IPKat here and let him know (using the subject line 'Heald Reg').
reported that he, together with all the other bloggers who use Google's Blogspot platform, had been cut off from some of his favourite readers in that lovely country. He very much hopes that the situation will soon improve -- and that some of the more belligerent members of the rights-owning community will not be calling for the blanket ban on access, in response to a complaint against an individual user of an online blogging facility, to be more widely introduced. Merpel wonders if there isn't a human rights issue here, in that the right of ordinary Turkish folk to read the intellectual property weblog of their choice has been curtailed through a disproportionate response to an allegation of IP infringement in a dispute to which none of the fictitious felines is party.
|Why not dispense with printed|
publications altogether and
give the work back to scribes?
here) is not the normal sort of pile'em up and register'em cheap IP blog that the IPKat so often reports on. Rather, it's described as "a lawyer's views on telecoms and technology", the lawyer in question being the eminent, charming and eminently charming Rob Bratby (Olswang LLP). Rob covers topics which the IPKat likes to think of as close neighbours of intellectual property, such as Ofcom regulation, mobile and digital money and commercial activity in telecoms and technology. Another site worthy of note this week, though it's not actually a blog, is law firm Taylor Wessing's entertaining IP Myths site (here). Apart from the fact that it lists some of the IPKat's favourite IP myths, the IPKat has learned from his moles in TW that much of its content was sent in by readers of this weblog. If you have any fresh myths, don't forget to let them know.
|Turning up, disguised as|
a trade mark, Merpel forgot
she was gate-crashing
a patent conference
Since the venue is just over the road from his office, he may just try to sneak in to one of the coffee sessions together with the illustrious Merpel, disguised as a human, and say a quick "hello". If you see either of them there, please don't give the game away!