|The Kat couldn't find any 800-FLOWERS marks|
on an internet search, but he did find this
delightful transatlantic mark, which carries the
none-too-common 'SM' ("service mark") sign
"... a search in CTM Online reveals that 14,420 CTMs with filing date 1/4/1996 are currently registered. The same source, incidentally, shows that 13 CTMs filed on that date are still in opposition proceedings, 15 years later".Another, consulting the same database on the same day, adds that there are
"... three more with status "Appeal pending". Among them [i.e. the 13 + 3] are some marks familiar to readers of law reports, such as 800-FLOWERS, GALILEO, VITALITE and BUD".
Copyright Clearance Center. While Judge Denny Chin's refusal to accept the proposed Google Books Settlement may have left rights-owning organisations wailing about the money they're not going to be receiving and Google gnashing its teeth over the money it's not (yet) going to be making, the CCC is having a field day. The Washington Post ran an editorial last week in which it called for a collective licensing organisation that could disburse royalty payments to rights holders. In response, CCC's CEO Tracey Armstrong was able to assert its credentials as exactly that organisation.
|Sectors from which cyberquatting complaints originate:|
retail, banking and bio/pharma are worst affected
link to "The Google Broccoli Kitten Settlement", which they also thought was quite cute. The Kats also take this opportunity to remind all readers that this is a weblog on intellectual property which is authored by Kats, not a weblog on felines which is written by intellectual property lawyers.
ECOWAS countries. which you can find on Afro-IP here. Two little gems on the jiplp weblog are this note by Pessi Honkasalo on a recent Finnish ruling on the parallel importation of repackaged pharma products and, with Easter coming soon, fellow Kat Birgit's analysis of the current state of registrability of chocolate animal shapes in "The chocolate menagerie: the General Court decides on bunny, reindeer and mouse shapes", here. Troubled by copyright moral rights issues involving tattoos? If so, you're not alone. Followers of the 1709 Blog have been advising one troubled reader here.
The IPKat thanks his friend Chris Torrero for this link to "Small businesses need to do more to protect their ideas", more research from the UK's Intellectual Property Office. This claims that "only 15 percent of small companies have ever sought advice on safeguarding their ideas. Only 11 percent of firms overall assign responsibility for managing intellectual property (IP) rights. This is compared to 43 per cent of larger companies, meaning that smaller enterprises risk missing out on valuable income from their creativity". More interestingly,
"This is the second awareness survey commissioned by the IPO. It involved 20,000 businesses of all sizes and from all industry sectors across the UK, and aimed to find out their level of awareness about intellectual property including trade marks, patents, copyright and designs".The IPKat is too busy answering readers' emails to have a go at this, but he feels that someone needs to go through the research findings (60 pages, here) and put them into some sort of perspective. After all, "20,000 businesses of all sizes and from all industry sectors" must include a large number of businesses that either have no meaningful IP at all, or none that's worth worrying about. Any volunteers to write a critique? Just email the IPKat here and let him know.