The IPKat's Friday Fantasies round-up always exhorts readers to check out the Forthcoming Events list -- and this week's is no exception. There is a subtle change this week: the Kat wants to jog a few memories about two specific events:
1. "When Intellectual Property Meets Competition Law", coming up this Thursday, 12 May, in Central London. This event is intended to be user-friendly for IP folk who have to know a bit more about competition law than they really want to. Details here.
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fun (artist's impression)
2. The annual Meet the Bloggers informal get-together, which takes place on Tuesday 17 May at 8pm at Swig, 561 Geary Street, San Francisco. It's free and anyone who reads, writes or is written about on intellectual property blogs is welcome to attend.
3. "Standards and Patents in ICT", an attractive programme in London on Thursday 9 June from the Kat's friends at Butterworths Conferences. There's a strong international cast of speakers on an informative, useful and potentially provocative platform. the date's a Jewish holiday, which means that the Kat can't attend, but he hopes some kind soul will prepare some juicy notes which he can turn into a report. Further details and the Kat's comments can be found here.
If variety is the spice of life, plant varieties are the sort that are guaranteed to give headaches to IP enthusiasts. The IPKat reports that there is a reference for a preliminary ruling winging its way to Luxembourg from the Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf (Germany) on a plant varieties protection issue -- it's Case C-56/11 Raiffeisen-Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main e.G. v Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungs GmbH. The questions referred in this case are these:
"1. Does the obligation of the supplier of processing services to provide information laid down in the sixth indent of Article 14(3) of Regulation No 2100/941 and Article 9(2) and (3) of Regulation No 1768/952 become established only if the request for information from the holder of the variety right is received by the supplier of processing services before the expiry of the marketing year (or the most recent marketing year where there are several) concerned by the request?
2. If Question 1 is answered in the affirmative:
Is there a request for information 'complying with the time-limit' where the holder claims in his request that he has some indication that the supplier of processing services has processed or intends to process for planting harvested material of the protected variety which the farmer named in the request has obtained by planting from propagating material of the protected variety, or must the supplier of the processing services also be furnished with evidence of the claimed indication in the request for information (for example, by providing a copy of the farmer's statements of planting the product of the harvest)?
3. Can indications establishing the obligation of the supplier of processing services to provide information be derived from the fact that the supplier of processing services, as the agent of the holder of the plant variety right, performs a propagation contract for the production of consumption-related seed of the protected variety, which the holder of the plant variety right has concluded with the farmer effecting propagation, where and because the farmer is in fact granted the possibility, in performing the propagation contract, of using some of the propagation seed for planting?"This Kat does not propose to stay awake in eager anticipation of the ruling, though he is sure that there are
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a piece of Swiss cheese ...?
1. Use of substance X in the manufacture of a medicament for the treatment of condition Y".Readers are welcome to post their answers, preferably in limerick format but prose will do.
2. Use of substance X for the preparation of a medicament for the treatment of condition Y".
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The IPKat is always delighted to receive links to English-language texts of IP decisions which he can share with his readers -- particularly where the rights concerned are pan-European or harmonised, so that we can all learn from each other's experiences of litigating them.
Merpel is troubled by something. She asks: should we say
- "decision of the Hague District Court"
- "decision of The Hague District Court"
- "decision of the The Hague District Court"?
And is this a problem which troubles anyone except the British?