|The programme is no longer|
under wraps ...
[Says Merpel, the trouble with these figures is that you can't be sure what they mean: does the increased number of border seizures mean that the importation of infringing goods is on the increase, or that customs are much better at spotting and detaining them?] You can read the report for yourself here: it is only 32 pages in length and has lots of tables and diagrams.
|Dating back to the days of the|
Pyramids, the oldest surviving
scrap of an ancient Egyptian IP
Manual, deals with similarity
between figurative marks
"If you register a trade mark (either in the United Kingdom or as a Community trade mark) in block capitals, does this mean that your registration covers the mark in differing typefaces and in upper and lower case letters, or a combination of the two (i.e. some letters in upper case and some in lower case)?Please put this reader out of his misery -- and apologies if you've already done so!
The UK Intellectual Property Office's Work Manual states that a UK trade mark registered in block capitals covers the mark in differing typefaces and in upper and lower case letters. However, no legal authority (e.g case law, or statute, or statutory instrument) is cited in support of this assertion. Does anyone know of a case on this point?"
|Algernon never realised quite|
how stress-free patent litigation
in England and Wales could be
Around the blogs. Congratulations to the MARQUES Class 46 weblog for welcoming its 2,200th email subscriber. This week's Afro-IP A to Z tour of national IP websites visits Burkina Faso. The 1709 Blog carries a note on a piece of litigation in which News International came out on top, Ebden v News Int;l, in which the judge held that (among other things) a nearly-completed round of negotiation to use a video clip of a footballer having a fight didn't actually count as a promise to pay a large sum for it. Art & Artifice records the sad demise of a Banksy original and also notes the IPO's report that the UK invests more money in the creation of artistic assets than it thinks it does. The jiplp weblog explains the activities of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics, which can help journals deal with IP-sensitive issues such as plagiarism and attribution of authorship. Finally, SOLO IP laments the curious assumption that IP practitioners still use headed notepaper rather than add their address and professional details when they create a document that happens to be a letter.