Bart Kiewiet (the first President of the Community Plant Variety Office) has stepped down, to be replaced by the CPVO's Head of Legal Affairs Martin Ekvad. Martin also has experience of life in private practice, with Linklaters in Brussels and Magnusson Wahlin Advokatbyrå in Stockholm. The Kat wishes both Bart and Martin all the best. Merpel is hoping for an improvement at CPVO, where her site search for catnip proved quite fruitless.
little growl not long ago about the fate of the 10th edition of the Nice Classification of goods and services for trade marks. Gratifyingly, at last week's MARQUES conference in Baveno (reported extensively on the Class 46 weblog), Marcus Höpperger, Acting Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Trademarks, Industrial Designs Law Division, name-checked the IPKat and the concern of his readers and gave them the good news that the 10th edition will indeed be operative from 1 January 2012. Readers can enjoy a taste of the future by clicking here, while bearing in mind the fact that, until close of play in December 2011, it is the ninth edition which remains in force.
IP in the Fashion Industry event. Now she is leaving conference organising, in search of fresh adventures. The IPKat wishes her well in her new endeavours, recalling with pleasure and affection the many polished performers on today's IP stage who began their public speaking careers on one of Gillian's programmes.
in the first place. According to the Genomics Law Report (here), the parties have 90 days to file a certiorari petition, asking for Supreme Court review.
IP Tango has been extraordinarily lively of late, with over 30 bright and breezy IP posts -- split between the English and Spanish languages -- over the past fortnight. In "Venezuela: a tormenting week" (here, with links to earlier posts), Patricia Covarrubia records the ups and downs of IP protection and activity in that remarkable country. This week's tour by Kingsley Egbuonu of African countries without an official web presence for their industrial property and copyright offices takes Afro-IP to the Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The Pirate Party's Dirk Poot takes a critical but reasoned look at the recent decision of the European Union to go for copyright extension for sound recordings, here -- and does not like what he sees. Meanwhile, IP Draughts' Mark Anderson takes up the topic of professional rankings which Kat team member Neil raised last week, and Seattle Trademark Lawyer Michael Atkins explains how there is property in the word 'Realtor' here.
"A public service system for directing motorists from outside a town to a public convenience. Incorporating a sewage system and three or more short term parking spaces adjacent to the said public convenience".