Following the Supreme Court’s judgment in Eli Lilly v Human Genome Sciences (noted here), a prize of £1,000 is to be awarded for an essay of up to 5,000 words submitted by a student, trainee solicitor, pupil barrister, devil barrister (from Scotland), or trainee patent or trade mark attorney on the following topic: "Should genetic information be patentable and, if so, when?". The closing date for entries is 29 February 2012 and further details can be found here.
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Chinese non-patent literature, pretty handy for those poor souls who fret about the vast prior art which trails in the wake of that country's red-hot innovation. A further reflection of Chris's current interest in China can be viewed here, in this link to an IP Brief feature on the refusal by the Chinese to allow the registration of FRACOGNAC as a trade mark for alcoholic drinks other than beer (Class 33), following some doughty opposition by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac. This is not the first time that this persistent applicant has been thwarted, either.
ECIS (the European Committee for Interoperable Systems) has an event in the offing. a birthday celebration seminar, plus champagne, dedicated to the SAS v WPL software copyright case which is to be considered by the Court of Justice of the European Union just one of these days. The venue: Brussels; the date is 1 December. Further details are available here.