Neil Wilkof, who is currently spending a month in India as a visiting IP expert and scholar, is now heading the trade marks department, the technology transfer team and the computer and internet law activity for his new firm, Dr Eyal Bressler & Co., Ramat Gan, Israel. A man of great tact, versatility and talent, Neil is still also doing some work with his previous firm, Herzog Fox Neeman, of Tel-Aviv: you can check out his HFN web profile here.
irresistible spectacles. Yesterday Doctor Nic won another accolade, when her outrageously enjoyable post on IP valuation and footballers was selected by Legal Week for inclusion in the blog post section of that title's Legal Village. This Kat thinks it's only the second time in getting on for eight years that any IPKat post has been mentioned in Legal Week. Well done!
|The European patent reform|
proposals: lots of noise, lots
of hot air -- but all along
the wrong track ...
"The participating Member States commit to reaching at the latest in June 2012 a final agreement on the last outstanding issue in the patent package."The AmeriKat tells the IPKat that she does not want to read a great deal into the statement, but it's the first time she has seen something that appears to have given a deadline for reaching an agreement (or not) and. indeed, a deadline that is not absolutely imminent. What effect this statement has on the plenary session approaching in two weeks time, she does not know, but perhaps there is more time to affect the changes that are so desperately needed to make the proposed unified patent system workable. Thanks to Steve Peers for bringing the Statement to the AmeriKat's attention.
PS This afternoon, at 2.00pm British Winter Time, British Innovation Ministrix Baroness Wilcox is giving evidence before the UK's House of Commons Scrutiny Committee. If you plan to tune in and listen to the session live via the streamed sound-cast, click here a few minutes early so that you can sort yourself out before the session starts.
PPS The AmeriKat also wishes to draw the attention of readers to the fact that the written submissions of CIPA, EPLAW and the IP Bar are now online on the webpage of the Scrutiny Committee here.
Free at last. Annette Freeman has written to let the IPKat know that, after 33 years with leading Australian law firm Spruson & Ferguson in Sydney, she has relocated to London where she has launched (i) her own IP consultancy, Freeman IP and (ii) more interestingly from the IPKat's point of view, her own weblog, also called Freeman IP. The IPKat wishes her well in her new surroundings and hopes to see her soon at the Old Nick .... See and a blog at www.freeman-ip.blogspot.com The consultancy is offering a range of services to help brand owners manage their portfolios and IP attorneys to foster their business.