|A Finnish Top Dog ...|
Where did it go? This Kat has always been enthusiastic about the extension of the Peer to Patent pilot experiment to the United Kingdom, though he still feels that its parameters are too restricted. He was wondering, though, whatever happened to it, having not heard from the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Peer to Patent people for a while. Had they all been culled in the latest round of public sector cuts, he wondered, or -- in keeping with the coalition government's environmental policiees -- recycled? Anway, the recent appointment of Veena Mapara-Popescu (real name) as IPO Press Officer gave him the chance to ask whether all was well. Yes indeed, was Veena's cheery answer: all the patent applications in the pilot, having completed their time on the Peer To Patent website, are being examined with a view to determining the benefit gained. Veena adds: "We hope to publish a report before the Summer, subject to Ministerial approval". Thanks!
While he is far too modest to blow his own trumpet, this Kat is very happy to give a little blast to the brass instruments of his friends. It is thus with unfeigned delight that he tells the world all about a little blue book, The Future Prospects for Intellectual Property in the EU: 2012-2022, which has been edited by his friends Florent Gevers & Emmanuel Cornu. Published by Bruylant (web page and all details here), this book celebrates 100 years of La Revue L’Ingenieur Conseil-ICIP, the neat little Belgian IP publication that has done to much to inform local practitioners of IP developments in their own patch and, just as importantly, to remind the rest of the world that Belgium has its own IP laws, practices, decisions [and torpedos, adds Merpel]. Anyway, having not at all blown his own trumpet, and purely in the interest of keeping his readers informed, this Kat has written a not-altogether-serious little chapter, "The Impact of the Social Media on Intellectual Property Practice" which, he guarantees his readers, is out of date, this being proof of the impact which he social media have made on IP practice.
|The successful applicant is expected to play a role|
in the UCD Outreach Programme ...
|Special arrangements can be made|
by request for anyone who requires
an unhealthy breakfast ...
|For some cats, "in action" is one|
word, not two ...
|So much for the Transformation --|
what about the Law?