It's not every day that the IPKat brings news from a Saudi BOG but, courtesy of the Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property Group's newsletter comes tidings that will warm the hearts of all true IP owners:
"Saudi Arabia has sentenced a piracy trader in a landmark judgment, the country’s Board of Grievances (BOG) [Merpel just loves this acronym] said .... According to alarabiya.net, a Saudi court jailed the offender after a retail outlet and warehouse had been raided a total of seven times since 2006, resulting in the seizure of over 100,000 counterfeit products and several [items of] reproduction equipment.The IPKat is naturally impressed but wonders why no mention is made of the length of the detention -- and it is that which is most likely to determine its deterrent effect. Can anyone advise?
Each of the first six offences resulted in escalating fines. However, following the seventh raid in 2010, the Minister of Information recommended to the highest judiciary authority, the BOG, that the offender be imprisoned.
Saudi Arabia holds the highest piracy rate in the Gulf region at 60 per cent, the BOG said ... :
Arabian Anti Piracy Alliance Chief Executive Officer, Scott Butler, said ... “Pirate activities have already resulted in huge losses for the Saudi economy, with studies indicating that reduction of piracy rates could have potentially yielded up to $1 billion in GDP in the past two years. This clearly represents a huge incentive for the Saudi government to step up its efforts to break up pirate syndicate,” Butler added".
Scottish Legal News": D & G Autocare, a motor repair garage business, was threatened by lawyers acting for the Italian design house Dolce & Gabbana when it applied to register its name as a UK trade mark for a range of motor-related goods and services. Autocare’s lawyer called Dolce & Gabbana’s bluff and a compromise was struck. Like any red-blooded Kat, this blogger holds no particular brief for dogs, whether underdogs or overdogs: he was however delighted with the outcome. Merpel says, by strange double coincidence, "D&G" looks quite similar to "DOG" -- and it also stands for "David and Goliath", the metaphor with which Lindesay introduced this item.
first issue of the ARUC Quarter Newsletter, covering January to March 2012. ARUC, as keen readers will recall, is the Association for Resistance to Unfair Competition, Ukraine's cell of that subversive organisation, the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). There's some interesting material to be found here: not just local Ukrainian stuff but a review of decisions of the European Commission and the European Union's courts together with a feature on th very IP-flavoured topic of official sponsorship v ambush marketing.