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Monday, 12 March 2012

Looking for something? Last week's Katposts

"Looking for something?"  This post gives you a chance to check what you've missed on this weblogs (apart from the usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday features, that is). There's a poll on the IPKat's home page side bar in which you can express your view of this feature before it either becomes permanent or is consigned to history.
* "Hacking, raspberry jam and the power of PSI: on the deeper meaning of IP", here. This guest piece from University of Kent academic Alan McKenna reviews a recent British decision on the meaning of "intellectual property", its application to personal information and a possible market for trade in private facts;

* ""Is it a Birss, is it a plane ...?" Skydive litigants crash-land in court", here, this being a case note on a copyright scrap over the ownership of a jointly owned film;

* "Google and the Law", here -- announcing the publication of a new book, with two Kat contributions, on Google's various business operations and their legality;

* "Patents: dead, broken -- or just not working perfectly?", here, this being announcement of the latest WIPO filing statistics and a wind-up for many readers that suggested there must be some virtue left in the patent system if more people than ever were apparently using it;

* "Are Nominet decisions the last word in domain name disputes?", here. This is a note on a fascinating ruling that domain name dispute determinations by Nominet's panellists were not in general open to judicial review;

* "Same sentence, different meaning", here, in which guest blogger Norman reflects on the extent to which the meaning of a patent claim depends on either its text or its context;

* "It may not be elegant but at least it's legal: appeal court rules on wash-up Act", here, this being Cat the Kat's take on the last word -- until the next last word -- on the legality of the UK's Digital Economy Act, following a challenge brought by two internet service providers;

* "Can there be a performance right in a graph?", here. Not the sort of question you get asked every day but, then, Neil is not an everyday blogger;

* "The Highway opens up to more traffic, but where does it lead?", here. A blockbuster from David on the choice of strategies open for anyone planning to argue inventive step before the European Patent Office -- and speculation as to where each might end up;

* "The Cost of Knowledge", here, in which guest Kat Darren considers access to scholarship, the Elsevier boycott and the roles of peer-reviewed commercial and institutional publications;

* "4-methylimidazole and Killer Cola: all right for you, but not -4-MEI?", here. The IPKat knew that the localised change of Coca-Cola's formula was going to generate some heat but he assumed it would be in branding circles only;

* "No more indulgence for mess-about defendants, says Court of Appeal", here. This post reviews Fred Perry's struggle to close a case against an initially inert and subsequently non-co-operative infringer;

* "The Ultimate watchmakers case: passing off leads to a ticking off", here, in which a trade mark owner's initial decision to tolerate a near-identical brand competitor leads not to tears but to unnecessary complications on the road to victory.
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