" A few days ago I was at the Ludlow local produce market where I bought a pat of very nice butter from one of the local farms. The stallholder told me that the pattern pressed into the top of the pat represented a ploughed field and had been the trade mark of butter from her farm for at least three generations. The stallholder’s mother then told me it was common practice in years gone by for less successful buttermakers to take blank pats to market, see what was selling and impress that mark on their butter"
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How much use do businesses make of IP? If you've ever asked yourself, or indeed anyone else, that question, you might like to take a look at Business Use of Intellectual Property Protection Documented in NSF Survey, by John E. Jankowski, which was published last month. According to the abstract:
"... New survey findings from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Census Bureau (Census) indicate that trademarks and trade secrets are identified by the largest number of businesses as important forms of IP protection, followed by copyrights, and then patents. However, the level of reliance on each of these forms of IP protection varies considerably across industry sectors".The IPKat thinks we might just have guessed this, especially the final sentence. Still, it's good to have one's intuitive feelings supported by real research that someone else has paid for [Chris Torrero gets a katpat for this lead].
New look for WIPO Magazine. After many years with the same pleasant but ever-so-unchanging cover, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has decided to do something excitingly different: it is putting eye-catching artwork at the front of its cheerful, informal and diplomatic bimonthly. The contents of this, the first issue for 2012, can be viewed here. The picture on the cover is not, as was first suspected, a bunch of men running in terror from a Kat but a group of rugby players. This alludes to an article by Bird & Bird's Jonathan Taylor (Legal Counsel of Six Nations Rugby Limited) on "Rugby, Rights and Revenues". The photo is by Getty Images, who will doubtless be suing this weblog for reproducing it in here ...
New look for IJLIT. The cover of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (IJLIT), published by Oxford University Press, has been given a makeover. This means that, instead of its inside being a good deal more exciting than its outside ... Seriously, IJLIT is a quality peer-reviewed title which from time to time carries articles of genuine interest to intellectual property owners, practitioners and policymakers. Qian Tao's article on internet intermediary liability in China is a case in point: how much knowledge of infringing content need be proved in order to establish civil liability? The IPKat likes the new look and hopes that JIPLP's little cousin will thrive.