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sort of thing, but a pint of Badger is always available
What do you think of the IPKat's weekly "Looking for something?" posts which list the previous week's featured articles? There's a little poll at the top of the side bar on this weblog's home page. Do take the opportunity to visit it and give us your opinion as to whether "Looking for something?" should be enthusiastically continued or speedily scrapped -- or as to whether you really couldn't care two hoots! The poll closes tomorrow night, so you've not a minute to lose ...
here. Preference will be given to candidates who (i) are prepared to teach, supervise other people's research and do their own while demonstrating the qualities of leadership in developing new initiatives, (ii) are willing to pretend for the sake of the interview that EU law, international law and world trade law are cognate areas to digital media law and (iii) since it's Edinburgh, have a high tolerance of a bracing climate for ten months of the year and who like the colour grey.
here). Anyway, here's a little reminder to anyone who might be in or near Washington DC on 27 March that this excellent event (for which full details are available here) is well worth the effort to attend. Speakers David Kappos (Undersecretary of Commerce for IP; Director, USPTO), Judge Paul Michel, Q. Todd Dickinson (executive director, AIPLA) and the person everyone really wants to hear -- Allied Security Trust CEO Dan McCurdy -- are all nervously straightening their ties and brushing up their PowerPoints in readiness for the dialogue in which a deeply concerned and highly curious patent public is looking forward to engaging them. A stellar cast of corporations, including those who create their own IP and those who thrive by using the IP of others, is attending: BAE Systems, Boeing Company, Caterpillar, Colgate-Palmolive [will they give a speakers a pasting, wonders Merpel], Eli Lilly, Hitachi, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Mastercard, Microsoft, NASA, Pfizer,Rambus, Teva, and many more, too numerous to
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the heart to eat the Hello Kitty cupcakes ...
"... 42,270 applications, or a 6.5 % increase compared to 2010. Applications from the member states of the European Union (EU) accounted for more than half (57.4%) of all international trademark applications, and China remained the most designated country for trademark protection. ...Merpel notes that, by combining their excellent design figures with the trade mark data, WIPO missed the chance to crack open yet more bottles of bubbly. This is surprising, since she thought our international brethren were all in training for World Intellectual Property Day, on 26 April.
The largest growth rates amongst the top ten countries in the system came from the Russian Federation (+35.6%), followed by the European Union (+24.5%), the United States of America (+15.5%) and China (+11.5%).
International registrations recorded in the International Trademark Register increased by 8.5%, with a total 40,711 new registrations issued in 2011. WIPO also recorded 21,754 international trademark renewals in 2011, reflecting the continued value that businesses place in their established brands, at a time when there is a level of uncertainty in the global economic situation.
International design activity also grew in 2011 with WIPO receiving 2,521 applications under the 59-member Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, or a 5.7% increase over the previous year".
Brimelow at Bournemouth. From the IPKat's friend Professor Martin Kretschmer comes news that Alison Brimelow CBE, former President of the European Patent Office and UK IP Office head, will give a CIPPM lecture on Thursday, 22 March on the struggle for a unitary patent right in Europe. The title is "In pursuit of the Grail: the unitary European patent: aspiration meets reality?" [Merpel notes that it just says "Grail", not "Holy Grail" which is the usual appellation. Is this a reflection of her view of unitary patent rights, or is it just that grails are inherently holy and Alison's just excising a tautology? Do let us know]. According to the publicity material for her talk, Alison will argue that
*the unitary European patent has become an internal obsession, and the real problems are global;This is the second of the three annual Spring lectures organised by the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (www.cippm.org.uk). The lecture is free, but places are limited, and admission to the building closes at 18:15. If you wish to reserve a place, please contact Mandy Lenihan.
*the terms of the debate are historic and uninformed by the last decade or so of empirical work on how the patent system works, and we are imprisoned by policy mantras about cost and volume;
*national prestige remains oddly glued to the patent system;
*the prestige of location beats substance any day;
*language and litigation remain problematic, for different reasons;
*pressing on regardless has the hallmarks of a vanity project, and its advocates will not be around to see the long term consequences.
* This cat image is from one of a range of animal-theme cards on sale here.