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Evidence-based research into ... clutter. The UK Intellectual Property Office's Economics, Research and Evidence team [yes, not content with asking everyone else for evidence, the IPO even makes its own ...] is pleased to announce the latest in its series of publications:. Trade Mark Cluttering: An Exploratory Report. The IPKat is delighted to have procured a valuable first edition of the hyperlink to it here. It's sixty pages long but, if you don't print it out, you won't be causing any more clutter. According to the IPO
'This report explores the problem of "cluttering" of trade mark registers. The report consists of two parts: the first presents a conceptual discussion of "cluttering" of trade mark registers. The second part provides an exploratory empirical analysis of trade mark applications at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the European trade mark office (OHIM). This part contains results of a descriptive and an econometric analysis. According to our definition, cluttering arises where firms hold trade marks that are overly broad or unused, raising search costs for later applicants. The report distinguishes between three mechanisms that can lead to cluttering. It also considers a series of mechanisms that work against cluttering. This discussion is based on a review of the previous literature'.
The Competition Law Association (CLA) has some interesting evening events ahead.
- Merger Control & Article 102: Friends or Strangers? Speakers: Cristina Caffarra (CRA), Miguel De La Mano (Competition Commission) and Alastair Mordaunt (Clifford Chance) Monday 23 April 2012 Clifford Chance LLP, City office 4 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5JJ Click here for details.
- Harmonisation by Stealth: the ECJ and European Copyright
Speaker: Professor Lionel Bently
Tuesday 1 May 2012, Bird & Bird LLP, 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP. Click here for details.
Workshops Discussion of two topics for LIDC Congress, Prague 2012
- Question A: Should or could small or medium-sized undertakings be subject to other or specific competition rules? National Rapporteur: David Bailey (Competition Appeal Tribunal)
- Question B: Should or could an undertaking obtain protection against the usage by non-competing
undertakings of their trade mark, distinctive signs and other components of their image and
National Rapporteur: Ben Longstaff (Hogarth Chambers)
Monday 14 May 2012, Monckton Chambers, 1 & 2 Raymond Buildings Grays Inn, London WC1R 5NR. Click here for details.
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