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Regular round-ups of the previous week's blogposts are kindly compiled by Alberto Bellan.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Looking for something? Last week's Katposts

If you take your eye off the blog for a moment, there's always a chance that something exciting will get posted, and that that exciting post will swiftly be buried under something else. But don't worry about missing things: the IPKat is happy to produce regular lists of recent posts for your delectation. These are the features (ie all the posts except the routine round-ups) that have come out in the past week:
* "Active Director Expects Double Dividend but loses Battle of the Bulge", here. A curious privacy case, this, in which an application to ban the defendants from telling the claimant's grown-up children by his first marriage that he had sired twins by his girlfriend was refused. 
* "Brush up your trade mark law? A couple of new titles", here, in which two highly contrasting Sweet & Maxwell trade mark law texts are reviewed. 
* "Time-traveller or free-rider? Virgin pulls dodgy Doc ad", here. Was Virgin Media riding on BBC goodwill by featuring an actor in his former "Dr Who" role? 
* "Heartache in Alicante - Find out what OHIM refuses", here. Guest Kat Darren muses over the grounds upon which the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market refuses Community design registrations. 
* "Freedom, security and justice -- or skiing with AdWords", here -- an early note on the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in Case C‑523/10 Wintersteiger AG v Products 4U Sondermaschinenbau GmbH on that messy question of which country to pick when suing for internet-related trade mark infringement. 
* "The price of silence and the myth of the Batt Cage", here. So there never was a real settlement of a copyright dispute in which rights were claimed in 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence ... 
* "Bonny result for Bonnier as IP discovery trumps data retention rules", here. Another Court of Justice of the European Union ruling, this time in Case C‑461/10 Bonnier Audio AB, in which it seems that IP enforcement overrides the niceties of data retention rules. 
* "Jumping up and down as Roadshow hits the buffers", here. The IPKat's rapid response to the Australian ruling in Roadshow v iiNet on ISP liability for authorising copyright infringement. 
* "YouTube Hits a Wall Near Berlin; Googlers Concerned", here, and "GEMA vs YouTube - what the Hamburg court really said...", here -- Tara's and Birgit's respective posts on a very attention-seeking piece of German copyright litigation. 
* "Emails: are they "public" for European patent purposes?", here. The Kat hosts a piece by DSM's Martin Kirk on a question that has been troubling some folk for a long time. 
* "Lost in IP Translator -- a trilogy of treatises: II", here. In the second of three guest posts, senior European IP practitioner Richard Ashmead seeks to explain further the ramifications of a European trade mark classification problem that admits of no easy answer. 
* "Sisters act to oppose plain packaging proposals", here. Six influentual European IP organisations link arms and unite to protect the integrity of brand protection against erosion in the name of public interest.
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