|Swings and roundabouts: the fun of the fair --|
but some folk have fun with the unfair too
|A great Swiss invention:|
this is a device for testing
airport security metal
But that's not all. There's also a Global Innovation Efficiency Index, with China and India right at the very top and in third place -- wait for it -- the Republic of Moldova lying third and the Maltese breathing down their necks in fourth place. Paraguay, Serbia and Estonia feature in the Top Ten of this list. It's a little reminiscent of the Olympics, where there's generally an event or two at which one of the little countries manages to pick up a medal ...
Fancy a PIP? There's a Promoting Intellectual Property ('PIP') competition running in India, which has some impressive judges and, more importantly in this Kat's view, the blessing of his cousins on the Spicy IP weblog. Why fritter away the summer, sunning yourself on the beach (or, if you're English, why fritter away the summer taking shelter from the rain, still more rain and the Olympics) when you can win fame, fortune and a generous allocation of rupees? So, if you're a graduate student and want to write something for submission not later than 1 October, click here.
Love them or loathe them, UK collecting society PRS for Music and cyber-tentacled Google are always up to something of note. This time, they've published a jointly commissioned data-driven research study into online copyright infringement -- a subject from which, a cynic might comment, PRS for Music suffers but Google benefits. Here's the link to the report, which takes a good look at six business models behind copyright infringement. Unsurprisingly the report makes no policy recommendations ...
Lacking prehensile thumbs, a strong sense of order and a sufficient degree of patience, this Kat is no enthusiast when it comes to loose-leaf publications. In fact, he finds it hard to credit the fact that they are still in existence in what he thinks must be the fourth decade of mass computerisation of legal information. However, there are those who are otherwise inclined. Along with people who forswear the elastic and knot their own bow-ties, there are those who forswear instant online access and plunge for the paper. If you are one such person and happen to subscribe to Sweet & Maxwell's loose-leaf European Patent Decisions, you should by now have received Release 39, dated June 2012.