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here for details) now has over 60 registrants -- a new record. It also has a keynote speaker, Michael Harrison (Harrison IP). Michael has just taken over from Tibor Gold MBE as editor of the prestigious and increasingly useful CIPA Journal. Since Michael is unencumbered by the oppressive weight of practical experience in the field, we are expecting him to give a fresh perspective on a subject which, while we love it dearly, we will never be able to view in a fresh and objective manner.
learns that "a new petition circulating worldwide urges the delay of a suddenly fast-moving proposal to create a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organization (PAIPO). The delay effort – which seeks an open discussion of the proposal to make it more tailored to local African needs - comes just weeks before African Union representatives meet to consider its adoption". While he has a deep affection for all things from Africa (the home of the biggest Kats), and supports the Afro-IP weblog, this Kat does not have his finger on the pulse of that complex creature, African IP politics. Caroline NCube has written on PAIPO here, providing an insight into some of plainly relevant issues -- but what do all of the IPKat's African readers feel about the speed at which PAIPO has taken off and the corresponding speed with which its critics have sought to stop it in its present manifestation? Do let us know!
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announces the publication on SSRN of two important pieces of patent litigation research, taking account of British patent litigation between 2000 and 2008 -- one of which looks specifically at the phenomenon of the patent troll [the authors use the term 'Patent Assertion Entity', notes Merpel, who vastly prefers it to the silly 'Non Practicing Entity']. The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) is now on Twitter, reports the jiplp weblog: you can follow it here. There's also an instructive post from IP Draughts, "Clients Who Are Too Grand to Read Legal Documents", here.