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Give Trier a try. The Academy of European Law (ERA) is holding an event, "Internet Domain Names: from Registration to Dispute Resolution" in Trier from 21–22 March 2013. Details of the programme and registration can be gleaned from the conference website here. Never mind the conference, which only occupies part of each registrant's conscious mind and takes up only part of the time spent in attendance -- here's a chance to visit one of Europe's most historical cities which is every bit as lovely as nearby Luxembourg but twice as exciting [here Merpel raises an eyebrow. The words 'Luxembourg' and 'exciting' are usually found only in the presence of a third word: 'not'].
announces the Class 99 blog: sadly it's no more than a forthcoming event, but it should be fun nonetheless. The other 'Class' blog, MARQUES' Class 46, brings the exciting news that European trade mark organisation MARQUES is, for the first time in its history, appointing an Executive Director, Christopher Barnard (left). After 32 years' experience working with Coca-Cola, Chris can be expected to put lots of fizz into his new role. Good luck Chris, says this Kat. Moving back to the legal meat of IP, the jiplp weblog features a take on FRAND licences from former General Court judge Bo Vesterdorf, here. Over on the 1709 Blog, there's a short note on yet another Football DataCo database right decision, this time from the Court of Appeal, England & Wales, while Ben Challis reports on a spat between the BBC and Welsh music collecting society EOS. Finally, from fellow Kat Neil, here's another thoughtful piece on IP Finance on the financing of medical product development.
of bygone days
"It is a trite point that every patentable invention needs an inventor as claimant, just as every inventor needs an invention to claim possession of. However, it does not follow that objectively identifying them and then linking them together are necessarily straightforward tasks; especially in new fields like biotechnology where the creativity of nature itself provides a helping hand and inherent complexity and unpredictability may obfuscate matters further. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which enables small pieces of DNA to be amplified exponentially, is one of the foundational techniques in molecular biology and a vital research tool. Its (alleged) inventor, Kary Mullis, won a Nobel prize for it and was named as an inventor on the two main patents. Yet, his association with the invention was subject to continued dispute and a controversial court case, which, in the view of some highly qualified critics, resolved nothing. Using PCR as an example, this seminar offers some new interdisciplinary perspectives on the contested nature of attribution and credit in the life sciences, both within and outside patent law".Full details are available here,