|Genetically modified cats that can paint,|
write, sing and sculpt: each has nine lives
at life plus 70 ...
|Clipperton Island, France|
|Logos cost money, |
even for the IPO
"The previous IPO logo was designed by a company called Precedent who charged the IPO £9,650.00 + VAT, totalling = £11,338.75. As well as the logo design itself, most of the visible costs of switching to it related to Facilities Management expenditure such as new signs, the franking machine, the van stencil, etc.
Last time around this category of expenditure totalled £11,470. (I should add that sum included £1,110 spent on changing staff passes, which will not be needed this time as passes are no longer required to feature an Office logo.)
The new logo was designed by the Cabinet Office so the IPO will not bear any commissioning costs.
We will shortly be working through a programme to change the logo on stationery and IT systems and this will incur costs in terms of staff time which are not readily quantifiable. I would add though that now, as then, we are committed to using up existing stocks of stationery and publications so far as is practicable. Any items which will eventually have to be disposed of will be recycled in line with our environmental policy".Next time, says Merpel, if the IPO lets us know we'll ask our readers to do the job. They're a talented bunch and quite arty when the mood takes them.
Fabrice Mattei (Rouse Thailand), whose distinctively-named Winelexasia blog is set to cover legal and business development in the Asian wine industry. Good luck, Fabrice! The Kat also welcomes an initiative from one of his recent guest Kats, Robert Cumming (now of Appleyard Lees), whose iPit weblog promises a varied fare of content on the interface or fault line between IP and information technology. Elsewhere, on PatLit Dave Berry notes President Barack Obama's live Google hangout on patent trolls; on MARQUES' Class 46 blog Birgit Clark introduces readers to German litigation over registration of the trade mark HEADF*CK (the letters 'CK' have a special significance and it's nothing to do with Calvin Klein ...). On the 1709 Blog, Ben Challis's post "Afghan forgers cross swords with the Taleban" should be in the running for the most improbable title of any IP post ever. Finally, Kingsley Egbuonu's arduous toil on behalf of Afro-IP takes him back to Mauritania, where oil is still seen as a more important commodity than intellectual property, alas.