|"It wasn't me, guv ..."|
this item, sent in by Alasdhair McDonald (a trainee at Olswang LLP), was too good to miss. It's about high-end fashion goods -- genuine goods, if you please -- being passed of as counterfeit in order to avoid the payment of top-rate importation tariffs. Three customs agents, accused of colluding with Gucci's store owners in Ho Chi Minh City (once upon a time Saigon), have been suspended, though the news item doesn't stipulate what they've been suspended by ... Merpel wants to know if it's true that they are using highly intelligent Vietnamese potpigs (left) as sniffers, to tell whether incoming luxury goods are genuine or not.
|Some general meetings are not|
as ordinary as others ...
Darren, who has spent the past day or two quietly contemplating the fact that he, together with his colleagues at IP firm EIP, have received a Queen’s Award – modestly described by his firm's publicity folk as "the UK’s highest accolade for business success".
Another of the approximately 150 Queen’s Award winners is the IPKat's friend Richard Gallafent (Gallafents), a past President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a member of an advisory team panel at ideas21, an organisation that provides information and resources to innovators, in the form of workshops, seminars and free one-to-one advice sessions in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Well done, Richard!
Around the weblogs. The Class 99 design weblog, which will eventually be joining the Class 46 trade mark weblog as a MARQUES-hosted blog, is holding a "Design a design for Class 99" competition. Details can be found here. IP Finance publishes "Rich relation, poor relation, correlation", a cheery piece on patent statistics and whether they mean anything, here. Finally, Mira T. Sundara Rajan speculates about reform of US copyright law on the 1709 Blog here.
Finally, if you ever doubted the power of look-alike packaging to confuse even skilled consumers, take a look at this link to a report by Which? magazine which shockingly shows that some 20% of Which? members polled reported that they had been fooled into purchasing the wrong product. Which? is the organ of a registered charity of the same name (formerly the Consumers Association) that has been fighting for consumers' rights since the 1950s.