regular newsletter on Chinese IP and a regularly updated Embassy IP webpage. Thanks Toms, says the IPKat, though Merpel is altogether far more interested in the UKIPO's policy with regard to cookies ...
Who is taking advantage of Guernsey's image rights law under the Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance, 2012? From a recent media relief this Kat has learned that at least one company is: Icondia. It seems that Icondia’s registration was approved on 22 July 2013, this being the first registration of a commercial entity following the recent reduction of registration fees for ‘legal persons’. According to Icondia’s CEO, Keith Laker:
“Registration provides a potentially far-wider degree of protection than the traditional – but limited – options such as registered trade mark protection. We view the corporate registration of personality as the best possible protection for any company with an evolving brand image & corporate identity. In the case of Icondia – as a newly formed company seeking global recognition – that’s important to us”.If you've not yet heard of Icondia, you may be wondering what it does. This Kat can tell you, quoting the business itself:
“As far as we are aware, we are the only business focusing exclusively on Image Rights advice management and implementation right across the spectrum of potential customers using the Image Rights Ordinance. It is our aim to be the preferred choice for individuals, brands, corporate entities and professional advisors with an interest in protecting their or their clients’ personality under this unique law”.
That would explain it, says Merpel.
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|Dealing with complaints can be depressing:|
a little light humour always helps ...
"We are pleased to announce the excellent results obtained: the assessment report confirmed that a mature, comprehensive and documented complaints handling system is in place [well, they should have enough practice dealing with them, squeals Merpel before she is roundly shushed for her rudeness ...], integrated in and aligned with OHIM’s Quality Management System. The management of complaints also features a comprehensive measurement, analysis and reporting component, allowing OHIM to track and monitor performance and continual improvement of the system. A Level 3 Statement of Assessment will be issued, which is the highest level that can be achieved. For more information on complaints handling at OHIM, see the webpage of Complaints Unit [this link actually tells you how to complain, if you're a true grumblebunny and have nothing better to do with your time]".
|The view from the windows of the OHIM Building ...?|
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