|After renaming the Patents County Court the|
Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, we now
have a new name for the Court of Appeal
SCRIPTed is now available. You can check out its contents here. This issue has a special focus on collaborative open source projects, copyright management and licensing. It also contains a discussion of "The European Unified Patent Court: Assessment and Implications of the Federalisation of the Patent System in Europe" by Dimitris Xenos, which makes uncomfortable reading for anyone who thinks that the European Union did its homework properly before pushing forward with its new and highly controversial patent litigation structure.
contemporary art exhibition of host firm Simmons & Simmons. If you've not yet registered but propose to do so, you'll find all the necessary details here.
|Will David be wearing|
his new Cravath ...?
|For those who ever wondered where|
China is, it's the yellow bit that lies
between Bhutan and Mongolia ...
"Work started on this set of amendments over seven years ago. The text of the amendments as adopted is not yet available, but a notice of the adoption was posted on the website of the NPC. The Amended version of the Trade Mark Law will go into effect May 1, 2014. Some of the features are that applications to register a trade mark must be made in good faith; improved protection for well-known marks; and changes to the opposition system".If you don't believe Paul, just check it out for yourself: the NPC's announcement (in Chinese) can be perused here.
here. Barbara Cookson (SOLO IP here) offers a little soliloquy on the joys of an almost-empty library. If you've never heard the expression "lean performance" [as at least one fictional Kat is too embarrassed to confess], you can find out from Laetitia Lagarde on Class 46 here why it is that the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market is happy to allow registration of LEAN PERFORMANCE INDEX for goods and services in Nice Classes 9,16 and 42 but not for services in Class 35. Finally, the jiplp weblog posts a note on the results of its "What does Greek Yoghurt mean to you?" survey here.
"More than 1,700 applications have now moved to the next steps in the program.
... Out of the 1,930 new gTLD applications submitted, a total of 1,745 applications passed Initial Evaluation, 32 have gone into Extended Evaluation, and 121 were withdrawn from the program.
|But is ICANN counting?|
... Applications that passed IE will proceed through the program based on their complexity. Some may move straight to the Transition to Delegation phase, while others may have to go through additional steps, such as dispute resolution and string contention. As another indicator of the progression of the New gTLD Program, 12 additional registry agreements have just been signed, 11 of which are the first English character TLDs. The contracts govern the registry and administration of a dozen new gTLD’s. ICANN’s new gTLD program is the result of 8-years of study, 47 public comment periods, which produced over 2,400 comments, 55 explanatory memoranda [this Kat wonders whether, if something demands the production of no fewer than 55 explanatory memoranda, it might just be a little over-complicated] and 7 versions of the new gTLD Applicant guidebook [Merpel notes with some concern that no figures have been given for the number of apoplexies, nervous breakdowns and early retirements inflicted on the brand-owning communities during this period]".For more information. just click here.