"Search Matters is one of our key events, addressing patent search professionals from business, academia and IP firms. It provides a unique opportunity to meet more than 40 examiners along with some patent information experts from the EPO [what an awesome prospect, murmurs Merpel, who wonders if the English language, with all its stolen wealth of words, has a special collective term for patent examiners]. Participants can also put questions – including queries about searches in specific technical areas – direct to individual examiners, one on one".Date: 3 and 4 April. Venue: The Hague. For more information, to view the programme and the workshop abstracts, just click here.
|Is this the symbol|
of European copyright?
|Altus: soon to be|
a thing of the past ...
characteristically colourful CopyKat post from Ben Challis on the 1709 Blog, which reflects both his enthusiasm and his breadth of coverage of copyright. Still on the issue of copyright, but mainly a pleasantly pastel yellowy-green, is Copyright See-Saw, the brainchild of veteran copyright guru Mihaly Ficsor Sr. From its name comes a clue to the blog's leitmotiv -- the balancing of competing interests (a topic that is continuing to exercise the brains and the imaginations of copyright's finest policy-makers). A Katpat for Peter Munkacsi for tipping us off.
CIPIT), at the Strathmore University Law School, Nairobi, has launched a full-text searchable database of Kenyan issued patents. Isaac's Afro-IP blog announcement is here, and the link to the actual database is here. The same website also has searchable Kenyan Intellectual Property Tribunal cases that, like the patents, are currently not otherwise available online. Well done, says the IPKat: it's good to see an academic institution doing things that palpably benefit not just students and researchers but the entire business and technology community.