[that's Merpel's idea; she's very inclusionist...] is welcome to join them. You can find the Old Nick here.
Did you notice the Notice? Not everyone has spotted "Notice No. 12/13 of the President of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office of 28 November 2013 providing information on the introduction of the electronic file inspection via the Internet in patent and utility model procedures" The title might not be very sexy, but the news is good. According to the President:
[that's last Tuesday, observes Merpel]. The statutory basis required for this service was created by the Act Revising Certain Provisions of Patent Law and Other Acts in the Field of Industrial Property Protection of 19 October 2013 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 3830). Electronic inspection of files is a free service of the DPMA.A katpat goes to Dehns' Alexander Robinson for jogging the Kats'
here. This blog has an archive stretching back to December 2012 and there's a refreshingly international flavour to it. Elsewhere, IP Finance's Mike Mireles has posted this piece on philanthropy and funding for the creation of IP, Class 46's Laetitia Lagarde writes on a recent General Court decision in which the OHIM Board of Appeal was taken to task for its failure to give proper reasons -- a decision which invoices showing sale of trade marked goods (HERBACIN) outside the EU, but issued in the EU, constituted proof of use of that mark.