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explains the arrangements for playing Welsh music on the BBC [this post comes with a "rather more interesting than you might have thought" warning]. On IP Tango, Patricia Covarrubia notes the partying that appears to break out whenever another Brazilian wine-making region gets its own geographical indication protection (in this case Aprobelo). Also partying, no doubt, is Katfriend and fellow blogger Mark Anderson, whose IP Draughts weblog records his thoughts as victor in the IPKat's recent anagram competition (discussed at little further on, below).
Will the Danes deign to disdain the Unified Patent Court? Thanks to the eagle-eyed Nick Bassil (Kilburn & Strode, katpat!) this Kat has been pondering a piece from EurActiv.com, which you can read in its entirety here:
"Danes will vote in May next year on whether or not to join the EU's Unified Patent Court, the Danish government confirmed on Thursday evening (19 December). As Denmark has an opt-out from EU legislation on justice, more than 80% of MPs have to support Denmark joining the patent court, or the government must call a referendum. While the Danish centre-left government is in favour of joining the patent court next June, the anti-EU parties in the parliament, the semi-communist Red-Green Alliance and the right-wing nationalist Danish People's Party, have been blocking an agreement [can we borrow them when the Danes have finished with them, wonders the ever-sceptical Merpel: they might come in handy elsewhere too]. ...
Red-Green Party alliance
In August, Danish opposition leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen told Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to give the Danish People's Party "whatever it takes" to get the party to support the patent court. However, on Thursday evening Danish Minister for EU Affairs Nick Hækkerup confirmed that a referendum would take place on 25 May, the same day as the European Parliament elections in Denmark.
"Of course it would have been easier if the Danish People's Party or the Red-Green Alliance had said that they agree that this [the patent court] is a really good idea. But now we will get a referendum and a good debate," [which is a lot more than most of us could ever hope for in the People's Democratic Republic of the EU] Hækkerup told Danish Broadcasting. ...
Hækkerup added that he hoped for a Danish 'yes' in May. "This is about protecting the ideas we come up with in Denmark. When Danish companies produce something, we don't want other countries to steal these ideas. We need to avoid copies," he stated [it's also about making sure the Danes don't steal anyone else's ideas either -- and about making sure they don't much chance to litigate their patent issues in Denmark, in Danish, a small feline voice pipes up]. Pia Adelsteen, EU spokesperson of the Danish People's Party, said she was "delighted" that the Danish government had "given up" in the negotiations. "When we give up sovereignty, we need to ask the Danes first. There have been many times where we wanted a referendum but couldn't get it because we weren't giving up sovereignty to the EU," she said."
Great Danes: "We need
to avoid copies ..."
Sadly, Katfriend Richard Ashmead confesses to having missed the earlier stages of the IPKat's competition to find an (un)suitable anagram for the words "Intellectual Property Enterprise Court" (in respect of which you can read a selection of entries here), otherwise known as the IPEC. However, Richard has an idea or two of his own. He writes:
"While admitting a great unlikelihood of having been able to improve on the impressive, if occasionally impenetrable, results, I wonder if I could suggest a follow-on backronym competition for IPEC. For those of fewer years and/or failing memory New Scientist magazine had, I think in the 1990s, a backronym competition for the best wording from which, eg, IPEC should have been derived. The best example I can recall was "Buy no fish locally" for the noted nuclear fuel reprocessor BNFL [alias British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, here]. Other winners would I am sure bear research, as would I suppose checking whether BACKRONYM is a registered trade mark [it isn't, says Merpel, at least it isn't in the EU or the UK], but a lack of such a competition for a profession so partial to alphabet soup seems almost remiss".
Fish sales were great till BNFL came along ...
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Katfriend and eminent IP scholar Jacques de Werra has written to tell the Kat family all about the next IP conference that he is organizing in the lovely city of Geneva, this time on the topic of unfair competition law. This event will take place on the thoroughly romantic date of St Valentine's day, 14 February 2014. Merpel, a true romantic who always goes weak at the knees when she reads the magic words "unfair competition law", hopes that lots of her friends and not-yet-friends will be there. Details are available here. Adds the IPKat, if you have to travel to Geneva for this event and need something to read on the journey, what could be better than the latest volume of Jacques' IP book series -- this being on trade secrets. The book will be noted on this webloh in greater detail in due course and will get a full review in the Journal of Intellectual Law & Practice too. Meanwhile you can access the details here.
|An interesting copyright idea ...|