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Friday, 28 March 2014

Friday fantasies

9 million: quantum leap or Mega Jump ...?
Thank you all so much.  Earlier today, the IPKat and Merpel achieved something which they can in all honesty say the wouldn't have been able to do without the valuable assistance and support of their readers: they are proud and not a little humble too when they realise that this weblog has now notched up its nine millionth page-view [or should that be page-mew ...?]. It has been a privilege for us all to work on this weblog and to try to live the IPKat's original motto of "IP news and fun for everyone!"



What is the secret of happiness? Can the answer be online copyright enforcement? The event of the season, the afternoon everybody has been waiting for, is just a few days away. On Tuesday 1 April the beautiful London offices of Bristows LLP will host the IPKat's long-sold-out event ‘Online Copyright + Enforcement = Happiness?’.  If you can't attend but would like to follow the proceedings, we will be streaming the event live from here. You can also send comments before, during and after the webcast, by email to online.copyright.katevent@gmail.com or tweet directly at those speakers who actually happen to have a Twitter account. Speaking of Twitter, do not forget the hashtag for the day: it's  #HappyKat.


Announcing e-LAWnora.  Fellow Kat and 1709 Blogger Eleonora Rosati has taken the brave and exciting step of offering her portfolio of copyright-related skills through e-LAWnora, as this Kat mentioned on the 1709 Blog this morning, here.  So whatever tasks you need help with -- whether it's bringing yourself, your colleagues and clients up to speed on recent developments, current proposals and future prospects, or getting to grips with a knotty piece of IP research, or any of Eleonora's other services -- remember that e-LAWnora is there to help you.


Around the weblogs.  PatLit carries a grand piece by Stefano Barazza on claim preclusion, issue preclusion and the Kessler doctrine. Haven't heard about these choice items? It's time to read, here. The same blog carries a short, short note by Katfriend Paul England on a long, long (yes, Arnoldian) judgment in Starsight v Virgin Media. The jiplp weblog features two recent current intelligence notes: Esther Schnepper reviews the Community trade mark spat between Volvo and Solvo over their similar but non-confusing marks, while AmeriKat Annsley teams up with colleague Paul Keller to write about patent attorney fees in the US in the wake of the Kilopass ruling.  Finally, the IP Finance blog gives details of Project Hatchling, an innovation competition backed by Turtle Mat (illustrated, left) for which the prize is, er, the chance to work hard but with a better prospect of success.

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