While on the subject of congratulations and felicitations, this Kat is delighted to learn the exciting news that Edward Elgar Publishing has won the Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year 2014 award, which the company received from the Independent Publishers Guild at a ceremony last Thursday evening. The judges commended the company on its impressive sales growth in 2013, achieved on the back of a prolific publishing programme and its successful Elgaronline platform. The IPKat has quite lost count of the intellectual property titles from Edward Elgar Publishing that have been reviewed on this weblog. The company also publishes a series of Intellectual Property Research Handbooks, of which the most recent was Jacques De Werra's on IP licensing (noted here). Other books in this series, of which this Kat is proud to be the series editor, are
- Copyright Law: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Paul Torremans)
- Trademark Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Graeme Dinwoodie and Mark D. Janis)
- Patent Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Toshiko Takenaka)
- Research Handbook on the Future of EU Copyright Law (edited by Estelle Derclaye)
- Law and Theory of Trade Secrecy: a Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Rochelle C. Dreyfuss and Katherine J. Strandburg)
- Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property: a Handbook of Contemporary Research (edited by Christophe Geiger)
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Arrangements for Deposit Accounts: details of the changes. Following on from Darren Smyth's post on 18 February regarding the change in rules for European Patent Office (EPO) deposit accounts, readers may not have spotted that the EPO has now published the details, including something of a motivation for the change:
"The administrative fee for insufficient funds in deposit accounts is being abolished. It was originally introduced to provide an additional incentive to use deposit accounts by offering their holders a lower penalty in case of late payment. The main reason for abolition is that the administrative fee overlaps with the additional fees and fees for further processing payable under Rule 51(2) and Article 121(1) EPC. Deposit account holders will in future have the same means of redress as any other users".According to various parts of the Arrangements for Deposit Accounts and annexes, if the account does not contain sufficient funds, the holder is informed by post, fax or email. This might be a good reason to update the contact details since presumably a fax or email would allow quicker corrective measures to be taken -- if there's time. The details are here. A katpat goes to Stephen Turner for this information.
From our reader Yisroel Greenberg (katpat!) comes news that omeone has produced an intellectual property game, TrademarkVille. As Yisroel explains, it's similar in concept to board games like Articulate or web games like Pictionary: you describe a thing without saying its name. However, in this case, you also have to avoid using any trade marked words or terms. As the game's web page explains:
"In the magical town of TradeMarkVille every uttered word is instantly trademarked by the King's wizard-lawyers and banished from language. People are forced to devise increasingly bizarre ways to express their thoughts. Ordinary communication becomes a puzzle, prose becomes poetry.
Will a new sense of understanding prevail against the sorcery of intellectual property?"Yisroel found this through a post on the gaming website Kotaku ("Anti-Candy Crush game 'trademarks' all of your words", here), and thought we might be interested in it. This Kat is speechless; Merpel's lost for words ...