|There are easier ways to track down|
an IP blogger ...
Spicy IP, a blog which has not merely placed India firmly on the map so far as IP blogging is concerned, but has provided an invaluable source of information, ideas and critical comment at an impressively high level. It's only a few years ago since blogs were still regarded with suspicion, dislike and often contempt -- but blogs like Spicy IP are definitely a force for good and this Kat applauds its blog team collectively and individually for all its hard work.
gerundives is here in person this year, this being barrister, author and Appointed Person Amanda Michaels. Amanda has kindly given up valuable professional time and expended considerable effort in order to traverse half the world in time for 3 pm tomorrow, when she will be stationing herself at the Oxford University Press exhibit booth (that's booth 409) in order to chat with trade mark enthusiasts about the fifth edition of her classic A Practical Guide to Trade Mark Law (co-written with fellow Hogarthian Andrew Norris). It's not often you can get a busy and successful barrister to write anything for nothing, but this Kat suspects she makes no charges for signing the copies of the book when you buy it. For the record, the publishers describe this book as
"a comprehensive, digestible [this is good news for all those who are concerned about the environment: when the 6th edition comes out, you can eat this one] and approachable introduction to trade mark law, explaining the technicalities of the law in plain, accessible language. While the focus of the book is primarily on UK law, it also deals with the acquisition and protection of EU trade marks, and procedure at OHIM, drawing comparisons between trade marks in the UK, and EU trade marks where appropriate. The book remains highly practical throughout, comprising discussion on topics such as the absolute and relative tests for registrability, registration practice and procedure, revocation, assignment and licensing, as well as complete coverage of the law on infringement, passing off and remedies".It's a jolly useful little book (xliv + 450 pages) -- and it's a lot easier to navigate than a Hong Kong street map.
Neil Wilkof, who is also putting in an appearance at the Oxford University Press exhibit booth. He's not actually launching anything but he'll be there from 12 pm to 1 pm so you can discuss with him the topic on which he has teamed up with Katfriend and Indian legal scholar Shamnad Basheer to edit an OUP tome -- Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights (book here). There may still be a copy of two of Neil and Shamnad's book by then, if they have not already been snapped up by discerning shoppers.
|The Symposium: another gift that|
the Greeks gave to the world ...