[formerly Reed Smith, but they must have been short of space], is to be to graced by fellow feline Eleonora, who has posted this notice on the 1709 Blog concerning prospects for participating in the programme. If you are feeling bright, brave, breezy and full of initiative, this is the ideal chance for you to get involved!
asks whether Disney's hitherto hard-line attitude towards user-generated content-type infringement and collateral damage caused by fans is softening, in light of the company's apparent tolerance of an admittedly money-spinning spate of imaginative uses of bits of its Frozen animated hit movie by ordinary folk with an affection for YouTube and other such spaces. Over on the MARQUES Class 46 weblog, Tiina Komppa narrates a Finnish saga of an apparently innocuous trade mark that turns out to be literally brimming with generic or descriptive elements, while Nikos Prentoulis writes up a recent Greek ruling on the principle of proportionality as it affects interim injunctive relief for trade mark infringement, in an action brought by Hard Rock Cafe.
website that provides a remarkable resource on the unitary patent and the unified patent court system and the article which he has just drawn to this Kat's attention considers the Spanish nullity actions against the Unitary Patent Regulations and some remarkable recent developments. You can read it in English and in German. The Prof. Tilmann in question, also a Katfriend, has written extensively on this topic and his English writings will be familiar to readers of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and the European Intellectual Property Review. This Kat strongly suspects that Professor Tilmann will respond and looks forward to his doing so. It says much for German scholarship that these two writers have expended so much careful thought and effort in researching and explaining the ramifications of this topic, when so many of the rest of us simply sit on the sidelines and say why the proposed system won't work.
[disclosure: he edits its Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property Law series and the same company publishes fellow Kat Eleonora's excellent tome on copyright and originality in the EU] were presented with the Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year Award at The Bookseller Industry Awards' annual dinner [Merpel is appalled at the thought of an annual dinner: she expects at least one dinner each day]. This publishing house has a clear appetite for IP titles: you can see the current list in its catalogue here. This Kat hopes that, now his friends are winning all these awards, they'll make a big, big effort to put handy lists of cases and legislation into some of their collections of IP essays, to make it easier for readers to navigate them and see who is referring to what.