The FIFA World Cup has only been up and running for a couple of weeks, and it seems to this Kat that numerous people are becoming quite sick and tired of it. Some resent the saturation coverage on TV, radio and online; others are just sore that their own team has been eliminated, or jealous that a rival nation of footballers whom they consider inferior has progressed further than their own team. In any event, if you press the 'off' button and wander off in search of something better to so, here is some suggested reading matter:
"... Overview of the Appeal proceedings according to the EPC is the first concise overview of the procedures before the Boards of Appeal of the EPO written by members of the boards. It is published in English, German and French in a single volume. It is available in paperback form. A discount of 5% will be given on orders for 5 or more copies.It's an easy read; it is also extremely well equipped with marginal references that enable the reader to discover the source of what the authors say without making the text look fussy. The relative brevity of the text, its clarity of lay-out and the appearance of a handy index all combine to make the reading experience quite a pleasant one.
The Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office were substantially revised in 2003. These Rules make it clear that the function of the Boards of Appeal is a judicial one, namely the review of the appealed decision. Thereto, the proceedings are essentially in writing and the case must as complete as possible at the early stages. They are more a judicial review of the decision than a continuation of the administrative first instance proceedings, particularly in opposition-appeal. Hence, the appeal proceedings are substantially different from the first instance proceedings, a fact not generally appreciated by parties attending appeal proceedings.
The book provides an easily readable overview of the appeal proceedings, in the three official languages of the European Patent Office, which helps in understanding the nature of the appeal proceedings before the Boards of Appeal. The book also contains the complete text of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal in the three official languages and an alphabetic index for each language.
The Overview of the Appeal proceedings according to the EPC is indispensable for patent attorneys and lawyers involved in appeal proceedings before the EPO [if practitioners purchased all the books that were described as "indispensible", they'd be quite impoverished by now -- but with great libraries]. It is a reference book both for the practitioner and the trainee".
Bibliographical details: ISBN 978-90-78310-09-9. 275 pp. Soft covers with fold-over flaps to tuck into the volume so you don't lose your place. Price: 55 euro. Rupture factor: very low. Book's web page here.
What will the reader find in this book? The publisher's web blurb says it all:
"When non-Chinese lawyers complain of “lack of transparency” in China’s IP judicial system, what they are actually complaining about is a lack of good translations of Chinese judges’ decisions [Merpel disagrees: in her view, most people are complaining about the fact that they can't see how courts and administrative bodies reach their decisions -- she has never heard anyone apart from the occasional legal researcher complain about the lack of good quality translations. But never mind ...]. Now at last, two renowned and experienced US–China intellectual property attorneys – both fluently bilingual – take the giant step necessary to bring China’s modes of handling intellectual property disputes into the international mainstream with excellent translations of 20 landmark Chinese patent-related cases, all decided during the past 10 years. Also included and translated are specially commissioned commentaries by the exact judges who decided each case, clearly explaining the “behind-the-scenes” reasoning they used [Merpel pricks up her ears when she hears phrases like "behind the scenes reasoning". Isn't this very like, er, lack of transparency?]. The patent issues covered in these cases include the following:This seems a fair enough account, though it doesn't mention the fact that each page bears the marks of two sets of pagination -- something that is not impossible to master but which will surely cause headaches for careless dissertation writers and footnote chasers in years to come.
- procedures and remedies for patent infringement;
- determination of “a clerical error”;
- how to determine similarity between designs;
- how to properly submit and use evidence;
- amendments that change the original technical solution;
- novelty and inventiveness;
- avoiding improper “hindsight” in assessing inventiveness;
- interpretation of a claim’s technical terms;
- doctrine of claim differentiation;
- patent infringement under the doctrine of equivalents;
- test standard for deciding identity or similarity between designs;
- prior art defense;
- use of a patented process for a medical regulatory review;
- identifying the manufacturer and seller involved in patent infringement;
- intentionally manufacturing or selling customized key parts of a patented product;
- patentee’s liability for improper enforcement of patent right; and
A detailed introductory chapter authored by Justice Dongchuan Luo and two other IP Judges explains the historical development of the Chinese patent system and describes enforcement mechanisms and procedures, both administrative and judicial. Appendices provide English translations of the most important legal sources of patent law in China. To some readers this sophisticated body of modern Chinese patent law, with its sensitivity to well-established international consensus, will come as a revelation. To these and others, and especially to patent law practitioners, jurists, and academics worldwide, this book will quickly become a cornerstone resource".
- preliminary injunction against the import of a patented product.
Bibliographical data: hardcover, xxv + 328 pages. ISBNs 9041150145 and 13: 9789041150141 360. Price US$150. Rupture factor: not too high, but this book is heavier than you imagine. Book's web page here.
"Dealing with rights and developments at the margin of classic intellectual property, this fascinating book explores emerging types of regulations and how existing IP regimes inform and influence the judicial and legislative creation of “substitute” IP rights.This book is scheduled for a fuller review in time to come ...
The editors have carefully structured the book to ensure that there is a thorough analysis of how commercial values arising at the margins of classic IP rights are regulated. As new regimes of regulations emerge, the question of how existing IP regimes inform and influence the judicial and legislative creation of “substitute” intellectual property rights is explored. By doing this, the contributors interrogate the very boundaries that constitute what IP rights traditionally protect and cover. Should all investments in anything intangible and “intellectual” – such as product shapes, personality, data and organization of an event - be protected as property? Should there be qualitative differences among the types of investments and achievements? These are just some of the interesting questions addressed in this important new book".
Bibliographic data: h 2014 384 pp Hardback 978 0 85793 261 7 ebook isbn 978 0 85793 262 4 Hardback price $145; online price $130.50. Rupture factor: small for the hardback, non-existent for the e-book. Web page here.