Friday Fantasies on the subject of abusive comments, particularly from unidentifiable readers, attracted a large and animated response in the form of readers' comments and emails. This Kat is glad that he raised the subject. If nothing else, it showed that a large number of readers are happy with the notion of this blog continuing in its role as a didactic weblog that promotes its writers' largely pro-IP views while welcoming opposing opinions and constructive criticism and jettisoning abuse; a smaller number are manifestly unhappy, possibly because they think this weblog should be some sort of unmoderated chat-room for the venting of personal spleen and ire. Another small minority appears to make no distinction between criticism and personal abuse at all. This Kat proposes to post no further comments on this topic. Merpel, who agrees, suggests that those who feel that this blog strangles debate rather than promotes it are welcome to start their own blog and do things their own way: just let us know and we'll give you a plug in the next available 'Around the weblogs' feature, she adds. One final point: one of the anonymous commentators has posted an allegation of plagiarism in relation to an unspecified contributor to this weblog: the IPKat, as is well known, does not condone or tolerate plagiarism in any shape or form (and, curiously, has been criticised for his position on this topic: see here). Both he and Merpel are willing to pursue any allegation of plagiarism that is supported by evidence
Class 99 design law and practice weblog, hosted by European trade mark organisation MARQUES, has just reached and indeed surpassed the 1,000 mark for email subscribers: well done! On SOLO IP, Barbara Cookson introduces us to the Cateys, an awards event for those involved in the catering industry, reviewing the centrality of IP to this important sector (a Catey is displayed on the right). On Class 46, Edith Van den Eede reviews a recent Italian action in which the Rome Court refused applications for declarations of non-infringement against protected designations of origin MAREMMA TOSCANA and CAPALBIO for wine. Finally, on Art & Artifice, Angela Saltarelli writes on a battle over ownership of two paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, another unhappy chapter in the story of art works separated from their owners during the Second World War.
COMING SOON: tomorrow we name our three new guest Kats for the period 1 July to 31 December 2014.