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Monday, 14 July 2014

Monday miscellany

Discerning readers of this weblog may well recall Katfriend Carolin NCube's review of Road Humps and Sidewalks: the path less travelled, an IP-flavoured novel by Dr Kalyan C Kankanala (managing partner, Banana IP). Well, Kalyan has been at it again! He writes to tell the Kats that the second novel in his IP Law Thriller series, Pirates of Bollywood, is now available for pre-release order on Apple iBooks and Kobo, and that it will shortly be available on Barnes and Noble. Explains Kalyan,
Pirates of Bollywood is a copyright law thriller on the theme of film production, piracy and organized crime. In the novel, a young, gifted lawyer, Arjun, embarks on a wild pirate chase in Bombay, the city of dreams. You may read more about the work here.
If any reader would like to review this novel for this weblog, can he or she please email the IPKat at theipkat@gmail.com and let him know.




The Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture - A Good Thing?" Last month's report by Annsley the AmeriKat on Hugh Hansen's Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture, "Culture of the Public Domain - A Good Thing?," generated a good deal of comment (15 comments, to date, in fact).  Good news is that you don't have to rely on what we said Hugh said any more, since the lecture is now available on the webpage for the UCL Institute for Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL): you can enjoy it in all its glory here.



Comparative advertising in Argentina. This Kat recently had the pleasure of meeting fellow blogger and Allende & Brea partner Pablo Palazzi in the course of the latter's recent visit to London.  When the subject of comparative advertising came up, Pablo mentioned that he had written quite a magnum opus on this topic, as it is handled in his home jurisdiction: "Comparative Advertising in Argentine Law", weighing in at 38 pages, was published in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal in 2012. You can read it in full here.



Voyage of discovery.  "Exploring Perspectives of the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent Within the Business and Legal Communities" is a 64-page report that encapsulates the results of some research commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office, and carried out by Dr Luke McDonagh (Cardiff University). You can peruse it at your leisure here. If you want to know what you're letting yourself in for, there's a handy media release here, and if you already know what you're letting yourself in for and can't get enough of it by conventional means, there's an audio recording of the launch event, kindly hosted by the Kats' friends at CIPA (the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys), here.



The UPC is in its infancy, but secondary
legislation will be far from child's play ...

Of secondary importance, but surely a priority.  If you are truly looking for a bit of spice in your life, why not try a free webcast from the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO?  The UKIPO has organised one for Wednesday 16 July at 4 pm for IP professionals on the following title "Consultation on Secondary Legislation Implementing the Unified Patent Court". You can get all the details, once again from the CIPA website, here. Follow-up workshops, run by the UKIPO, are being offered as follows:

  • London, 30 July at 2 pm, UKIPO
  • Edinburgh, 23 July at 2 pm, Law Society of Scotland
  • Newport, 28 July at 2 pm, UKIPO
  • Manchester, 31 July at 2 pm, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Spaces are limited for the workshops, so please email UPCconsultation@ipo.gov.uk to reserve your place.

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