here, which was perfectly timed to coincide with the first week of the new English Premier League football season. Somebody must have liked this post, since it also ended up on leading English legal magazine Legal Week and was quoted on the Managing Intellectual Property blog and on Channel 4 News. Well done, Eleonora!
sidebar poll on copyright in selfies taken by monkeys [this is nothing to do with SurveyMonkey, adds Merpel] is doing very nicely, thank you. With two weeks to go, the poll has already attracted 178 responses, an impressive figure for any holiday-time poll. If you have not yet participated, please do! At the moment, most readers are inclined to think that there is no copyright at all in the now-iconic self-portrait of the black-crested macaque -- but there's plenty of room for argument.
"The Redskins are suing five Native Americans who won the headline-making patent case [naughty journalism: why can't they tell trade marks from patents?] on June 18, providing them with a largely symbolic victory in their fight to force the team to change its name. By suing in federal district court, the Redskins are asking for a chance to defend their name, which they contend celebrates Native Americans [Merpel thinks this is a little patronising, seeing as at least some Native Americans wouldn't have supported the name change if they thought the name was celebrating them]. “We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” said Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Washington Redskins, in a statement. The team can now introduce fresh evidence into a battle that has been confined to the patent office and limited to mostly decades-old testimony. The federal district case also gives the team an extra chance to appeal in case it loses. If the Redskins had filed their case at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, their appeal would have been restricted to old depositions and documents that have already been widely dissected".Aided no doubt by an army of Redskin-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic, this Kat will surely be kept informed of further developments and will seek to bring them to the attention of his readers.