|Iraqi instrument of accession|
"The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Iraq, on August 29, 2014, of its instrument of accession to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, adopted at Singapore on March 27, 2006. In conformity with Article 28(3), the said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Iraq, on November 29, 2014".This Kat is impressed at the fact that the Iraqi government can focus on the niceties of the Singapore Treaty at a time like this; truly it is a good portent for the future. Merpel says that sometimes even the rhetoric of war is preferable to the pompous and flowery circumlocution of peace, since -- unlike formal diplomatic prose such as Singapore Notification No.41 and its fellows, its meaning is immediately understood by all. When, she wonders, will all that silly stuff about compliments and honour be replaced with a plain statement that Iraq has acceded to the Singapore Treaty with effect from 29 November?
|Should an IP Office|
be one big family?
guest post on a conference on IP, venture capital and the building of innovation ecosystems; Coller IP's Jackie Coller then addresses the informational aspects of that ecosystem with a pertinent contribution to the discussion following last year's Banking on IP? report. Not to be outdone, Mike Mireles reviews a proposal to put the US patent system to rights by abolishing the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit -- but would this really deal with patent troll problems? Elsewhere, PatLit notes the latest stage in the fascinating dispute between Vringo and ZTE over the "yes-it-is, no-it-isn't" patent infringement by sort-of-adhering to a technical standard, announces the British guidelines on the implementation of a Bolar-style defence to patent infringement claim for the benefit of researchers and explains a decision in which a US Federal Court sticks closely to the US Supreme Court's recent ruling on computer-implemented inventions in Alice v CLS Bank. On the 1709 Blog, John Enser marks a bit of a reshuffle of IP responsibilities within the European Commission. Finally, the Class 99 design law blog gives space to a very recent General Court ruling on some things that most of us have never thought much about: the individual character, scope for design freedom and identity of the informed user of a cookie (half of which is illustrated above, right).
|The rubric for the TIPLO dinner event|
is silent on the subject of dress code ...
[what? you haven't read the previous edition ...?], the organisers bring together a panel of experts from across the copyright community who will share their views on what they would change if they could change just one thing about copyright. Confirmed event participants include Mr Justice Birss, Trevor Clarke, Bernt Hugenholtz, Peter Leathem, Cedric Manara and Javier Ruiz. For more details and registration, click here. If you can't attend, you can still submit questions "from anywhere in the world" via Twitter using #changeonething.
international association of lawyers for the creative industries and who don't like using capital letters. Annabelle now writes to let us know that she has put online the various videos of each presentation, for those people who could not attend the seminar. An article that summarises this seminar and provides links to each video presentation can be accessed here.