Franchise Law: a suggestions for a good read? One of our readers has emailed with a request that this Kat has so far been unable to fulfil. He is composing a book on franchising law in his own jurisdiction and writes:
"If you are so kind, please help me to find a good book about Franchising Law. I am investigating franchises but I can't find a good book, I hope you can recommend me some literature regarding this theme".
|Preferably a book|
with pictures ...
here. Meanwhile, over on Class 99's sister blog Class 46, Christian Tenkhoff explains how Monster ran into trouble with their efforts to register the allusive term REHABILITATE as a Community trade mark for non-alcoholic beverages and nutritional supplements, among other things. DDR Holdings v Hotels.com is a fascinating post-Alice case on US patent-eligibility, involving an invention directed towards merchandising on the internet: David Berry writes it up for PatLit here.
Difficult data question goes to Luxembourg. Case C-490/14 Verlag Esterbauer is a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof, Germany, on the following question:
In relation to the question of whether a collection of independent materials exists within the meaning of Art. 1(2) of Directive 96/9 on the legal protection of databases because the materials can be separated from one another without the value of their informative content being affected, is every conceivable informative value decisive, or only the value which is to be determined on the basis of the purpose of the collection and having regard to the resulting typical conduct of users?If you think you know the answer, do tell us [come to think of it, says Merpel, if you think you know what the question means and what it's about, we'd like to hear from you too: she wonders it it's something about Esterbauer's Bikeline, or is it Bikini line ...]. In either event, if you would like to tell the UK Intellectual Property Office what you think, so it can decide whether the UK government should be making representations to Europe's top court, please email Arthur at email@example.com by 23 December 2014. Please be assured: the contents of your communication will be so confidential that even you won't be able to find out what you said.