"It is interesting to read the reports and comments on IPKat regarding the stand-off between the staff and the management of the EPO", writes a feline-friendly correspondent, who adds:
U4U trade union has a majority. U4U campaigned on a slogan of change and a manifesto of challenging those management policies which reduce morale, efficiency, quality of work and worsen the working conditions of staff. The election result is likely to be seen by many as signalling dissatisfaction among a majority of staff and a call for greater consultation of staff by the management. A German lawyer, Gregor Schneider, is Chairperson of the new Staff Committee and Marco Paolacci, an Italian lawyer, is Deputy Chairperson. Both are U4U members".The IPKat, who is a great admirer of OHIM and its staff even though he feels obliged to chastise them from time to time, hopes that the two sides will work together in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation, and that they will display a model of mutual respect that the European Patent Office can be encouraged to emulate.
innocently asks if that island -- the seventh continent according to some opinions -- ever received any financial benefit from the movie series with which it shares its name. The second toys with the idea that men and women might not be given the same length of post-mortem copyright protection for the works they author. On Class 46, Nikos Prentoulis reports that the financially hard-pressed Cyprus Airways, the country's national air carrier, has assigned its portfolio to the Cypriot government. Nikos asks some searching questions about this move, in terms of practice and principle. On the same blog, Tomasz Rychlicki reviews a Polish tussle between the owners of the NETTO and NETO marks: it was plain that only one was going to survive -- but which?
Scams are back. This Kat received, via fellow 1709 Blogger Ben Challis, the following example of an audacious and indeed outrageous scam. He very much hopes that the perpetrators of this roguery will be zapped with the full force of whatever law comes to hand. In the meantime, he would dearly like to have the chance to speak to whoever in Raiffeisenbank is responsible for allowing this scammer's account to be opened and to ask what sort of check was made to establish the credentials and the bona fides of the purported organisation. Meanwhile, please be vigilant and, if you have small and/or vulnerable clients who are in CTM mode, warn them instantly, please.