|A time for GOLDENBALLS ...|
|"Bake off!" Not a new|
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Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cambridge, right) gave notice of the following question yesterday:
"To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills [currently Vince Cable], what steps he is taking to protect the independence of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office".This Kat understands that, End of Year Post-Pudding Syndrome permitting, an answer may be floating down from on high some time around 5 January. Let's see what the Secretary for State says.
Something to read? The December issue of WIPO Magazine is now available to download here. If you don't fancy reading it in English, it's available in French and Spanish too. It has some pretty serious stuff in it, and some lighter content too, particularly for anyone who might be contemplating owning a driverless car. Also published is a fresh issue of The Patent Lawyer, details of which are available here. Finally, for those who love statistics, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its tally of facts and figures for patent filing in 2013. A whacking 2.57 million were filed, this representing a 9% increase over 2012 and, in Merpel's opinion, a powerful endorsement of the patent system by its users. Statistics for trade marks, designs, utility models and plant varieties are also available, so enjoy!