heading for the UK Supreme Court. Magmatic's registered Community design was held valid and infringed by Mr Justice Arnold here, but the Court of Appeal took a different line and reversed his decision here. In the Court of Public Opinion for England and Wales, Arnold J's decision was warmly applauded -- it protects a local product against a foreign invader, it sends out an encouraging message to anything thinking of designing and developing new products and it reads quite convincingly too. The Court of Appeal however took a different but equally plausible view. We await with excitement to see what the Supreme Court has to say about it. Also waiting with excitement is design owners' organisation ACID, which has been working hard both behind the scene and in front of it to protect the rights of one of its members (ACID and the UK Intellectual Property Office both wrote in support of Magmatic's petition for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court).
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flora raise exciting IP issues ...
patent attorney and fiction writer Kfir Luzzatto has come up with some surprises in his time, but his latest book will take some beating. Regrow Your Hair With Your Mind: Do It With Words is a remarkable proposition concerning the power of the mind over the body, though not one which will concern most felines on account of their being almost entirely covered with a superfluity of body hair which they need in order to be able to deposit it freely on cushions, chairs and the trouser legs of those against whom they may occasionally deign to rub up against. While this book is unlikely to be reviewed in the intellectual property press, it may be a welcome change from the usual patent, trade mark and copyright stuff. The IPKat wishes it (and Kfir) all the best.
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