Marie-Andrée Weiss has agreed to join the blogging team of specialist copyright weblog The 1709 Blog: we wish her all the best in her new role. "New Year, Free Scream" is John Enser's personal take on some works tumbling out of the public domain at the end of 2014: you can find that too on the 1709 Blog. Meanwhile, Ben Challis's first CopyKat post of the year has appeared too. "Priceline founder wants to shake up approach to patents" is the title of Rob Harrison's IP Finance post on the latest ideas from Jay Walker. Finally, it's good to know, as fellow Kat Birgit explains on the Class 46 European trade mark blog, that the German court Bundesgerichtshof has held in "ZOOM" that "paper for copying purposes" is not similar in trade mark law to paper that has been used as for the purpose of producing printed matter such as newspapers, magazines, books and photographs. This issue is not dissimilar, in the eyes of this Kat, to that raised in the German litigation leading to the ruling of the Court of Justice in Case C-39/97 Canon v MGM back in 1998, involving blank tapes and those on which films were recorded.
No joke. "Highlights of the USPTO Patent Public Advisory Committee 2014 Annual Report" (here, thanks to Chris Torrero -- katpat!) contains the following passage:
The IPKat enjoys