Stefano Barazza, currently a Lecturer in Law in the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of South Wales, is now involved in the teaching of a tailored Masters programme for staff at the United Kingdom's Intellectual Property Office, delivered directly to the IPO's door in Newport (immortalised by the parodic "Newport State of Mind", here). Stefano is also a permanent member of the PatLit blog team. It's good to know that guest Kats can be so productively recycled, adds Merpel.
Korea combines examinations. Via the ever-vigilant Chris Torrero (Katpat!) comes news, via the European Patent Office's Patent Information News (4/2014), that the Korean Patent Office (KIPO) has introduced a combined examination procedure for applications for several different intellectual property rights at the same time. As this piece explains:
"Under this new procedure, applicants may apply for a patent, utility model, design and trade mark for the same product by requesting a 'collective package examination'. In order to qualify for the collective examination, all applications must relate to a common product. Also, there may not have been a first office action yet for any of the applications. For patent and utility model applications, a request for examination must have already been filed. KIPO is committed to completing collective examinations within a period of four months to one year after receipt of the request".Further details can be found in KIPO’s annual report on their website here. The notion of a combined search might seem strange to some, but the possibility of a single product having characteristics that would potentially qualify for protection under all four rights is very real. says Merpel, who encourages readers to submit some entertaining examples for readers' edification.
|Lovers, not fighters ...|
You know where you can stick it ... The current must-have accessory is, this Kat has been advised, a selfie stick. Unconvinced, since he has never been a great one for taking selfies, this Kat notes a recent feature on the Guardian website (via Eleonora -- Katpat!) about the provenance of the selfie stick, which looks like the fruit of years of patient toil on the part of Quik Pod patentee Wayne Fromm. The article concludes
" ... Fromm stands a good chance of being remembered as “the man who invented the selfie stick”, not least because he’s the man saying that he did so. However, as he admits, people had stuck cameras on poles for years before him. Which raises the question, is a selfie stick really something you can invent? “In hindsight, it’s a simple idea,” Fromm admits. “But if you look at anything – a shoe horn, shoelaces – there’s nothing that wasn’t created by somebody … If it were not for my work over the 10 years, today’s selfie stick would not exist”".As usual with patents, the art is not in the idea but in its mode of execution. Readers will no doubt be dredging up all sorts of patents, utility models and registered designs for selfie sticks, but what excites Merpel more than that is the search for a more dignified, less informal term for the product than "selfie stick". Can readers oblige?
When you receive an emailed Season's Greetings circular, do you ...
The message is plain, says Merpel: why annoy people by sending them more e-junk when you can find ways of wishing them well in a far more personal and meaningful manner?
New journal. This Kat's friends at Oxford University Press have just announced the launch of a new title, the Journal of Cybersecurity -- a journal on a subject that overlaps the margins of intellectual property law and practice According to the publishers, this journal
"... publishes accessible articles describing original research in the inherently interdisciplinary cyber domain. [It] is premised on the belief that computer science-based approaches, while necessary, are not sufficient to tackle cybersecurity challenges. Instead, scholarly contributions from a range of disciplines are needed to understand the human aspects of cybersecurity. [It] provides a hub around which the interdisciplinary cybersecurity community can form [and] is committed to providing quality empirical research, as well as scholarship, that is grounded in real-world implications and solutions".This new journal is now accepting submissions for publication. If you are interested, you can get further information here. Please don't send your articles to the IPKat!