IP Finance weblog, founded in 2008, has now notched up its one millionth page-view. This blog, which has 1,530 email subscribers, has over 1,250 searchable items on its database of blogposts. Team members include two Kats: Jeremy and Neil. However, the team is always on the look-out for more talent so, if you are interested in writing about that fascinating area where IP meets money, do contact Jeremy here and let him know.
things are happening in the Kingdom of Cambodia when it comes to the processing and grant of international trade mark applications. Earlier this month, Cambodia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, with the proviso that the time limit of one year to exercise the right to notify a refusal of protection of an international application is replaced by 18 months. The Madrid Protocol enters into force for Cambodia on 5 June.
Blurred Lines litigation, which has left many IP experts gasping. Elsewhere, it has been a pre-General Election Budget Day in the (still) United Kingdom. What does this mean for IP? IP Finance's Anne Fairpo gives an IP-friendly round-up here. Following Christian Tenkhoff's guest Katpost on the Community trade mark tussle over the registrability of the word GREENWORLD, here, Tiina Komppa on the MARQUES Class 46 weblog tells the tale of GREEN SMOKE, a Finnish saga in which many of the same issues relating to the connotations of the word "green" when followed by a descriptive term were raised.
Martin Husovec (Katpat!). According to "The Visegrad Group (V4) Countries Establish a Joint Patent Institute", here, representatives of the industrial property offices of the four V4 member states -- the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Poland) have signed an Agreement to run the Visegrad Patent Institute as a non-governmental organisation with the aim to promote innovation and increase competitiveness in the region through "better and less expensive protection of innovation that originates in the V4 countries". Advantages are that
- local patent applicants can enjoy the opportunity to communicate in their mother tongue;
- the predicted level of fees for a patent application submission is expected to drop 25% for companies and 37% for Kats and humans (thismay even contribute to a growing number of international applications from the V4 countries);
- small and medium enterprises, universities and research organizations from the region will have an opportunity to make more effective use of the system for international applications for inventions and technical solutions under the Patent Cooperation Treaty.