European Inventor Award, over 430 responses have already been received, and nearly 40% of those responses agree with fellow Kat Darren's suggestion that the Award may actually be ultra vires. While there is still plenty of time for further expressions of opinion, and the current lack of enthusiasm for the event may not reflect the final result, it is plain that the Award is not viewed as a particularly useful or attractive event by a large proportion of people who spend their time and practise their skills in the social media's IP space. The poll can be found at the top left corner of this weblog's home page, together with a brief explanation. Do vote, whatever your opinion -- we'd love to know which view of the Award turns out to be the winner!
Ars Technica about a nasty surprise facing the Electronic Frontier Frontier (EFF) over its regular "Stupid Patent of the Month" (SPM) feature. Unlike the European Inventor Award, the SPM is not a coveted award for which contestants vie, though neither the Award nor the SPM is an indication of likely commercial success. But to cut to the chase: the April 2015 SPM award went to Scott Horstemeyer, an Atlanta attorney and inventor holding 28 patents, who has commenced legal proceedings against the EFF and its lawyer for defamation. Given that both the EFF and its adversary appear to be motivated by matters of principle, this dispute has the potential to run and run.
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concluding [to the relief of many readers, this Kat imagines] that the grant of a non-exclusive right to use a trade mark does not, in his opinion, amount to “transfer of right to use the mark”. IP Tango, via the excellent Patricia Covarrubia, records that Chile now has its very own protected prosciutto, while Afro-IP has been particularly busy: Kingsley Egbuonu is searching for influential African IP personalities to nominate for Managing IP's next Most Influential Persons list, while Isaac Rutenberg muses on utility models, giving a Kenyan perspective.
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