"No Boring Day: IP Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Issues in Brazil" is the title of a public lecture by Gustavo de Freitas Morais (partner, Dannemann Siemsen) on 3 July at the the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Department of International Development, LSE. It's free, but you still have to register. Click here for all you need to know ...
No boring meal. The Law Society for England and Wales has indulged itself in its first ever Intellectual Property Law Committee (IPLC) Dinner, at which IP Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe was the
Calling patent in-housers. Managing Intellectual Property magazine is running another survey on the current attitude of in-house patent attorneys to the emerging regime for unitary patents and a unified patent court for the European Union. You can find details of this initiative, and the reasons for it, from the PatLit weblog here. If, as a respondent, (i) you don't already have an iPad mini 3 and (ii) you actually want one, you can opt to enter your name in a draw for one.
Around the weblogs 1. This Kat was pleased this week to make contact with the CNCPI over in France. The CNCPI is the French Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys Institute; it represents some 1,000 professionals on French territory and its website appears to combine the functions of a news and information service and a blog. Both the IPKat and the PatLit weblogs got a mention there last week. Meanwhile, on IP Draughts, Mark Anderson asks what some may regard as a rhetorical question: is the lawyer's task of drafting standard terms and conditions something that is undervalued by the client? Elsewhere, the 1709 Blog carries what may well be Ben's last CopyKat post before the Glastonbury Festival overwhelms him, and there's also a short notice of an article by Michael Carrier on how reports of the death of musicians' income-earning opportunities in the wake of the new technologies may be premature.
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Great Narth Run. The Great North Run, described by Wikipedia as the second largest half marathon in the world [Merpel doesn't get this. Surely all half marathons are exactly the same size, being one half of a whole marathon], is a very popular event with many folk -- but not with the inhabitants of a tiny village in Wales called The Narth. The Great North Run Company, which owns the IP rights to the event, called in the lawyers in what is generally agreed to be a heavy-handed approach to dealing with major threat to its goodwill and continued survival posed by the Great Narth Run. This, says Merpel, is the sort of thing that gives IP rights a bad name. A Katpat goes to Chris Torrero for sending in this link.