|Two heads can be more effective than one,|
at least if they can think independently ...
Reminding patent in-housers. This Kat's friends at Managing Intellectual Property magazine are running a 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.
News from Eponia. This Kat learns from his ever-vigilant friend Merpel that the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) is getting aspirant patent attorneys involved in European Patent Office (EPO) governance issues at an early stage. Apparently, in an email offering an online training course for candidates taking the pre-examination of the European Qualifying Examination in 2016, there were accidentally included three attachments setting out the EPI’s view of the proposed reforms of the Boards of Appeal of the EPO, and the response to the ongoing consultation on the matter [here and here].
UPDATE 7/7/15 In response to popular demand (See comments), the three documents are: 1) 6 February Letter to the Administrative Council concerning the Organisation of the Boards of Appeal; 2) 25 June EPI Position Paper on CA/16/15; and 3) 25 June EPI response to User Consultation on Reform of the Boards of Appeal
Conscientious objectors, take note. "L'Oréal Lawyer Claims Company Fired Him When He Wouldn’t Pursue Problematic Patents" was a headline that this Kat deemed too good to hide away in the "Around the weblogs" feature below. It's a blogpost from Suits by Suits ("A legal blog about disputes between companies and their executives", by US law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP), about an action brought by patent attorney Steven Trzaska under New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act. The allegation is that the company set its New Jersey a quota of 40 patents to file in 2014 but that some of them were of "low or poor quality" in that they were, er, cosmetic ... The Kats hope to hear more about the progress of this case, and wonder whether, on a broad construction of its provisions, the Act would also cover conscientious objections by lawyers to instituting patent infringement proceedings or demanding royalties where they have reason to believe that their employer is indulging in a spot of trolling.
Casting nasturtiums on Nagoya? The Royal Horticultural Society, gaining its first ever mention on this weblog, is running its very own Nagoya Protocol event [if you're not sure what this is about, click here for background and here for Darren's earlier Katpost on a failed legal challenge to it by a consortium of German and Dutch plant growers].
It is key that the response to the Nagoya Protocol is from across the horticulture sector and in collaboration with Defra and NMRO. The RHS, will therefore, over the next few months be engaging with key stakeholders from horticulture, Defra and National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) to raise awareness on the Nagoya Protocol, to formulate a shared response and to work towards informing the process of ‘best practices’. This will include holding a meeting for those with concerns about or an interest in the Protocol and the legislation to share their views with Defra and the NMRO, and this will form the basis of how UK horticulture can respond constructively to the legislation.
This meeting will be held at RHS Garden Wisley on 27 July with representatives of Defra and NMRO being present. Those interested in attending this meeting please contact Laura Robins on firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address.
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