Cecil the Lion R.I.P. Over the past few days this Kat has received a considerable degree of correspondence concerning the late, lamented Cecil the Lion and, in particular, the fact that a number of applications to register the words "Cecil the Lion" have been made by parties hitherto unconnected with the most popular mammal to have seen the light of day in the beautiful but oft-troubled land of Zimbabwe. It is true that no blogpost has been published on this event, but this Kat has actually posted something along the lines that follow, on the Facebook page of European trade mark organisation MARQUES.
call for help from any reader who can supply information concerning the use of copyright as a means of tackling revenge porn: any jurisdiction will do, but European cases are preferred. There's also an action-packed CopyKat round-up from Ben Challis. Over on PatLit, there's news of Portugal's official commitment to the Unified Patent Court, assuming that the controversial court comes into existence. plus a very gratifying post from Dave Berry on an Illinois judge's insistence that patent law submissions before him be brief, expressed in non-technical language and devoid of patent law jargon.
Confused by those wet-wipes? Following the IPKat's blogpost last week on the ongoing passing-off action between Gama Healthcare Ltd v Pal International Ltd. in which Gama objected that Pal's wet-wipe packaging would lead people to think it was theirs, this weblog ran a short, sweet sidebar poll to ask whether readers might be confused between the claimants' Clinell's packs and the defendants' Medipal ones.
A gratifyingly large number of readers interrupted their holidays for at least ten seconds in order to click their view on the subject. Of the 541 who responded, 378 (that's just fractionally under 70%) said they thought the packs were confusingly similar, while just 163 (marginally over 30%) considered that they weren't. This Kat thinks this shows that the claimants can hardly be blamed for suing. Merpel thinks this shows that marginally over 30% of readers are trade mark attorneys and their friends. But that's another matter ...