podcast about ASCAP, the BMI and Sharkey the seal. The same weblog carries an obituary for the United Kingdom's private copying exception, solemnly penned by Andy Johnstone. IP Draughts' Mark Anderson voices some well-aimed criticism at a futile appeal in respect of an agreement governing a selection of Bob Marley works including No Woman, No Cry: "the court at first instance and the Court of Appeal had a relatively straightforward task to interpret the 1992 agreement, and they performed it well. No new point of law arises from the case. There is no guidance that needs to be given to drafters in light of the case. It is an illustration of how far a party is prepared to go to try to protect its business interests, by pursuing a dud case all the way to the Court of Appeal".
neat little decision of the General Court to the effect that earlier MUSTANG word and figurative (right)marks for clothing would not be tarnished by the negative association of a later figurative mark containing the word MUSTANG for cigarettes. The Selvam and Selvam blog has drawn attention to the intention of the Indian Government to amend the Trade Mark Rules 2002 via the Trade Mark Amendment Rules 2015. These propose, inter alia, to hike filing and prosecution fees by 100% and to empower the Registrar to determine certain marks as being well-known trade marks. Raja Selvam's post is here: objections and suggestions should be sent to the Additional Secretary to the Government of India at sahni.palka at nic.in by 18 December 2015.
|UCL, on the road again ...|
As the UCL Law Faculty is currently virtually “homeless” because of building works, the Faculty will be securing an outside venue for this conference. Choice of venue will, naturally, be dependent upon numbers. As a consequence applications for entry from attendees will close on Wednesday 16 December 2015.You can read more about the course content and download the brochure by simply clicking here.