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Monday, 18 April 2016

Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week

Did you miss the last week of IPKat? No need to worry - catch up with the 92nd instalment of Never Too Late today.

* In Memoriam of Kay Chapman
IPKat remembers Kay Chapman's contributions to CAS-IP and sustainable development.

* American Science's mobile X-ray scanner patent valid
Amerikat Annsley reports Mr Justice Arnold's decision in American Science & Engineering Inc v Rapiscan Systems Limited - but try as she might she can't find a cited case.

* If you need to prove use as part of your opposition, this is for you
 Valentina Torelli discusses the General Court's decision  T-638/14 (Spanish) which seems to say that assessment of proof of use of a trade mark must be done on the basis of interdependence of all the relevant factors. 

* Life as an IP Lawyer: Bratislava, Slovakia
Zuzana Hecko at Allen & Overy talks fighting counterfeiters, battles getting confused with Slovenia and dreams of working in Hong Kong in the third of the AmeriKat's Life as an IP Lawyer series. 

* You wouldn't steal a Carouselambra...
Did Led Zeppelin 'steal' another melody? InternaKat Ellie outlines the problems with using language suggesting theft to describe IP.

* Much Ado About Patents
Katanomist Nicola reviews two research papers from last week's CREATe workshop at Queen Mary's (here) which look at patents from a behavioural point of view, and point to validation patterns.

* BREAKING: EU Trade Secrets Directive approved, but not without protest
Mark Ridgway of Allen & Overy brings news of the Trade Secrets Directive being given the green light by the European Parliament admist the Panama Papers data leak. 

* Royal Charter for Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
A celebration that ITMA have been granted the Royal Charter - reported by InternKat Nick.

* Innocuous Innovation - the Rise of the Maintainers
Are IP and innovation under threat from new economic thought? Our Katonomist explains the implications of attacks on innovation.

* Will a virtual body be granting the future Unitary SPCs? 
With a guest post from the ECPA, the AmeriKat considers the future of Supplementary Patent Certificates based on a Unitary Patent in light of the Joint Position Paper from ECPA, EFPIA and IFAH.

* Noncompete clauses: are they part of the grand theme of the crisis of innovation?
Neil Wilkof explores whether noncompete clauses (and trade secrets) are such a big problem for innovation, after all.

* Letter from AmeriKat: Are patent trolls a problem in the ITC?
AmeriKat brings us up to date with last week's hearing to determine how the International Trade Commission is to deal with litigants and patent trolls.



Never too late 91 [week ending on Sunday 10 April] The Future of second-medical-use patents, Fordham 2016|AG Opinion in United Video Properties, Inc v Telenet NV, C-57/15|Batman v Superman in commercial context| Trade Secrets and the Bio-Pharmaceutical industry| Panorama and the three step test in the Swedish Supreme Court| Public consultation on the Enforcement Directive| Hyperlinks in GS Media, C-160/15 Life as an IP Lawyer in São Paulo | | The Internkats | Corn Thins: descriptive? | Tourism and Culture in the Age of Innovation | Lord Neuberger's most difficult case | US Senate passes Trade Secrets Act 

Never too late 90 [week ending on Sunday 3 April] – Book review: "IP and Other Things" by Sir Robin Jacob| Book review:  "Trade Marks Law" by Glen Gibbons| IPKat Post #10,00 | Taser International Inc. v SC Gate 4 Business SRL and Others |Two Book Reviews: European Law Design and The Changing European Patent | Fordham 2016 | Maestro Swiss Chocolate Sdn. Bhd. & 3 Ors v Chocosuisse Union Des Fabricants Suisses 

Never too late 89 [week ending on Sunday 27 March] – Cricket and copyright in England And Wales Cricket Board Ltd & Anor v Tixdaq Ltd & Anor | Are business models simply jargon? | Singapore's IPOS ADR | Trunki case: the AIPPI's version | Goodbye OHIM, welcome EUIPO! | Actavis v Lilly | EU public consultation on neighbouring rights | Life as an IP Lawyer in San Francisco | Copyright in chess games | Trade surplus and IP | Fujifilm Kyowa Biologics v AbbVie Biotechnology.

Never too late 88 [week ending on Sunday 20 March] – CoA’s decision in Design & Display Limited v OOO Abbott & another | AG in McFadden C-484/14 on WiFi providers’ liability | Twitter on “Dronie” trade mark | Rationale and possible abuse of new US Trade Secret Law | CJEU in Liffers on moral rights | product placements | Sci-Hub IP saga.

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