Procedure to remove Board of Appeal member from office ends - after reports of attempts to nobble the Enlarged Board
Merpel brings you the news that the Administrative Council of the European Patent Office has, for the third time, sought to remove one of the members of the enlarged Board of Appeal. Merpel sees this is an outrageous attempt to 'nobble' people acting in a judicial capacity (and judging by the comments section most of you agree).
Mike Mireles explores both sides of the coin - does the system by and large work, or does something need to be done about overly aggressive trade mark enforcement against the little guy?
Ellie Wilson brings you the highlights from Taylor Wessing's Global Intellectual Property Index report, which assesses how effectively IP rights can be obtained, exploited, enforced and attacked across different jurisdictions. Gold went to the Netherlands, silver to Germany and bronze to the UK.
EU Trade Secrets Directive to come into force on 5 July 2016
The Amerikat's sleepless nights are over, as the EU Trade Secrets Directive is finally published. It will come into force on 5 July 2016, after which Member States will have two years to implement it.
Cannibalism, Branding and Market Segmentation
The Katonomist's guide to (1) cannibalisation: when a firm's new product compromises sales of an existing product and (2) market segmentation: trying to divide and target different sets of customers based on common characteristics. The Katonomist rounds off her analysis with a discussion of the IP implications and a glass of chianti.
AG Szpunar says that time-limited e-lending is allowed under EU law and interpretation of copyright norms must evolve with technology
Eleonora explores the legal issues connected with the lending of e-books through libraries, as discussed by the AG in Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht, C-174/15.
Advocate General Szpunar considers Rubik's Cube shape mark invalid
Another look at AG Spuznar's legal analysis. Ádám György of Hungarian firm SBGK takes up the story of the Rubik's cube shape mark.
Apple and the podcast industry: a better future or no future?
Why is a podcast called a podcast? Ask Apple. Neil Wilkof ponders the role that Apple will play in the future of the podcast industry.
LGBT or ally in Intellectual Property? Then this is for you...
IPKat has reported a couple of times (here and here) on the IP Inclusive initiative, working for diversity and inclusivity within the intellectual property industries. Darren now brings you news of IP Out - a new networking group for LGBT people and “straight allies” working in Intellectual Property.
Coke defends against opposition to 'ZERO' trade marks
Emma Perot explores Coca-Cola's strategy in defending its ZERO trade marks in a recent USPTO case.