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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week!

Prepare to boost your mood with the 122th edition of Never Too Late!

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Mark Schweizer attended the workshop “IP Protection of Biological Inventions” organized by the University of Basle and the VIPS/ACBIS, from where he reports Jürgen Meier’s insights about the benefit of depositing biological material instead of specifying the invention by reference to the DNA sequence to comply with the sufficient disclosure requirement.

Ursula Kinkeldey opened the workshop previously mentioned, so Mark Schweizer shares her thoughts about the European Commission note on the recently adopted Directive 98/44/EC in which it was concluded that legislator’s intention was to exclude the patentability of products (plants, animals and their parts) obtained by essentially biological processes.

After the disputed election in the US, Neil Wilkof relates very interesting facts from 1876 about President Samuel J. Tilden, his family business of manufacturing and sale of medical cannabis extract as well as the early attempts at branding patent medicines (also known as “nostrums”).

Alberto Bellan discusses the final judgment delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union which invalidated the registration for a three-dimensional sign depicting a Rubik’s cube as being an infringement of Article 7(1)(e)(ii) of the Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94, i.e. a sign which consists of the shape of goods which is necessary to obtain a technical result and consequently, quashes the General Court decision of 25 November 2014, Case T-450/09 Simba Toys v OHIM. 

Eleonora Rosati comments on the press release in the Case C-174/15 Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht, in which the concept of lending under the Rental and Lending Rights Directive (2006/115/EC) includes the lending of e-books under the ‘one copy, one user’ model.

InternKat Hayleigh recaps the highlights of some IP blogs!

Eleonora provides further details of this traditional event initiated by IPKat founder Jeremy Phillips. It will take place on Friday 25 November in London. Attendance is free but registration is required. Save the date!

Merpel growls in disappointment at the dismissal of Laurent Prunier, Secretary of SUEPO The Hague and member of the EPO’s Central Staff Committee. 


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