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Showing posts with label Monday medley. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Monday medley. Show all posts

Monday, 27 April 2009

Monday medley

The IPKat is pleased to lend a helping hand to Luca Escoffier. An occasional blogger (Nanomedicine and IP) and a visiting scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Luca is now in the process of accumulating data for his thesis on nanomedicine patents. This questionnaire addresses both the patenting and the evaluation of nanotech innovations, with a specific focus on medical applications.  Anyone who would like to complete the questionnaire can find the online version here and here.  He adds:

"The second part of the questionnaire is fundamental (i.e. question 10) as it is where the authorization to use your answers is required".
For further info you can contact Luca by email here.


Last week the IPKat reported on UK Minister for Innovation David Lammy's World Intellectual Property Day speech (he has since received a governmental email to say that this post was "well received" and is now wondering which well it was received in ...). Here, thanks to the Men from the Ministry, is the text.  


Here's a list of the world's top 25 innovative countries, ("A new ranking of the world’s most innovative countries: an Economist Intelligence Unit report", sponsored by Cisco.  Two of the top five are Scandinavian (three of the five are European) and, if statistics can debunk national stereotypes, Ireland is ranked higher than Hong Kong.  Any suggestions as to what all these countries have in common? Post your comments below.


If you are a subscriber to Sweet & Maxwell's loose-leaf European Patent Decisions (click here for details), authored by Florian Leverve and Noam Shemtov, you might like to know that Release 29 has just been issued, updating the work to February 2009.


The Intellectual Property Institute has informed the IPKat that, at Dev Gangjee's forthcoming seminar on "Trade Mark Dilution: Bringing Blurring into Focus" on 13 May, readers of this weblog are welcome to attend at the reduced rate of £30 to which the IPI's own members are entitled.  Full details and booking form can be found here. The IPKat warns: the venue is the rather lovely offices of Shepherd & Wedderburn, St Paul's Churchyard. If you haven't been there before, leave a few extra minutes getting-lost time.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Monday medley

Don't forget to check the IPKat's sidebar for forthcoming events. What with the current economic dip, there are plenty of good offers out there for the discerning IP enthusiast. As usual, BLUE events are free, RED events are those supported by the IPKat and anything in GREEN isn't really an event per se but is nonetheless worthy of note. Events to which IPKat readers are entitled to reduced-rate registration are in PURPLE - or is it mauve?


Congratulations are due to the Class 46 European Trade Mark weblog, which has just reached -- and passed -- the 600 email subscriber landmark. Launched at the end of 2007 by a group of supporters of MARQUES, the association of European trade mark owners, Class 46 now has getting on for 1,300 searchable trade mark, geographical indication and brand-related news items. You can test this blog out for yourself here.


The IPKat has received a number of inquiries from readers as to whether he has a copy of The Pirate Bay decision (see IPKat post here) in English.  He doesn't, but he knows that he has quite a number of Swedish readers, as well as readers who are well-placed within the film production and recording industries, some of whom may have their own.  If anyone has a copy which he can make available to this weblog, can that person please send it to the IPKat here.  While on the subject of The Pirate Bay, this short, constructive and thoughtful article by Andrew Logie on IP Finance is well worth a read.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Monday medley

Last chance ... to register for CLT's conference this Thursday, IP in the Educational Sector, being held at Holborn Bars, London (details here).

Right: "Teachers' Pet", one of a selection of delightful posters from Allposters


An educational video on the much-discussed US Federal Circuit decision in re Bilski  (see notes here and here) has been put together by Chicago law firm McCracken & Frank LLP. The IPKat would not like to be accused of being a plot-spoiler, but he can safely say that the show covers a review of the brief history of business method patents, an in-depth discussion of Bilski itself, post-Bilski developments (current to 17 February) and patent claim drafting strategies and tips that take Bilski into account. You can watch it here or get it from M&F as a DVD.


UK (or is that DigiBrit?) legal practitioners who still think that the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 is still part of the armoury of legal weapons for dealing with, among other things, counterfeit goods sold as though they were legitimate, had better take a reality check. You can start here with Filemot's post on SOLO IP if you've nowhere more convenient ...


The IPKat is not Wal-Mart's greatest admirer, but the Evil Empire's quality control people must be doing something right if others can paste upmarket labels on to Wal-Mart's cheapo clothing and get away with it. The IPKat thanks his old friend Miri Frankel for this precious insight into US enterprise in the face of recession.


Here's an advance notice for contributors to, and peer-reviewers for, Oxford University Press's monthly Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. This autumn JIPLP is going to be processing all stages of the submission, review and correction process via ScholarOne's Manuscript Central system. The exact date on which the change-over takes place will be announced at the end of April. Once the new system is in operation, articles, current intelligence notes and book reviews may only be submitted via this system. You can be sure that it will be a real pain in the teething stages, for all of us, but the long-term advantages are immense. They include things like (i) articles not getting lost in the pipeline, (ii) peer reviewers getting automatic reminders that someone, somewhere wants to hear from them and (iii) a means by which authors of articles can find out online, at 2.30am on a Sunday morning, the exact stage reached in the processing of their article. You have been warned!


The IPKat's friend Gill Grassie cunningly directed the IPKat's attention to the TIPLO (The Intellectual Property Lawyers' Organisation) website, where a report of last month's House of Lords meeting can be found. The Kat thinks the whole thing was a ploy to get him to talk about TIPLO's lovely logo, using only three of the five Olympic Rings and with not a lightbulb cliche in sight.


Via R. S. Praveen Raj
comes a link to this item in The Hindu concerning the registration of the image of a deity as a trade mark in India. The proprietor, the Attukal Bhagawathy Temple, maintains that its registration of a mark entitled ‘Sabarimala of Women’ would help to prevent unauthorised use of the image and the title. Praveen Raj, himself a former patent and designs examiner, has raised a number of issues relating to the sensitive interface between religious faith and commercial practice, which leads the IPKat to wonder what his readers think.


The January/February 2009 issue of the World Intellectual Property Review has just reached the IPKat's desk. It contains several articles of interest, including an update by editor Edgar Forbes on the parlous state of programme format protection in the UK, as well as "Patent strategies in a green environment" by a three-man team from Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox.

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