Friday fanfare

Thanks, all of you who have signed up and asked to be kept in touch with developments concerning the IP wiki venture following the IPKat's Room 6 manifesto earlier this week. The list is now looking very impressive, with people from law firms big and small, IP practices, businesses, universities and public bodies.

Right: The IP wiki is our sustainable future (piccie from

Latest news is that one quarter of the IPKat is meeting a possible backer this coming Wednesday with a view to discussing how the pilot project can best be put into effect and, ideally, funded. Further news will follow. If you want to be posted, please add inform the IPKat by email here. If you are a member of the judiciary and wish to add your credibility to the project by letting us shamelessly use your name, please put the word "judge" in the title line of your email ...

Pavel Pinkava's petition for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal's ruling in LIFFE v Pinkava (judgment here; IPKat post here) has just been refused by the House of Lords. If anyone would like to read the petition, email the IPKat here and he'll send you a copy. Leave plenty of time to read it though - it's more than 80 pages long.

Recent posts have mentioned some of the IPKat's fellow IP blogs which have been freshened up lately. Here's another, Naked Law, which is written by a ten-man team of technology lawyers from Cambridge (England) based Mills & Reeve. This blog looks at the latest legal and regulatory developments relating to information and communication technology, e-commerce, and privacy. Keep up the good work, guys 'n' gals.

Right: Naked lawyers taking a client for a ride? No, a sample of art you can buy on Blue Bison

Here's a reminder: the meeting of the Solo Independent Intellectual Property Practitioners group takes place on Wednesday 25 July, at 5pm in the offices of solicitors Collyer Bristow (London: address here, map and local weather report here).

The Trade Marks Registry will be sending a representative and, the Kat reliably learns, more than 20 good souls have already signed up, which means that there is comfortably a critical mass.

If you'd like to come along, it's still not too late to notify Barbara Cookson by email here.

Left: this meeting is a golden opportunity to hear gnomic utterances from some solo sages (artwork available here)

The competition to find a name for the international version of the Polish Naloty website (see earlier posts here and here) has ended in a win for the French, the victor being Noel Castelino. His winning entry is Piracy-Busters. Well done, Noel, please let us know if you enjoy the vodka - which should be well on its way to you shortly, if not already. Other worthy entries included Copy-Kattery (Riz Mohammad), Infringeocop (Antony Gallafent - by analogy with Robocop) and Dawnraidr (John Halton, who even ran a check to see if the name was free). Many thanks, all of you, for your entries.
Friday fanfare Friday fanfare Reviewed by Jeremy on Friday, July 13, 2007 Rating: 5


  1. I've tinkered a bit with the MediaWiki software; you can see a Beta version of a "wikified" EPC2000 here:

    Reviewer's comments always welcome.

    Axel H. Horns

  2. Good job, Axel. The hyperlinked version I have already prepared (available (here) may be of assistance in getting links to the relevant Regulations.

  3. Regarding UK patent law wikis, don't forget that there is already a reasonably comprehensive wiki available for everyone to use and contribute to, at, largely courtesy of your friendly co-blogmeister.


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