"I wouldn't want to be starting from here ..."

The IPKat warmly salutes the World Intellectual Property Organization's decision to place the whole of the inaugural issue of The WIPO Journal online for the delectation of interested readers and, presumably, to act as bait for prospective subscribers. You can see all 154 pages of this new journal here.

The IPKat's pleasure at seeing this issue online has, of course, absolutely nothing to do with the fact that IPKat team member Jeremy has an article in it: '“I Wouldn’t Want to Be Starting from Here”, or Why Isn’t Intellectual Property Research Better Than It Is?"'

For those of you who are thinking of reading this article, and have been wondering -- the article is in fact deadly serious, but you might be forgiven for thinking that it isn't. And if you write articles yourself and think that people are impressed by the contents of your footnotes, you'd better make sure you read it.

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"I wouldn't want to be starting from here ..." "I wouldn't want to be starting from here ..." Reviewed by Jeremy on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Rating: 5


  1. Hilarious article, Jeremy. But shouldn't you name names? We want to know who these villains are.

  2. Good article Jeremy. Stands out on its content, but more importantly it is well written. An enjoyable refresher on the basics of writing research findings. Well done

  3. After such an excellent analysis of academic writing, can we look forward to a similarly incisive review of academic teaching? I am thinking particularly of course specifications, with their "learning outcomes" and long-winded descriptions.

  4. Hmm, an anonymous comment demanding that names be named - irony, anybody?

  5. Mark: I agree with your comment on academic course specifications, which are so much more unbelievably pompous than the reality, that is, if there is a reality

  6. To Anonymous 3

    I'm Anonymous 1 and I dare not give my name in case any of the people who are outed are either i) my former students or, even worse, ii) me

  7. Is Anonymouse scared of Kats?

  8. Just been checking out some of the other articles. On the whole, the footnotes are pretty good (bad articles culled by peer review - or just good editing?).

  9. You are I think mistaken in one detail. Even for the marathon runner, the finish gives only temporary respite. He will go back to the start, and re-run the race not on the road but in his mind and often with the aid of the data collected by a GPS-enabled watch and (if he really fits Jacob LJ's definition of the person skilled in the art) a heart-rate monitor. He must wind his way back, to measure his performance against what he was expecting - or, in the case of elite marathon runners, what others expected of them.

    I wonder whether there's a marathon in Tipperary?

  10. Dear Peter
    You are right, of course. And it’s not merely marathon runners either. I can still remember very clearly every stage of the two 5K runs I did at INTA, having played them back in my mind and wondered how I could have done better.

  11. Thank you, Mr. Phillips, for the message in your article and its form – crisp, sizzling hot, and of course, hilarious.

    In the context of writing articles, I have come across the following two interesting situations:

    Have patience, my dear!

    I had a friend who would write articles and then pass them on to his friends and relatives to read, review, and comment. This may come as surprise, but it was not easy to receive feedback from the ‘captive’ readership. He had to request it – often repeatedly, and often to the point of “no-return”. On a separate note, feedback in ambiance of compulsion cannot always be of the desirable quality.

    Alas, if only my friend had patience to go through his work again, again, and again, and one more last time, again.

    Besides compassionate and understanding people are difficult to come by in Cenozoic era, for such a rare breed is a difficult commodity and, often not accessible to authors and singers!

    Time Time!!

    Time is an absolute luxury in today’s context. With people busy multitasking, stretching every second of their lives, it is often challenging to form, nurture and develop a concept and deliver it in a form it was supposed to be delivered. So that should, to some extent explain why games such as "Simon says" are necessary. On the other hand, leisured “flexibility” may fade the fecundity.


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