Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week

It is a new month, which calls for some form of celebration! If you have nothing yet planned, you can indulge in the mouth-watering articles below...


Reading and laying in the sun...
can this day get any better?!
Inventiveness of an expandable hose might not be so obvious in the case of Emson v Hozelock. Lord Justices Floyd and Arnold disagreed on the inventiveness of expandable hoses. Rose Hughes highlighted the disagreement and the reasoning for same.

The UK is taking the final formal steps towards its withdrawal from the Unified Patent Court project (UPCA). Frantzeska Papadopoulou provided an update on these steps.

CIPA hosted a seminar on the upcoming PEB exams. Rose Hughes highlighted some information that was released in the seminar.

The "Markman Hearing", related to claim interpretation, has been one of the defining innovations of US patent litigation. Kat reader Robert Isackson provided insights into an on-going case, which may change the way claim construction issues are dealt with in US civil proceedings.


Trademark law in Singapore is always interesting, not the least because of the role that passing off and reputation can take. Kat friend Denise Loh described how all of this played out in a recent decision by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore involving an opposition filed by Rolex.

Ever heard of a “portmanteau” word? It is a mark that consists of two words, which are truncated and blended to create a new word. Neil Wilkof informed us on (almost) everything we want to know about a portmanteau word as a mark.


Kat firend Hanne Kirk and her team at Gorrissen Federspiel (Denmark) provided an update on the fascinating copyright dispute involving the designer, Anne Black.

In a High Court decision Mr Justice Birss dismissed an appeal by Qatar Airways, finding that a copyright infringement case brought by the Performing Right Society (PRS) should be heard by the English courts. Hayleigh Bosher provided an overview of the case.

A panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued its report on the case where Qatar claimed that Saudi Arabia had committed a number of copyright violations against Qatari sport broadcaster beIN. Giovanni Gruni (Esade Business School) reflected on the outcome of the dispute and the relevant implications, for IP and beyond that.


There is a rise of the importance of of Non-Practicing Entities (NPE’s) int the IP world. Merpel read an interesting publication by Sterzi, Rameshkoumar and Van der Pol on NPE activity, entitled “Non-practicing entities and transparency in patent ownership in Europe” and provided an overview of the publication.

The EPO plans to move the EQE online next year! Rose Hughes provided highlights on this decision of the EPO.

The US has ordered China to close its Houston consulate. Former Katonomist, Nicola Searle, provided insights to the issue of the closure by the U.S. government of the Chinese consulate from a trade secret perspective. Hint-hint, it relates to Covid-19 research…

Who owns your BankID? FrantzeskaPapadopoulou provided an update on this billion Swedish krona saga in which this question needs to be answered.

Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week Reviewed by Magdaleen Jooste on Sunday, August 02, 2020 Rating: 5

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