Never Too Late: if you missed The IPKat last week

Sunday afternoon


InternKat Sophie Corke shared her analysis of two recent judgments by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice concerning consent to media image use. In both cases, German celebrities sued local media for use without consent of their own image. The Court sided with both plaintiffs and affirmed a right of personal property s in their images.

GuestKat Hayleigh Bosher continued her discussion of the UK Music Streaming Inquiry [her earlier posts on the topic here and here]. In the most recent post, Hayleigh summarized an oral session, where the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK Parliament asked three major music labels, Sony, Warner and Universal, for their views about the issues with music streaming, that led to this Inquiry.

InternKat Sophie Corke also looked into a case of Nazi Aryanization of intellectual property. The case, one of many, concerns a Jewish writer, Alice Urbach, whose best-selling cookbook was republished by her editor in 1938, with the authorship attributed to a certain Rudolf Rösch. According to a research done by Mrs. Urbach’s granddaughter, a similar practic to “Aryanize” works by authors of Jewish orgin, was observed in several Austrian publishing houses in late 1930s.


With the EPO increasingly accepting oral proceedings by video-conference (VC) as the new normal, Guest Kat Rose Hughes looked into how this shift from in-person to VC proceedings is perceived by patent attorneys and lawyers across Europe. It seems that while UK-based professionals are generally supportive of the resort to VC, litigators from Germany (and, more specifically, from Munich) are, perhaps unsurprisingly, defending in-person proceedings.

Book Reviews

Last week, SpecialKat Hayleigh Bosher shared with The IPKat readers two book reviews, both in the area of copyright. Her first review considered “Copyright and Fundamental Rights in the Digital Age” (ed. by Oreste Pollicino, Giovanni Maria Riccio and Marco Bassini), while the second addressed “Drafting Copyright Exceptions” (ed. Emily Hudson), which was had been nominated in the IPKat book of the year awards.


Can the rationale behind the patent law inform one’s work on a research paper? GuestKat Léon Dijkman discussed how concepts such as novelty, inventiveness and sufficiency, found in patent prosecution, can be applied in writing a good paper or thesis.

GuestKat Riana Harvey prepared an event report about the Institute of Intellectual Property and Market Law (IFIM) Holiday Seminar, “Tales of the New Doctors of Law”. The seminar brought together several researchers who, having successfully defended their respective doctoral theses in 2020, presented their research.

PermaKat Eleonora Rosati made special note of two upcoming events: the IFIM conference on “The Year of the COVID Vaccines”, taking place on February 8, and the ERA conferences and courses, taking place throughout spring, beginning on March 3 (for which IPKat readers are entitled to a 25% discount).

Never Too Late 299 [Week ending January 17]: Boards of Appeal are competent to overturn a finding of fact at first instance (T 1604/16) | General Court says that ‘ALMEA’ and ’MEA’ are confusingly similar | [Guest post] Unsung Florence Foster Jenkins screenwriter is entitled to joint authorship share | Royalty distribution in Nigeria: Must collective management organisations distribute royalties only to members whose works were used? | Print journalism under siege: podcasts to the rescue?

Never Too Late 298 [Week ending January 10]: Beijing IP Court case express- copyright in apparel design | [Guest post] The Wuhan Submarine surfaces at Christmas in global Ericsson/Samsung SEP battle | 'ATHLON CUSTOM SPORTSWEAR’ found not confusingly similar to ‘DECATHLON’ | Guest post: The new IP Court in Ukraine: is there any room for improvement? | New Year, New IP Law - Protect Lawful Streaming Act, CASE Act, and Trademark Modernization Act | IPKat Book of the Year Awards 2020 Winners!
Never Too Late: if you missed The IPKat last week Never Too Late: if you missed The IPKat last week Reviewed by Anastasiia Kyrylenko on Sunday, January 31, 2021 Rating: 5

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