Around the IP Blogs

This Kat is feeling wistful
With temperatures heating up for Northern Hemisphere Kat friends, why not stay cool and take a look around the IP blogs?


Ahead of the 7 June transposition deadline, the Kluwer Copyright Blog assessed Italy's ongoing efforts to implement the CDSM Directive. 

CREATe (University of Glasgow) identified empirical research about the relationship between copyright and contract with regard to user creativity on online platforms. 

Over on Class 46, a recent Turkish opposition decision attracted attention as it underlines the protection of copyrighted works against being incorporated to another party's trade mark.


Kat readers interested in international perspectives on compulsory licensing may wish to see the Kluwer Patent Blog's recent posts on Canada and Japan.

IP Watchdog continues to cover the proposed TRIPS IP waiver in respect of COVID-19 vaccines, with two pieces arguing respectively that such a waiver could set a problematic precedent with regard to biotechnology sectors, and that it may not have its intended immediate effects anyway thanks to trade secrets and knowhow.

Patently-O reported on efforts to prevent ongoing machinations in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to entrench it further as a magnet for patentees selecting a litigation venue.

The never ending story of German dithering over patent reform continues, with FOSS Patents observing that, with only two weeks left of the Federal Parliament's plenary term, none of the options now open will lead to a substantive solution.

Trade marks

The Fashion Law reported on the English High Court's decision to dismiss Puma's appeal on the ground of descriptiveness in proceedings concerning Nike's attempt to register 'footware' as a trade mark.

Protection for colour combinations reared its head again at the EU General Court, with the Kluwer Trademark Blog questioning the material difference between its application to chainsaws versus energy drinks.

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Around the IP Blogs Around the IP Blogs Reviewed by Sophie Corke on Wednesday, June 02, 2021 Rating: 5

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