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Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 12 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
... unless you payPay to opt-out: is it legal?  Yesterday PatLit carried a short note referring to a post by European patent package-watcher Ingve Stjerna, in which he asked whether there was any legal basis on which litigants who chose not to u...
Copyright reform through competition law? The Commission’s statement of objections in the pay TV investigation NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 18 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Geo-blocking: does it make you roar or yawn? Is geo-blocking, ie something that the Commission considers a priority for copyright reform at the EU level [here], really a copyright issue? Or is it rather a competition law one?The IPKat...
Thursday thingies NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 13 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
ertert. "The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and Intellectual Property is launched today", announce the IPKat's friends at the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM). It's called Ideas Powered [OHIM do...
Hosepipe Ban to Continue - Blue Gentian patent upheld in appeal NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 18 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
The IPKat previously reported (here) the High Court decision in Blue Gentian v Tristar Products; a decision perhaps most notable for its brevity.  The recent Court of Appeal decision (here) in the same case is even shorter, concluding that Birss...
Gone with the wind: Wobben’s patent found invalid and not infringed NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 18 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Wobben hold a European patent that relates to a “Method of Operating a Wind Power Station”, with a priority date of 1 September 1995. They contend that a particular feature of Siemens’ wind turbine technology, which has been install...
Law Down Under: New Censorship Bill Passed in Australia NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 20 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Having lived in Australia this Kat tries to turn his attention to the Land Down Under as often as he can. Although the Australian intellectual property law regime takes a lot from its UK and common law counterparts, they have often been a step ahead...
India's claims to Traditional Knowledge washed up and spat out NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 12 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
This Kat posted last week on the topic of Traditional Knowledge, raising concerns at proposals to give Traditional Knowledge special sui generis protection.  One of his worries, elaborated in a comment on the blogpost, and in...
Read the fine print: IP Statistics NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 22 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Lies, damn lies and statistics.  This Kat's first appearance on this blog was in 2007 when she queried the statement, "It has been said that 80% of the information found in patents cannot be found anywhere else."  It was an oft-used number...
Letter from AmeriKat: US patent litigation boom, Netflix's Rovi win, Triumphant Tory and Ford trade secrets NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 22 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
The AmeriKat welcoming the rain aftera stormy summer seasonThere is nothing like a summer storm.  Late in July, the gloomy London clouds bend down to embrace the top of the City skyline causing the already crowded city streets to feel even more...
Monday miscellany NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 12 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Old Nick. Regular readers will know that the IPKat, Merpel and other friends like to congregate at The Old Nick, Sandland Street, Holborn, from time to time in order to while away the late afternoon while discussing one or more fascinating intellectu...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ... NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 20 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Once again we have the privilege of being able to depend on the wonderful services of our dear Katfriend Alberto Bellan, for carefully preparing this week's round-up of last week's substantive Katposts. New readers may not know that this se...
Green J quashes UK private copying regulations NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 20 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Private ...IPKat readers might remember [here] that a few weeks ago Green J issued a judgment concerning the recently introduced  exception for personal copies for private use (s28B of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988&n...
Letter from Japan 2: non-traditional trade marks embraced as new tradition? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
From one-time guest Kat and Class 46 trade mark blogger Laetitia Lagarde comes the second of an occasional series of blog posts from Japan, where she is spending some time imbibing the local IP experience, making friends and pract...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Engineers, this is for you. A reader has asked this Kat if he can recommend any examples of well-drafted engineering patents. No Kat would be so rash as to make his or her own personal choice, but it is known and accepted that readers of this weblog,...
The Case That Time Forgot: Dutch can now blow cobwebs off old Bacardi NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Like a good dinner, a good drink with friends and a few other special things in life, a good piece of litigation should be savoured rather than rushed.  Case C 379/14 TOP Logistics BV, Van Caem International BV v Bacardi & Company Ltd, Baca...
Samuel Slater and the American industrial revolution: trade secret misappropriation then and now NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
For Kat readers who like to think about the misappropriation of trade secrets and know-how in terms of a black and white morality play—where the Chinese are systematically purloining industrial and cyber information (or they are not), the Ameri...
Not Kool: EU General Court decides on the DINKOOL trade mark NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
It seems that these days the inclusion of well-known names in new trade marks is quite common, or at least an attempt to do so in the guise of creativity. This Kat has often pondered whether the mere use of a part of a trade mark, or the inclusion of...
Bank in hot water over Hot Water: Coty ruling brings good news to brand owners NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
This weblog has already visited Luxembourg once today, to pick up breaking news of the Huawei-ZTE ruling, and now it's back there again: the excuse? The Court of Justice of the European Union (Fourth Chamber) gave judgment today in Case C-580/13 Coty...
Shock ruling by top European Court: enforcing a patent is an abuse of process, except where it isn't NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
The Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its judgment today in Case C-170/13 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd v ZTE Corp., ZTE Deutschland GmbH. a reference from the Landgericht Düsseldorf on a matter of great concern to the standard-esse...
Knowledge is Power; Traditional Knowledge is ... ? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
This Kat has frequently visited the issue of the Nagoya Protocol of access to genetic resources, and the requirement, where the provider country so specifies, to obtain prior informed consent and reach access and benefit sharing agreements with...