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The UPC and Investor – State Arbitration NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 18 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
Henning Grosse Ruse-KhanWhat are the international investment law implications of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)? No, (thankfully) this is not an exam question for undergraduates taking the IP course (although you never know…), but rather...
Another competition -- this time for the literary minded NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 23 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Another competitition!  Fellow Kat Eleonora's friend and colleague Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is already running this design-a-logo competition for The University of Southampton's iCLIC centre.  However, if your talents are more literary, the...
The innovation champs for 2014; the best of times or the worst of times? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 13 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
First, a Dickensian moment, from "A Tale of Two Cities":"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of L...
Feeling a bit artistic? Here's a contest for you NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 21 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Charles has already started creating: what are YOU waiting for?Today the IPKat is delighted to host a guest contest organised by Kafriend Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon (University of Southampton), who is looking for a logo for the new interdisci...
French Designer Sonia Rykiel Did Not Copy Shoes, Says Paris Court NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 11 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Readers of this blog already know that U.S. shoe maker Converse has filed a trademark infringement and trade mark dilution suit against K Mart in the Eastern District of New York and also requested the U.S. International Trade Commission to institute...
BREAKING NEWS: Cartier and friends score over ISPs and Open Rights Group NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 17 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
The judgment is not yet posted on BAILII, but today Mr Justice Arnold, sitting in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice, England and Wales, gave his decision in Cartier, Montblanc and Richemont v BSkyB, BT, TalkTalk, EE and Virgin (Open...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 17 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Forthcoming events.  Just a quick reminder: readers, please -- especially if you are seeking continuing legal education points, looking for inspiration or desperate for some decent networking -- check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page. &nb...
Converse sues for trade mark infringement of iconic Chuck Taylor All Star NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 19 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
It is commonly known that only successful products are copied, and Converse shoes are no exception. The Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers, introduced almost a century ago (in 1917) are Converse’s signature shoes and are still very popular.Dec...
Finland’s Citizen Copyright Initiative Fails: A Sad But Necessary Win for Cross-Border Online Copyright Enforcement? NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 23 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
It was reported in a number of news outlets last week that the Finnish Parliament rejected the country's first crowdsourced copyright reform initiative. Titled Common Sense For Copyright (“Initiative”), the Initiative ...
Apples and Oranges in the IP5 Statistics, or how to make your patent filing statistics look more fruitful NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 12 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Patent filing statistics: a fruitful topic to pursue. Peter Arrowsmith (partner in London-based patent attorneys Cleveland) has been subjecting patent statistics to some careful scrutiny of late. If readers' comments are anything to go by, Peter's t...
Chemists and mech/elecs unite! NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 18 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
The IPKat has been alerted to a change in format for the EQE (the qualifying exam to become a European Patent Attorney), thanks to Bart van Wezenbeek of V.O. Patents & Trademarks, who learnt of it last week at a meeting between EPO exam committee...
A clear vision of genuine use: Specsavers v Asda (again) NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 21 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Should the extensive use of the SPECSAVERS logo (left) be regarded as use of the black logo (right) consisting of a pair of overlapping ovals, so that the latter mark can be regarded as having been put to genuine use? The answer is yes, according to...
Les Wednesday Whimsies NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 13 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Jeremy put me in charge of this week’s Whimsies, and I shamelessly take advantage of it to promote French products. Here it goes...The World is My [Counterfeited French] Oyster The Gillardeaucompany, a French oyster producer based in the Marenn...
Is This Henley a Shirt or a Musician? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
WARNING: this post may plant the lyrics to “Hotel California” in your mind. Don Henley, a member of the Eagles music band and also a solo musician, is suing clothing retailer Duluth Holdings in the CentralDistrict Court of California, all...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Maybe ... but not for Alberto and the IPKat!Our dear friend Alberto Bellan (@albertobellan) is back again with a great summary of last week's Katposts. Here we go with the fifteenth episode in his very much praised #NeverTooLate series:* Sp...
Nampak: when a patent suit is too simple to go to trial NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
From the productive pen of occasional guest Paul England (Taylor Wessing LLP) comes the following note on Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd v Alpha UK Ltd, in which the Court of Appeal for England and Wales upheld a ruling by Mr Justice Birss. "The inher...
Angry Birds: are they on their way to being grounded? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
With the recent launch of a new generation of IPhones and the announcement of a notable  decline in profits of Samsung smartphones, one is tempted to forget that third-party contents in the form of downloadable apps are an integral part of the s...
Friday Fantasia NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
IP Crime Report 2013/14  UK IP Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, has just released the IP Crime Report 2013/14, which the UK Intellectual Property Office prepared on behalf of the IP Crime Unit. As fans of all things IP and crime will know alrea...
French IP Professor Publishes Report on Transformative Works NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Professor Valérie-Laure Benabou, from the University of Versailles, has published this week her report on transformative works (the Report) which had been commissioned by the Conseil supérieur de la propriété littér...
Wednesday whimsies NEW
The IPKat 2 Weeks, 17 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Dolly: what after all is a sheep, buta woolly cat without whiskers?Around the weblogs. "Invalid but Infringed? An Analysis of Germany’s Bifurcated Patent Litigation System", by Katrin Cremers, Fabian Gaessler, Dietmar Harhoff and Christian Helm...