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Link and threat? Why the story with hyperlinks and copyright is not over yet NEW
The IPKat 4 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
There are links which may be evencuter than hyperlinksBesides the terrible, Halloween-related, pun in the title of this post, the question is: do you need permission from the relevant rightolder to link to copyright-protected content? This quest...
If all the patent trolls disappear, can royalty stacking take their place? NEW
The IPKat 4 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
This Kat is of the view that when historians take stock of the patent troll/NPE ("non-practising entities") saga, it may rank among the oddest of all IP narratives. More than a decade into the issue, one is hard-pressed to find any consensus on how t...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 8 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Forthcoming events. Please remember to check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page! There's always something going on there, and you might even find a pleasant way to pass the time of day with like-minded IP experts and/or enthusiasts.   Here'...
How illegal is illegality? Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Servier v Apotex NEW
The IPKat 18 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Les Laboratoires Servier & Another v Apotex Inc & Others [2014] UKSC 55 is a shorter and less formidable UK Supreme Court decision than this Kat initially feared. This ruling addressed a point of principle that is academically most inter...
"Almost identical, just with different names": shopping at Aldi NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 8 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
"My first time at Aldi... Should we all be shopping there?" is an article by Felicity Hannah, posted on Yahoo!'s UK & Ireland Finance page with the byline "Our money saving columnist takes her first trip to a discounter to see what all the fuss i...
How you can rent your own orphan, and why there are 91 million of them NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 20 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
When it comes to media releases this Kat is a sitting target, which may account for the reason why he received the following missive not once but four times over: UK OPENS ACCESS TO 91 MILLION ORPHAN WORKSThe IPO, based in Wales, estimates the numb...
IP: the "no-patents round-up for non-techie people" Session 4 NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 1 Hour, 34 Minutes ago
The final session of today's experimental conference, IP: the "no-patents round-up for non-techie people", starred Edward Smith, an accredited mediator as well as being a Hearing Officer with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Edward spoke o...
IP: the "no-patents round-up for non-techie people" Session 3 NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
First to speak after lunch was former guest Kat Darren Meale, on the wonderful world of designs. Designs are usually easy and cheap to register when compared with trade marks, he reminded us, and you don't lose them through non-use.  Better stil...
IP: the "no-patents round-up for non-techie people" Session 2 NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 5 Hours ago
Following morning coffee, deep in the bowels of the Grange Fitzrovia Hotel, Christopher Sharp (Herbert Smith Freehills) took up cudgels on behalf of the neglected, unloved subject of database right under the Database Directive. After a brief introdu...
IP: the "no-patents round-up for non-techie people" Session 1 NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 6 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
IP: the "no-patents round-up for non-techie people" -- today's conference organised by CLT and hosted in London's Grange Fitzrovia Hotel -- was opened by James Tumbridge (Pillsbury), speaking on trade mark and trade dress protection.  James revi...
France to Modify its Intellectual Property Code NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 19 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin has presented a bill which would implement Directive 2011/77/EU amending Directive 2006/116/EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights, and Directive 2012/28/EU on certain permitted...
Knives, nails and nippers: forging ahead with the Laguiole mark NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 4 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Here's a guest post by our good friend Valentina Torelli on a very important General Court ruling on a Community trade mark issue which should appeal particularly to lawyers, as will be explained.  The ruling, available on the Curia we...
Tuesday tiddlywinks NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 5 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
Forthcoming events. Here's our usual reminder to check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page for all sorts of conferences, seminars, lectures and the like.  One such event, coming up tomorrow, is the "Intellectual Property: the 'no patents' ro...
That BestWater order: it's up to the rightholders to monitor online use of their works NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 21 Hours ago
Last week this blog reported that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) had already issued its decision in Case C-348/13 BestWater, and had done so on 21 October last.Shortly after breaking this (non-)news, this K...
"A talented kitten called Kate ...": results of the limerick competition NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes ago
So much talent, so little cat ...The competition.  On Sunday 19 October the IPKat launched a snap competition to compose a limerick that (i) begins with the line "A talented kitten called Kate" and (ii) is on the theme of intellectual property p...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ... NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 5 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Here's the seventeenth successive and, we believe, successful round-up of last week's substantive blog posts for the benefit of readers who missed last week's activity.  The compiler, as ever, is the suave and sophisticated Alberto Bellan, to wh...
"Put up your Dukes!" A spot of sparring in the States NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 2 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Here's another guest post from Katfriend Shalini Bengani on another of those actions which, in this Kat's opinion, should never see the light of day in court since, in practical and commercial terms, they seem to make no sense at all.  It sees t...
Happy to Deliver To You This Trade Mark Infringement in Pizza Flavor Case NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 4 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
New Yorkers love their pizzas and have definitive opinion about them, including the way to eat them. Newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio even created a controversy when seen shortly after his election eating a pizza with a knife and fork...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The Blue-Spotted Australian MistFrancis Gurry Lecture 2014. "IP in transition: desperately seeking the Big Picture” is the title of this year's Francis Gurry Lecture, which is to be delivered, hot and spicy, by IPKat blogmeister Jeremy.  T...
(NON-)BREAKING NEWS (and a mystery): video framing not copyright infringement NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
What's the mystery behind BestWater?There are two forthcoming decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that this Kat has been keenly awaiting following the ambiguities cast by the decision earlier this year in Svensson ...