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Copyright exceptions and user rights in Case C-117/13 Ulmer: a couple of observations NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 7 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Should you have the right to digitise your cat's paws?Last week this blog reported on the latest addition to the copyright collection of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), this being the decision in Case C-117/13 Technische...
AIPPI Congress Report 7: The one where the second medical use resolution is adopted NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 18 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
As much as the AmeriKat adoresadministrative AIPPI issues, a much neededbubble bath was required in preparation forthe Gala DinnerAfter an intense morning of IPKat posting and editing, the AmeriKat wandered down to the final Executive Committee (ExCo...
AIPPI Congress Report 6: The big privilege problem NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 19 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Unlike the AmeriKat's photo of Toronto, lawyers can onlywish that the issue of privilege was so black and white"When in Rome" the AmeriKat's colleague said as she drizzled some Canadian maple syrup over a small stack of pancakes during their morning...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 3 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Forthcoming events. Do please remember to check the IPKat's ever-changing Forthcoming Events page for interesting bits and pieces that are coming your way.  One such event, about which this Kat will have more to say at the beginning of next week...
Does Twitter portend the demise of IP protection for advertising? NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 5 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
This Kat from time to time engages in feline fretting about how tech trends may impact on the future face of IP. His most recent fret recently occurred as he read an article on Bloomberg.com, "Brand-Building with F-Bombs," by Kristen Schweizer, rega...
BREAKING NEWS: Spanish court refers new case to CJEU on private copying levies NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 3 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Wait a moment: who should bear the levy system?From enthusiastic and invariably helpful Katfriend Fidel Porcuna (Bird&Bird) comes the news that the Spanish Supreme Court has just referred two questions to the Court o...
The KatChat (or was it a PatChat?): Christopher Rennie-Smith and Darren Smyth discuss EPO proceedings NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 9 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
With apologies for the length of time that it has taken to transcribe his paw-written notes and to fill in the gaps with some creative memory, this Kat offers the following summary of the KatChat that took place on 4 September between the redoubtable...
AIPPI Congress Report 5: 'A' stands for "Arbitration" and "Aereo" NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 1 Hour, 44 Minutes ago
There was so many 'A' things going on on Monday afternoonthe AmeriKat's 45th chai tea latte of the day was adopting its shapeWhile the AmeriKat was ramping up her third day of the AIPPI Congress marathon with an ever-increasing influx of caffeine int...
Puss In (Infringed?) Boots NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 2 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
On September 8, Judge Wright from the Central District of California dismissed Plaintiff Deckers Outdoor Corporation’s trade-dress infringement claim against retailer J.C. Penney over the sale of allegedly infringing boots, but allowed the pate...
AIPPI Congress Report 4: Should Europe embrace a patent linkage system? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 3 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The site of this year's Pharma Day -reminding the audience that, yes, youare in CanadaWithout the slightest hint of pharma fatigue, the AmeriKat continued her Pharma Day in the SPC session.  Sadly, however, she had to leap off like the bounding...
AIPPI Congress Report 3: Biosimilars - into the great unknown? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 3 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
The AmeriKat successfully keepingherself awake yesterday morningAfter an ungodly early morning breakfast meeting yesterday morning, the AmeriKat dragged her paws to the second session of yesterday's Pharma Day sessions on the hot topic of "Biosimilar...
Of Welsh love spoons, patents and trains: Brits and Chinese still get on just fine NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 9 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Last week this weblog hosted the first of two instalments of the adventures of the members of the British IPO/FCO-led Expeditionary Force that headed for the Far East to do their bit for China-UK Intellectual Property Week (a.k.a. #UKChinaI...
Dutch court refers questions to CJEU on e-lending and digital exhaustion, and another Dutch reference on digital resale may be just about to follow NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 11 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
The Tom Kabinet portalA few days ago Future of Copyright reported that the Court of Appeal of The Hague has decided to seek guidance from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) as regards a couple of copyright-related matter...
Deadmau5 and the new Batmobile: is there any synergy? NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 9 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
The BBC reports that Zack Snyder has tweeted the first official photo of the new Batmobile, which will be featuring, if not actually taking the star role, in the forthcoming movie which he is directing, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. [Merpel was...
IP Publishers and Editors Lunch 2014 NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 15 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
The IPKat can now confirm that we have all the necessary ingredients for the IP Publishers and Editors Lunch 2014. We have a date, Tuesday 25 November, at 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm. We have a venue, this being the London offices of law firm Bircham Dyson...
AIPPI Congress Report 2: Second medical use heats up a Sunday morning NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 23 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Good morning, Toronto!Sunday mornings. Normally, the AmeriKat can be found burrowing under her comforter (not her "duvet" while she is on this side of the Atlantic) clinging to her final hours of pyjama-wearing, work-avoiding bliss. However, y...
AIPPI Congress Report 1: A new era of IP collaboration and harmonization NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 4 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
The AmeriKat's view of Toronto at this year's AIPPI Congress"What do you do?" asked the Canadian immigration official at Toronto's international airport.  "I'm an IP litigator", replied the Amerikat.  She paused thinking such a job title wa...
Those European Courts: a Venn diagram NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 4 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Last month, "Court in the act: how many European Courts are there?"here, this Kat bemoaned the confusion caused by there being so many courts that have the word "European" in them. He has since discovered that, in this anxiety, he is not alone.  ...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ... NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 10 Hours, 1 Minute ago
Our good friend Alberto Bellan has been kept particularly busy in composing this weekly round-up (our eleventh) of blog posts which you may have missed if you were away last week. This is because, inclusive of regular features like the Mond...
Monday miscellany NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 11 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
"Patent Value": tomorrow's dialogue.  The event co-hosted tomorrow by the IPKat and the IP Finance blog, in which Intellectual Asset Management editor Joff Wild and our blogging colleague Neil Wilkof discuss the impact of patent litigation on th...