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Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week NEW
The IPKat 19 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Here's the 39th Never Too Late compilation of short notes on all those Katposts that you might have missed last week.  Once again this list has been masterminded by our dear friend and colleague Alberto Bellan. Many thanks, Alberto! May you, and...
Onward march to Nagoya - UK and EU draft implementing regulations NEW
The IPKat 23 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
The Nagoya Protocol entered into effect for the EU on 12 October 2014 (see IPKat post here).  On that day, the "Regulation No 511/2014 on compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and...
Litigation with friends: a Scramble for Scrabble in the Court of Appeal NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 2 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
It occasionally happens that an important case comes along for which there isn't an available Kat to write a blog-post. Conflicts of interest can take their toll. So it was here, that last week the Court of Appeal for England and Wales handed down a...
It's not over till the Pink Lady sues: crunch time for apple appeal and application NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 4 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
When it comes to IP litigation in Europe, courts are becoming increasingly user-friendly. As national courts in different jurisdictions vie with one another to attract forum-shoppers, and as computerisation of files and pre-trial case management brin...
Monday miscellany NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
The Court of Justice of the European Union is now on its holidays and won't be visibly back in action until Tuesday 14 April.  The Kats collectively and individually wish the EU's top judiciary a pleasant break and hope that it will give them an...
Trade mark trolls in Cuba: will 'General Washington' come to the aid of US brands? NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 22 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Does history repeat itself? Not as such, but it does throw the light of the past on the problems of the present.  This Kat well recalls the problems faced by international brands, returning to South Africa after years of boycotts in the Aparthe...
Polo not the same as football, but Royal Berks give Yanks a partial whipping NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 6 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
It's the polo season again in Luxembourg, which hosts a forum that may have seen more POLO-related litigation than anywhere else in Europe, and possibly beyond (POLO cases that have come before the European Union's top courts so far can be seen here)...
Taste of nature in court as plant growers slug it out over red radish patent NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 6 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
We've just had tomatoes and broccoli [on which see last week's Katpost by David, here], and now it's the turn of red radishes [this Kat's favourite is the white radish: for more information on radishes, click here]. From Rita Prins of Cresco BV comes...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 23 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Mew-singsForthcoming events. There's plenty to choose from on the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page, but some events come to this Kat's notice so late that he doesn't have the chance to get them loaded up on to it. One such event, organised by the UK b...
The European Patent Office: a Message from Merpel NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 5 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Readers of this weblog will not fail to have noticed the quantity of blogposts on the legal, administrative and social issues that have turned the European Patent Office (EPO), once a byword for expertise, efficiency and excellence, into the setting...
When the translation is the prior art: or is it? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 5 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Translations have long engaged IP law and practice. In the 19th century, the fundamental issue focused on whether copyright extended protection to a translation. After an initial period of disagreement (U.S. law said “no”, English law sai...
TVCatchup heads back to Luxembourg for a second preliminary ruling NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 17 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
A familiar sight for lawyersinvolved in TVCatchup suitsITV Broadcasting Limited, ITV 2 Limited, ITV Digital Channels Limited, Channel Four Television Corporation, 4 Ventures Limited, Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited and ITV Studios Limited v TVCatchup...
BREAKING: EPO staff union to win formal recognition? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 19 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
The President of the EPO and Chairman of the Administrative Council (AC) have just published a joint statement following the recent AC meeting. Merpel is pleased to see that the AC is at last starting to address the crisis in staff relations that has...
Broccoli & Tomatoes, part deux: more from the Enlarged Board NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 20 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The Enlarged Board has been busy indeed. Not content with clarifying the law on clarity (see here), it has also now emerged from the garden clutching two prize specimens: G 2/12 (Tomatoes II) and G 2/13 (Broccoli II). Broccoli & Tomatoes - Jacob...
BREAKING: CJEU says that live broadcasts are not communication to the public within InfoSoc Directive but Member States can protect them NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 4 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Did you think that following the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Svensson [Katposts here] and BestWater [here], the story with copyright and hyperlinks was over? Of course not.As Tom exp...
G 3/14: Clarity from the Enlarged Board NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 4 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Readers who are currently involved in EPO opposition proceedings where the patent has been amended (i.e. about 70% of opposition cases) will no doubt be as excited as this Kat to learn that the Enlarged Board has issued its decision in G 3/14, a copy...
Digital exhaustion: a debate and a (policy) scandal NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 16 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Eleonora, Mr Justice Arnold and Hugo Cuddigan QCYesterday night The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation (TIPLO) hosted yet another fun event devoted to enjoying both the delicious food served (this time) at Lincoln's Inn and some IP-...
Wednesday whimsies NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 16 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Fifty-Fifty, and fizzing. "When I saw the headline, I thought it was about The Simpsons", says Chris Torrero (katpat!), echoing the first thoughts of many of us non-Californians when confronted with the banner "BART Battles Brewer In Trademark Disput...
AMBA speaks - with a brand new website NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 3 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
The IPKat likes websites, since he lives in one himself, and is always happy to welcome a new one.Merpel was interested to hear of an organisation that is perhaps less well known in European patent circles.  AMBA is the Association of the Member...
Impulse trade mark registration: no sweat, as AG gives his view NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 16 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
The Opinion of Advocate General Wahl was published today in Case C‑125/14 Iron & Smith Kft v Unilever NV, a request for a preliminary ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) from the Hungarian Fővárosi Tö...