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Monday miscellany NEW
The IPKat 22 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
News from Eleonora: a competition -- and a course.  A lot of readers of this weblog were away last week when fellow Kat Eleonora posted this item on the contest she is running, which carries the generous prize of free registration (worth £...
Fair deal or iMoan? Kate Bush’s request to leave the smartphones at home NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 18 Minutes ago
Love them or loathe them, mobile communication and recording devices have become an integral part of our lives. They not only accompany us through many of the most intimate and meaningful experiences in our lives but allow us to record them and share...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ... NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 2 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
Here's the ninth in our series of weekly round-ups of Katposts from the previous week, brought to you so that, if you were off on your holidays last week, you can see at a glance what you've missed without having to burrow through cyberspace or quant...
A matter of life and death? No, it's more important than that. Life sciences in the limelight NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 18 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Shakespeare's three witches in Macbeth: life sciences, but no available patents ...If you ever want evidence of the enthusiasm of intellectual property practitioners for patents, you need look no further than this weblog. While the IPKat,...
Facebook in the fast lane: Ferrari moves up a gear NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 18 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Most big companies are present on social media these days, whether it is on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. In fact, when establishing a brand today, an important consideration is to create its social media pages, and especially to do so before anyon...
Lindsay Lohan and New York Right of Publicity: An Update ✌ ✌ ✌ ✌ NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 22 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Readers of this blog may remember that last July Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and Rockstar Games,  the makers of the video game Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV). The actress claimed that the character “Lacey Jonas”...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 2 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
IP editors and publishers, hold the date! Following a hiatus last year, the IPKat wewblog's annual IP editors and publishers meeting and buffet lunch takes place on 25 November 2014, from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm, at the offices of London law firm Bircham...
Seriously, did you really assign your IP rights to all members of the group? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 6 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
How many times have Kat readers encountered, or even been complicit in, the drafting of, an agreement where the licensc or assignment of IP rights purportedly applies to multiple members of the “corporate group” or the like? The impetus...
The secret life of Hello Kitty NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 8 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
"Hello Kitty: not a cat?" is the striking but -- to this Kat quite unsurprising -- title of an article by Hannah Marsh, published in The Telegraph earlier this week. in relevant part, the article reads (with spellings corrected):"... D]id you know th...
All is Fair (Use) in Love (Lace) NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 20 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
I learned about this interesting fair use case from a tweet posted his week by Eleonora. Thank you @eLAWnora! On August 25, 2014, Judge Thomas P. Griesa from the Southern District of New York (SDNY) dismissed the copyright and trademark infringe...
Thursday thingies NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 6 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Mother knows bestSouthampton, alma mater ...  This week's Monday Miscellany excitedly announced that fellow Kat Eleonora was taking up a lectureship in IP Law at the University of Southampton, mentioning a couple of famous IP lawyers who ha...
The Blue Jay Trade Mark Battle Commences... NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 17 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
New Billy Bluejay (U.S. Application Serial No. 86067719)A cross-border trade mark dispute arose late last week when Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays (Blue Jays), filed a Notice of Opposition (Proceeding No. 912177...
Patent Law in Greater China: a new title NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 23 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Patent Law In Greater China, edited by Stefan Luginbuehl and Peter Ganea, has just been published by Edward Elgar Publishing as part of its Intellectual Property Law an Practice series, which itself is co-edited by two Katfriends, practitioner Trevor...
"Cultivated capsicums!" Peppers resist insect, breeders resist patent NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
This Kat has received information concerning the publication in a national Dutch newspaper of a double page item calling for crowd-funding of opposition proceedings against a European patent.  The patent in question, granted last year to Syngent...
Television Show Fan Does Not Own Facebook Likes NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 20 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Jeremy kindly informed me of a very interesting case about the ownership of the “likes” generated by a social media account created by a fan of the television show The Game. Spoiler alert: the fan lost.On August 20th, the Southern Distric...
Sparks fly as sharks fly, but attack on patent validity loses its bite NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Sharks in the courtroom are nothing new according to some critics of the legal system, but they are usually referring to the lawyers who appear there, charging inflated fees and ruining their clients.  In this note, occasional guest blogger...
Cold Comfort Farmers Cards: Californians feel New Zealand chill NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 9 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
From Katfriend and long-time respected IP commentator Ken Moon (AJPark) comes news of a 13 August ruling of the New Zealand Court of Appeal (Harrison and Miller JJ) in a software copyright and trade secrets dispute, Karum Group LLC v Fisher...
Monday miscellany NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 19 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
There are easier ways ...Self-centred, or merely preoccupied?  The 1709 Blog's sidebar poll on the copyright position regarding selfies taken by black-crested macaque monkeys (or at least by one of them) has now notched up more than 250 response...
Letter from AmeriKat: Judge Koh declares Takeda takes it too far with Mylan Dexilant declaration NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 42 Minutes ago
The AmeriKitten may be one paw down, but thankfully has nine lives to go."Yes, yes, it has been a while" says the AmeriKat.  But with the English IP judges and barristers having fled the un-airconditioned climes of London for the predictable mea...
Copyright, technology and a Katcontest! NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Copyright and Technology ...On 1 October 2014 the beautiful London offices of Reed Smith LLP will host the 1-day Copyright and Technology conference, which promises to be very engaging. Incidentally, also this Kat will be there as a moderator in the...