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Les Mignardises du Vendredi NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 9 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Wine and Donuts  Yesterday was Beaujolais Nouveau day and the celebrations may have lasted late into the night. Hopefully, the libations will help France forget the issues that the release by ICANN of two new generic top-level domain names...
The Consumer Protection Function of Trade Marks: Just so? NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 11 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
This Kat been has thinking a lot lately about trade mark first principles in connection with his participation, together with fellow Kat Jeremy, in a forthcoming program sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA) on the subject of t...
Back in England NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 23 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Back in England! IPKat blog team member is now back in Blighty after his Australia lecture tour.  He just wants to thank his fellow Kats for all their efforts in keeping the blog running smoothly -- and a separate and special "thank-you" to...
BREAKING 'GOLDEN BALLS' NEWS: the CJEU sends the case back to OHIM NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 5 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Alberto BellanThe trade mark decision everybody, including Jeremy and Merpel, was waiting for, ie that of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the GOLDEN BALLS saga [on which see earlier IPKat posts here, here,&nbs...
Les Caprices du Mercredi NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 9 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
OHIM New Fast Track Program The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is introducing a faster way to register for a trade mark, Fast Track. The new program will start on November 24 and will be free of charge. Applicants will, howeve...
Lantana's lament: no technical contribution, no patent NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 21 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Technical contribution? Dream on ...!It may not be Alice v CLS Bank International all over again, but Lantana Ltd v The Comptroller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks [2014] EWCA Civ 1463,  a Court of Appeal for England and Wales fr...
Seeing stars and non-dominant rabbits: a couple of trade mark decisions and a rant NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 22 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Seeing stars.  All sorts of things have been occupying this Kat's attention for the past few weeks so he hasn't been able to bring you any thoughts or comments about some of the more interesting Community trade mark (CTM) cases that have come fr...
"The claim from Spain is heading down the drain ..." as Bot smacks challenge to unitary patent NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 11 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
"Sin comentarios" -- or should thatbe "sense comentaris"?Readers of this weblog will know that the Spanish have not been happy about the legality of Europe's new unitary patent and that, back in 22 March 2013, they initiated proceedings before the Co...
The finances of the European Patent Office - Merpel takes a look NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 14 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Merpel was in the process of deciding between duck with animal derivative sauce and fisherman’s feast when another type of derivative caught her eye.  Leaving her saucy decision to the side, she though she’d paw through the 2013 fina...
"IP in Transition: Desperately Seeking the Big Picture" NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
IP in Transition: a Kat speaks*IPKat blogmeister Jeremy has now just finished delivering, in the Brisbane offices of Fisher Adams Kelly, the fourth and final version of "IP in Transition: Desperately Seeking the Big Picture", this year's Francis...
Monday Melange NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 25 Minutes ago
The AmeriKat ready to go forthe final round of comments on theUPC prototypeCountdown to final comments on UPC prototype:  Further to the AmeriKat's posts here about the testing of the Unified Patent Court's online prototype, comes news that the...
Taking escorts' photos from a competitor's website without permission? Not a smart idea, rules Birss J NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 5 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
An incredibly revealing pictureof wannabe luxury escort PauloThis morning Birss J issued his decision in Omnibill v Egpsxxx and Carter [2014] EWHC 3762 (IPEC), a saucy case concerning copyright, escort services and pornographic photographs [unli...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 10 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Did you miss the IPKat last week? Don’t worry, because our good friend Alberto Bellan is back with his 20th round-up of all the Kat-items that were posted while you were away.* "Desperately seeking the Big Picture": live and on stream ...L...
EPO, SIPO, PEEPO! We take a look at a fascinating event NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 19 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Two of the most fascinating organisations in the world of IP are the European Patent Office (EPO) and its Chinese counterpart (SIPO). Both receive quantities of both criticism and praise for reasons that we need not adumbrate here, and both have been...
Damages for trade mark infringement: the "user principle" and a Haconian ruling NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 19 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
How much should an infringing user of another's intellectual property right be made to pay for the infringement? This question can never be comfortably answered by a one-size-fits-all rule since the following situations illustrate the different scena...
Patents In, Garbage Out? When machine translation mangles the prior art NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Voltaire had it right when he said: “Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning.” Was he foreseeing the unfortunate results of feeding a Japanese specification through Google Translate? Proba...
Les Fantaisies du Vendredi NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
I am shamelessly copying Eleonora’s idea of using one’s mother tongue for the title of the Whimsies and Fantasies posts, as I find it to be a wonderful way to hint that the Kats are an international bunch. So, while Jeremy is Down Under,...
Mr Kohl and his ghostwriter... the Regional Court of Cologne decides NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
As he was: Dr Helmut Kohl as ChancellorAccording to German media reports, the Regional Court of Cologne yesterday handed down an interim injunction banning journalist Heribert Schwan (the ex-ghostwriter of former German chancellor Helmut Ko...
Apologies: IPKat emails causing problems NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Days, 8 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
In the last 24 hours we have been told by several readers that posts received by email from the IPKat are causing problems when opened in Outlook: the program hangs for anything from several seconds to a minute or two, or even crashes.We are investig...
Wednesday Whimsies NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Forget 99 flakes, the AmeriKat is more ofa snow cone kind of galIP judge seen getting a sweet treat? The AmeriKat has spies filtering in the latest news and IP intrigue from across London and the world. Yesterday morning, one of her black messen...