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Pipcu prevails, counterfeiter calamities and now YOU can be a trade mark 'intern' on your smartphone! NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 8 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
With Easter now over, we begin another sacred event: the four day working week. To ease you into it, here is a trio of anti-piracy titbits of news and entertainment.Pipcu prevails, pirates panicPipcu – The City of London Police Intellectual Pro...
Tuesday Titivation NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 9 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
This Kat is not used to writing the multi-issue blogposts that are such a speciality of our dear blogmeister.  However, a few things have arrived in his inbox while he was engaged in his Easter aestivation, which are unrelated to each other, and...
What does the ACI Adam decision mean for InfoSoc system of exceptions and limitations? NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 9 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
A few days have passed since the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its decision in Case C-435/12 ACI Adam [here], ruling that Article 5(2)(b) of the InfoSoc Directive, read in conjunction with paragraph 5 of the same prov...
3D printing: be careful what you wish for? NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 23 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
This blog post will be about taxes. In particular, we will consider whether the utopian vision of "every home a workplace" thanks to 3D printing also contains a dystopian element from the perspective of the public interest in a socially responsible...
Red and yellow and pink and green… or just black and white? Important new European Common Practice on black and white trade marks NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 5 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Having been announced back in November’s Alicante News, details were published on 15 April in this Common Communication of the new European trade mark Common Practice as regards black and white trade marks, and how they are to be compared to co...
Twitter suspends @JamesDean account: an impersonation rebel with(out) a cause? NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 9 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
@JamesDeanThose IPKat readers who are also keen followers of Hollywood stories, gossip and business-related news will probably remember when in February last The Hollywood Reporter published an article concerning James Dean (or rather, his estate), T...
Locum lawyer loses company cognomen* costs complaint NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 6 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
This one is about the ever-useful Company Names Tribunal, and the cost consequences of ignoring pre-action correspondence and waiting for a party to bring an application against you before you give in and change your company’s name. The decisio...
AdWords dock in a French safe harbour NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 11 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
If you thought that the Google AdWords saga ended when the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) ruled that hosting keywords corresponding to trade marks does not amount to a “use in the course of trade” that the rig...
Tuesday Tiddlywinks NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Authors Guild files appeal against Google. Do you remember the Google Books copyright litigation saga? As this Kat reported back in December, it is still far from being concluded. Following the late 2013 summary judgment ruling in which Judge De...
Threateners don’t fret, your concerns may just have been met… NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
A peculiarity of intellectual property law is those provisions which make it actionable in itself to threaten bringing infringement proceedings against another party. These provisions, which apply to claims of trade mark, patent and design right infr...
UPDATE - Declaration on Patent Protection by MPI Now Online NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Blogmeister Jeremy reported yesterday that the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition was about to issue a Declaration on Patent Protection.  Hearty Katpat to Kat Emeritus and ongoing Katfriend Matthias Lamping for al...
Another two bite the dust – Hospira v Genentech NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The IPKat has just been perusing the meaty yet compact decision in the case of Hospira v Genentech (Hospira UK Ltd v Genentech Inc [2014] EWHC 1094 (Pat) (10 April 2014)) which came out last Thursday from Mr Justice Birss.  It concerns two paten...
#HappyKat event: materials and webcast recording now available NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Days, 13 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
Luca followed the #HappyKat event from Italy (GMT +1)IPKat readers will of course remember our #HappyKat eventthat was held on 1st April last at the lovely London offices of Bristows LLP [a big thanks for hosting us, and a special than...
"Don't blame TRIPS for poor provisions of national IP law", say MPI and friends NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
The IPKat has known for a while that his friends at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, together with a number of eminent patent scholars from elsewhere on the planet, have been working on a Patent Declaration on the interpr...
Hi Hotel: CJEU rules on copyright jurisdiction, Merpel floored by long sentence ... NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Taking photos of buildings iseasy: they don't keep movingaround ...Oh what a tangle the single European market remains in, when we have a single market in which pan-European and national IP rights coexist and in which enforcement can depend more on t...
Commission publishes responses to Public Consultation on the Review of EU Copyright Rules NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Getting ready for an intense weekend of ... copyright reading?Would you fancy some reading this weekend? Of course, you will remember the Public Consultation on the Review of EU Copyright Rules [here], which the Commission launched back in Decem...
The moose, loose in the non-use hoose NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Emerging from the busyness of hearing preparation, this Kat has now found a moment to tell you about a clever little loophole just closed by OHIM (the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market) which previously made it possible to defeat (in pa...
Patent exhaustion:"Patent-by-patent" or "claim-by-claim"? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
This Kat has long wondered why it is that so many basic legal issues with respect to third-party uses of an IP right are still unsettled. Let’s take patent exhaustion. True, the creation of the European Community/European Union has added a laye...
Off-label uses of pharmaceuticals: News from Italy NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
A smilingSilvia Scalzini ...As patent law aficionados may know, this Kat is not the ultimate commentator on patent law and life sciences matters. However, she has recently been informed of interesting developments in the regulation of off-l...
Zygmunt Bauman -- liquid copyright or solid plagiarism? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 5 Days, 20 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
What a joyful era is that of postmodern society, when fixed hierarchies, old orders and classical scholarly rules of solid modernity have melted around us. What a wonderful world we live in, where a brave PhD student can catch one of the most famous...