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A landmark decision from the CJEU on private copying levies? Case C-463/12 Copydan Båndkopi NEW
The IPKat 5 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
This morning the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its decision in Case C-463/12 Copydan Båndkopi, a reference for a preliminary ruling from Denmark, seeking clarification on key questions relating to the so-called ‘pri...
Breakdown in management-staff relations at the European Patent Office NEW
The IPKat 5 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Merpel has received a very sad communication from the European Patent Office (EPO)  Described as "Open Letter from the representatives of the management during the GCC on 27.02.2015" it appears to describe a complete breakdown in relations and c...
Not yet finito for Finita: plant varieties reference races through the CJEU NEW
The IPKat 5 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
With so much else going on today, it seems almost a pity to let everyone know that the tangled world of plant variety protection was stirred to its roots by the publication of the Opinion of Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Advocate Gene...
Wednesday whimsies NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 3 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
The Law Society, England and Wales, is advertising vacancies on its Committees. One of these is the Intellectual Property Committee, which has no fewer than four vacancies to fill. If you are an "exceptional solicitor" who will join "a talented team...
Wu-Tang Clanger -- or have the rappers got it right? NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 3 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Old Kats occasionally come back as guest Kats, which is why this weblog is so pleased to give a hearty welcome to this post by emeritus Kat Catherine Lee (a.k.a. Cat the Kat). Recent readers may not know that Cat is the author of two of this weblog's...
Copyright and the ‘private copying’ exception: what’s all the fuss about? NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 9 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
(Post-lunch) format shiftingDoes copyright strike an appropriate balance between competing interests? The adequacy (or otherwise) of copyright law is a political hot potato in the EU, and none more so than in relation to the scope of copyright except...
Patent trolls still on the menu as industry-backed UPC website launches NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 16 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Now with a snazzy logo, the UPCIndustry Coalition is hereto stayIn the Unified Patent Court's Arms Race (or Cold War), there seems to be new dedicated UPC websites popping up each week from various firms across Europe and the US.  Yesterday afte...
Goldbear wars going into the next round... NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 2 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
With Easter slowly approaching, you'd be forgiven if you expected to read about a yet another chapter in the perennial Easter Bunny dispute(s).  However, this Kat can offer you an update on the Haribo vs Lindt Gold Bear trade mark dispute:...
The politics of US patent law reform NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 8 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
This weblog has carried so much material concerning patent law in Europe that one might almost be forgiven for assuming that everything has gone quiet in the world's favourite market for innovation and patent litigation -- the United States -- and th...
Seiko and Seiki in Singapore: "too well known to be confused" NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 14 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
It has happened before and it will happen again, but it's always a surprise when it does. Sometimes a mark is almost too well known for its own good. The worst case scenario is when it's so well-known that it becomes synonymous with the goods or serv...
Warner-Lambert v Actavis Mark 4: harmony between parties in ‘lyrical’ patent dispute NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 15 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Last Thursday, this Kat’s esteemed moggy friend and blogmeister Jeremy reporteda High Court Order obtained by Warner-Lambert (part of the Pfizer group) mandating the NHS to release guidance about the prescribing of pregabalin.  The de...
Human rights and intellectual property: a new research handbook NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 16 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
For the third time in as many months this Kat welcomes a new book which modesty self-interest and personal involvement prohibits him from reviewing in person: it's The Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property, published by his frie...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ... NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 3 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Welcome to the IPKat's first "Never Too Late" feature of the month.  We say goodbye to February with some sadness, since it has been this weblog's busiest month for site visits since its launch in 2003.  February brought in 147,988 "hits",...
Monday miscellany NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 5 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Finding Stockholm wasn't so hard but, try asshe might, Gina couldn't locate that Brewery ...Forthcoming events. Some readers don't take the trouble to check out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page since they assume that, with so many of the Kats bein...
OHIM and the Midas Touch: how can a EU agency stop making too much money? NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 13 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
New OHIM logo?"The more the wealth, the more the worry". It is strange but true but affluence can bring as many headaches as poverty, both for individuals and, within the context of intellectual property, for institutions that administer IP rights. &...
Struggling to understand trade mark infringement issues? Here's my checklist NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 13 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
IPKat readers might remember that a few months ago I posted my Copyright Infringement Checklist, ie a list of the main aspects to consider when addressing potential infringement issues. I named it after myself not just because both cats and Kats...
EPO Enlarged Board tells Chairman: "disobey President when necessary" NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 1 Hour, 50 Minutes ago
The European Patent Office (EPO) Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has issued an interlocutory decision in case R2/14 (PDF file, 2.3 MB), in which it once again addresses the dual roles of the Board's Chairman, who is also a Vice-President of the Office...
Subject Matter Relationships: the need for strictness, complexity and fuzziness NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 13 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Valentine’s Day made this Kat think about relationships: the cruelty, the complexity and the cuddles. This progressed to patent law and how subject matter ‘relates’ to other subject matter. How is patent law cruel, complex and cuddl...
The next celebrity zoo animal? Polar bear Knut's little half-brother is looking for a name... NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 11 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
This Kat is spending part of her coveted lunch time to write on one of her dearest topics (see earlier IPKat posts here): the late polar bear Knut - arguably the "first celebrity zoo animal" - and centre of numerous alluring trade mark issu...
Groundless threats to sue for IP infringement: the end of an era? NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 13 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
According to a UK government media release yesterday,How cats respond to threats(per Charles Darwin, here) The UK Government will improve protection to make sure businesses are not exposed to unnecessary and baseless accusations ... in response...