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Letter from AmeriKat: Spiderman's web ensnares the US Supreme Court in Kimble v Marvel NEW
The IPKat 8 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Try as she might, the AmeriKat isno Spiderman...It was a busy week for the US Supreme Court last week, as it delivered blockbuster judgments on Obamacare and same-sex marriage rights.  No surprise that the Supreme Court's decision in Kimble v Ma...
Payment for use of protected barley seeds: when prospects for dodging payment recede ... NEW
The IPKat 10 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
Case C‑242/14 Saatgut-Treuhandverwaltungs GmbH v Gerhard und Jürgen Vogel GbR, Jürgen Vogel, Gerhard Vogel is a request for a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) made by the Landgeri...
Is UberPOP a transport service? A new reference to the CJEU NEW
The IPKat 11 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
Like it or not, we have entered the age of Uber -- the love-it-or-loathe-it ride-share scheme which has caught not only the imagination of the public but the attention of the lawyers.  In this guest post, Katfriend Revital Cohen (...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week ... NEW
The IPKat 17 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
From the brilliant and fertile brain of our staunch supporter and comrade-at-arms Alberto Bellan comes this week's harvest of last week's Katposts, the 52nd in the series (yes, we've kept them going for an entire year!)  Alberto's summary of the...
Jumpin' through hoops? A copyright claim that never got off the ground NEW
The IPKat 17 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Here's a note from Katfriend and occasional contributor Kevin Winters, who takes a look at a recent US copyright dispute that has generated more columns in the popular press than it's ever going to do in the legal literature. One might say...
Benna, Bnina, Baina: a carefully-scripted ruling from the CJEU NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 1 Hour, 2 Minutes ago
 Case C 147/14 Loutfi Management Propriété intellectuelle SARL v AMJ Meatproducts NV, Halalsupply NV is a Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling last Thursday in a Community trade mark-related reference from...
Round, round: how to round? How do we round? NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 21 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
Please do not read this post if you have already read Jeremy’s beautifully succinct summary of the recent appeal hearing between Smith & Nephew and ConvaTec, and have absolutely no inclination to get further bogged down in numerical semanti...
Case management decisions in the Lyrica case NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 22 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The ongoing case between Warner-Lambert (a subsidiary of Pfizer) and Actavis concerning pregabalin (sold by Pfizer under the trade mark Lyrica, and by Actavis under the trade mark Lecaent) seems set to be the case of the year.  There has already...
Will proof of a well-known mark ultimately be determined by a brain scan? NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 11 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Is there a better way to determine whether a mark is well-known, if not today, then in the future? Will technology play a role? This Kat got to wondering about these questions as he made his way through Charles Duhigg’s best-seller, The Power o...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 22 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Greenpeace and the patent system share the same objective -- world changeA week and a half ago, the IPKat's Tuesday Tiddlywinks feature contained a reader's request to know what actually has happened to the controversial human embryonic stem-cel...
Freedom of panorama: what is going on at the EU level? NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 23 Hours ago
Freedom of panorama in Europe(red is no-no countries)As IPKat readers will be well aware of, debate is currently being undertaken at the EU level as regards possible reforms of the legislative framework in the area of copyright. Both the Commiss...
Council of Europe focuses on Eponia, and there's more to come NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 15 Minutes ago
Pierre Yves le Borgn' [the apostrophe is not a typo -- it belongs to his name], a French Representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has initiated a Declaration concerning recent developments in Eponia that has been signed...
A novel becomes a saga - Actavis v Lilly set to go on and on NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 2 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
This Kat blogged last year about the masterful and erudite judgment of Mr Justice Arnold in the case of Actavis v Lilly (judgment on BAILII here), concerning pemetrexed.  A judgment that was Arnoldian even by Arnoldian standards was necessitated...
Canary Wharf: great place name, not much hope for a trade mark ... NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 11 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Here's a curious tale of a trade mark that might have been. It's Canary Wharf Group Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks [2015] EWHC 1588 (Ch), an 8 June Chancery Division, England and Wales, decision of Iain Purvis QC,...
Not so secret agent: when Bond isn't 007 but 0.77 NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 18 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
In "The wounded patent survived, was only just infringed, but no injunction", here, fellow Kat Darren wrote about the decision of Birss J in Smith & Nephew Plc v ConvaTec Technologies Inc [2013] EWHC 3955 (Pat), a technically detailed case which...
Delfi v Estonia: ISPs and the freedom to impart information NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 17 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
The IPKat doesn't often feature human rights matters on his weblog, but that doesn't mean that the topic has no relevance to intellectual property matters; much the same applies to disputes relating to defamation.  However, when the potenti...
Consultation event on Court Fees for the Unified Patent Court - and news on timing of UK implementation NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 20 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
This moggy crept over to the lovely and hospitable offices of Allen & Overy last night to attend the consultation event on the Court fees for the Unified Patents Court.  Readers may recall that he wrote about this consultation when it was la...
Are you a new IP lawyer in search of a network? Here's something for you NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Hour, 13 Minutes ago
The flyer for the first conference of the New IP Lawyers NetworkAre you a 'new' IP practitioner or academic - whether with a legal or non-legal background - looking for a network to join in order to share ideas and discuss topical issues facing this...
Poll results: Inventor of the Year NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
A few weeks ago, the IPKat asked whether the EPO ought to be organising and funding the European Inventor of the Year award. His concerns were twofold: the resources that are devoted to this event, and the fundamental question of whether the EPO ough...
Hello goodbye: no estoppel as licensee gets the push NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 4 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
"You say stop and I say go, go, go!"This weblog doesn't often carry notes on decisions involving contract law these days, not least because there aren't that many of them on which to report.  Also, while the subject matter of IP contract dispute...