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The secret life of Hello Kitty NEW
The IPKat 13 Hours, 35 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 1 Day, 1 Hour, 57 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 1 Day, 12 Hours, 23 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 1 Day, 22 Hours, 56 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 2 Days, 5 Hours, 20 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 2 Days, 13 Hours, 46 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 3 Days, 2 Hours, 27 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 3 Days, 7 Hours, 40 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 3 Days, 14 Hours, 39 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 4 Days, 47 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 4 Days, 6 Hours, 12 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 4 Days, 8 Hours, 41 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...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ... NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 10 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Another busy week has passed for the IPKat and Merpel, but you can catch up on all the posts from last week that you have not had a chance to read yet. Here's the eighth weekly round-up for your delectation, brought to you by me in Alberto's absence:...
Court in the act: how many European Courts are there? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 15 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Confusingly similar -- but these folk shouldn't be confused. The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has emailed the information that a new intellectual property case has been referred to the Court of Justice, but it has got itself into something...
When a TV programme is transmitted via direct injection, who makes the act of communication to the public? NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 4 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Not to worry: a direct injection of copyright cases is already in sightWith the summer break close to an end, new copyright adventures are just about to happen at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for the joy of aficionados...
Not So Happy Trails As NYC Mural Artist Sues For Copyright Infringement NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 2 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Murals are definitely in the IP spotlight this summer: after the Castillo case, here are two other examples of an urban artist suing a corporation for copyright infringement.  In two separate suits, filed on August 19 in the Southern District of...
How Korea is conquering world pop culture--what can we learn? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 7 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
To what extent can commercially successful creative contents be managed? Whenever this question is raised, one cannot help but recall the iconic observation by the renowned novelist, playwright and screen writer William Goldman, here (think of the...
Kidney-Shaped Bra Insert Patent Suit is Pushing Ahead NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 9 Hours ago
On August 18, lingerie and accessories company Zephyrs filed a suit in New York Supreme Court (a court of first instance) against its former patent attorney Bernard Codd and his law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, claiming that their “deficie...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 23 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Kat business 1: "Christopher Rennie-Smith talks to a Kat", our next IPKat event, takes place at the London office of Collyer Bristow on Thursday 4 September (doors open at 5 pm). Christopher is a recently-returned European Patent Office survivor and...
Taking a selfie inside the National Gallery: a copyright infringement? NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
From the National Gallery permanent collection:E. Manet, Woman with a Kat, ca 1880-82A few days ago a number of UK newspapers reported that, following similar moves by a number of other UK institutions, also the National Gallery in London h...