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News from the EPO - Strike Ballot comes out in favour of a strike NEW
The IPKat 5 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Merpel has been sunning herself again in the corridors of the EPO.  Readers may recall that just a few months ago the President of the European Patent Office refused a call for a ballot for a strike.  Well, there has been another call for a...
Amazon.com: in the beginning, there was Mudie ... NEW
The IPKat 6 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Amazon.com—if you are a book reader, you probably worship the day that the company began to enable you to order books online; if you are/were a bookstore, probably less so. If you are/were a book publisher, you probably enjoy the distribution...
These Shoes are Made for Freely Walking: Copyright Protection & Free Movement of Goods NEW
The IPKat 19 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
With this post we are staying with on the topic of shoes and copyright, already discussed here and here, but this recent case from the commercial division of the French Cour de Cassationalso raised some European Union (EU) and Berne Convention issues...
Arnold J orders biggest website blocking to date NEW
The IPKat 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Fabio pictured while wonderingabout the implementation costsof the blocking order just issued against himFollowing last week's judgment in Cartier v BSkyB [here, a case concerning the possibility of requiring internet service providers (ISP...
Artjunkie snatched from the jaws of villainy, but no happy ending NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 7 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
It's unusual for the IPKat to feel disappointed when the party in the right emerges from court as the victor, but here's a case in point: Alison J. Hendrick v Tony Knight (O-323-14), a decision of Appointed Person Geoffrey Hobbs QC back in 17 Ju...
BGH decision "Yellow dictionary" colour trade mark dispute NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 3 Hours ago
The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, short: BGH) has now published the full grounds (in German) of its recent decision in the "yellow dictionary" trade mark dispute between German publishing house Langenscheidt and Rosett...
Wednesday whimsies NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 4 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
"Thank you" 1.  In a world which is as full of anger, resentment and selfishly bad manners as the one in which we sometimes seem to be living, it never hurts to express a little gratitude from time to time.  It is in a spirit of genuine app...
Online enforcement "has a colour and a name": blocking injunctions - A closer look at the Cartier judgment NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 7 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Typical moment outside the Rolls Building last FridayAs Jeremy announced with a breaking news post, last Friday Arnold J issued his 266-paragraph judgment in Cartier and Others v BskyB and Others, a case concerning the possibility of requiring intern...
Patentability: a perpetual problem NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 10 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
First law of thermodynamics strikes again. Peter Crowley v United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (unreported, but noted on the Lawtel subscription-only service) is one of those cases that should never be allowed to happen. It's an extempor...
EPO Relaxes Unity Procedural Rules - how it works in practice NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 23 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Sometimes, topical and important IP developments do not lend themselves to levity or cat-based metaphors.  The relaxing of the procedural rules of the European Patent Office, in the case that the claims of an International application under...
Tripp Trapp and the Third Dimension: a study in trade mark registrability NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 2 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
It's catch-up time again as the impossible quest to keep abreast of all the major IP rulings continues and this Kat gets the feeling that he is not so much making progress as merely chasing his tail.  Case C‑205/13 Hauck GmbH & Co...
Obviousness, common general knowledge and expectations of success: Leo gets a mauling NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 7 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Obviousness and common general knowledge are features of patent law that are of very limited application, if any at all, in most other areas of intellectual property.  For this reason it all too often happens that Katposts on these issues are sk...
Monday miscellany NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 18 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
It is with sadness that the IPKat records the death of Peter Low. Peter, a European and UK patent attorney with Wilson, Gunn M'Caw till his retirement in 1997, has the unenviable record of having given tutorials for the UK patent attorney qualifying...
Never too late: if you missed the IPKat last week NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 1 Hour, 49 Minutes ago
Is it really sixteen weeks since our good friend and fellow blogger Alberto Bellan commenced this series of round-ups of the previous week's IPKat blogposts? It is indeed, and our Kat-stats show that, in some cases, the number of people reading blogp...
After patent litigation, is trade mark litigation the next big topic? NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 11 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Patent: a big,shiny obsessionwith IP litigatorsSo many major conferences, seminars, lectures and other events have recently been organised in the field of patent litigation that one might be tempted to think that it is the only species of IP that eve...
Fill in the form, keep your hair: UPC IT Prototype needs your feedback NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 20 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
The AmeriKat's Sunday evening screenFor the AmeriKat, Sunday afternoons are all about scrubbing away the week's frustrations, been and to come, around her flat to the westward drum of Led Zeppelin.  Afterwards, if the siren call of her day job d...
Galileo sees stars as ESA logo marches on NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 21 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Galileo back in court.  The original Galileo Galilei was no stranger to dispute, and it seems that one of the many businesses that has borrowed his name has been following in his footsteps -- with nothing much to show for it in the courts of Eur...
The UPC and Investor – State Arbitration NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 2 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Henning Grosse Ruse-KhanWhat are the international investment law implications of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)? No, (thankfully) this is not an exam question for undergraduates taking the IP course (although you never know…), but rather...
Another competition -- this time for the literary minded NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 7 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Another competitition!  Fellow Kat Eleonora's friend and colleague Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is already running this design-a-logo competition for The University of Southampton's iCLIC centre.  However, if your talents are more literary, the...
The innovation champs for 2014; the best of times or the worst of times? NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 21 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
First, a Dickensian moment, from "A Tale of Two Cities":"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of L...