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Out of the frying pan, into the fire: patent infringement by numbers is not allowed NEW
The IPKat 2 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
Percy the non-stick cat tries out a frying panfor size, comfort and snuggle-ability ...At a time of the year when office parties proliferate, the spirit of the Saturnalia prevails and the thoughts of even the most solemn intellectual property lawyers...
Seasonal greetings to all our readers NEW
The IPKat 13 Hours ago
Have a sparkling new year*Many of our readers will be celebrating Christmas this year for religious, cultural, social, personal or commercial reasons -- and an even larger number of them will be celebrating the fact that between now and Monday 5 Janu...
Wednesday whimsies NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 39 Minutes ago
RSS feeds. This Kat has never become attached to the use of RSS feeds as a means of keeping abreast of his favourite weblogs, since his earlier ventures in that direction were not terribly successful.  Nonetheless this weblog offers an RSS feed...
What is eating the European Patent Office? Merpel summarises NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 9 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
Seasonal summary of EPO news: not toeveryone's taste and may be hard to swallowOver the past month, this weblog has hosted news and developments of reports of unrest among the workers at the European Patent Office (EPO).  These have been some of...
Randoms, leggy chicks and youth culture: ice cream opposition meltdown in Ireland NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 14 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
So many decisions on trade marks emanate from the Community trade mark system and from the major national jurisdictions in Europe that it is occasionally easy to miss one. It's only now that this Kat has caught up with Unilever Plc v Socié...
First confidentiality, now costs: Vestergaard v Bestnet refuses to go away NEW
The IPKat 1 Day, 20 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Now it's costs that bite ...Still at it. Vestergaard Fransen S/A & others v Bestnet Europe Ltd and others is a case that simply refuses to go away. The events leading to the dispute are history, having taken place a decade ago or earlier.  ...
Goodbye to “protective” trade marks: a change in Spain NEW
The IPKat 2 Days, 21 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
"Bye-bye!"Katfriends and IP enthusiasts David Pellisé and Juan Carlos Quero (Pellisé Abogados, Barcelona) have recently been involved in some successful litigation in Spain which may not seem to exciting to those non-Spaniards who...
A design infringement case for the holidays NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 4 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Just before the United Kingdom generally shuts down and stops functioning for a few days, Mr Justice Arnold slipped out a decision that is positively anti-Arnoldian.  It comes in at slightly less than 100 paragraphs, but retains the characterist...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week NEW
The IPKat 3 Days, 4 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
While many children - whether young or ... less young - around the world are keenly awaiting 25 December to unwrap their Christmas presents, for IPKat readers 25 is the number of this week's round-up of all the Kat-items posted last week. This is a m...
The Story of "Oh": successful sample for Jay-Z, but so Tuf for the plaintiff NEW
The IPKat 4 Days, 2 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Sampling of musical recordings is a topic that excites a lot of people in the United States, where the bulk of the world's litigation on that subject appears to have taken place. This Kat is all in favour of it and thinks it's part of the creative pr...
Can You Make a Porcelain Sculpture Out of a Sow’s Ad? NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 17 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
French newspaper Le Figaro reported this week that ad man Frank Davidovici is likely suing artist Jeff Koons for plagiarism.The Centre Pompidouin Paris is now showing a retrospective of Jeff Koons’ work. Among them is Fait d’Hiver, a porc...
Battistelli and Kongstad respond to EPO criticisms NEW
The IPKat 5 Days, 23 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Managing Intellectual Property has just published an article containing a series of questions and answers, put by Managing Editor James Nurton to EPO President Benoit Battistelli and Chariman of the Administrative Council, Jesper Kongstad.The questio...
Friday fantasies NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 3 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
Forthcoming events. Plenty fresh events have been added to the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page in recent days, including a three-week course (13 to 31 July 2015) entitled "International IP Transactions: Practical skills and industry insights" run by...
Externalities and innovation: let me count the Waze NEW
The IPKat 6 Days, 5 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
In a world obsessed with innovation and start-ups, we tend to forget that that are both costs as well as benefits that may ensue from such developments. Perhaps the most palpable example is the potential threat of innovation to current employment pat...
A Kat's 2014 Copyright Awards NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 2 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
It's Katwards day!With the holidays and end of the year quickly approaching, it seems about time to think of what has been and what will be next in the world of the greatest IP right, ie copyright. Like last year, this Kat has dec...
BREAKING NEWS: breakfast ruling on unfertilised eggs NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 3 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Ova and out! "AG Villalón's parthenotes Opinion in IMC could provide stem cell research certainty (at least for now...)" was the title of a helpful note by Shohta Ueno (an Associate with Allen & Overy's IP Litigation team in London) on the...
The independence of the Boards of Appeal: Merpel roars again NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 10 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Still troubled by goings-onat the European Patent OfficeThere are many aspects of the recent events (See here and links concerning the suspension of a member of the Board of Appeal, and here and links concerning the strikes and demonstrations) a...
Wednesday whimsies NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 21 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
A time for GOLDENBALLS ...The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will be to all intents and purposes closed from 22 December to 6 January, though this Kat has no doubt that several of the CJEU's judges, and particularly those of the G...
Be careful with your requests, especially if you want to appeal NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 54 Minutes ago
This moggy noticed a report on the Deltapatents blog of a salutary little decision of T 2157/10 from the Technical Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office, dated 14 November 2014, and posted on 3 December 2014 [so some work is still being...
After the INTA conference: some helpful Kat-tips NEW
The IPKat 1 Week, 1 Day, 3 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
After the conference ...  Last week this Kat was heavily involved in fellow Kat Neil's International Trademark Association (INTA) Trademarks Overlap conference in Munich, Germany (summarised in a series of 10 live Katposts which you can acc...