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  • Can There Be an E-Book Library?
    on Sep 23, 2011 in Borders books e-book library
    The recent demise of the Borders book chain reminded this Kat once again of the ambivalent position of the consumer within the ecosystem of the book and magazine industries. Popular wisdom holds that the Borders chain failed because it did not adjust...
  • The altar of expediency
    on Sep 22, 2011 in Unified Patent Court
    Before Europe's patent practitioners burn the old bookson patent litigation, let's all be sure that we are happywith the contents of the new ones ...That Unified Patent Court which has so divided opinion in Europe has been very much in the IPKat's mi...
  • That Dirty Trick: the ECJ says "no!"Can you really magic awaysomeone else's trade mark? No!Today the Court of Justice of the European Union succeeded in magicking away the horrid spectre of an injustice which, the IPKat feared, was in danger of being perpetrated following the mammoth O...
  • Autumn a golden season for Interflora
    on Sep 22, 2011 in ecj reference trade marks
    Pumpkin by Flowers by WalterAs summer gives way to autumn and the golden leaves tumble, the prettiest flowers are those that come the florists -- which brings the IPKat on to today's decision in Case C-323/09 Interflora Inc and Interflora British Uni...
  • Wednesday whimsies
    on Sep 21, 2011 in Wednesday whimsies
    The IPKat's friend, Glasto Guru and 1709 Blogger Ben Challis, kindly drew his attention to this little snippet from the CMU Daily:"Sony changes network terms to prevent future class actions State-of-the-art Play Station in the analogue era ...So...
  • Ahoy there! Pirates going legit
    on Sep 20, 2011 in Pirates Party Germany
    The German Pirate Party has won 14 of the 130 available seats in the recent local parliament elections (see link). Normally the IPKat wouldn’t be reporting German elections, but the interest lies in the manifesto of the Pirate Party. These modern p...
  • IPKat threatens European and judicial serenity
    on Sep 20, 2011 in transparency
    Convinced that "IP TRANSLATOR" was not descriptive of "education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities" in Class 41, the crazed mob advanced uponthe Court of Justice, intent on shattering the fabled serenity of Luxem...
  • Monday miscellany
    on Sep 19, 2011 in Monday miscellany
    Red Cross, not. The German Federal Government has honoured Alison Brimelow (Chair of the Intellectual Property Institute and former President of the European Patent Office) by awarding her the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Gros...
  • Unpaid costs revisited
    on Sep 19, 2011 in unpaid costs
    Some folk take extraordinary measures to avoidhaving to pay costs in OHIM oppositions ....(photo: Gillo, who belongs to Eleonora Rosati)With apologies for the delay, this backlogged Kat has finally managed to revert to a subject which continues to be...
  • Professional Listings: When Less is More
    on Sep 16, 2011 in professional listings
    We live in the golden age of professional rankings and listings. Let's be honest--we all relish being ranked high on the most well-known listings; should our ranking fall, we make great efforts to rectify that for the next ranking year. Professional...
  • The German Federal Patent Court and the changing principles of morality
    on Sep 15, 2011 in German trade marks
    Some surprising news - well, to this prudish Kat anyway - come from the German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht) which has decided that the trade mark "F*CKEN" (register entry shown to the left in prudishly small print) can be registered for...
  • How much is a secret worth?
    on Sep 15, 2011 in kolon damages trade secrets kevlar
    A jury in Virginia District Court has awarded damages of US$919 million for trade secret misappropriation against a South Korean company, Kolon Industries. Returning a verdict finding that Kolon illicitly made use of 149 such secrets, this works out...
  • You Can't Go Home Again?Hi, friends. I hope you are all well. I've been on vacation with my family for the past two weeks, and there hasn't been a moment to write. Well, I'm trying to steal a moment right now.They say, "You can't go home again." Why do they say that? They p...
  • Audio Car
    on Sep 14, 2011 in Audio Car
     As a young man in general, my hobby is cars. More precisely is the car modification. Yes, though I am not rich person, but I still want to spend my money to modify my car. I am not satisfied with the standarcondition by the car factory. I wa...
  • an influential person in the world   In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll and new owner of the title World's Most Influential Person is moot. The 21-year-old college student and founder of the online community 4c...
  • Wednesday WhiskersMiracles do happen, it seems. Despite several hurdles and a legislative calendar that was drowning in debt-related issues, the long-awaited US patent reform legislation passed the Senate vote on Monday. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was p...
  • Good news for record companies, bad luck for dancersThe IPKat reported last week on renewed moves to extend the term of copyright in performances and sound recordings in the EU. Well, they didn't hang around once they had decided to consider this topic.At yesterday's Council meeting, the directive was...
  • Monday miscellany
    on Sep 12, 2011 in Monday miscellany
    Plants and steak ...Do you like plants with your steak stake? If so, you'll be pleased to know that the European Commission invites stakeholders to register for the EU Plant Variety Rights Conference which takes place on 11 October. According to...
  • Zappanale dispute and Lacoste writing to the policeGerman magazine Der Stern reports on the next round in the ongoing dispute between the Zappa Family Trust and fans of cult musician Frank Zappa over the use of the word mark ZAPPA, registered as a Community trade mark.The Trust has been trying to pre...
  • Friday fantasies
    on Sep 9, 2011 in Friday fantasies
    AnSome fresh events have been added this week for the delectation of the IPKat's conference- and seminar-going readers. Don't forget to check them out -- and have a lovely weekend!The recording industry hasmoved on since Cliff Richards'youth, but dog...
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