It's Friday again, time to take stock of a week full of vigorous activity -- and to plan ahead for some more, by checking out the IPKat's Forthcoming Events Page.
|The joys of Google Image:|
this was found on the first
page of search results for
WIPO + magazine + cover
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in this issue: "10
Tips for Keeping Down
the cost of IP litigation"
brings us up to speed with regard to Apple's so-far-unsuccessful efforts to tame Samsung's tablets by seeking interim relief for patent and design patent infringement. The 1709 Blog covers Hodgson v Isaac, a Patents County Court ruling in which the reproduction in the defendant's work of a somewhat unsavoury football chant in which the claimant had no copyright was however treated as evidence of copying of the claimant's work as a whole. Via jiplp comes free access to this year's Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice Christmas Special, Professor Chris Wadlow's magnificent tale of The Marmite Election. There's also an appeal from Rosie Burbidge, writing for Art & Artifice, to support the House of Illustration project.
Vanuatu. Like all right-thinking citizens of our little planet, he would hate to see this ocean paradise disappear between the waves; indeed, it's nowhere near to qualifying for his shortlist of countries which he has occasionally contemplated towing out to sea and leaving them there. Anyway, he very much hopes that acceding to the Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization is not going to be one of the last things Vanuatu does. For the record, Vanuatu's accession takes effect on 2 March 2012 [which gives WIPO Magazine just under three months to launch its first issue with waterproof pages, says the heartless Merpel].
here for details). The IPKat's friend Kingsley Egbuonu, who sent him this snippet, explains that the Law Commission runs five teams, one of which is for Commercial and Common Law. He adds: the good news on joining this team is that you will eventually get involved in some intellectual property law but the sad news is that this research may well see the end of one of his favourite provision. Here is an overview of what the IP side of the project entails:
Unjustified threats in trade mark litigation
The law currently seeks to protect traders against unjustified threats of trade mark or design litigation. The provisions are: section 26 of the Registered Designs Act 1949; section 253 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; section 21 of the Trade Marks Act 1994; and paragraph 6 of The Community Trade Mark Regulations 1996.
This project considers whether to repeal, reform, or extend these four provisions. Although it is important to stop rights holders from bullying third parties, these protections have become problematic. The statutes use a wide concept of a “threat”, which may encourage litigation, contrary to the spirit of the Civil Procedure Rules. Lawyers are also worried that they may be liable personally.
With the sort of copyright infringement claims seen in recent times, some of us might wish see statutory provision for unjustified threats in copyright litigation - at least for the sake of its impact on innocent members of the public (see this).