The European Patent Office (EPO) can't be faulted for its efforts to find points of common interest with leading entities in the private sector. Only recently the Office teamed up with Google to solve the continent's translation problems. Now it is hand-and-hand with Logica, with which it seeks to introduce a "world leading patent management system". According to the press release
"The EPO and Logica have announced an important project that will contribute to significantly reducing costs and improving timeliness for the patenting process in Europe. Logica and the EPO are set to introduce one of the most advanced, fully digital patent offices in the world, enabling applicants and inventors to register their patents and all concerned in processing them in a more efficient and cost effective way. Under the agreement Logica will help the EPO establish a comprehensive, secure and innovative case management system, that will digitally process patent applications at all stages of the patent grant process including: • Patent searching • Filing the application with the Office • Publication • Substantive examination • The handling of legal remedies, such as opposition and appeal".
Continuing on a sombre note, the Kat has further news concerning the unexpected recent passing of Professor John Adams (see earlier note here). The funeral will take place this Friday, 27 April, starting at 1.30 pm at the Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Road, Sheffield, moving to Crookes Cemetery
Madrid Highlights. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been busy producing a new publication dedicated to international trade mark filing: Madrid Highlights. This, WIPO explains, is
" ... a quarterly publication focusing on keeping Madrid system’s stakeholders up to date with the latest developments within the Madrid system and providing information on the activities of the Sector. The Madrid Highlights also offers to subscribers the opportunity to raise issues and concerns and to seek responses from our in-house experts. Contributions and content in the Madrid Highlights are published in the English language only".You can subscribe to the new journal here (it's free) and download the first issue here. This looks like a good initiative, but Merpel is most perplexed. The cover story is all about how the Madrid and Lisbon registries have relocated to a smart new administrative building, "which looks onto Geneva’s Place des Nations and is the work of the award-winning Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany" -- she doesn't imagine that many readers are even remotely interested in this piece of information, since they don't have to go to Geneva in person and find the front door in order to make a Madrid filing. Even more curiously, according to the contents, "Useful Information" doesn't start till page 6. Notwithstanding these minor blemishes, WIPO deserves a qualified katpat for this initiative. If you want to encourage the organisation to do more, or just want to share your constructive thoughts with it, be assured that feedback is welcome.
Trial and error -- or Trier and ERA? The Kats' friends Arnaud Folliard-Monguiral (OHIM) and Simon Malynicz (3 New Square) are both among those speaking at a two-day event which has been organised by the Academy for European Law (ERA) for 31 May and 1 June in Trier on "Litigating Before the ECJ in Intellectual Property Cases (details here). The programme seeks to cover everything from how to draft and file appeals, the formalities, regularising the appeal, how to do hearings
Some stories are so good that there's no point trying to improve them. A big katpat goes to Oliver Herzfeld for this link to "The Trademarked Beard", written by Masha Gessen and hosted on Latitude. The beard in question belongs to one V. I. Pugach whose mugshot (or should that be Pugshot) appears on the right. Says Gessen,
"Pugach's Web site ... points to documents from the Russian trademark office suggesting that he have managed to make this beard his own and that anyone who wants to wear the thing has to get a license from him. That costs about $600 a year for most individuals but roughly $30,000 for popular actors and $4 million for television channels".As for the rest of this tale, we leave it to you to read and enjoy ...