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media release, the PCT takes effect for Brunei from 24 July 2012.
|WIPO and the EPO have also unveiled|
"With the aim of further developing the international patent system to better support innovation in economies around the globe, the EPO and WIPO have agreed on a comprehensive three-year technical co-operation scheme. The agreement ... is the first of its kind between the two institutions, and specifically aims at improving the procedural framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with a view to increasing its use by patent applicants. Moreover, co-operation also focuses on enhancing the quality and efficiency of the patent granting process, including patent classification and searching, and improving access to patent information [Sounds good, but (i) it all sounds very vague-- does anyone know what the specifics are? (ii) why is it taking three years, neither more time nor less; (iii) if this is the only way to achieve these ends, why hasn't it been done before?] ...".
International Encyclopaedia of Laws,have now been published. They are Intellectual Property Law in Lebanon by Mohammed El Said (here) and Intellectual Property Law in Romania by a three-strong team consisting of Alexandru Christian Strenc, Gheorghe Gheorghiu and Gheorghe Bucsa (here). Originating from the same encyclopaedia but quite differently oriented is Peggy Valcke and Katrien Lefever's Media Law in the European Union (puzzlingly, oblt the first-named is credited as the author on the book's webpage, here). If anyone had told this Kat that a book on IP law in Romania was going to be two and a half times longer than a book on IP in Romania, he would not have believed you in the absence of evidence to the contrary -- but it's true. Considering how important and influential the media are in the EU, it seems strange that they have received so much less harmonising legislation and general regulation than IP laws. But back to these books: they are easy to use, clearly written and provide more than just a bit of easy access to what might be an unfamiliar jurisdiction for the reader -- and they take up much less room on the shelf than an encyclopaedia will.
a post on the Advocate General's Opinion in the 'sexy sheep' case, C-130/11 Neurim, on which readers have been posting some interesting opinions of their own. Then, earlier today, there was a short summary of what many people fervently hope will be the final chapter in the saga of Medeva's cunning but ultimately unsuccessful ploy to obtain some highly valuable patent term protection. Ben Challis (the 1709 Blog) explains why at least one US judge has reached the opinion that an IP address is not actually a person. If you've ever wondered what an IP Strategist is, or whether you might even be one without knowing it, this piece on IP Draughts might just interest you.