The team is joined by GuestKats Mirko Brüß, Rosie Burbidge, Nedim Malovic, Frantzeska Papadopolou, Mathilde Pavis, and Eibhlin Vardy
InternKats: Rose Hughes, Ieva Giedrimaite, and Cecilia Sbrolli
SpecialKats: Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo (TechieKat), Hayleigh Bosher (Book Review Editor), and Tian Lu (Asia Correspondent).

Thursday, 21 September 2006


UPOV is Morocco-bound

The IPKat is delighted to learn that the Kingdom of Morocco has deposited its instrument of accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The Convention will enter into force for Morocco on 8 October 2006, when the Kingdom becomes a member of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). Morocco's accession takes the number of UPOV nations to 62.

Left: Moroccan sea holly

Moroccan plant life here and here The Road to Morocco here

The Chinese Opportunity

The Intellectual Property Institute, London, is holding an exciting afternoon seminar, hosted by law firm Linklaters, on 12 October 2006. Chaired by IPI president Ian Harvey, the seminar features the following attractions:

* Kevin Rivette (Vice-President for IP Strategy, of IBM Corporation) speaks on the "Opportunity, Pitfalls and Enthusiasm";

* Luke Minford (Rouse & Co. International) examines the myths and the reality of the Chinese IP landscape and what it means in business terms;

* Jiang Zhipei (Chief Justice and Director of the IP Tribunal) will be putting the Chinese government's side of the subject;

* GE Vice-President Todd Dickinson - a former Commissioner of the USPTO - will be relating his own company's experiences there.

Above: the spectacular results of some early Chinese human cloning experiments

The IPKat says, don't miss this event. Kevin Rivette is co-author of Rembrandts in the Attic - he's obviously full of ideas and it would be a pity to miss out on his take on IP/China.

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