The IPKat is pleased to lend a helping hand to Luca Escoffier. An occasional blogger (Nanomedicine and IP) and a visiting scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Luca is now in the process of accumulating data for his thesis on nanomedicine patents. This questionnaire addresses both the patenting and the evaluation of nanotech innovations, with a specific focus on medical applications. Anyone who would like to complete the questionnaire can find the online version here and here. He adds:
"The second part of the questionnaire is fundamental (i.e. question 10) as it is where the authorization to use your answers is required".For further info you can contact Luca by email here.
Last week the IPKat reported on UK Minister for Innovation David Lammy's World Intellectual Property Day speech (he has since received a governmental email to say that this post was "well received" and is now wondering which well it was received in ...). Here, thanks to the Men from the Ministry, is the text.
Here's a list of the world's top 25 innovative countries, ("A new ranking of the world’s most innovative countries: an Economist Intelligence Unit report", sponsored by Cisco. Two of the top five are Scandinavian (three of the five are European) and, if statistics can debunk national stereotypes, Ireland is ranked higher than Hong Kong. Any suggestions as to what all these countries have in common? Post your comments below.
If you are a subscriber to Sweet & Maxwell's loose-leaf European Patent Decisions (click here for details), authored by Florian Leverve and Noam Shemtov, you might like to know that Release 29 has just been issued, updating the work to February 2009.
The Intellectual Property Institute has informed the IPKat that, at Dev Gangjee's forthcoming seminar on "Trade Mark Dilution: Bringing Blurring into Focus" on 13 May, readers of this weblog are welcome to attend at the reduced rate of £30 to which the IPI's own members are entitled. Full details and booking form can be found here. The IPKat warns: the venue is the rather lovely offices of Shepherd & Wedderburn, St Paul's Churchyard. If you haven't been there before, leave a few extra minutes getting-lost time.