Around the blogs. The sharp-eyed Hugo Cox has drawn my attention to a Danish IP weblog, Innovationpartners (subtitle: a weblog about IP and innovation), masterminded by Kristian E. Beyer (now with Frederiksberg Forsyning A/S, but whose previous convictions have resulted in his serving time with Deloitte Business Consulting, the Danish Patent and Trade Mark Office and the Ministry of Science. Not yet an IP blog, but with the hope that it will be when the opportunities to post on IP matters arise, is the Wardblawg, from Scottish lawyer Gavin Ward. Gavin, it should be noted with gratitude, is one of that noble legion of readers whose cat-photos grace this blog from time to time. His owner, Missy, appears on the right. And here's a quick suggestion for design lovers: if you think that Italian design is really cool -- all sweeping lines and dashing style -- you'll be surprised to discover what a junky, clunky thing Italian design law is, as Class 99 explains an ongoing Italian design horror, which has spread as far as the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, here. Bilski-ites will enjoy Gena Mason's neatly-presented, clearly thought-out summary on PatLit here.
The IPKat's opinions concerning the wisdom of marketing invention by reference to Wallace and Gromit are well known and none-too-enthusiastic. However, he would never wish to hurt the feelings of (i) small, innocent children with inventive ideas or (ii) public sector employees at a time of spending cuts. Accordingly he warmly welcomes the chance to attend the Intellectual Property Office-backed Cracking Ideas initiative. Part of this educational process is the Cracking Ideas Award Ceremony, which takes place next Wednesday 7 July, in Legoland (this country does not appear to be a signatory to the Paris Convention or TRIPS, though it is firmly committed to IP protection). Cracking Ideas seeks to teach children that innovation and creativity can be fun, that ideas have value if protected by IP and also to respect other people's IP. The awards are given to children in three age categories (4 - 7, 8 - 11 and 12 - 16). The IPKat will be reporting, so watch this space ...
Some folk are getting very animated about the upcoming International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) Conference, which international reproducers from over 50 nations are expected to attend. In anticipation of the great event, here's a link to an article in Publishers Weekly by Tracey Armstrong, CEO of Copyright Clearance Center (an IFRRO founder member) which touches on such boring and mundane topics as the Google Settlement, Apple iPads and IP issues in the digital age.
The IPKat has been taking a look at two books that aren't about IP, and don't even have IP in their titles, but which have plenty of relevance and importance to intellectual property protection and exploitation. The first is George Kimball's Outsourcing Agreements: a practical guide, published earlier this year by Oxford University Press (webpage here). The author, who heads the global IT/communications practice at Baker & Mackenzie LLP, covers all sorts of different aspects of IP that should be appropriately covered by an outsourcing agreement -- and there are many such aspects. The second, coincidentally published by the same company, is US Antitrust Law and Enforcement: a practice introduction, by Douglas Broder (co-chair, global antitrust, K & L Gates LLP). The connection between IP and antitrust is too well-known to adumbrate here, but familiarity with the problems is no automatic path to knowing what to do about them in practice -- which is why this book is so attractive. This title's webpage is here.