The British Empire may be the stuff that history books are full of and which costume dramas are made of, but at least it has a new Commander -- Nigel Eastaway. This year's British New Years Honours List confirms that Nigel has been awarded the status of CBE -- a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
According to awardsintelligence.co.uk a CBE is awarded for
"• a prominent national role of a lesser degree orNigel is one of the founder authors of Intellectual Property Law and Taxation, now in its 7th edition and written together with fellow founder-author Richard Gallafent, plus Victor Dauppe and Jacquelyn Kimber. This Kat still recalls his pleasure and excitement at finding himself reading the first edition, which was both intelligible (itself a remarkable achievement for a book on tax law) and entertaining, with fictional case studies that have probably some value for social anthropologists as well as legal and tax advisers. Merpel adds, it's time we honoured Richard Gallafent too, for Services to British Beards if nothing else. He already has 27 letters after his name, but we don't think he has reached the limit ...
• a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs, through achievement or service to the community or
• making a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity".
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"Stilton villagers banned from using own name on cheese. This post explains that
"Villagers are being forced to come up with a new title for the blue-veined cheese following a “ridiculous” ruling that prevents it officially being made outside three East Midlands counties.
The cheese – being sold by a local pub for the first time early next year – is now to be named “Bell Blue” while locals battle to have the ban overturned.
Liam McGivern, landlord of the Bell Inn, which is behind the move, said the rules meant they could not call it Stilton but could produce packaging saying “blue-veined cheese made in Stilton”.
"Anyone can make the cheese but they won't let us call it Stilton," he said. "We are going to challenge the [ruling] – that's the whole reason for making the cheese.” ...
The Stilton Cheese Makers Association claim that there is no relationship between the original version and the blue Stilton produced in modern times, which is a semi-soft cheese famed for its strong smell and taste.
In 1996, the association successfully sought a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) order – a European Union ruling that prevents it being produced outside the three counties....Hard cheese, says a most unsympathetic Merpel. The PDO doesn't prevent Stilton cheese being produced outside the three counties: it merely prevents it being called Stilton. Just as individuals can lose the right to use their names as trade marks when they assign the right to trade under their own name to someone else, so too can a place lose the right to trade on its goodwill when the name of the place becomes associated with a product that comes from elsewhere.
However, local historian Richard Landy challenged this ruling after finding evidence that the cheese was first created in Stilton ...".
Matthew Elsmore's plea for advice regarding terminology and the naming of IP-related courses (here) received quite a few responses. The IPKat has now also received the following from his friend Michael Lin, concerning a presentation which he gave to Tsinghua University's International MBA Students a year ago (details of the presentation can be obtained directly from Michael by emailing him here. Says Michael:
Also, when explaining conplex and/or convoluted concepts to non-experts, I use a lot of analogies. IP rights are not 'the right to exclude" but instead, I use an example of a pen. But I've only got the right to stop someone else from using it, even though I can't use it myself".
- IP: The unknown 80% of your company
- Your business - the unknown 80%
- IPR: 80% of your company
- Understanding the other 80%
- You don't know (80% of) your business
- IP: The other 80%
- Other, more boring titles:
- IP 101
- Business IP 101
- What you don't know CAN hurt you
LEGO bricks and childhood memories (generated by this post here) continue to bring a gentle trickle of correspondence into the IPKat's mailbox. One recent email comes from Stuart Jackson Kempner & Partners), who writes:
One person whom I know feels similarly is Nobel Prize winner Prof Sir Harry Kroto, whom I remember hearing suggest at a talk he gave that the loss of popularity of Meccano had been responsible for the decline in the British engineering industry".There's more too from Professor Sir Robin Jacob (see earlier post here), who refers to Hilary Page's patent for what is effectively a Lego brick and writes:
"The Page patent shows slits in the end of the bricks. These were for sliding flanged window pieces in. Not all Page bricks had these - as your other picture shows.
And one more thing: in 1947 my big brother took me to the British Industries Fair (a post-war - a 'we are getting back on our feet, trade with Britain' sort of event). Kiddicraft had a model of Battersea Power Station made from their bricks -- and actually had a set".
Madagascar this week. The 1709 Blog's "12 for 2012" series on people who, dying in 1941, find that their copyright in the EU and some other places has evaporated like dew on the onset of 2012 features three composers (Johan Wagenaar, Jelly Roll Morton and Frank Bridge) and one deep-thinking poet and philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore. The Art & Artifice weblog has its own list of artists whose work is similarly affected, thanks to Rosie Burbidge here.