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Maurice Leblanc (creator of gentleman-thief-turned-detective Arsène Lupin). The same blog, which has been very busy of late, also carries features on cognitive screening and copyleft and Spain's new web-blocking law. Over on the MARQUES Class 46 weblog, the Kat's friend Selma Ünlü brings news of a surprisingly and welcomingly liberal ruling from the Turkish Court of Appeal on what constitutes use of a mark by a foreign broadcasting service. This has been quite a peaceful week for IP blogging as a whole, what with holidays and their after-effects, but next week the IPKat will be refreshing readers' memories of the various IP blogs which are either "IPKat-approved" or involve contributions from members of the IPKat team -- so watch this space.
|Amazon: a veritable giant|
"Blog reports (here and here) indicate that the Canadian IP Office has allowed Amazon.com’s “one-click” patent application. The application had initially been rejected by CIPO. This decision was quashed by the Federal Court, in a decision which would clearly have allowed business method patents generally. The Federal Court decision was in turn overruled by the Federal Court of Appeal and the application was remanded to the Patent Office, in an unclear decision which was open to a wide range of interpretations. CIPO’s subsequent allowance of the application is surprising in light of the strong stance against business method patents taken by CIPO up to that point and the ambiguous nature of the Court of Appeal decision, but the result is that business methods are now patentable in Canada, though the details of the law remain uncertain".
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