The Center kicks off with its inaugural conference, “The Access Challenge in the 21st Century: Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property Laws and Knowledge Governance”, on 18 and 19 May. Topics addressed include Science and Digital Hurdles to Access, Access to the Marketplace, Compulsory Licensing to Facilitate Access, as well as an expanded discussion of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The conference website is here; if you can attend, you may be in for a pleasant surprise!
here, just wants to remind readers that they are entitled, as readers of this weblog, to a generous 10% reduction in the event's registration fees. Just click here and follow the instructions. April is a lovely time to visit Munich and, if you don't like crowds, the good news is that you are almost as far away from the city's fabled Oktoberfest [should be Septemberfest, growls Merpel] as you can get.
Toni & Guy fame), this event gives you a great opportunity to do some revision on INTA etiquette (not to solicit corporate members for custom; how to look over the shoulder of the person you're talking to in the hope of spotting the person you want to be talking to; how to juggle a wine-glass, a canape and an exchange of business cards when you've only got two hands). The invitation is here. If you've not already replied, or want any further details, email Wunmi Solaja here.
How many -- or few -- patents have gone into the making of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class car? The YouTube clip of this advertisement, kindly sent in by Shabtai Atlow (katpat!) mentions a figure of 80,000 patents -- which does sound a bit over-the-top -- though in fairness this figure presumably includes all manner of patents for all the company's vehicles and their components, aggregating them across the many national jurisdictions in which they have been secured. Merpel has heard a great deal over the years about "patenting the wheel" and assumes that this is something that would not have escaped the inventive imaginations that lurk within the bonnet of Mercedes-Benz.
Last week's post about Rhoda Baxter's novel of romance in a patent attorney's office contained a challenge to the IPKat's readers: could they write a paragraph to continue his own little bit of text, employing at least seven of a number of patent-oriented words or phrases which the Kat had thoughtfully listed. The following text has since been received from an IP enthusiast who has wisely requested anonymity and who has far exceeded the IPKat's brief in her choice of IP allusions:
"Jasper took an inventive step towards her. Their gazes met and the outside world posed no interference. She stripped off his trousers, and smiled in anticipation as she made the discovery that his briefs had "Patent Attorneys Claim to Do It" neatly embroidered vertically on the front. "Oh, I prefer hard IP" she whispered. "And I'm into soft IP" he responded as a preliminary examination uncovered her bra with one cup proclaiming "Trademark Attorneys Intend to Use it" on the left side and "Copyright Attorneys Make Fair Use of It" emblazoned on the right. Yes, he was indeed very skilled in the art. After a blissful and surprising synergistic result which reached to Veronica's very pith and marrow, her long felt want was indeed slaked. As they basked in the haze of the extended grace period, gloriously reveling in hindsight, Jasper whispered "my little POSITA, would you care for a free beer?" A continuation to be filed…".
This week's foray by Afro-IP's Kingsley Egbuonu into the hinterland of Africa's official IP websites takes him to Senegal, where there are none. Timothy Taylor's weblog Conversable Economist carries a handy summary of Ruth Towse's article "What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What Policy-makers Would Like Us to Know About the Economics of Copyright", published at the end of last year in the Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues (a katpat to Saskia Walzel for the link). The IPKat congratulates his friends at Spicy IP for surpassing the 3,000 email subscriber milestone.