|The only island most cats consider|
visiting is the Isle of Man -- but
that's another tail ...
We have just launched our Map Paradise Project in which we will give five families or groups of friends a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to spend two weeks on a tropical island and earn 10,000 euros for mapping it.Good luck, dear readers, and when you get there be sure to file a report on IP enforcement for us …
The plan is to send five lucky groups on a fantastic experience and, in the process, create new navigable maps for: Fiji, St. Lucia, Mauritius, Cape Verde, and the Seychelles. The Project lasts 10 weeks and a successful group will be selected every two weeks. It’s really easy and straightforward for people to apply at www.tomtom.com/summer.
It’s just a brand promotion [as if we haven’t guessed, snorts Merpel, who can’t be tempted from her shady spot in the garden by the thought of flying off to Shangri-La if it means having to go through airport security again] and doesn’t have any hidden catches -- but it would be fabulous if an IP enthusiast won! Would it be possible for you to put the word out on the IPKat?
Regulation 386/2012 on entrusting the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) with tasks related to the enforcement of intellectual property rights, including the assembling of public and private-sector representatives as a European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. This Kat commented that the European Commission had high hopes that this would provide badly-needed support for legitimate businesses in the EU in their perpetual and frustrating quest to get the upper hand over IP infringers. While this Kat fervently hoped that he will be proved wrong, he had doubts that it would achieve this noble objective and, wondering whether his doubts were shared by others, he conducted a poll of blog readers, asking them torate the EU's IP Enforcement Observatory.
Though the scale of the voting was regrettably low (only 92 responses were received), their flavour is indicative of the fact that substantial doubt, if not downright hostility, is felt by a significant body of respondents. Responses were as follows (the figures given here are percentages):
• It's a great idea to get the EU institutionally involved 8This leads the Kat to ponder why the European Union didn’t opt for something more closely akin to the apparently popular and useful United States institution of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. But Merpel says, if the US does it one way and Europe does it another, we can at least measure the functional utility and the cost-effectiveness of each against the other.
• It all depends on what it observes, and how it reacts 23
• We should keep an open mind and see how it gets on 14
• It's hard to see how it can help IP owners enforce their IP 18
• It's a complete waste of time and money 37
|A long-time follower of the IPKat|
weblog, Her Majesty chuckles at
the latest bon mot from Merpel ...
Around the weblogs. Though it’s not an IP publication as such, the Australian Club Troppo blog contains all sorts of things to interest the curious mind, not least of which is “‘With friends like this’: Labor policies and the commercial, independent visual arts sector”, a pretty hefty post by the IPKat’s friends, avid 1709 Blog readers Ann Sanders and John Walker on the impact of resale royalty rights on community of artists from which they come. On the 1709 Blog “Getting Paid is a Moral Right, too! Why Creative Commons Gets it Wrong”, the third in Mira T. Sundara Rajan’s series on moral rights, has attracted a good deal of controversy; you can read it here. Over on the MARQUES Class 46 Blog Hanne Weywardt tells of a recent Danish trade mark infringement ruling which gives us a good view of the Danish take on the calculation of damages following implementation of the EU’s Directive 2004/48 (the IP Enforcement Directive).