|The Workshop report|
looks pretty meaty ...
here for background) are now available. Readers were asked: "Should crowd-sourcing innovation fundraisers like Kickstarter be liable for their clients' patent infringement?" and they answered as follows
* Yes of course: if they fund the infringer they should be made to pay 6 (5%)The message seems clear: there is little support for kicking crowd-sourcing innovation fundraisers around by engaging them in patent infringement litigation unless there is a genuine reason why they should be implicated in it.
* Yes, if they could have checked out the risk of infringement but didn't 8 (6%)
* Only if they have played an active role in procuring or abetting the infringement 74 (62%)
* Never: as a matter of policy they should be immune, to prevent the chilling of funds 31 (26%)
The UK Intellectual Property Office is trying to make itself even more useful than usual, according to its latest media release:
* launching a superfast patent processing service to deliver patents in just 90 days [bye-bye 18 month publication, says Merpel -- but we'll have to learn to speed-read ...] and a faster trade marks examination service which will deliver a full examination report in five days, instead of 10 [this is a curious one, thinks the IPKat, who can't recall anyone in business or the professions clamouring for it];The new measures, which will come into effect next year, aim to encourage and help businesses get the best value from their ideas and boost growth ..."
* a campaign to educate smaller businesses about getting the best value from their creativity and innovation [good idea in principle, but a bit of a two-edged sword, noted the Kat who has spent considerable time trying to get smaller businesses to unlearn stuff which they did take the trouble to absorb and which is now out-of-date. If this campaign is to work, it should not be a one-off];
* action to help consumers and young people understand the importance of respect for IP and the harm counterfeiting or illegal downloading can do [Merpel thinks this sort of action generally sounds more objective if it's not done by rights owners, even if the message is the same]; and
* working with key partners, such as the City of London Police, to tackle IP crime such as counterfeiting and online piracy [the Kats were rather under the impression that this was already being done; they're sure it has been covered in earlier media releases].
New blog on the block. Scintilla: intellectual property at Allens is the latest law firm IP blog to attract the IPKat's attention: he was amused to notice how many letters of the word "scintilla" appear also in the name "Linklaters", an international law firm with which Allens has a semi-detached relationship. Good luck, guys, says the IPKat -- we're all watching you!