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Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday Fantasies

“What a major buzzkill!” was this InternKat’s first response to Claudio Gatti’s “unveiling” of Elena Ferrante’s identity. In The Atlantic, Mira T. Sundara Rajan, who was also a former 1709 Blog author, wrote a lengthy and in-depth post on the journalist’s violation of the author’s moral rights. 

Continue with the UK “Snooper’s Charter” -- after 12+ months of debate, the Investigatory Powers Bill passed through its final stages in the House of Lords on 16 November, granting the government surveillance powers described by US whistle-blower Edward Snowden as “the most extreme … in the history of western democracy.” Mr. Datonomy brought readers his preliminary analysis on the Bill’s background, new developments and practical implications. 

The Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich has approximately 20 group members from law, economics, and computer science. At the Center, Professor Stefan Bechtold invites applications for a PhD position in law (law & economics, intellectual property, antitrust, Internet/technology law). Deadline of application is Jan. 31, 2017, do not miss it!

Two outstanding designs, the Flap sound-absorbing panel and the Thule Urban Glide jogging stroller, have been revealed as the winners of the DesignEuropa Awards at a ceremony in Milan on Nov. 30. The Awards, organised by the EUIPO, in partnership with the Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office (UIBM), celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or large enterprises. 

* The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC) and the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) held a panel discussion on Nov. 24 about the recent Delhi High Court course-pack decision. A detailed report can be found here

* China on Nov 27 released a guideline on better protection of property rights in an effort to shore up social confidence and promote social justice. It is the first time for China to issue a guideline of state level on protection of property rights. A general report can be found here, and IPKat will bring a more detailed post very soon. Stay tuned.

Photo courtesy of Ms. Ana Barbara Ribeiro Ramalho.

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