The team is joined by GuestKats Mirko Brüß, Rosie Burbidge, Nedim Malovic, Frantzeska Papadopolou, Mathilde Pavis, and Eibhlin Vardy
InternKats: Rose Hughes, Ieva Giedrimaite, and Cecilia Sbrolli
SpecialKats: Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo (TechieKat), Hayleigh Bosher (Book Review Editor), and Tian Lu (Asia Correspondent).

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Never Too Late: if you missed the IPKat last week!

Happy New Year dear IPKat readers! May 2018 be prosperous, strong and filled with many achievements. If you have missed the IP latest with all the eating and partying of the last week (well, so have the Kats!), do not worry, the 176th edition of Never Too Late is out!

Happy New Year!
We started off the holiday week with a very interesting matter, specifically: Can the Buddhist notion of Bodhi be appropriated as a trademark? In other words, can the moment of finding the truth, the highest illumination, be a trade mark for products of another kind of illumination (and not so much of it, really) i.e. incense products? Katfriend Jolena Ang recounts the proceedings before the Singaporean Registrar of Trade Marks.

Are you an Australian IP student, practitioner or just Down Under IP law enthusiast? Well then, Kat friend Jin Ooi has reviewed the book for you! In Book Review: Intellectual Property in Australia he describes the content of the 6th edition of this “comprehensive and comprehensible” book on IP law in Oz.

After years of great blogging, IPKat’s own Mark Schweizer has decided to leave the Klowder for the bench. In This Kat will be a JudgeKat and bids farewell Mark says his goodbyes and gives his wish for a curious, vigorous and yet fair discussion on the IPKat for the years to come. Best of luck to the new president of the Swiss Federal Patent Court!

Congratulations to Sean Dennehey! Mr. Dennehey, the Deputy Chief Executive of the UKIPO, has been honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Warm wishes for the honour of a lifetime!

We close 2017 with AIPPI Event Report: Are you sitting comfortably....? Patent Roundup 2017 brought to us by Katfriend Justin Watts. At the event, the most notable patent cases of the year were discussed as well as minor decisions.


Image credits: Cecilia Sbrolli

PREVIOUSLY ON NEVER TOO LATE

Never Too Late 175 [week ending 24 December] Linking for profit, technical means and burden of proof - German BGH applies CJEU case law to Google’s Image Search | Release by IP Australia of draft of legislation for partial implementation of Federal Government's response to Productivity Commission final report | Rainier days ahead for Starbucks as it loses trade mark opposition in Singapore | Females and felines in intellectual property law | CJEU rules that ice cream sold as ‘Champagner Sorbet’ can be branded as ‘Champagne’ | A Kat's 2017 Copyright Awards

Never Too Late 174 [week ending 17 December] The first modern blockbuster IP merchandising campaign? Disney, Davy Crockett and the coonskin cap I UPC - update from UK on statutory instruments I The ILO rules reinstatement of Board of Appeal member, but EPO resists I INTA calling: The 2018 Ladas Memorial Award competition for paper on a trademark subject I R 0003/15: surprising interpretation of feature violates right to be heard I Germany: Bundespatentgericht annuls Nespresso capsule shape mark I Wind in the sails for atypical trade marks in the EU - graphical representation following the recent EUTM reforms I Coty, distribution agreements and luxury brands I Around the IP Blogs! I Monday Miscellany

Never Too Late 173 [Week ending Sunday 10 December] Why is it so difficult to the make the case against counterfeiting (or does it just seem so)? | The Red Bull colours: no trade mark registration for indeterminate colour combination | Limoges porcelain now protected by French GI scheme | BREAKING NEWS - CJEU holds that preserving luxury image of products in selective distribution agreements is not contrary to competition law | AIPPI Congress Report 15: Partial Designs: Full Protection? | AIPPI Congress Report 16: Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions | INTA Brand Authenticity Conference (Report 4): Brands, social media and CSR | Commissioned research opportunity - exhaustion of rights | BREAKING: CJEU holds that SPCs cannot be obtained on the basis of an "end of procedure notice" pursuant to Article 3(b) SPC Regulation | You snooze (for 40 years) you lose – HABITAT mark (un)enforced in bad faith | Role of CJEU post-Brexit to be considered by House of Lords inquiry

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