The team is joined by Guest Kats Rosie Burbidge, Stephen Jones, Mathilde Pavis, and Eibhlin Vardy, and by InternKats Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo, Hayleigh Bosher, Tian Lu and Cecilia Sbrolli.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat Last Week!

Did the scorching weather last week keep you from keeping up with IP news? Not to worry, the 152nd edition of Never Too Late is here to update you on the IP latest!

The week started with Kat Mark reporting on the breaking news: German Constitutional Court stops implementing legislation for Unitary Patent Package. The signing off of the Unitary Patent package has been halted due to complaint considered not wholly without merit by the highest German Court. More to follow.

Kat Mark also reported on the conference "Innovation and Competition in Life Sciences Law" (pt.1 and pt.II), organised by the Center for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (University of Zurich) and the Center for Life Sciences Law (University of Basel). With its mix of academics, practitioners and industry representatives, the conference provided valuable insight in this field.

Bouncing to the tennis courts, former InternKat Nick brought us an insight on Special K and beyond: tennis brands. The tennis player Kokkinakis known as “Special K” and the famous cereal brand are possibly to be contenders on a Down Under trademark face-off. Who will win the tiebreak?

On to more breaking news, CJEU says that site like The Pirate Bay makes acts of communication to the public. The Court stated that the operators of said platform, playing an essential role in making the works available, are to be considered liable of copyright infringement. Kat Eleonora reports.

In a discourse over threats to competition, possible solutions and the applicability of the concept of “non-rivalrous goods” to data, Kat Neil discussed: The challenge of big data: we ignore it at our professional peril, underlining the great importance of this intangible asset.

Continuing on a very techie week, Katfriend Mirko Brüß reports that a German court orders Google to stop linking to Lumen Database. The Database, which collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, was according to the Higher Regional Court of Munich, misused by Google as it was used to provide access to infringing content.

Event report: Trends in the creative digital economy. InternKat Hayleigh participated to this event which explored “Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme” at the Digital Catapult Centre in London, combining research presentations and discussions with the launch of the Copyright and Innovation Network.

"Kat in a basket" Oil on canvas, 2008 ca. 
Following on Kat Hayleigh's report of the CREATe event, Kat Nicola tells A Tale of Stability - Business Models in the Creative Industries. She goes into detail on the results of her research presented at the conference, showing that in the new copyright digital era, business models are not changing.

A long quest for lost paintings sprinkled with adversities, court rulings and family ties. Guest Kat Mathilde tells us how a Paris Tribunal supports heir's claim to looted painting. After losing works of art as part of one the many seizures during WWII, one painting reappeared as part of a Parisian exhibition. The race that followed not to let the painting leave and to bring it back to the heirs of the owner is filled with strokes of adventure.

Rocking on towards the weekend, Kiss singer seeks trade mark registration for hand gesture. Guest Kat Mathilde analyses Mr. Simmons' application for the “devil's horns” trademark and contextualizes it with the usage of the very same gesture done in the music world in the past and also as a cultural gesture.


Weekly Roundups: Tuesday Wonders, Sunday Surprises


Image credits: Cecilia Sbrolli

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