• Board of Appeal agrees that the description amendment requirement lacks legal basis (T 1444/20)

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/board-of-appeal-agrees-that-description.html Following the excitement over T 1989/18, there has been a second Board of Appeal decision finding a lack of legal basis for the requirement to amend the description in line with the claims. The decision in T 1444/20 found that it was not necessary for the applicant to delete claim-like clauses and redundant subject matter... Continue reading

  • Sunday Surprises

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/sunday-surprises_22.html It’s getting hot out there! Perfect timing for our Sunday rundown of key IP events and opportunities for the rest of this month and the start of June! Picture by idea-saras. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.  ___________________________________________________________________________________ REMINDER: registrations for the following event close on 24 May 2022 at... Continue reading

  • A new emoji for the IP world—the emoji troll is born

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/a-new-emoji-for-ip-worldthe-emoji-troll.html Cats are well acquainted with the art of trolling already… Did you know that there is now an emoji for all of your IP needs? A troll! This is thanks to Kat friend Frederick Mostert. Mostert co-submitted an application for a troll emoji ( ) to the Unicode Consortium... Continue reading

  • [Guest Post] The African Group’s Proposal on a Work Program on Limitations and Exceptions Moves Forward in WIPO’s Committee on Copyright

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/guest-post-african-groups-proposal-on.html Last month, Katfriends Desmond Oriakhogba and Dick Kawooya provided a highlight of the key portions of the Work Program on Limitations and Exceptions (L&Es) proposed by the Africa Group to WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (WIPO-SCCR). The 42nd session of the WIPO SCCR was held from... Continue reading

  • Guest Book Review: Intellectual Property Risk Management

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/guest-book-review-intellectual-property.html This review of Intellectual Property Risk Management by Donal O’Connell is kindly provided by Professor Ruth Soetendorp. Ruth is an IP Educator. She is Professor Emerita and Associate Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management at Bournemouth University. She currently teaches intellectual property management at Bayes Business... Continue reading

  • UK Intellectual Property Office publishes strategy and priorities

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/uk-intellectual-property-office.html The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published documents outlining its main activities and targets, setting out how it will deliver on its ‘ambitions’ and ‘corporate priorities’. These documents include a refreshed corporate strategy outlining its ambitions up to 2026, as well as its corporate priorities for t 2022... Continue reading

  • Change is afoot in the music industry as French record labels and performers agree landmark deal for streaming remuneration

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/change-is-afoot-in-music-industry-as.html Readers may have followed the IPKat reports on the UK Music Streaming Inquiry, which focused on musicians and performers’ remuneration from streaming, or lack thereof, amongst other things. However, this conversation is not solely a national matter. It is clear that these issues are global and that there is... Continue reading

  • Turning back the clock for a restoration request (J 14/21)

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/turning-back-clock-for-restoration.html The decision of the Board of Appeal in J 14/21 is yet another example of an applicant losing their European application due to a lack of due care by a non-EP representative. In this case, the US attorney responsible for filing the PCT application failed to take account of... Continue reading

  • A decade later, and the Zara trade mark saga continues

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/a-decade-later-and-zara-trade-mark-saga.html Background Inditex, the Spanish fashion group whose flagship store is Zara, sought in 2010 to register the word mark “ZARA” as a European Union trade mark (EUTM) for goods and services in Classes 29 to 32, 35, and 43 (see the table below with a more detailed list). Ffauf... Continue reading

  • Friday Fantasies

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2022/05/friday-fantasies.html Friday is finally here – is there a better way to celebrate than by updating your schedule with the best IP events? Check the newest IP events and opportunities below! Events A Kat prepared for the weekend 24 May: The IPKat and Simmons & Simmons: Retromark: the Conference, London,... Continue reading