• Are lemmings a threat to the Disney+ brand?

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/are-lemmings-threat-to-disney-brand.html Ask a Kat reader what comes to his mind when hearing the word “lemming”, and he will probably say: “Aren’t they the rodents [Merpel says, “technically they are voles”] that live in the frozen north and who every so often commit mass suicide by hurtling themselves over a cliff... Continue reading

  • Allen v. Cooper – U.S. States Have Sovereign Immunity from Copyright Damages

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/allen-v-cooper-us-states-have-sovereign.html Capture of the Pirate,  Blackbeard, 1718 By J. L. G. Ferris Last month, this Kat posited my observations and predictions regarding a case before the U.S. Supreme Court about state sovereign immunity in copyright, Allen v. Cooper. Today, the Supreme Court issued a disappointing ruling; all 9 justices concurred that... Continue reading

  • Book Review: Research Handbook on Art and Law

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/book-review-research-handbook-on-art.html Having worked for a legal aid organization that serves the arts community in my state, this Kat has learned that the intersection of arts and law provides a variety of unique insights and challenges. Thus, it is a pleasure to present Research Handbook on Art and Law from Edward Elgar... Continue reading

  • If once is a misfortune and twice is careless, three times is…? Genentech loses UK SPC for Lucentis due to costly procedural error

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/if-once-is-misfortune-and-twice-is.html In the field of patents, an unintentional failure to pay the right fees at the right time can be a very costly mistake. The costs of a mistake are potentially even more significant for Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC). SPCs provide extra years of patent protection (up to 5 years)... Continue reading

  • Swedish Supreme Court favours copyright protection over freedom of information and of the press

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/swedish-supreme-court-favours-copyright.html Earlier this week, the Swedish Supreme Court issued its decision in an interesting copyright case: T 4412-19 (commonly referred to as the “metal pole case”). In a nutshell, the case concerned the relationship between, on the one hand, copyright and related rights in a film and, on the other... Continue reading

  • Around the IP blogs

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/around-ip-blogs_22.html Socially distancing yourself and feel like you’ve lost touch with the outside world? Don’t worry! Here are some interesting IP news from around the globe to keep you entertained.  Patents The EPO’s biennial fee increases come into force on 1 April 2020. This includes a 20% hike of appeal... Continue reading

  • Willem Hoyng: today’s decision sets back UPC at least five years

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/willem-hoyng-todays-decision-sets-back.html As reported earlier, the German constitutional court has upheld the constitutional complaint against Germany’s accession to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court [UPC Agreement, Katpost here, German decision here, English press release here]. The main reason for the decision was that the act by which Germany was to... Continue reading

  • Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/never-too-late-if-you-missed-ipkat-last_20.html This Kat is working from home Welcome to this week’s edition of Never Too Late! Copyright & related rightsGuestKat Nedim Malovic reported on a study carried out by Katfriend Paul Heald on the implications of a 25-year reversion right for authors in Canada. Offering commentary on the US 9th Circuit... Continue reading

  • BREAKING: German constitutional court upholds complaint against UPC Agreement and implementing act

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/breaking-german-constitutional-court.html This morning, the German constitutional court issued a 86-page decision in which it upholds the constitutional complaint against the German ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court [decision here]. According to the Court, the German act by which it was to accede to the UPC Agreement, violates... Continue reading

  • Friday Fantasies

    http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2020/03/friday-fantasies.html While most of the opportunities have now moved online, here is our list of the most interesting items. Stay-at-home Kat ConferencesA few months ago, The IPKat and Katfriend Darren Meale announced their collaboration in a new edition of popular trade mark-focused Retromark conference, this time scheduled to be held... Continue reading

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