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Are you brimming full of ideas about the IP valuation market? If so, prick up your ears: The UK Intellectual Property Office is calling for research bids to enhance our understanding of this market. How does it work? What stops it working properly? How could it be made to work better? Research should draw on international experience and best practice in IP valuation. Questions and expressions of interest should be registered with Tracy.Thomas@ipo.gov.uk Invitations to tender will be issued on 1st August 1, 2016.
|Ivanka Trump's Hettie sandal on the left, Aquazzura's |
'Wild Thing' on the right
Andrea Brewster asks what we can do to promote inclusivity in IP
Andrea Brewster (former CIPA President and famed for her Secret Diary) urges IP professionals to think about what we can do create an inclusive environment for people who are different from ourselves. “I know the IP professions to be full of decent, well-meaning, morally responsible people. So what goes wrong?” Andrea searches for answers in her thought-provoking article.
Trump looks to brush off Aquaazzura copycat claims
When accused of shady business practices, the Trump family comes out fighting. Vogue reports that the Italian company Aquazzura has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Ivanka Trump, accusing her of ripping off their ‘Wild Thing’ shoe design. The CFO of Trump’s licensing company strongly denied the accusation, saying that: "The shoe in question is representative of a trending fashion style, is not subject to intellectual property law protection and there are similar styles made by several major brands. The lawsuit is without merit." Designers will find the 'everyone else is doing it' argument frustratingly familiar. Thanks to the Linkedin Group Fashion+IP for drawing this story to our attention.
Open Call for Speakers at the 5th International CopyCamp Conference (October 27-28, 2016 in Warsaw).
For the last 5 years, The Modern Poland Foundation’s CopyCamp has been an important forum for balanced and multi-sided debate about copyright, with delegates from the creative industries, the media and the worlds of law, politics and academia. This year, discussions will focus on ‘The Future of Copyright in Europe.’ You can submit presentation proposals here. You should include an abstract of no more than 1800 characters on one of the following topics: Copyright and Art, Remuneration Models, Copyright, Education and Science, Technologies, Innovation and Copyright, Copyright and Human Rights, Copyright Enforcement, Copyright Debate or Copyright Lawmaking. The deadline for proposals is July 31.
Keeping up with the Jones’s taken to a whole new level?
Seth and Rivka Fortgang, residents of the Long Island village of Lawrence, commissioned an architect to design them a unique ‘dream home.’ The NY Daily News reports that their dream has turned into a nightmare as the Schwartz family in the nearby village of Cedarhurst plan to build a near identical mansion. The Fortgang’s have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit, citing ‘smoking gun’ evidence that the Schartz’s got hold of copies of the architect’s plans (which are registered at the US copyright office) and used them to design a very similar looking property. The Schwartz’s lawyer says his clients have agreed to “temporarily postpone construction of the present design... pending certain changes and amendments to its exterior façade.” This Kat is sceptical that the infringement claim is well-founded, but have a look at article and decide for yourself.
We’ve come a long, long way together. Through the hard times and the good...
Join the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in ongoing celebrations of their 90 year anniversary. As part of the celebrations, CISAC published 'The CISAC Story - 90 years in the service of authors and creators worldwide.' Here's a teaser: "In June 1926, a small group of like-minded authors' societies from 18 countries convened in Paris for a historic meeting that led to the creation of CISAC. This handful of individuals sought to extend the concept of authors' rights, invented by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais in the 18th century, throughout the world. Today, CISAC counts 239 authors' societies in 123 countries, protecting the rights and promoting the interests of over 4 million creators worldwide." Refer to the CISAC website for more information about the organisation's work.