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EUIPO - Research on Online Business Models. The EUIPO has recently published new research into the business models used for online infringement of IP rights. The report, which contains some helpful visuals for explaining the impacts of infringements and analyses 25 distinct business model canvasses, can be viewed here.
What is the term of European patents? A Katpat and thanks go to Mike Snodin for drawing a recent article he co-authored with Jim Boff to IPKat's attention, explaining why patents in EU Member States may not - or at least should not - expire quite as early as some national laws seem to suggest. This article highlights the incompatibility of patent terms with the UK's international obligations and can be read in full here.
EPO Online Services Workshops. A series of workshops introducing the new online filing service at the EPO will be held in London on 13-14 September, 18-19 October and 29-30 November. The workshops are aimed primarily at Online Filing users, professional representatives and support staff/records department staff who are familiar with the basic functions of Online Filing. For more information and to register, see here.
UNION-IP has just informed the IPKat that "Dr Bobby Mukherjee, chief IP Counsel at BAE Systems and former President of IP Federation, will be speaking at the next UNION-IP dinner meeting on 20 September 2016 at the Royal Overseas League. Bobby will address us on “IP in the Post-Referendum World: An Industry Perspective”. With his strong understanding of the industry perspective, personal involvement in policy making and close links with international organisations, Bobby is brilliantly placed to keep us up to date on where IP stands in the current, and somewhat unexpected, period of change". The details are in the attached flier and link to book is here.
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It is a somewhat controversial aspect of trademarks, but common words can be the subject of trade mark applications when they acquire a distinctive link to a company through "use or association" - should the application be granted, Specsavers will Probably [registered by Carling in relation to beer and alcohol products] be lovin' it [trademarked by McDonald's] ...
For more perspective on this story, see here.