LawTechie. Tim (left), a New York internet lawyer with Handal & Morofsky, practises in what he calls "the often uncharted areas of internet, intellectual property and business law". He is believed to be a bit of an enthusiast. Back in Europe, the Kat is pleased to note that David Musker's Class 99 design law blog has reached another milestone, securing its 550th email subscriber. Over on the Kluwer Copyright Blog, eminent scholar and Katfriend Estelle Derclaye confirms the Kat's suspicions that yesterday's Football Dataco ruling was indeed a defeat for the football body on the issue of copyright in databases [Merpel says, isn't it odd that, with the exception of Football Dataco's lawyers, all the people who say FD won the case seem to be anonymous, while the people who say they lost it have names]. Staying with copyright, the 1709 Blog reports, thanks to Ben Challis, on a strange and exotic form of protest by Spanish hacktivists who are not enchanted with the country's new anti-piracy law which came into force yesterday. The jiplp weblog carries a crisp, clear account by Peter Jabaly of the US decision in Air-Freshner v Paul Getty and the limited utility of fair use defences in trade mark infringement proceedings.
The IPKat has not previously encountered Research Fortnight, so he was delighted to learn of its existence from Chris Torrero (katpat!), who unearthed the following snippet:
“Patent stalemate costs EUR425,000 per day
Each day of the EU patent negotiation stalemate is costing European business EUR425,000 (£360,000), Eurochambres claims. According to the Brussels-based lobby group, which represents chambers of commerce and industry across the EU, EUR31 million was lost to the European economy between the agreement on 10 December and the patent discussion at the Council of Ministers on 20 and 21 February which failed to overcome the stalemate".
What we all want to know is this: how on earth did Eurochambres come up with this figure? Is there an economist or, better still, a Katonomist, who can tell us?
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It's time for early retirement,
says Tommy the Tortoise