- Winners of IPKat‘s IP Limmerick competition have been announced and not only are the entries witty, they also provide concise information on IP and related matters from around the world.
- In case you missed it, the Nigerian Copyright Commission’s website is back up and along with the revamped website comes the Commission’s Q1, 2016 Report. According to the report, the proposed amendment of the Copyright Act is complete and waiting to be passed into Law. You would recall that submissions and comments were invited on the Draft Copyright Bill, 2015 between late last year and early this year.
- From UK Intellectual Property Office comes ‘IP and BREXIT: The facts‘. You can catch up on other BREXIT related articles here.
That’s all folks!
Really, that’s all.
Okay, there’s more, but I suppose we all know that the result of the EU Referendum has without a doubt cast a shadow over any other news, but even then, life goes on.
- BREXIT – United Kindgdom votes to leave the European Union: On Friday June 24, 2016, many people (including the Lady) woke up to the news that majority in the UK had voted in favour of Brexit. Well, majority in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted against Brexit. The lady spent the entire day on this BBC webpage following the developments. How does this affect IP you ask. Well, if you are an ardent reader of the Manor, we covered that in previous editions of our Saturday Reads. Nevertheless, the links in our most recent Saturday Reads pretty much sums up all you need to know about the impact of Brexit on the IP community. You can catch up on all of that here.
- Innovation Prize for Africa Announces 2016 Winners: Big winners from this year’s edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) awards are Dr Valentin Agon for his ground-breaking anti-malarial drug (Api-Palu) made from natural plant extracts; Dr Imogen Wright for her software aimed at testing for HIV drug-resistance medication; and Dr Eddy Agbo for developing a cheap, simple urine test for malaria. More on that here.
Scientists create new bio-ink for 3D printing: Scientists from the University of Bristol have found a new bio-ink for 3D printing with stem cells that allows printing of living tissue known as bio-printing. The new bio-ink contains two different polymer components: a natural polymer extracted from seaweed and a sacrificial synthetic polymer used in the medical industry. Read more here. The Lady may or may not have revealed her vested interests in this emerging field of technology in this post.
India may lose its position as the ‘pharmacy of the world’: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned that if India adopts the proposals contained in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement (RCEP), the country will not remain ‘pharmacy of the developing world’. The RCEP, which has been likened to the infamous US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, is a regional trade agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries currently in Auckland. More on that here.
- As a lawyer, it is important to keep your clients informed of matters relating to their brief. Failure to do so may amount to ‘unsatisfactory conduct/unsatisfactory professional conduct’ as held in this Australian case.
- We have previously covered the possible implications of Brexit on the IP Community here, but now that the United Kingdom has voted in favour of Brexit following a referendum, it is important to revisit the matter. Numerous articles and announcements have been made by stakeholders in this regard and we have highlighted some for your reading pleasure:
- A primer from Managing IP on Brexit and IP
- IPCOPY writes about IP in the UK after Brexit Referendum
- ITMA’s EU Referendum statement
- IPKat’s heartfelt apology to Europe (This particular post is dear to the Lady’s heart having studied IP in UK and come to envy how IP operates on an almost unified platform across Europe. The world is pretty much a global village and as such IP has over time transcended territorial boundaries. The Lady believes the EU’s unified approach to IP has laid the foundations of what IP should look like in the future.)
- According to Kluwer Patent Blog, even in case of a Brexit, UK may join Unitary Patent system
- CIPA’s President calls for calm whilst stating that European patents and patent work remain unaffected
- World Trademark Review provides a round-up of reactions to Brexit by industry professionals.
- … as does World Intellectual Property Review here and here.
- IP Watch summarises that there are indeed many unanswered questions
Finally, if any of our readers is confused about Brexit, here is Brexit explained to non-brits because of course, Brits know what Brexit is about anyway.
Learning is fun! You know how YouTube sucks you into an abyss and derails your plans for world domination, that’s what this week’s first read did to the Lady:
- I was excited about this new series on IPKat that focuses on IP practitioners in various jurisdictions around the world until I clicked the lunch-al-desko link! I was sucked into food abyss and began planning my lunch meals for the foreseeable future on my employer’s time. Reminds me of my old job where I had made a pantry out of my allocated drawers. I could go on and on about the joy that link brought me, but back to the post. Yes, the Lady has a similar series planned for the blog so look out for that next year. *fingers crossed*. Not everyone seems to share in the Lady’s excitement though. It’s in the comments.
- Big changes in the European Trademark Regime, which you can catch up on here, here and here.
- In the few times, the Lady has read about Brexit, she never considered its impact on IP in UK. Thankfully, the good people at ITMA and CIPA have done just that here and here.
- Saturday reads won’t be complete without a post from Aistemos. A guest contributor is advising against jointly-owned IP rights and he does make some good points. The Lady often worries about the IP agreements we draft in this part of the world and the post just emphasises that.
…and it’s a wrap for this week! Happy Easter Holidays.