Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. From UK Intellectual Property Office comes ‘IP and BREXIT: The facts‘. You can catch up on other BREXIT related articles here.

Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

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.

Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Big changes in the European Trademark Regime, which you can catch up on here, here and here.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Inspired by @aistemos

February 24, 2016, @aistemos tweeted an observation (reproduced below), which struck home.


The Lady shares in their frustration as it is something she has had to deal with on her personal and blog timelines. With the volume of retweets on her timelines, the Lady is often confused as to who she really follows. For this reason, the Lady has resorted to a regular schedule of Twitter purge during which she unfollows handles whose content are largely retweets. On her personal timeline, the culprits are often birthday celebrants and celebrities (I do not for the life of me understand how people follow celebrity handles).

On her blog timeline, however, the Lady admits that she has been guilty of the occasional retweets that clog your timelines with information you probably just read. (Apologies m’kind followers). Her defence? Just cause. The Lady will now proceed to justify this occasional annoying retweets on the following grounds:

  1. Support: This a huge part of Social Media visibility. You want to promote your blog? Comment (furiously) on other blogs and sign off with “check out my blog at”. On Twitter, you do this by retweeting others as opposed to commenting. Retweeting is perceived as a symbiotic relationship. People retweet others with the intention of catching their attention (a follow back). In some cases, the recipients attempt to return the (albeit) unrequested favour by retweeting you. It helps if they have a huge followership. The Lady, however, draws the line at retweeting retweets of your tweets.

On the other hand, it could be you trying to promote the other person’s emerging platform.

  1. Perception and Audience: Handles often have different followers. Sometimes, the line is blurred and you have similar followers especially when it is a niche area like IP. For instance, the odds are that IP enthusiasts in Europe follow @JeremyTheKat or @Ipkat. If the Lady were to retweet them, her IP followers from Europe will probably find this repetition mildly irritating. However, other followers may appreciate the retweets until they start following the original handles.
  1. Content: In some cases, the tweets in question are of news value, so you simply retweet. After all, providing content is often one of your aims. The proviso here is that these retweets will complement existing original content.

Sometimes, retweets are also an indication of agreement. By retweeting someone’s opinion, you are telling your audience you agree with that line of thought and you probably could not have expressed it better. Related to this, is sharing content you find too interesting to keep to yourself.

On the other hand, it could be an indication of disagreement in which case, you would follow it with a disclaimer and proceed to express your thoughts on the subject matter.

4. News Aggregation: Some handles exist as news aggregators for niche areas – @3DPrintBoard, for instance. There is, however, a thin line between this function and lack of original content. You can still be original as a news aggregator by using your words to introduce the link.

The observation by @aistemos has reminded the Lady that audience perception is very important. We do not want @ipmanor to be counted as one of those annoying handles so we shall strive for originality on all platforms at all time. What about you?