News from the Manor Vol 18

  1. WIPO Publishes Global Innovation Index 2016: Last week, we mentioned that the  results of the Global Innovation Index 2016 would be released soon. Well, the 2016 rankings in the Global Innovation Index, was released by Cornell University, INSEAD and WIPO on August 15, 2016 with Switzerland, Sweden, UK, USA, Finland, Singapore taking the lead. For the first time, a middle-income country (China) has joined the ranks of the world’s 25 most-innovative economies since inception of the survey. More on that here.
  2. India Launches first IP Crime Unit: In order deal with the menace of piracy, the state of Telangana, India has launched India’s first IP Crime Unit – Telangana Intellectual Property Crime Unit (TIPCU). The Unit is modeled upon UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and will operate under the cyber crime wing of the CID. TIPCU’s main task will be to monitor online piracy and recommend blocking of websites providing pirated contents, identify the perpetrators and pursue action. More here, here and here.
  3. Readers of WIPO Magazine have been invited to complete this survey ‘to better understand your interests and reading habits so that we can deliver the content you want to read in the formats you prefer’. The survey will close on September 9, 2016.
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Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. The August 2016 edition of WIPO Magazine is out and in the spirit of the ongoing Olympics, there’s an article on that. IP-related of course.
  2. We had previously mentioned here, that Angela Daly‘s book Socio-legal Aspects of the 3-D Printing Revolution was scheduled for release in June 2016. It’s out now and  has been kind enough to review it here
  3. If you have been following the US Presidential elections, you would have heard by now the plagiarism allegations leveled against Melania Trump for copying parts of Michelle Obama’s speech. IP Whiteboard has this to say about that.
  4. WIPO is about to open external offices in Africa – Algeria and Nigeria. 6 African Member States submitted their proposals, which you can read here. Looks like the right time for the Lady to update her CV. WIPO, here we come!
  5. Ever wondered why you can’t find some of your favourite music artistes on Spotify? Here’s why.
  6. Recently, the Lady came across a tweet that forbade someone for using the Rio2016 hashtag and thought it was ridiculous. Well, it appears not to be hence the question –  Are companies allowed to tweet about #Rio2016?

Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. Identifying the owner of an IP right in an employer-employee relationship can often be tricky, but no worries, this post is here to help you out.
  2. New decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on what constitutes  ‘communication to the public’.
  3. On sampling in Germany and the United States.
  4. Another feature on Germany by IPKat with this interview of Philipp Schröler about life as an IP lawyer in … (guess where).
  5. Then another IP Lawyer interview. This time, in India. Subject – Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, founder of Brain League IP Services, BananaIP Counsels and popular IP blog, SiNApSE.
  6. Did you know that an ISP could lose its safe harbour protection if it fails to remove infringing content expeditiously? An analysis of a recent decision by the Rome Court of First Instance in that regard can be found here.
  7. The quest for globally affordable treatment for Hepatitis C is far from over as shown in this analysis of a WHO-led study.
  8. More on India’s new IP policy from someone who is clearly not impressed.

Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. It has taken Mr Makate 15 years to get justice against Vodacom for an idea he pitched to the company that would later earn them billions of Rand. Mr Makete should be the new poster child for long suffering. Darren Olivier highlights some lessons from the case here.
  2. If you want to patent your invention in Australia and the United States of America, this is for you. See here for a tongue-in-cheek guideline to registering your trademarks in Nigeria.
  3. The irony when one IP Lawyer copies another IP Lawyer on …. you guessed right. Copying!
  4. Inspired by the trademark battle between Nestle and Cadbury, Prateek Surisetti examines the implications of trademarking colours in a 2-part post here and here.
  5. Why you should work for a Startup.