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 2016 Global Innovation Index. Lazy read here.
  2. What have ‘cobots’ to do with IP?
  3. Shooting a movie in India and wondering if the movie title can be protected? Not shooting, but curious anyway? This is for you.
  4. Not a lazy read per se, but 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.
  5. Not so IP-related, but I have always found the concept of data and privacy protection fascinating.

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. It would appear that Singaporean courts permit the use of ‘own name’ defense by corporations in trademark infringement suits.
  2. Kenya’s Permanent Presidential Music Commission (PPMC) has released a draft of its proposed National Music Bill and is calling for comments.IP Kenya has some preliminary comments.
  3. IP texts from Africa  are far and in between. As such, new publication are always welcome. However, IP Kenya does not seem impressed by a new book – Intellectual Property Law in East Africa by Prof. Bakibinga and Dr. Kakungulu. What say you?
  4. What do you know about copyright and maps?
  5. What happens when Patentology meets the Productivity Commission on the Patenting of Computer-Implemented Inventions in Australia?
  6. The latest edition of WIPO Magazine.

Lazy…not so lazy Saturday Reads

  1. As we celebrate the World IP Day this month,WIPO has published a special issue of its WIPO Magazine. This issue, the second this year, offers a range of perspectives onWorld IP Day 2016
    the opportunities, the challenges, and the role of intellectual property in the rapidly evolving digital marketplace.
  2. This post – Cost of Patent Prosecution, provides some insight into the troubles one may encounter in filing patents and responding to queries, which of course play a huge role in determining the associated costs.
  3. is curious about the ownership of these images of Kanye kissing himself? Kanye 2Some background information by Jen Lewis – “I Photoshopped Kanye Kissing Himself And A Famous Artist Reportedly Made $100,000 Off It”.Kanye1
  4. Eleonora Rosati discusses the impact of four major legal copyright cases (NLA vs Meltwater & PRCA; Infopaq I & Infopaq II; Svensson vs Retriever; and Fox News vs TVEyes) on the media monitoring industry here.
  5. WIPO’s Conference on Global Digital Content Market held between April 20-22, in Geneva. Catch up on happenings on twitter using the #digicontent2016 hashtag