A monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies, named in honour of John of Utynam - who received the world's first recorded patent in 1449
Any IP offenders in the vicinity of Gleneagles, Scotland at
the end of June would have been well advised to take cover as
delegates at the IP Vision conference, organized by patent
attorneys Marks & Clerk, were let loose on the shooting
Armed with shotguns, the attorneys, lawyers and VIPs in
attendance took aim at clay pigeons fired at a variety of
angles and speeds. Utynam (who, living in south London, is
familiar with the dangers of weapons) will not embarrass those
who took part by revealing the scores - except to say that the
wildlife of Scotland is in no immediate danger from
gun-wielding IP practitioners.
He was however pleased to be able to use a gun made by
Italian firm Beretta - which can trace its history back to
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