Leading by tweet
Congratulations to all the US and Canadian firms and lawyers
Managing IP’s North America Awards 2013. The
winners will be announced at a dinner in Washington DC on March
19, where we will also present special trophies recognising
outstanding corporate and individual achievements. One of the
categories is for IP thought leader. What does it take to win
this accolade? Six out of the seven shortlisted individuals
have a blog (the exception is Mark
Lemley). And all of them are on twitter. Meet the
men (and one
woman) shaping the future of IP – 140 characters
at a time.
Is the NYT promoting counterfeits?
a storm in New York, and it’s nothing to do with
the weather. On the Brand Protection Blog, Mark Mutterperl of
Fulbright & Jaworski has
attacked the New York Times for publishing a "deplorable"
article on buying fake purses and handbags in the
city’s Canal Street, complete with photos and
price comparisons. Mutterperl accuses the paper of encouraging
crime "with a cynical wink". An alternative view would be that
the Times is shedding light an all-too-real issue for its
readers, most of whom are intelligent enough to decide for
themselves whether or not they want to encourage criminals by
buying counterfeits. Indeed, as Mutterperl points out, the
comments on the article are overwhelmingly negative.
Solving software patents
is the hashtag to follow on twitter if you are interested in
the USPTO’s initiative to dicuss software patents.
The Office organised a roundtable in Palo Alto (where else?) on
Tuesday, with another to follow in New York on February 27.
Despite some grumblings about accessing the webcast, the debate
seems to have been well received – Josh Lamel on the
Patent Progress blog wrote: "There is a
growing chorus coming from Silicon Valley that there is a
software patent problem, and it is nice to see the agency in
charge travelling west to listen." This debate certainly seems
to be gaining a lot of interest, but I wonder where will it
Pharma heads East
Chinese traditional medicine the solution to the patent cliff?
That may be what UK-headquartered healthcare company
Reckitt Benckiser thinks, as it has bought Oriental
Medicine Company for what it said was a modest cost.
Oriental’s main product is a sore-throat powder.
Reporting the acquisition, the
Financial Times (subscription site) noted that the deal
comes just a few months after Nestlé also agreed a
tie-up with a traditional Chinese medicine company.
Obama in IP grilling
not every day you get to quiz the most important man in the
world on IP. But today US President Obama is taking part in an
online Google Fireside Hangout session (scheduled for 4.50 pm
Eastern time). Among the more than 7,500 questions filed via
video in advance are
several relating to concerns with the DMCA, SOPA and PIPA,
and penalties for file-sharing copyrighted material. You can vote
on which ones you would like the president to answer.
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