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24 Dec 2006, 4:00 pm
Season's greetingsThe IPKat and Merpel take this opportunity to wish you all a pleasant and restful seasonal break and a happy and prosperous New Year's feeding season.Right: inspirational picture from, which reminds us to look after homeless cats this winterCheck out nearly 4,000 Christmas-related patents on esp@cenet hereIntellectual property and Christmas Island hereWho invented Christmas? [read post]
24 Dec 2011, 11:23 pm
The IPKat, together with Merpel and the rest of the team, would like to take this opportunity to wish all of their readers, correspondents, supporters, critics and comment-posters a pleasant and peaceful end-of-year break and a smooth transition to 2012. [read post]
5 Apr 2012, 8:09 am
Merpel wonders if any readers have encountered a less aesthetically pleasing name of late than "SWERCOTS". [read post]
7 Jan 2009, 2:52 pm
IPKat writes: Merpel is not however convinced that better patents will cause less uncertainty and litigation than bad ones. [read post]
22 Nov 2009, 9:58 pm
The IPKat, Merpel, Tufty and the AmeriKat wish all their readers a very happy new week! [read post]
16 Dec 2015, 3:38 pm
Merpel has seen false dawns before but hopes that the AC is stepping up to its responsibilities, something she has long called for. [read post]
7 Oct 2015, 1:10 am
 This Kat thinks there is a case for saying that the good judge should fire the case back to Luxembourg and ask for some unequivocal clarification, though Merpel is inclined to think he should clarify the decision himself, leaving it for other judges to refer their cases to the CJEU if they disagree with him.Here's a not particularly rigorous survey (naturally, since it's not one of ours, adds Merpel), prompted by Merpel's recent post to the effect that… [read post]
8 Oct 2015, 3:31 am
But, as Merpel reported last week, a new proposal is being negotiated behind closed doors: why not move the Boards to Vienna? [read post]
31 Jul 2014, 12:32 am
Merpel is interested both in the literal answer to this question (i.e. has the contract been seen by, or have its terms been revealed to, anyone other than the two main actors?) [read post]
15 Jan 2008, 3:42 am
The IPKat, Merpel, Tufty and all the crew say "thank you so very much for your continued support and involvement, which we really appreciate".Right: The IPKat is never one to desert his post ...Following the recent postings on this weblog, asking readers if they were interested in an African IP blog, it's probably no surprise that there is indeed a new blog on the block. [read post]
21 Jun 2008, 10:14 pm
On 22 June 2005 the IPKat and Merpel established their email readers' list, to enable readers of this weblog to receive the latest postings in the comfort of their own in-trays, without the need to exercise their furrowed browsers. [read post]
8 Dec 2006, 6:41 am
As usual, the IPKat and Merpel offer you a selection of goodies to ponder over while you enjoy your weekend.Christmas for historians of IP. [read post]
24 Nov 2014, 9:00 am
In recent times Merpel has become increasingly interested in the workings of the European Patent Office (EPO). [read post]
12 Dec 2014, 5:04 am
 For the record, Merpel has herself posted the following at 12:09:00 GMT:"Merpel has moderated all the comments on this thread this morning. [read post]
16 Mar 2015, 3:10 am
Today the IPKat and Merpel are thrilled to report that this weblog has just welcomed its 13 millionth page-view. [read post]
17 Nov 2009, 9:51 pm
Some examples of stolen humour appear here [IPKat Advisory: not all these jokes are suitable for sensitive readers; Merpel Advisory: not all these jokes are funny ...]. [read post]
10 Sep 2008, 4:46 am
He, Merpel and Tufty would like to thank all their readers for their support. [read post]
16 Jan 2014, 12:18 pm
Merpel usually prefers to have a kiss on her lips, rather than commentson AGCOM RegulationYesterday these Kats were delighted to make available in exclusive for this blog’s readers the mysterious letter that the EU Commission sent to the Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM), shortly before this adopted its Regulation on Online Copyright Enforcement [on which see here and here; unofficial English translation is… [read post]