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19 Feb 2014, 9:09 am
CharlotteAndrewThe IPKat, Merpel and all the team are delighted to congratulate not one, not two, but three new intellectual property Queens' Counsel whose appointments have just been announced in the latest Silk Round.* Charlotte May QC (8 New Square). [read post]
19 Dec 2014, 5:59 am
In the spirit of brevity, Merpel will refrain from comment at this time and leave it to her readers to do so. [read post]
13 Jan 2015, 2:30 am
It concerns an application that has just been filed to register 'Je suis charlie' as a trade mark in Benelux in classes 3, 16, 25, 28, 32, 35 and 38 of the Nice classification.Albeit an IP enthusiast, Merpel is not at all sympathetic to IP-conscious initiatives of this kind, even if she notes that they have become increasingly frequent.Readers might in fact remember two recent attempts: first, the applications to register trade marks for the flight numbers of the two… [read post]
10 Jan 2019, 8:22 am
[Merpel notes that silk prices have been in declinefor the last six months, so the timing is fortuitous.] [read post]
30 May 2013, 12:22 am
This provision is surely ripe for litigation, says Merpel]. [read post]
12 Feb 2015, 4:02 am
We are under the official patronage of the ERA (the European Law Academy), but without any monetary subsidy".Travel costs and dinners are paid by the judges privately or by their courts [this inspires Merpel to propose an "eat-what-you-kill" policy by which IP judges receive a portion of each damages award they make, for travel and accommodation]; accommodation and lunches are paid by our sponsors, the German GRUR and Markenverband [ooh, says Merpel -- isn't… [read post]
9 Jun 2014, 5:00 pm
 Merpel is likewise delighted to hear news of an issue that she raised recently. [read post]
4 Nov 2014, 6:04 am
Recently however, Merpel has been alerted to some further developments that are both newsworthy and raise some interesting legal issues. [read post]
31 Dec 2012, 4:00 pm
 Merpel agrees with the IPKat that the IP world will surely hear a good deal more from these talented souls -- and sooner, rather than later. [read post]
3 Aug 2014, 7:49 am
” [Says Merpel, some of us think we already know the answer to that one, but does Christopher ...?]. [read post]
27 Nov 2013, 11:04 am
Merpel, like the IPKat, is always happy to dispense unsolicited advice -- but it's even nicer when someone asks her opinion. [read post]
29 Dec 2014, 9:44 am
, appears on the website of Spain's IP office which reads as follows:The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) is offering a new service to citizens and Industrial Property professionals [Miaow, says Merpel: why "citizens" first? [read post]
26 Apr 2016, 3:37 am
ETA 11:36 on 26/04/2016 with Merpel's second comment [read post]
25 Mar 2015, 6:20 am
 Merpel suggests that comments on the site would be better addressed to site's webmaster than to her.As the website proclaims:The purpose of the Association is to monitor issues of relevance for the judicial functions of the members of the boards of appeal, especially with a view to safeguarding their independence and promoting their self-government as members of a judiciary, and to gather its members for deliberations on questions of common interest, in order that they will be… [read post]
5 Feb 2014, 3:26 pm
Darcy is just visiting ...The IPKat and Merpel rather lost sight of things after that, and it has taken a nudge all the way from New Zealand to get them focused on the latest developments. [read post]
25 Jun 2013, 2:16 pm
 Merpel notes that these opt-out fees seem to be the only source of money available to finance the (allegedly self-financing) UPC system other than the court fees themselves  Possible additional court fees for counter-claim for invalidity (revocation) of a patent by defendant? [read post]
13 Oct 2015, 9:59 am
 Ms Hardon has already been demoted for alleged "harassment", but Merpel understands that the act complained of was a single sentence written in her official capacity, and that the person purporting to be harassed by this was a senior member of the EPO administration. [read post]
10 Jun 2013, 8:46 am
[What a strange question, says Merpel. [read post]
22 May 2015, 4:55 am
  Merpel considers that this completely undermines any attempt at social dialogue, or moves towards union recognition. [read post]