Monthly Archives: September 2008

Patents: Worldmapper

In his acceptance speech, Francis Gurry, the new Director-General of the WIPO, addressed “the question of how intellectual property can contribute to the reduction of the knowledge gap and to greater participation on the part of the developing and least … Continue reading

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Licensing: The Dangers of Precedents – Oxonica Energy Ltd v Neuftec Ltd

I learned to draft as a pupil at 9 Old Square, the chambers of Robert Megarry, Lenny Hoffmann, Jeremiah Harman and Nick Patten. Unlike the common law chambers where I spent the first 6 months of my pupillage and indeed … Continue reading

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WIPO: Francis Gurry’s Appointment as Director-General

I am no sycophant but I am genuinely delighted that Francis Gurry has got the top job at the WIPO.   I first heard of Gurry 20 years ago when I read his book on Breach of Confidence  which is to … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property: Stephan Kinsella – an Interesting Critique

If you have 15 minutes to spare (which I don’t really have but have just spent them anyway) you may like to listen to a podcast interview by US libertarian writer Lew Rockwell of a US libertarian IP lawyer called … Continue reading

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Patents: Conor Medsystems Inc v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc and Others

In his speech in Conor Medsystems Inc v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc and others [2008] UKHL 49 (9 July 2008) Lord Neuberger opined that the House of Lords decision represented “a significant development in United Kingdom patent law” but I am not … Continue reading

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Copyright: Creation Records Ltd. v News Group

It is trite law that if two photographers take identical pictures of the same scene at the same time from the same position each of their photographs is an original work and neither infringes the copyright in the other. However, … Continue reading

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Copyright: What is meant by "the Author"

The author of a work is the person who creates it (s. 9 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“the CDPA”)). In the case of a sound recording the author means the producer, in the case of a film … Continue reading

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