Friday 13 February 2009

Darren Olivier

Friday wind up

Recently The Coca-Cola Company was succesfull in its bid to close the MY Coke Fest blog by properly enforcing its intellectual property rights. Herman Mason (posting on the popular has provoked some revealing commentary on the effectiveness of this action illustrating the wider considerations for inhouse Counsel looking after big brands. You can read it here.

Feedback from the INTA roundtable held this week on Traditional Knowledge has been very good. The event was well organised by Spoor & Fisher and most came away with more questions than answers - a sign of a thought provoking discussion. Will firms will now start to promote themselves as traditional knowledge specialists? ARIPO have a dedicated section on TK.

If anyone can update Afro-IP on the progress of the CIPLA & Samro High Court judgments, please feel free to post the results directly on to the blog or send an email here. Meanwhile The Times of India reports on action in the Netherlands against CIPLA (see article here)

News from ARIPO is that The Second edition of the Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) will be launched on May 4, 2009. The Program shall be offered for the duration of twelve (12) months, from May 4, 2009 to April 30, 2010 - you can consider the application here.

Darren Olivier

Darren Olivier

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