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ITMA Autumn Conference: Treviso provides cultured backdrop for ...


November 2007


Television series such as The Catherine Tate Show (see above, courtesy BBC)

can generate many commercially valuable catchphrases which people will

adopt as part of their everyday language.

part of the Mosaic Fashions Group.

The case revolves around claims that

Dunnes have produced copycat

versions of garments including a

Coast “bow-tie top” and a Karen

Millen new and novel striped shirt.

The article suggests that if the case

proceeds it could set important

precedents under Community

Design legislation.

UK-IPO’s announcement of its

consultation paper on fast-track

patent and trade mark applications

was covered by several specialist

journals. Similarly, Lord Triesman’s

press release welcoming the

amendments to Section 5 as a boon

to business was also covered in the

trade press. Many regional papers

also carried news of the winners of

the UK-IPO’s Cracking Ideas initiative

designed to find the inventors of the

future amongst the nine and ten

year old age groups.

The Press Gazette, the weekly

magazine “for all journalists”, ran an

article they use periodically warning

journalists about misusing trade

marks and encouraging grammatical

accuracy in using trade marks as

proper nouns. The article was

accompanied by three adverts from


explaining how their marks should be

represented. My bet is that we will

still see a lot of articles referring to

patenting a trade mark and

copyrighting ideas!

Finally, we approached the UK-IPO

to increase publicity for our free

monthly advice clinics. In addition to

reminding their Enquiry Unit of the

service they also included the details

in their monthly e-newsletter –

IP Insight.

Business advice open days

The latest exhibition was in Armagh

where Joanne Lecky of Murgitroyd

and Company assisted. For what was

meant to be a minor event we saw

quite a large number of visitors.

Next stop Sheffield.

Regional meeting

On the evening of the Armagh

exhibition we held the latest in the

series of regional meetings for all

categories of membership at the SAS

Radisson hotel in Belfast. Gillian Deas,

First Vice President, gave the address

in place of the President Phil Harris

who was representing the Institute in

Canada. We were very pleased to see

a large contingent travel up from

Dublin and hope they found the fourhour

plus round trip worthwhile.

These events are usually planned to

last for two hours but perhaps it was

the scintillating conversation or the

fact that Take That were staying at the

Radisson and expected to return to

the hotel bar after their concert

that kept everyone up until the

wee hours!

Ken Storey, PR Manager,

WIPO British

day, Geneva

Readers and members will

be familiar with OHIM British

day, the annual pilgrimage of

UK practitioners to Alicante

to discuss burning issues.

WIPO has proposed a

corresponding event at

its offices in Geneva. The

Institute wishes to ascertain

whether there would be a

sufficient level of interest in

such an event. Readers and

members are therefore

requested to send ideas and

topics for possible discussion

at such an event to Chris

McLeod by email to

CPD points


Members are reminded that

they are eligible for CPD

points for case reports,

reports of meetings and

conferences and other

articles submitted to the

Review, other than items

such as news of members.

For an article of up to 1,200

words/1 page, 1 CPD point is

available and for an article of

between 1,200 and 2,400

words/2 pages, 2 CPD points

are available. For longer

articles, additional points

may be available, depending

on the additional word


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