The WIPO has just dropped me an email to say that Azerbaijan and Benin have signed the WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties. No doubt their games software, film, recording and music industries are uncorking the champagne. Can't be bad for Hollywood or Silicon Valley either can it? For those interested in IPR and developing countries, I can't recommend too highly the excellent website Intellectual property Watch and the materials on intellectual property published by the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva.
I should also point to a couple of posts on my other blog.
First, the magnificent Steph Aldred of Bmedi@ has published all the presentations and notes given by Janet Bray, Lucas Bateman and Ian Lewis together with my introduction and notes for the talk “Everything that a Bmedi@ Member needs to know about IP at the Outset” that we gave in Bradford on 19 Jan 2006 on her website.
Secondly, the Patent Office has published its opinion on EP(UK) 0801532 which I have already mentioned more than once in this blog. The request was made by my drinking pal Chris Hemingway of Bailey Walsh LLP who has been emboldened to make a second application (see EP0570903 Miter Saw). Bailey Walsh are soon going to corner the market for this sort of application, taking even more bread out of the mouths of patent litigators. Chris has kindly agreed to chair the next meeting of the Leeds Inventors Club which will be addressed by Dai Davis. That should be a treat for what Dai doesn't know about the topic he has chosen you could write on the back of a non-commemorative postage stamp (see "Leeds Inventors Club: You can always say Dai").