Friday, January 13, 2006

FRIDAY IP BLOG ROUNDUP: A number of new IP Blogs (or "Blawgs") have been created recently and are worth checking out:


Published by Severin de Wit who is a member in the IP practice group of Simmons & Simmons' Rotterdam office. Severin is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch intellectual property magazine "IER" (Intellectuele Eigendom & Reclamerecht), and is also a teacher at the Grotius Academy and a member of the Special Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property matters for The Netherlands Bar Association. He was previously a part-time judge in the District Court of The Hague (intellectual property Chamber). In a recent post, Severin makes an interesting distinction between "patent ambushing" (where a company withholds patent information during a standardization process) and "patent trolls" (who obtain patents for the exclusive purpose of suing others).

Patent Pro:

Published by Benjamin Tramm, who is a third-year law student working at a Minneapolis-area law firm. The blog covers many areas of patent prosecution and practice. One interesting post by Benjamin covers the stock ending paragraph in patent applications that reminds the reader that the scope of patent protection is not strictly limited to the exact embodiments described in the application. Apparently, the EU doesn't recognize phrases that refer to the "spirit and scope of the invention." As such, Benjamin recommends that such language be modified.

IP Dragon:

Published anonymously, the blog covers a wide range of IP and business issues concerning China. Currently on vacation, the IP Dragon will be resuming posts on January 16.

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