|Design rights: are we|
all dummies at one time
"Design Rights", which takes place on Wednesday 11 July at an as-yet undisclosed venue in Central London, is a half-day event -- which gives you a chance to do some real work (or shopping) in the afternoon [unless you are quite saintly or really revel in workshops, in which case you can attend this one on copyright and the creative industries too].
This workshop is led, coincidentally, by three of this blogger's friends: Clive Thorne, Paul Joseph and Jeremy Drew, all from London-based law firm RPC. For good measure and in case a reality check should be needed, a so-far unnamed speaker from industry will be joining them.
What's the Workshop about? According to LexisNexis:
"Design rights were once considered an inferior way to protect intellectual property rights [more than once, probably ...]. However businesses are becoming increasingly aware of their potential to give their company an added advantage over other competitors. This has been demonstrated by the ongoing world wide litigation between Apple and Samsung with regard to the design of their tablets [and there we were, thinking that design rights were there to benefit the SMEs]. However the legal structure surrounding enforcing design rights is extremely complex and its efficiency has been questioned in the Hargreaves Report [and that's not the end of the matter: see eg ACID's response to the UK government's response to Hargreaves here] ...".You can get all the details of this workshop by clicking here. Readers of the Class 99 weblog are entitled to 10% off the cost of registration if they quote "L11290/IPKAT" as a reference (this code works for the Copyright and the Creative Industries Workshop too).