What would you like to see in IP Draughts?

IP Draughts was officially launched two months ago, on 11 April 2011.   Since then, we have published over 60 posts, received over 5,000 direct hits on the site, and acquired over 100 regular subscribers (directly and via Google Reader).  Our readers seem to be based mainly in the UK, but also in the US, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Sweden and other countries.

To help us make the blog more interesting, we would like to know what you think.  A survey appears below.  First, though, some more statistics.  Behind the scenes, WordPress provides us with information about the blog.  Below is a screeen shot of a recent “site statistics” page, showing the most popular postings on the blog since it was established.  Apologies for the poor resolution.

Excluding the home page, and Why is this blog called IP Draughts, the subjects covered by the most popular postings include: the drafting of international IP assignments, costs in the English Patents County Court, judicial interpretation of drafting mistakes in contracts, a report on a debate about patents, and the execution of deeds.  Thank you, Victor and Lisa, for writing two of the top five posts.

So, what would you like to see in the blog?  I have created a poll, below, but feel free to add comments to this posting (or suggest other questions for the poll).  Please let us know what works for you and what doesn’t, and help us make the blog better.

Thanks for your continuing support.

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One response to “What would you like to see in IP Draughts?

  1. There’s an awful lot of IP blogs. Many of them are fairly (or extremely) specialised or their reports aren’t particularly substantial or both. There’s no single point of reference (like, say “nearly legal” for housing law). For that reason I, and I suspect many others, end up with lots of IP blogs on our blogroll. Cross-references to other blogs, especially if they are mainstream, are going to be unwelcome because we’ll have seen that blog already. At times cross-referencing without content or comment can just seem like noise. I’d -1 that idea except when something is really good, or rarely read or you have something to add.

    “Discussion of general IP law and practice, including court decisions” is something I didn’t vote for. I guess it might be of interest if its reasonably in depth. Critical commentary is particularly interesting and valuable. What does a decision mean?

    If you did this kind of thing well then that would be great, but it requires a lot of work. A team blog is a good way to do it, but you might find its too much for you. At the moment you have this really cool focus on drafting, contracts and related issues which no-one else seems to be writing about and on which you seem to be writing with a really authoritative voice.

    So, its up to you to scope that out. The lack of a really good IP blog beyond a sort of general round up (that the IPKAT already does well) does cause me some disappointment. But I know from personal experience how hard it is to deliver that sort of thing.

    All the best with it.

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