To celebrate the Winter Solstice, IP Draughts has prepared the following quiz for his readers. The answers can be found in postings on this blog during 2015.
The first person to send IP Draughts a correct set of answers to the following questions will receive, if they wish it, a free copy of our book, Drafting Confidentiality Agreements (3rd edition, Law Society Publishing, 2014), which comes with a CD containing template agreements for various types of confidentiality agreement and clause. It costs £64.95 from the publishers (in the region of US$100 on a good day). IP Draughts’ decision will be final on who has won.
The second prize is two copies of Drafting Confidentiality Agreements, says Mr Pettifog.
(1) Who retired from the IP world in 2015? Was it:
(a) Randall Rader, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
(b) Professor Jeremy Phillips, the founder of the IPKat blog.
(c) Wallace, the inventor, from Wallace & Gromit.
(2) In the case of Parking Eye Limited v Beavis, the UK Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the owner of a fish-and-chip shop had to pay an £85 parking penalty for staying too long in a supermarket car park. Did the Supreme Court say:
(a) You’ve got to be codding! Bring us more important cases than this rubbish.
(b) Penalties are not enforceable under English law.
(c) The amount of the charge is reasonable and legally binding on Mr Beavis.
(3) Who owns a Banksy mural that was painted on the wall of an amusement arcade in an English coastal resort? Is it:
(b) The owner (freeholder) of the wall.
(c) The Queen as owner of all bona vacantia.
(4) Why did Google invite us to sell them our patents? Was their stated reason:
(a) To stop them falling into the hands of patent trolls.
(b) To make more profits for Google.
(c) To allow their patent department to have some fun.
(5) What did Mr Sylvester Stallone have to say about the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit? Was it:
(a) Regular artists borrow, geniuses steal.
(b) I would like to thank [them] for working …to apprehend the suspect.
(c) I look back on “Judge Dredd” as a real missed opportunity.