Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Looking for something to review?

A couple of weeks ago, in the height of the August holiday season, this weblog posted the following message: 

Part of JIPLP's aim was to provide reviews not merely for books, in the conventional manner, but also for other media in which ideas and information concerning intellectual property law and practice are promulgated.  This might take the form of, for example, films, weblogs, Twitter feeds and so on.  After all, it is now beyond doubt that alternative and social media attract far wider attention and much more devoted readership than do the traditional, paper-based products on which most of us depended for our legal education and our introduction to principles of IP law.

In its earliest days JIPLP did indeed carry reviews of alternative and social media, but it is a while since we have commissioned such reviews.  But the time has come to look afresh at the available materials and to commission our readers to produce some fresh impressions of them.

JIPLP then invited readers to review a number of blogs and Twitter accounts, of which the following remain unclaimed:

Accordingly, JIPLP seeks reviews of the following:
* The TTABlog (well-respected US trade mark weblog, last reviewed in our December 2006 issue) 
* The EPLAW Patent Blog (a multi-authored European-based patent blog which has not previously been reviewed) 
* IP Kenya (Victor B. Nzomo's often challenging blog, which was launched at the beginning of 2011)
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JIPLP is also interested in receiving reviews of these Twitter accounts:
* @WIPO (the Twitter account of the World Intellectual Property Organization, which now has over 10,300 followers) 
* @USPTO ("Leading the Nation and the World ...": over 13,000 followers) 
* @European Patent Office (official account of the Munich-based institution, with over 8,400 followers)
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If you would like to review one of the above, please email Sarah Harris at sarah.harris@oup.com by not later than close of play on Friday 13 September. As usual, if we don't already know you and you haven't written or reviewed anything for us before, do send us a biographical note or explain why you feel that you are well qualified to write the review for us.


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The Butterworths Intellectual Property Law Handbook (11th edition: details here) has just been published by LexisNexis and JIPLP is looking for someone to review it.

Please don't be put off by the fact that the editor of JIPLP is also the Consultant Editor; the journal both expects and demands honest reviews, and the editor has had an entire lifetime of getting used to being criticised.

If you'd like to review this book, please email Sarah Harris at sarah.harris@oup.com by not later than close of play on Friday 13 September. 


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The Art Collecting Legal Handbook, offered a little while ago, is also still looking for a reviewer. Details are as follows:
Editors: Bruno Boesch and Massimo Sterpi
Publishers: Sweet & Maxwell
"Collecting, preserving and promoting cultural goods, whether fine art, archaeological objects or decorative arts, is now global. Oddly, rules and practices have remained very local, save for ICOM’s efforts at the institutional level and UNESCO’s endeavours to help preserve national cultural heritage and combat illicit trafficking. 
This book is designed to help the collector and their advisers navigate the maze on an international level. Each chapter of The Art Collecting Manual addresses a number of issues from the perspective of a different jurisdiction to help collectors making errors that could be potenitally illegal. The format of the chapters follow a question and answer style thus enabling readers to make quick and accurate comparisons in multiple jurisdictions covering property law, insurance, customs, tax, inheritance, intellectual property and more". 
Further information concerning this book can be obtained from its web page here.

Again, if you'd like to review this book, please email Sarah Harris at sarah.harris@oup.com by not later than close of play on Friday 13 September. 

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