Parody and damages for wrongful oppositions: two calls for articles

JIPLP's Readers and Writers Linked-In group is a forum for the exchange of ideas by contributors, readers and subscribers to the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. Right now it has 272 members and it has already been the source from which a number of articles have been inspired, commissioned and ultimately published.

In the past few days, suggestions for two articles have been posted on this group. One relates to parody as a defence: both copyright and trade mark law may be prima facie infringed unless a defence of parody is raised, yet the parameters of that defence in respect of those two bodies of law are not usually coterminous. So what happens when a figurative trade mark or logo is parodied, and how does one advise a client in such a case?

The other relates to the possibility of securing damages for losses caused by a bad-faith trade mark opposition. This has been recognised by the Civil Division of the Supreme Court of Panama -- but might it be available elsewhere, for bad faith oppositions to patents as well?

If you are interested in writing on either of these subjects, do let JIPLP Commissioning Editor Sarah Harris know, by email to

You can check out the JIPLP Readers and Writers Group here.

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