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IP – Hit or Miss? Patenting the socks off of your copyright (TM)

Not another newspaper article about IP! (Image from flickr – Brandon Grasley – source link below)

OK, before we begin, please note that this could turn into a mild rant. There, you’ve been warned.

One of the recurring topics on this blog is the series of articles called “IP – Hit or Miss?” which we use to analyse the representation of intellectual property (IP) in films, TV and the media. We’ve generally focussed on film and TV references but recently I’ve noticed a number of articles in the press where the terms “patent”, “trade mark” and “copyright” have been used seemingly interchangeably. Now come on guys, it’s not that hard to get it right? Is it?

Well, maybe it is. So it’s time to name and shame and then educate. In the words of Popeye “That’s all I can stand, I can’t stands no more”.

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