Patent court fears

first_img Mark Anderson, Anderson Law, Shillingford, Oxfordshire Your report ‘Euro patent court “ruinous for business”‘ will have left readers who are not specialists in patent law uncertain as to whether the main issue is the principle of the court, its location, procedural rules, languages used, or the training of judges. Most pertinent is the quote from Philip Westmacott, that ‘international patent law is complex and ­for SMEs… potentially ruinous’ and the issues ‘must be debated and discussed in detail’. There are two pressing issues for English solicitors: (a) articles 6 to 8 in the draft legislation, and (b) the location of the central court. Articles 6 to 8 were introduced by the European Commission’s legal team. The effect would be to make decisions of the court subject to appeal to the European Court of Justice. This would be disastrous. To quote the president of the European Patent Lawyers Association: ‘There are various important issues – one is a timing issue. The involvement of the ECJ will delay infringement proceedings for years. Second is the cost… and third, which is maybe the most important, is that the judges at the ECJ do not have patent law expertise.’ As for the location of the court, patent lawyers have estimated that the value to the UK economy of having the court in London would be about £120m per annum.last_img read more

Softball: Auburn Tigers win first SEC championship

first_imgBATON ROUGE, La. – Carlee Wallace singled home Emily Carosone with the game-ending run of Auburn’s 6-5 nine-inning win over Tennessee on Saturday, giving the Tigers their first Southeastern Conference tournament championship.Carosone hit a leadoff single and moved to second on Branndi Melero’s one-out groundout to bring up Wallace, whose line drive barely stayed inside the third-base line.The Tigers (49-9) had never reached the SEC tournament finals.The Vols (42-14) led 5-3 in the seventh before Auburn, with a large assist from Tennessee, tied it.Wetumpka advances to state tournamentWetumpka advances to state tournamentCarosone singled, moved to third on a Kasey Cooper double and scored on a Melero groundout to pull the Tigers within one. Wallace hit a flyball to short left field that outfielder CJ McClain dropped, allowing Cooper to tie it.UT’s Meghan Gregg homered in the top of the seventh to make it 5-3.The Vols scored three times in the fifth. Megan Geer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before a Gregg groundball led to two runs.The first run scored when the Tigers tried to turn an inning-ending double play. A second came in on shortstop Haley Fagan’s throwing error.The NCAA tournament field will be announced at 9 p.m. today on ESPNU.19 and counting: ACA back in state tournament19 and counting: ACA back in state tournament Texas Southern 9, Alabama State 0 DECATUR – Sammantha Jimenez threw an eight-hitter to help the Tigers (25-16) beat the Hornets (21-33) for the SWAC tournament championship. Thomasina Garza was 4-for-4 and scored twice and Krystalani Yockman hit a three-run home run for TSU. UAH 6, Tuskegee 1 VALDOSTA, Ga. – Emily Glover threw a one-hitter and the Chargers (40-15) eliminated the Golden Tigers (21-22) from the NCAA Division II South 1 Regional. Adrienne Eaddy singled and scored on an error in the fifth inning for Tuskegee. — From staff reports (Compiled by A. Stacy Long)Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps hereSOFTBALL: AHSAA scores, schedulesSOFTBALL: AHSAA regional scores, scheduleslast_img read more

High school girls soccer: Haughton edges Southwood

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This week in esports: Intel World Open, TSM, Call of Duty, Nike

first_imgThis week in esports saw Intel announce an Olympics tie-in event, TSM publicise its new facility, Call of Duty reveal new franchises, and LPL unveil its Nike jerseys.We also have a twice-weekly newsletter that informs you of every significant happening in the business and industry side of esports, feel free to subscribe here.Intel World Open brings esports to 2020 Summer OlympicsImage credit: IntelIntel announced the Intel World Open, an esports tournament that will take place on the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.The tournament will feature Street Fighter V and Rocket League with a total prize pool of $500,000 (£405,175) on the line.Read the full article here.TSM to open headquarters and practice facility in L.A.Image Credit: TSMNorth American organisation TSM announced the construction of a new 25,000 square foot headquarters and practice facility.The building, which will act as the home base for the organisation’s entire workforce, is set to open in early 2020.Read the full article here.Chicago, London, and Seattle announced for Call of Duty leaguePhoto credit: Call of DutyNRG EsportsNRG Esports, Rogue, and Luminosity Gaming have secured what’s expected to be the final three franchises in the upcoming Call of Duty league.NRG Esports has acquired Chicago, London is owned by Rogue’s parent company ReKTGlobal, and Luminosity Gaming’s parent company Enthusiast Gaming has bought Seattle alongside Aquilini Investment Group.Read the full article here.Nike debuts team kits for League of Legends Pro LeaguePhoto credit: NikeNike unveiled the official kits for the 16 teams that compete in the League of Legends Pro League (LPL).The deal was first announced back in February with a four-year partnership being penned between Nike and LPL organiser TJ Sports. Nike became the league’s official apparel and footwear partner.Read the full article here.ESI London 2019 – Find out morelast_img read more