Demystifying Intellectual Property Rights With Professor David Llewelyn

Professor Llewelyn before a scholarly audience, including professor Barton Beebe on the right

 

 

Professor David Llewelyn’s latest presentation did not miss to resonate with a scholarly audience. The earlier presentations IP Dragon attended included the highly relevant topic such as “Leveraging your IP” and testified an ability to clarify in a concise way, such as explaining all IP in one hour.  This time professor Llewelyn spoke at the ‘Charting the New Frontiers of Intellectual Property Protection of Luxury Brands’, June 16, 2012 at HKU.

 

 

IPR is getting too complex

As the last speaker of the day professor Llewelyn gave his view unapologetically on the previous presentations which included a deluge of social theories:  “Veblen? Intellectual property rights are already too complex.”
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Trademark Dilution/Delusion in HK: Greyhound Café is free-riding on Greyhound Lines’ Reputation

Greyhound Café, IFC, Central, Hong Kong Island, Photo Danny Friedmann

 

Can the Gaia Group who brought a restaurant chain first in Thailand (in 1997, as a line extension of its fashion label which it started in 1980 with men’s casual wear at Siam Center, followed by an expansion into women’s wear in 1990) the first Greyhound Café and now in Hong Kong with the name Greyhound Café, and use the mirror image of the iconic Greyhound Lines trademark, North America’s largest intercity bus company? Yes, they can. They did. But is it allowed? The restaurant chain’s concept is: “Life is a journey, full of pictures, places, stories, and good tasting recipes.” One asks oneself why the restaurants in IFC in Central and Ocean Terminal in Tsimshatsui cannot make their own journeys, make their own pictures, travel to their own places, come up with their own stories and recipes?


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Toyota on a Chain: Creatively Challenged Art or Parody?

Last year’s Hong Kong International Art Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre included the “Toyota Chain”, by Thomas Hirschhorn, which, was exactly that. Mr Hirschhorn, a Swiss artist, made the piece in 2002, and so far, nobody wants to buy it. To magnify an existent trademarked logo, without authorisation by the trademark […]

Rethinking Intellectual Property Protection in Hong Kong

After the welcome remarks by professor Douglas Arner (head Department of Law, HKU) and the opening speech by Peter Cheung, (director IPD, HKSAR Government) see here, the first panel presentation of the Round Table event organised by Law & Technology Centre of HKU and IP Law Center at Drake University started, moderated by assistant professor Haochen Sun, […]