Mark Adams: The Man Behind Opel's Award Winning Ampera.
Recently, General Motors European Division, Opel, won the coveted European Car of the Year for its ground breaking Opel Ampera (marketed in the United Kingdom as Vauxhall). BluePencil caught up with Mark Adams GM Europe Vice President of Design to discuss the philosophy behind the Ampera and the effect of modern day regulation on the look and efficiency of the cars the public drive.
The recent Assembly at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) demonstrated a significant move by a number of emerging countries to enhance their infrastructure to promote and secure intellectual property rights.
In order to ensure economic stability and to reflect the increasing output of intellectual property output, nation states recognised the need to recognise and enforce better protection of IP in their respective countries.
Muses author of The Model's Handbook, Julian Okines
When asked about models having their own union in a recent Times article, Eileen Ford - founder of the reputable Ford Modelling Agency in New York - responded by saying 'I've heard that crud so many times... Models don't need that protection anyway.'
Equity disagrees and that in the UK at least, fashion models can now join a legitimately recognised Trade Union. It's an important step as although employment rules have improved there are still anomalies. However, many working models still veer away from membership and the fashion industry appears to consider being a union member deeply unfashionable...
The World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) Assembly is organising a global diplomatic conference to discuss ways to promote and protect the interests of televisual performers. The Diplomatic Conference will take place in Beijing in June 2012.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said 'While some countries have domestic legislation that grants certain rights to performers in audiovisual works there is a legal vacuum at the international level.
Philip Townsend's striking photography encapsulates the 1960s ranging from celebrity (before the term was dumbed down by wannabees) to everyday life including the tragic aftermath of the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster.
Philip's life has been as illustrious as the era he photographed having made numerous transformations to make Madonna look like a one-trick pony. Apart from being a landmark photographer of the 1960s, Philip has been a journalist courting at times controversy. However, it is to his photographic archive to which he has returned over the last few years, and most notably Philip was the first photographer of the Rolling Stones with the first shoot occurring a few days after Andrew Loog Oldham had become their manager.
Paul Renney who advised the screenwriter of The King's Speech gives a personal insight into how the screenplay rights were secured.
In 2011 British-American playwright and screenwriter, David Seidler, walked away with a justly deserved Oscar for best screenplay for the independently produced The King's Speech, beating off hot favourite, Columbia Pictures' the Social Network.
Steve Cropley talks to Julian and Stuart Wilkins (fans)
Steve Cropley is one of the world's most renowned motoring journalists. He is adored by his readers, and revered by his peers. Steve began to study engineering at Adelaide University, but decided to become a scribe and cut his teeth as a rookie reporter on Adelaide's Reporter. Great Britain beckoned and his illustrious motoring career has included between 1981 and 1988 being editor of the distinguished monthly magazine Car. He joined Haymarket Publishing in 1991 and is Autocar's Editor in Chief. Autocar is arguably one of the world's most respected and influential weekly car magazines.
CC Considers IMR role for Copyright Standards.
Earlier this year the Consultative Committee (CC) of the International Music Registry (IMR) has decided to prepare a report entitled, 'Analysis Report on Function Requirements for the International Music Registry'. The IMR purpose is to facilitate faster, easier access to music, sound recording and music videos information, and its licensing in the context of the digital environment by providing a network of reliable information about the music. The IMR is a collaboration of the worldwide music industry, with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) acting as the facilitator.
Mark Butcher, one of the founder's of Radio Frontier, based in Switzerland, explains about the growing market for expatriate and transient workers having a local radio station in their own language which help them integrate into their new community; a case of global going local:-
We live in a globalised world - we all know that. It is becoming more and more common for people to move, live and work across the world. What is different these days is that it is becoming very common for people not to consider these moves permanent.
Arguably, a few years ago, when people moved to a new country, certainly if they were taking their family with them, the move would be seen as permanent. In other words, they would be emigrating. Today, professional working families see a move as a positive step in their career. A few years in a certain country can be seen as necessary for career enhancement.
China is the World's second largest economy and the rate of development shows no significant sign of abating. China has been caricatured as the place where designs and innovation are copied and that Intellectual Rights holders are at risk of being abused and exploited.
According to the latest World Intellectual Property (WIPO) data China saw a 33.4% growth in International Patents Applications, placing it into fourth place in the rankings behind USA, Japan and Germany in terms of applications. The United Kingdom is in seventh place, and its number of patent applications fell by 1%. The Company with the most application is China's ZTE Corporation overtaking Japan's Panasonic. ZTE is a global telecommunications company. However, not one registered United Kingdom company appears in the top 100 list of patent registration applicants.
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