Author Archives: Ally Farnhill

The Making Available Right: Realizing the Potential of Copyright’s Dissemination Function in the Digital Age by Dr. Cheryl Foong

The Making Available Right: Realizing the Potential of Copyright’s Dissemination Function in the Digital Age. Date: Friday 2 November 2018, 4PM Venue: Room 207, 10 Professor’s Square CREATe look forward to welcoming Dr. Cheryl Foong who is visiting us from Curtin Law School, Western Australia. Dr Foong’s presentation, The Making Available Right: Realizing the Potential of Copyright’s Dissemination Function in the Digital Age, will analyse the making available right as introduced by the WIPO Internet Treaties and evaluates current judicial approaches to the right in Australia, the US and the EU. It discusses the underlying justifications driving disparate decisions on the right, and reveals the pitfalls of existing approaches. Distilling lessons from current approaches, this presentation proposes principles for the … Continue reading

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Report: Presentation by Dr Ryan Whalen: A Network Theory of Patentability: Towards an Empirical Measure of Patent Nonobviousness

A group of CREATe staff and students met recently to welcome visiting researcher, Dr. Ryan Whalen, Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and to hear about his current research project. The project, undertaken along with Dr. Laura Pedraza-Farina, seeks to simplify the non-obviousness inquiry, using computational legal methods to create what he terms a ‘network measure’ of non-obviousness. Determining when a patent application is, or is not, sufficiently ‘non-obvious’ is, arguably, one of the most intractable and uncertain legal inquiries known to IP lawyers. Traditional tests, established through US case law, adopt either a common-sense determination or a retrospective observation into whether the invention in question had been anticipated or suggested in the prior art. These approaches have, to date, offered little by … Continue reading

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Report: Dataset Licensing Workshop – ‘Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right’

The recent Dataset Licensing workshop “Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right,” took place on Friday 29 June 2018 at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow. The Dataset Licensing Project  is the result of collaboration between CREATe, the Research Information Management team at the University of Glasgow, and JISC. The project aims to identify specific issues around the licensing of datasets, including the current move towards increasingly Open Access resources, and to facilitate deeper understanding and greater confidence in dealing with these complex issues. This whole day workshop was the third in a series of events which brought together professionals from a variety of backgrounds, with the aim of building on their existing understanding of the issues in addition to providing … Continue reading

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CREATe contributes to CASRAI UK Reconnect 2018

On Tuesday 26 June, I was invited to participate in the CASRAI UK Reconnect 2018 conference, at the Grosvenor Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. The breakout session, ‘Dataset Licensing’, offered participants an opportunity to discuss this increasingly challenging issue, which has particular relevance to those working in the area of Research Administration. Alongside Valerie McCutcheon, Research Information Manager (University of Glasgow), I led discussion around terminology, selected from the CASRAI dictionary and identified as potentially problematic, and offered expertise where issues touched on law and copyright. Among these, the term ‘dataset’ predominated, with participants noting that the term was often misunderstood and that datasets themselves were  hugely complex to manage. There was also discussion around the subject of the term ‘personal data’, with participants noting the impact of recent GDPR legislation and questioning … Continue reading

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CREATe contributes to Summer School organised by Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

On Wednesday 20 June 2018, CREATe team members Amy Thomas and  Ally Farnhill, led by CREATe Programme Leader Sukhpreet Singh, conducted a workshop for postgraduate research students attending the Scottish Graduate School for Art and Humanities (SGSAH) three day ‘Summer School’ at the Teacher Building in Central Glasgow. The topic of the workshop was Securing your Intellectual Property, and it was aimed at providing postgraduate researchers with an overview of the types of IP protection available in their research areas, in addition to providing a forum for them to raise concerns and share experiences. The team presented an overview of the types of intellectual property protection available and delved deeper into particular concerns around seeking copyright protection on creative products. … Continue reading

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‘Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right’: Upcoming Dataset Licensing Workshop

‘Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right’: Dataset Licensing Workshop Friday 29 June Hilton Grosvenor Hotel Glasgow This event, which is already fully subscribed, is the third in a series of workshops, run in collaboration between CREATe and the Research Information Management team at University of Glasgow, and supported by JISC. These full day events tackle the complex area of research data licensing, with a particular focus on Open Access, and aim to facilitate deeper understanding and greater confidence in dealing with these challenging issues. The event will also provide an opportunity to review a series of Information Sheets, which have been produced by Valerie McCutcheon, UofG’s Research Information Manager and CREATe staff Sheona Burrow and Dr Thomas Margoni. … Continue reading

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