As some of you already know, I have very recently been appointed technical member of a Board of appeal. This is both a great honour and an enormous pleasure to me. I wish to thank all of you who have sent their congratulations by e-mail or via the blog.
Obviously, this appointment means that I can no longer be an EPC case law blogger.
Does this mean that the blog will come to an end?
Not necessarily. Perhaps some reader(s) would like to continue the work. If so, please let me now by sending me an e-mail (oliver.randl[@]gmail.com).
I have three remarks in this respect:
First, I think it would be more reasonable to have a team of bloggers rather than a single person. A one-decision-per-day blog is a heavy workload. I am quite a bête de somme and I think that more reasonable people would want to carry a lighter burden.
Secondly, I have to warn you that this work is relatively unrewarding. You will have trouble (the blog even brought me before the disciplinary instances of the epi once) and not much gratification other than some new friends all over Europe (some of which will remain pseudonymous) and the certainty that wherever you go in patent circles some nice fellow will come and tell you that (s)he enjoys the blog. So if you want to do this work, it should be out of love for the case law and the desire to be of service.
Thirdly, I would recommend that rather than pursuing K’s Law you start your own blog. This would free you from all the constraints that come from an existing structure. For instance, you might want to abandon the graphical design and have a bright background rather than a black one; this would involve a tremendous amount of work on K’s Law if you intended to maintain the previous 1300+ posts, which would become more or less unreadable on a bright background. So I think it would be wiser to start a new blog and send me the URL, so that I can inform the K’s Law readers about the new offer.
If no one comes forward, then the blog will indeed become inactive in a few weeks.
All in all, it was quite a pleasure to serve you. I hope that the blog will have made some of you discover the joys of studying the case law.