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Says the Prez

May 13th, 2013

The 2013 ISAF-Mid Year Meeting came to a close over the weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was the first meeting for new ISAF President Carlo Croce. Here are excerpts from his report… “I feel that managing the Federation (ISAF) through its Regulations, as has been done in the past, is not efficient and doesn’t give


Kirby Files to Cancel Laser Trademark and Sunburst Logo for Boats

May 10th, 2013

(May 10, 2013) – Bruce Kirby Inc. today filed the below petition to cancel US trademark registrations directed to both the word LASER and the Sunburst logo for boats. According to US Trademark Office records, these US registrations are owned by Karaya (Jersey) Limited based in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. Grounds for the petitions


Live online video streaming of ISAF Meeting

May 9th, 2013

The International Sailing Federation 2013 Mid-Year Meeting in Copenhagen (May 9-12) will be covered on May 11 with live online video streaming. Additionally, a discussion blog will be available for viewers to express opinions. Interested persons can follow the meeting at 0900-1700 CET, free of charge on


Latest action between Kirby and Laser Performance

May 7th, 2013

(May 7, 2013) – Bruce Kirby Inc. today filed a Petition to Cancel US Trademark Registration No. 3,459,524 for LASER. According to the records of the US Trademark Office, the trademark is owned by Velum Limited, a corporation organized under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda having an post office box address in Geneva, Switzerland.


OLYMPICS: How ISAF has negatively changed Olympic sailing

May 6th, 2013

American Kevin Burnham is an Olympic icon, winning the silver medal in 1992 with Morgan Reeser in the 470 class, and followed that with a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics with Paul Foerster in the 470 class. The 2004 Games were also the last edition which was pure fleet racing, with no contrived medal


COMMENTARY: Olympics, ISAF, Sailing World Cup, and Medal Races

May 2nd, 2013

By Paul Heineken: I believe that the fundamental assumptions behind the Olympic event format changes must be examined, rather than the “tweaks”. Regarding the comments in Scuttlebutt 3829… Scuttlebutt Editor: The mission for ISAF is to better model the sailing events after other Olympic events, wherein the final race determines the medals. Is this a


Live online streaming for ISAF Mid-Year Meeting

May 2nd, 2013

From 9-12 May 2013 the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Meetings will take place for the ISAF Executive Committee, ISAF Audit Committee, ISAF Events Committee, ISAF Council and the ISAF Committee Chairmen. Eight submissions have been deemed urgent by the Executive Committee and will be discussed. Amendments to ISAF Regulations are


COMMENTARY: The theater that has become the Laser Class

May 1st, 2013

The drama that is stirring within the Laser class, and now the U.S. Federal Courts, will be a prime topic next week at the ISAF Mid-Year Meeting starting May 9 in Copenhagen. Here’s a quick recap: Bruce Kirby designed what is known as the Laser and licensed three builders, each required to pay a royalty


Laser class faces legal drama

April 30th, 2013

(April 30, 2013) – Bruce Kirby Inc. today filed a First Amended Complaint in federal court against ISAF, Internationals Laser class, and LaserPerformance, adding claims related to a class rule change which allows these organizations to build a boat per the Laser design specs without the approval of Bruce Kirby, the boat’s designer. This issue


COMMENTARY: Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright issues

April 28th, 2013

By John Harwood-Bee As I write this it is the middle of World Intellectual Property Day, which falls on the 26th April each year. To those of us who are involved in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Copyright issues, it is a very important occasion when we are reminded of the need for the protection

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