Sara-Jayne Clover

I was somewhat baffled when calling multinational company DuPont this afternoon. Trying in vain to speak to a member of its IP group about speaking at the upcoming IP Business Congress on green IP issues, I was informed by a very friendly and profusely apologetic receptionist that any correspondence concerning conferences must be submitted to the office via fax. Yes, you read correctly - fax. You can imagine my bemusement: not only was the company suggesting that I use a somewhat outdated method of communication, but also quite possibly the least environmentally friendly one. For a member of the Eco-Patent Commons and one that claims on its website to put "science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere", it seems to me quite an embarrassing contradiction.