At the end of a very busy time of moving locations (the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, has moved to a brand new location in the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Centre, Lincoln's Inn Fields) combined with the usual hectic exam period, it was a welcome pleasure to take part in the recent European Intellectual Property Teachers Network (EIPTN) first annual workshop, hosted by Aston Business School earlier this week.
The Network has a very interesting history, starting with the UK IP Teachers Network, which met for the first time in 2000. In that first meeting, the sentiment was that these workshops would be an enjoyable social and intellectual gathering at the end of each teaching year, as distinct from the traditional summer conference. And in fact, much of that spirit of an end of academic year "get together" was enjoyed in Birmingham this week! (The IPKat parties for England, at right). Since then, the network has organised workshops on an (almost) annual basis to discuss best practices and new ideas and innovations in teaching.