Wednesday 26 November is "Copying Without Infringing" Day. That's when the conference of that name takes place in London, organised by CLT (full details available from the brochure here).
Right: this old copying machine worked so slowly that, by the time you finished copying, the copyright had expired ...
Bookings for this event reached break-even point within a week of the launch date, which suggests that there will be a big attendance this time round. Speakers include
* Legendary design law expert, patent commentator and humourist David Musker, who asks whether the law on product and package design protection is simply too complex to understand and apply;The IPKat is running another competition, the prize on offer being complimentary admission to the conference (normally £495 plus VAT). The competition this time is this: in 20 words or less, tell us "What is the best of intellectual property advice I ever heard?" Please head your emails "Best IP Advice" and send them here. As usual, the best entries will be published on this blog together the author's name -- unless anonymity is requested.
* Giles Crown (Lewis Silkin) will be giving an advertiser's view on comparative ads and the ECJ's latest ruling, while Dan Smith (Wragge & Co) speakers for brand owners and Olswang's Joel Vertes looks at the issues involving balance between consumers' interests and those of IP owners;
* Perspectives from art-law expert Dan McClean (Withers) on the transformative use of existing art works and from barrister Gwilym Harbottle (Hogarth Chambers) on literary plagiarism and the Raj Persaud episode.