The IPKat's sidebar, as ever, is bulging with exciting opportunities to attend live talks, do a spot of networking and generally get out of the office or college routine for a bit and, well, live it up! There are plenty of events on offer, so don't forget to check them out.
Here's something for patent-y people to play with. Finding patents that are identical to your own is all very well, but finding patents that aren't the same, yet somehow relevant, is more of a challenge. The good news is that now you can look for similar patents, using Xyggy.com.
The IPKat has been hearing all about the evening events which Appleyard Lees has been running for almost a year now in sunny Manchester for part-qualified and recently-qualified patent and trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors. The formula consists of a brief lecture followed by an opportunity for socialising over food and drinks [The events are free and are open to everyone. The Kat's wondering who buys the booze ...]. So far, reports the Kat's mole, these events have had some excellent speakers from the EPO, UK IPO and the Bar. Now it seems the organisers are looking for volunteer speakers to step forward and offer their talents. If you fancy a shot at public speaking on an IP topic and enjoy socialising afterwards, or only want to be added to the mailing list for forthcoming events, email here.