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Monday, 26 September 2011

Believe it or not, here are even more events

Miffy demonstrates her patented
technique for looking awake and
interested in patent seminars ...
There's an IPKat seminar coming up on the afternoon of Thursday 3 November, 5.00pm to 6.30pm, in the pleasantly-equipped and conveniently-located London offices of Olswang LLP, 90 High Holborn. The speaker is Dr Galit Gonen (who heads up the European patent litigation team at Teva Pharmaceuticals) and her subject is "Linkages between legal and marketing theories regarding secondary patents for pharmaceuticals".

A panel of sensible and well-informed people will comment briefly on the paper (which is based on Galit’s PhD thesis) before it’s thrown open to the floor for general discussion. Mr Justice Arnold (Patents Court, England and Wales), Professor Jo Gibson (Intellectual Property Institute and Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute) and Chris Stothers (IBIL and Arnold & Porter) will be there and the Kat hopes to confirm the presence of one of the stars from the Intellectual Property Institute's Economics Unit.

Refreshments will be provided and registration is FREE, which means it doesn't cost anything [Merpel explains, every time the IPKat runs a free seminar someone emails him to ask how much it costs to attend ...]. There is no registration form. If you'd like to attend, please email the IPKat here and tell him. He will acknowledge your email when he can, which may not be till next weekend.


"Football, Broadcasting and the Internal Market: Is a common audio-visual space in sight?"  That's a bit of a mouthful. It's also the title of a seminar which the City University is holding on Tuesday 11 October 2011, from 1730 to 2030pm, at its premises in Northampton Square, London.  IPKat team member Jeremy will be there. Although he's described as a speaker, along with Lorna Woods, Dan Wilsher and Jonathan Griffiths, he's just going to be giving a few thoughts on the commercial impact of next week's ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Joined Cases C-403/08 FA Premier League and others v QC Leisure and C-329/08 Murphy v Media Protection Services.  To refresh readers' memories: the cases concern pub landlords, including Karen Murphy, who contracted with satellite service providers based outside the UK whose (cheaper) broadcasts included Premier league football. The football bodies have argued that this infringes UK copyright law. In reconciling intellectual property rights with the free movement of services, the Court has the potential to transform broadcasting in the EU.  Full details and registration here. This event is worth one CPD point for practising solicitors.


At last, an illustration
which is absolutely safe
from legal action from the
London Organising Commttee
for the Olympic Games
For those who are heartily fed up with events concerning patents, here's something completely different.  CLT are holding a one-day conference on Wednesday 26 October, Intellectual Property: the Olympics and the Paralympics Conference 2011, somewhere in Central London. Topics tackled by an all-star team of speakers, cunningly chaired by IPKat team blogger Jeremy, include the following:

  • Legal Basis for Protecting the Olympics
  • Legal Structures for Protecting the Olympics
  • The Olympics and Trade Mark Law in the UK and Europe
  • Transmitting the Olympics
  • The UK’s Special Legislation: An Overview
  • Ambush Marketing
  • Advertising, Sponsorship, Keywords and Other Headaches
So if you think you, or one of your clients, may be likely to fall foul of the various intellectual property and Olympic rights that have been put in place for next year's jollities in London, click here for further details.


There's no point in keeping it secret, even if it is about privacy, but Professor Michael Birnhack (Tel Aviv University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) is giving a lunchtime seminar  entitled “Theory of Privacy” on 12 October at 12.30pm. in Room 103, School of Advanced Study, South Block, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. All relevant details can be found here.


A little tipple for
the IPSoc youngsters ...
IPSoc, the bright, dynamic organisation for bright, dynamic IP professionals, has just announced its latest forthcoming event, a talk by Mark Chacksfield (8 New Square) on 10 October on "Patents -- Key Issues Update". Mark must be quite a talented young fellow since his web page proclaims that he specialises in all areas of intellectual property. Anyway, you can get all the details you need from the IPSoc website here. The venue is the London office of Hogan Lovells International LLP and there will be some pleasant refreshments for the youngsters. don't miss it!

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