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Monday, 3 October 2011

Special offers for blog readers

While listening to the chorus of gloom that has been echoing around the treasuries of most of the IPKat's favourite countries, it occurred to him that -- even though he can't make his readers any richer -- he can make them less poor. How? By reminding them that this and associated weblogs do have the occasional bargains on offer.  For example:

Conference discounts (from the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page)

6 October 2011, Social Media & the Law, held at the very comfy and convenient Millennium Knightsbridge, London and organised by Informa: "The essential event for everyone involved in navigating the legal challenges of exploiting social media and user-generated content". This event carries an attractive 10% discount if you are an IPKat reader who quotes VIP Code FKW82232IPKL on registering. Full details available here. 
16 and 17 November 2011: Standards and Patents, organised by IBC and hosted at the Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge. Full details of the programme and registration can be accessed by clicking hereIPKat readers’ VIP Code for making sure they enjoy their 10% discount against the registration fee is FKW82244PLL. 
18 November 2011: US Patent Reform Congress 2011.  Venue: the Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge.  Full details of this highly topical programme and registration can be accessed by clicking here.  IPKat readers are entitled to a 10% discount against the cost of registration if they quote the VIP Code FKW82243PLL
8 December 2011: International Patent Litigation, IBC's third annual conference, which will be held at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London. All-star cast of speakers, plus 10% discount against the cost of registration for IPKat readers who register here, quoting VIP Code FKW82249PLL

Book discounts (via the 1709 Blog)
Edward Elgar Publishing have a special offer for 1709 Blog readers regarding four of their latest titles.  You can view the official PDF of the offehere or download it here. The gist of it is that the following titles are available at a 35% discount -- so long as you order by 31 October 2011, when the offer closes:
Copyright Law and the Progress of Science and the Useful Arts 
Alina Ng, Mississippi College School of Law, US 
The American Constitution empowers Congress to enact copyright laws to ‘promote the progress of science and the useful arts’. This book offers the first in-depth analysis of the connection between copyright law as a legal institution and the constitutional goal of promoting social and cultural advancement. 
Oct 2011 c 168 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 781 4 c £65.00
Discount price £42.25 + carriage charges
e 978 1 84980 782 1
Elgar Law, Technology and Society series


Copyright in the Information Society: A Guide to National Implementation of the European Directive 
Edited by Brigitte Lindner, Rechtsanwältin, Member of the Bar of Berlin / Germany, Registered European Lawyer, Lincoln’s Inn, London and Ted Shapiro, Attorney, (Massachusetts Bar) / Solicitor (England and Wales - non-practising), Brussels 
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Directive 2001/29/EC on copyright in the information society, this book sheds new light on an important European legal instrument at a crucial stage – not only in the life of the Directive, but indeed for copyright itself. 
Aug 2011 c 648 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 010 5 £140.00
Discount price £91.00 + carriage charges
e 978 1 78100 113 4

Copyright and Creativity: The Making of Property Rights in Creative Works 
Andreas Rahmatian, University of Glasgow, UK 
‘Professor Rahmatian is perhaps uniquely placed to offer a complete rethinking of the nature and function of copyright. Working with original materials in original languages, he spans the continental and common law traditions in a breathtaking synthesis of the varied justifications and uses (or misuses) of the concept of creativity as property' – Paul J. Heald, University of Georgia, US 
Aug 2011 c 328 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 246 7 79.95
Discount price £51.96 + carriage charges
e 978 0 85793 633 2


Copyright, Communication and Culture: Towards a Relational Theory of Copyright Law 
Carys J. Craig, York University, Canada 
In this provocative book, Carys Craig challenges the assumptions of possessive individualism embedded in modern day copyright law, arguing that the dominant conception of copyright as private property fails to adequately reflect the realities of cultural creativity. 
July 2011 288 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 839 1 £65.00
Discount price £42.25 + carriage charges
e 978 0 85793 352 2"
To order any of these titles, or for further information, do contact the Sales & Marketing Department, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, The Lypiatts, 15 Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, Glos GL50 2JA, United Kingdom (Tel: + 44 1242 226934; Fax: + 44 1242 262111); website www.e-elgar.com, email info@e-elgar.co.uk 
Please quote code 351709 when ordering


Free search trial (via the IPKat) 

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In its relatively short life since its launch in 2007, Boliven has attracted over 35,000 users. Boliven's owners at CambridgeIP have kindly agreed to offer readers of this weblog a one-month free trial of its BolivenPRO search facility.  All you have to do is register for your free trial, using the special offer code -- KATFREETRIAL -- and then you can search for one whole month to your heart's content. The place to register is www.boliven.com/freetrials 
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