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Friday, 23 September 2016

Friday Fantasies

Friday has rolled around once again and the IPKat is here to bring you up to date with a magnificent 7 miscellaneous IP events and news stories that you might have missed.
Music to this Kat's ears

1. Last call for alcohol
The NZ Ministry of Business has called for submissions on a discussion paper on regulations and fees for the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2016. Add your voice to the chorus here. The Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act is currently being amended in a Bill before Parliament. When brought into force, it will establish a system for registering geographical indications in New Zealand for wines and spirits.

2. New copyright for musicians from the UK IPO
The UK intellectual property office has put together some advice for musicians who want to publicly perform copyright protected works. It has also produced a note advising individuals who wish to reproduce printed music in some way, shape or form.

3. Call For Papers: Eighth Annual INTA Trademark Scholarship Symposium at INTA in Barcelona 2017
Please send an abstract (approximately 300 words) describing a current trademark, unfair competition, or right of publicity scholarship project to Peter Karol at and Tara Aaron at by October 31, 2016. A subcommittee will then select a maximum of 8 projects to be presented at the Symposium, grouped into related topics or themes. Selections will be announced by January 15, 2017. Each selected participant will present their project in a workshop setting, receive comments, and engage in a dialogue with other academic scholars and accomplished trademark practitioners.

4. UK IPO is inviting bids for research into 3d printing
The UK IPO is inviting bids for research into 3D printing. The aim of the research is to enhance understanding of: the impact of 3D printing on standard IP business models; the effect on the producer-consumer relationship as co-creation redefines IPR ownership and; how 3D printing will impact on the infringement and enforcement of IP rights both nationally and internationally. Questions and expressions of interest should be registered with by Monday 3rd October 2016

5. One for the diary: 14-15 November 2014 CIPA Life Sciences Conference in Brighton
The CIPA Life Sciences Conference is an educational and networking event for patent and IP professionals active in the pharma, medical technology and biotechnology sectors. For nearly two decades the Conference has provided expert insight into the latest developments in patents, regulatory and IP law in the global life science industry. Most importantly, the event provides a friendly environment for in-house and private practice professionals to network and share experiences. You can book online here. The venue is the aptly named Grand in Brighton.

6.  And another: 21-22 November 2016 Conference of the BRICS Intellectual Property Forum
Leading individuals from Europe-based industry and top legal practitioners of the above firms will be presenting a conference programme that has been carefully drawn up for delegates to learn, first hand, of actual experiences and strategies in BRICS IP prosecution and litigation, as well as of the latest developments in IP law and practice in the BRICS countries. The event will be held at the Grange City Hotel in London. Early Bird registration here until 30 September.

7. And another! 13 October 2016 WIPO roving seminar in Ikast, Denmark
The event will provide an introduction to WIPO services and initiatives, including international systems for the protection of IP rights, alternative dispute resolution and infrastructure for the exchange of IP information. There will be plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion, as well as interaction with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) and local business representatives.

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