For the half-year to 31 December 2014, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Rebecca Gulbul, Lucas Michels and Marie-Andrée Weiss.

Regular round-ups of the previous week's blogposts are kindly compiled by Alberto Bellan.

For your delectation

Distance learning courses and e-learning

NOTE THE COMMENCEMENT DATE! Computer and Communications Law: here's a grand opportunity to gain an LLM, PgDip or Certificate in Computer and Communications Law from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, one of the UK’s leading law schools.  Further details of the course [which has more modules than you can fling your mortarboard at, says Merpel], and registration, are accessible here. No discount is available, but you will experience the ultimate in being pampered and being well looked-after if you quote VIP Katcode FKW12329IPKL when applying. Commencement date: 12 January 2015.

MBA for Lawyers! You can become a Master of Business Administration by Distance Learning, from De Montfort University in conjunction with the Informa Business Academy. Course commences 19 September 2014. Full details of this imaginative programme, together with registration particulars, can be obtained with no more effort than a gentle click of your mouse, just ... here  

UK, EU & US Copyright Law: Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programmes are offered by King's College, London.  This is a distance learning opportunity for anyone who wants to trade in eight months of toil for a lifetime of knowledge and legal and practical insights provided by a team led by Katfriend Tanya Aplin.  Full details are available here. 
 No discount is available, but you will be admired and respected by all if you quote VIP Katcode FKW12324IPKL when applying. Commencement date: 1 October 2014.

E-Learning @ ERA. Leading practitioners and academics are filmed at ERA events. The recording and the speaker’s presentation are combined in a split-screen video podcast, together with full hyperlinked supporting material. The package can be viewed as a video or downloaded as an audio file. ERA's IP e-learning programme is available here


24 and 25 November 2014: "Working out ABS: Preparing to Comply with the New EU Rules on Access and Benefit-sharing", International Chambers of Commerce event, Paris. Click here for full details.

25 November 2014: Annual IP Publishers and Editors Lunch, kindly hosted by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, in its lovely London office.  For further details email, who wants to hear from prospective attendees ...

26 November: "Not just a court of laugh resort - Why the CJEU decision in Deckmyn is broader than parody" is the title of the presentation that fellow Kat Eleonora will be delivering at the University of Southampton in the context of a joint iCLIC/CIPPM seminar. If you wish to attend (it's free), you'll find details here

27 November 2014: "Social Media and the Law", the 8th annual event on this topic, organised once again by IBC Legal Conferences.  Venue: Kensington Close Hotel, London. Great panel of speakers includes Ashley Hurst (Olswang) and Professor Ian Walden (QM). To be sure of getting your 10% IPKat readers' discount, register from this link here (which also gives full details of this event).

27 and 28 November 2014: "Perspectives for the Intellectual Property System in a Globalized World", a conference to celebrate the 50th birthday of Strasbourg IP centre of academic excellence CEIPI (Happy Birthday, folks!)  Click here for details. 

2 and 3 December 2014: "Standards and Patents 2014". This is the eighth time that IBC Legal has run this event; the venue is Central London. There's also a pre-conference workshop.  Full details of the programme and registration can be found here.  There's a 10% registration discount for IPKat readers who quote the VIP KatCode FKW82562IPKL.

3 December 2014. "New media between copyright protection and the access to network conundrum examining how regulatory policies for new media are posing barriers to equitable and open access to digital information". The speaker is Dr Nicola Lucchi - Jonkoping International Business School. Its all at the City Law School at College Building, Room AG 02 at the City University EC1V 0HB, It's free to attend but you need to register. More here.

4 December 2014: “IP and Litigation in 2014 and beyond”. The next Union dinner hosts Charlotte May QC. Charlotte will demonstrate why she was selected as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 barristers of 2014.  If you are interested,just email here or book here

4 and 5 December 2014: "The IP Summit 2014". For the first time this Summit tackles copyright as well as patents and trade marks. This 9th edition seeks to answer the ultimate questions on the main IP issues.  Venue: Brussels, where the newly elected European Commission has to define its new IP strategy and strengthen the current IP infrastructure in Europe. For details of  the programme, registration and information regarding high-level business and professional contacts, the Premier Cercle team invite you to click here.

4 and 5 December 2014, "International Patent Litigation": here's IBC's 6th annual edition of this hardy perennial, located in Central London. You can enjoy the quality of this excellent programme by clicking here. Great international cast of speakers, including several notable Katfriends. To claim your 15% registration discount don't forget to quote VIP KatCode FKW82525IPKL. To register, click here.

4 and 5 December 2014: "Preparing for the Unitary Patent Package", organised by ERA in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London. Venue: London, England. Early bird closes on 4 November; 25% discount for readers who quote the VIP KatCode 214R06_IPkat). For programme details and registration, click here.

8 and 9 December 2014: INTA Conference, "When Trademarks Overlap with Other IP Rights", Munich, Germany. Two Kats (Jeremy and Neil) and numerous katfriends are on this program. See you there?

9 December 2014: ITMA Christmas Dinner. 600+ fellow diners can't all be wrong! Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane, London. Click here for further details.

10 and 11 December 2014: "International Copyright Law 2014", the 14th annual edition of this event, run in Central London by IBC Conferences and chaired this year by the masterful and authoritative Professor Adrian Sterling.  As might be expected, there is a strong cast of speakers, which you can check out here.  There's a VIP KatCode of FKW82532IPK for anyone who registers via this programme link to claim their 15% discount on the registration fee.

12 December 2014: "Nothing but Exceptional Copyright Exceptions" is another event organised and run by fellow Kat Eleonora at the stunning London offices of RPC. This time the focus is exceptions and limitations under EU and UK laws. Sounds like something not to be missed! For details, click here.


27 January 2015: "Evidence and Procedure in Intellectual Property Litigation", the third London version of the now regular series of JIPLP-GRUR Int get-togethers.  Venue: the London office of Taylor Wessing LLP. Further details will be available soon.

29 and 30 January 2015: "Trade Mark Litigation", a two-day Forum organised by C5 and held in the Royal Windsor Hotel, Brussels.  Large cast of experts includes several members of the judiciary past and present.  For further particulars of the programme and for registration click here.

6 March 2015: “A to Z of Intellectual Property Law - In One Day", a seminar run by MBL in Bristol and London. This practical one day course, aimed at both private practitioners and in-housers, offers an introduction to IP law for practitioners new to the subject and those looking to do more IP. The course will reference current law, cases and good practice. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKAT Blog VIP Code IPKAT to claim your 10% discount.

8 and 9 April: This year's Fordham University International IP Conference returns to Cambridge, England, this depriving many happy IP enthusiasts of their annual excuse for travelling to New York.  No details are available as yet. When they are published, they will probably be somewhere round here.

26 November 2015: A special conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of JIPLP.  This event will be held in London. Further information will be made available nearer the time. Meanwhile, mark your diaries!


14 and 15 March 2016: "From NP to IP": the second edition of the highly successful conference held by AIPPI's Israel Group. Venue: the Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv. Further details will be supplied nearer the time. If you are interested in the meantime, contact conference organiser Dorit Korine at Meanwhile, for Katposts on the 2013 version of this event, click here

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