For the half-year to 30 June 2015, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Suleman Ali, Tom Ohta and Valentina Torelli.

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

For your delectation


Distance learning courses and e-learning

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

2015

16 April 2015: Pre-INTA Annual Meeting Reception, hosted by Simmons & Simmons in its Amsterdam office.  Admission is free, but space is limited so, if you'd like to attend, just email inta@simmons-simmons.com and let them know.
17 April 2015: IP Agreements (Advanced Course). Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

20 to 24 April 2015: “IP Transactions: Law and Practice”, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL. To advise effectively on IP transactions, it is also necessary to be aware of commercial practice in the relevant industry sector. The mix of legal and practice issues that transactional IP lawyers face can be very different from those experienced by IP litigators or general company/commercial lawyers. This course has been designed to focus on the legal and practice issues that are directly relevant to transactional IP practitioners. Furthermore, the course was 'highly commended' in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013, and also won the UCL Provosts Teaching Award for CPD programmes in 2014. To download the course brochure from 2014, please click here.

21 April 2015: 'The scope of injunctions in intellectual property cases' is the title of a talk by Rafael Garcia Perez at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, University of Bournemouth. Click here for further details.

23 April 2015: 'Introducing the "new public" into copyright infringement' is the title of a talk by Stavroula Karapapa at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, University of Bournemouth. Click here for further details.

23 April 2015: Patent Opinions: Drafting and Business Applications. Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

23 April 2015: “Open Source Software: What Are Your Obligations?”. Open Source License Management provider Protecode is hosting a webinar. Presenters include Martin Callinan of Source Code Control Ltd. and Andrew Katz of Moorcrofts LLP. Click here for further details.

23 to 24 April 2015: US and EU Licensing Law. Venue: Munich. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

24 April 2015: the Faculty of Advocates, Scotland, is marking World IP Day with a conference in the McKenzie Building, Edinburgh. Should be Will be fun. Click here for further details.

25 April 2015: "The EU and the digitisation of cultural heritage collections: Towards new steps in the policy cycle" is a public lecture of Dr. Lucky Belder (University of Utrecht) taking place at Bournemouth University. More details on the CIPPM public lecture series are available here

28 and 29 April 2015: "Advertising & Marketing Law".  This popular IBC Law conference will be held in London on 29 April, preceded by a Committee of Advertising Practice Workshop on 28 April.  Happy news for IPKat readers is that they can enjoy a 10% saving by quoting the VIP Katcode FKW82547IPKL when they sign up.  Click here for further details and registration.


29 April 2015: “Legal Privilege: the UK and US regimes and their applicability to IP practitioners”. This is the next event for AIPPI UK. Venue: Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, London. Speakers: Michael Edenborough QC and Anthony Tridico. More information and booking information are available here.

6 May 2015: SPCs for Beginners. 
Venue: Frankfurt. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

7 to 8 May 2015: Supplementary Protection Certificates. Venue: Frankfurt. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

7 to 8 May 2015: "Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Patent Disputes", organised by ERA and held in Trier. Themes: (i) how to make the best use of EU and international legal instruments? (ii) invalidity, infringement and damages actions. Click here for programme details and registration.

20 May 2015: FTO in Practice: Engineering, Material Science & High TechVenue: Basel. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

20 May 2015: FTO in Practice: Life Sciences and PharmaceuticalsVenue: Basel. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

22 May 2015: 'What's wrong with copying? Roundtable on the foundations of copyright law' is the title of an event taking place at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, University of Bournemouth. Click here for further details.

28 to 29 May 2015: "Annual Conference on European Media Law 2015", organised by ERA and held in Brussels: objectives are to identify lessons learned from the implementation of the AMSD and the achievements of the internal market for media and audiovisual services. Click here for further details and registration.
9 June 2015: US Patent Applications for European Practitioners. Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

9 to 11 June 2015: IP Strategy! a 2.5 days intensive summer special course. Venue: Hamburg. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration. There's a 10% discount for IPKat readers who quote 'IPKat' in their registration email to jc.alexandreho@forum-institut.de.

10 June 2015: "3rd Annual Trade Mark conference”, a Sweet & Maxwell solution by Thomson Reuters. Mr Justice Colin Birss is delivering the keynote, click here to register your interest.

10 to 13 June 2015: European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) 34th Annual Conference, Hamburg. Details here

11 June 2015: “Patent conference”, a Sweet & Maxwell solution by Thomson Reuters. His Honour Judge Richard Hacon is delivering the keynote speech, click here to register your interest.

11 June 2015: Patents for Software - Part I: Essentials. Venue: Frankfurt. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

12 June 2015: Patents for Software - Part II: Claim Drafting. Venue: Frankfurt. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

15 June 2015: OHIM is holding a one-day hands-on mediation event, following on from its successful conference last year.  Venue: Alicante, of course.  Further details can now be found here.

18 June 2015: Joint Exploitation of IP - Legal and Practical Implications of Partnering for Companies and Institutions.  Venue: Munich. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

24 June 2015: “Sir Hugh Laddie Annual Lecture”, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL. This year the speaker will be Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
29 June 2015 –to 3 July 2015: "Summer Course on European Intellectual Property Law", organised by ERA and held in Trier. Click here for further details and registration.

9 to 10 July 2015: LicensingVenue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

20 July to 7 August 2015: "Immersion in Intellectual Property Law", a three-week course offered by the Notre Dame Law School, taking place in London.  For full course details, click here.  To register, click here.

3 to 7 August 2015: IBC's popular IT Law Summer School makes its welcome return, taking place once again in the congenial and suitably academic environment of Downing College, Cambridge. This residential programme features several Katfriends who are all sharing their knowledge, their experience and their enthusiasm with those who are fortunate enough to attend. Readers of this weblog are privileged once again to be entitled to a 10% discount on the registration fee, so long as they remember to quote the VIP KatCode FKW82553IPKL.  Programme and registrations can be obtained by clicking here

4 and 5 September 2015: “Patents on Life: through the lens of law, religious faith and social justice”. Venue: Murray Edwards College, Buckingham House, Cambridge, England. Huge cast of famous and/or excellent contributors, drawn from a variety of jurisdictions and shades of religious conviction and/or lack of it.  Full details are available here.

8 September 2015: JIPLP-GRUR seminar on the impact of the IP Enforcement Directive on national law. Hosted by Taylor Wessing in its London office. Details to come.

7 October 2015: Patent Valuation. Venue: Frankfurt. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

20 October 2015: EU Design Law. Venue: Paris. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

22 October 2015: Russia Patents 2015. Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

29 October 2015: Practical Problems with the PCT. Venue: Munich. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

5 and 6 November 2015: EP Claim Drafting Practice for the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry (Essentials Course). Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click  here for further details and registration.

11 November 2015: Royalty clauses in IP licensing: Drafting and Negotiating. Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click  here for further details and registration.

13 November 2015: Patent Intelligence. Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click  here for further details and registration.

25 November 2015: FTO in Practice: Engineering, Material Science & High TechVenue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click  here for further details and registration.

25 November 2015: FTO in Practice: Life Sciences and PharmaceuticalsVenue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click  here for further details and registration.

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!

1 December 2015: Oral Proceedings before the EPO. Venue: Munich. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

3 to 4 December 2015: Licensing. Venue: Munich. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

3 to 4 December 2015: Intellectual Property Protection for Plant Innovation 2015 Conference. Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration. There's a 10% discount for IPKat readers who quote 'IPKat' in their registration email to jc.alexandreho@forum-institut.de.

10 to 11 December 2015: EP Claim Drafting Practice for the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry (Advanced Course). Venue: Amsterdam. Organised by FORUM-Institut. Click here for further details and registration.

2016

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 conference@aippi.co.il. Meanwhile, for Katposts on the 2013 version of this event, click here

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