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.

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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


5 March 2015: "Mass Digitisation of Cultural Heritage: Can Copyright Obstacles Be Overcome?" is a public lecture starring Prof Pamela Samuelson (UB Berkeley) and taking place at King's College London. Further details and registration 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.
7 March 2015: "Use it or Lose it", this year's CIPIL Spring Conference, chaired by Katfriend Sir Richard Arnold. Further details, plus comments by Eleonora, are available via the 1709 Blog here

10 and 11 March 2015: "International Patent Forum", organised by Managing Intellectual Property magazine and held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London. In-housers, R&D professionals, academics go free, and there is a generous £300 reduction on the registration fee for IPKat readers who email and quote "IPKAT".  Programme review and links to further details here.

11 March 2015: "EU Copyright, I Love You" -- Not just a declaration of feelings, but also an event brought to you by fellow Kat Eleonora to discuss the most recent developments in this area of the law. Further details and registration here.

12 March 2015: The next Union dinner (the date has been moved from Union's usual Tuesday because of a “noisy harp concert”).  The speaker will be IPO Deputy Director of Patents Andy Bartlett, who will be talking on the topic of “The Future of the Patent System – Harmonization and Globalisation”.  Contact Steven Wake at for more details.

18 March 2015: "Once in a lifetime: a mock negotiation of the sale and purchase of a music publishing company", hosted by the University of Westminster, London. Details of this unusual event can be accessed here.

18 to 20 March 2015: "IP Convergence – Coming together or moving apart?
", ITMA Spring Conference, One Whitehall Place, London. For further details and registration for this popular seasonal conference, just click here.

19 March 2015: "The problem with the average consumer in European trade mark law": public lecture of Jennifer Davis (CIPIL, Cambridge) taking place at Bournemouth University. Details and registration here

19 and 20 March 2015: Pharma & Biotech Patent Litigation", C5's 7th annual Forum. Venue: Hotel Okura, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The organisers offer a  10% reduction on the registration fee to IPKat readers who quote the VIP Katcode 630IPKAT10Further particulars and registration details available here. There's also a pre-conference workshop here.

24 March 2015: pre-Forum workshop for the Nordic IPR Forum, details of which are immediately below.

25 to 26 March 2015: "Nordic IPR Forum", organised by IQPC and held in the Brewery Conference Centre, Stockholm, Sweden. There's a definitely Scandinavian flavour to this popular event, which offers a 10% discount to IPKat weblog readers who quote the magic word. Click here for a write-up of this event plus a link to programme and registration details.

26 March 2015: Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Terms in Research Contracts CPD Course, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL. This practical ‘hands on’ course provides a structured discussion of various types of intellectual property clauses in research contracts and other IP-rich agreements. The course is intended for contract managers, technology transfer and licencing executives, lawyers, patent attorneys and other practitioners whose job involves reviewing or drafting IP terms in research contracts. For more details and registration, please click here.
8 and 9 April 2015: 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.

14 April 2015: "Cultivating Innovation: How (and How Not) to Think about Intellectual Property in Agriculture and Plant Science",  an AHRC-funded Cultivating Innovation project the University of Leeds is hosting at the John Innes Centre, bringing together plant breeders and agricultural scientists with historians, philosophers, and scholars from other disciplines for a fresh look at intellectual property in agriculture and plant breeding. Click here for further particulars.

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 and let them know.

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.

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.

7 to 8 May 2015: "Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Industrial Property 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.
28 to 29 May 2015: "Annual Conference on European Law in the Media Sector 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.

8 June 2015: JIPLP-GRUR seminar, Munich.  Details awaited.

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.

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.

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

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.
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.

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.

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.
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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