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

Computer & Communications Law, a Distance Learning programme with key focuses on digital IP law, media law, telecommunications law and IT law.  Run by Queen Mary, University of London, in conjunction with Informa.  Start dates: 1 September 2015 and 11 January 2016. You can get further details of this popular, well-organised course by clicking here.

Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Entertainment Law, by Distance Learning over 12 months: 21 September 2015 to 31 August 2016: under the auspices of the London Metropolitan University. 8 core modules plus options on Defamation and the Politics of Media Regulation. For full details of this course and also for registration, just click http://www.ibclegal.com/FKW12364IPKL.

2015
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.

5 June 2015.  "Meet the Judges" -- a wonderful programme for trade mark litigators, organised by European trade mark owners' organisation MARQUES and taking place in the lovely, romantic city of Dublin, Ireland.  For details, click here.
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 for further details and registration. There's a 10% discount for IPKat readers who quote 'IPKat' when they register.

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 for further details and registration. There's a 10% discount for IPKat readers who quote 'IPKat' when they register.

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.

17 and 18 June 2015: "Jurisdiction & Dispute Resolution in the Internet Era: Governance and Good Practices". Part of the programme of the Internet l@w summer school of the University of Geneva's Law School. For further details, just click through to the conference website here. Online registration can be achieved by clicking 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.

22 June 2015: "Freedom to Operate for the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industries", this being a one day event, London, organised by Assimilate IP, who kindly offer IPKat readers a 10% discount. Click here for details of this and other Assimilate IP training courses.

22 and 23 June 2015: 14th Pharmaceutical Patent Extensions Forum, The Excelsior Hotel, Munich. Organised by C5. 10% discount on registration fee for IPKat readers.  Click here for discussion and further details.

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.

8 July 2015: ITMA Summer Reception, organised by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys at the Little Ship Club, London. Further details are available here.

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

11 July 2015: This year's IViR Symposium at the University of Amsterdam is on Alternative Compensation Systems for Digital Copyright. For further details click here.

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

25 to 27 August 2015: Pharmaceutical Law Academy 2015, in the lovely surroundings of Downing College, Cambridge, UK. This course offers intensive and practical guidance on this varied and complex area of law; it's a unique, residential conference programme and is the product of years of feedback from practitioners seeking an introduction or refresher gained from the exceptional Fundamentals Day as well as a sophisticated update on the very latest developments and burning issues in the industry. Learn more, view the latest agenda and register at the event website. Quote VIP Katcode FKW82574IPK to save 10% on registration with the IPKat.

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.

7 September 2015: "Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law", this being a one day event, London, organised by Assimilate IP, who kindly offer IPKat readers a 10% discount. Click here for details of this and other Assimilate IP training courses.

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.

1 and 2 October 2015: ‘The Global IP System: is it for purpose?’, CIPA's Annual Congress, taking place again at the Lancaster London Hotel. As usual, there is a cogent programme and there are great opportunities to see old friends and meet new ones. Click here for further details and registration.

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

10 to 14 October 2015: AIPPI World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Programme here. Registration here.

19 October 2015: "Freedom to Operate", this being a half-day event, London, organised by Assimilate IP, who kindly offer IPKat readers a 10% discount. Click here for details of this and other Assimilate IP training courses.

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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