For the half-year to 31 December 2015, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Jani Ihalainen, Nikos Prentoulis and Mark Schweizer.

Birgit Clark is on Sabbatical till the end of the year

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, an Online Distance Learning programme with key focuses on digital IP law, media law, telecommunications law and IT law.  Qualifications available are LLM (Masters Degree), Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.  Run by Queen Mary, University of London, in conjunction with Informa.  Start date: 11 January 2016.Fees: LLM (£11,650), PG Diploma (£6,700), PG Certificate (£4,115). There's also a pre-sessional module for non-law graduates (£1,725). 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

18 November 2015: "IP Case Law Seminar".  Venue: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA. The seventh Royal Society of Chemistry Law Group’s annual and highly popular seminar will focus on recent high profile intellectual property law developments in the field of chemistry. The seminar will conclude with a networking drinks reception.  For further details and registration just click here.

19 and 20 November 2015: "The 2015 CIPA Life Science Conference", held in what sounds like the stronghold of the ancient Britons --  The Celtic Manor, Coldra Woods, The Usk Valley, Newport, NP18 1HQ. Apart from the strong cast of participants (whose names have so far been kept secret) and the usual attractions, there's a pre-dinner speech by UKIPO head John Alty. Click here for further details and registration.

20 November 2015: "The Unification of Copyright", a joint Bangor Law School/BLACA seminar, hosted in Bangor, 5 till 7 pm.  Speakers: former CJEU and Irish Supreme Court judge Fidelma Macken and Professor Antoon Quaedvlieg. To register, email Polly Taylor (BLACA) at, copying Mark Hyland (Bangor Law School) at into the same email. Accommodation details available from Ffion Lisk

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!

26 November 2015: Annual Conference on the EU Unitary Patent 2015Brussels.

This one-day ERA conference will offer an update on the most recent political and legal developments regarding the Unitary Patent in the EU and the rules of procedure applicable before the Unitary Patent Court.

27 and 28 November 2015: The Asian Pacific Copyright Association’s Inaugural Conference on  ‘Copyright Law and Policy in the Asian Pacific’ will take place 27-28 November 2015 in  Auckland, New Zealand. The conference website and call for papers are  here.

1 December 2015: "Competition Law in the Pharma Sector Conference", Brussels. Organised by IBC legal. Click here for further details and registration. You can enjoy a 10% saving by quoting VIP code FKW82593SPCL.

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

1 December 2015: "Internet & Social Media Law 2015", Kensington Close Hotel, London. Social Media has become synonymous with our time; the laws regulating its use are said to be out of date and  that leaves you and your organisation in an exposed and uncertain place. This is the perfect time to ensure you are fully up to date with the latest legal position and benefit from the practical experience of platform providers, leading rights owners, ISPs, the ICO, a leading QC and lawyers directly involved. Key benefits of attendance include a closed door discussion under the Chatham House Rule about protecting your brand from internet and social media attack, plus roundtable discussions (submit your topics to For further details and registration click here. Quote VIP KatCode FKW82595IPK to save 10% off the registration fee.

1 and 2 December 2015: "Standards, Patents & Competition: Law & Litigation", IBC Legal Conference, London. Apart from the m
ain conference on 1-2 December, there's a Litigating SEPs workshop on 3 December.  Programme details and registration here. IPKat readers are entitled to enjoy a 10% saving on the registration fee by quoting VIP KatCode FKW82582IPKL.

2 to 3 December 2015: "International Copyright Law 2015", Kensington Close Hotel, London.  Your annual opportunity to get your essential update on the latest, and upcoming, copyright developments, including Insights into the complex terrain of copyright exceptions, the Collective Management Directive, a collecting societies & music licensing panel with cutting-edge commenta and latest WIPO and EU developments. Learn more, view the latest agenda and register by clicking here. Quote VIP KatCode FKW82596IPK to save 10% off the registration fee.

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

3 and 4 December 2015: 10th edition of the Premier Cercle IP Summit, held at the Hilton Berlin.  The IPKat has been contemplating this event, which you can read all about here.

7 December 2015: "Building, Managing and Monetizing Your IP Portfolio", this being a half-day course held at the London School of Economics.  Further details of this event, for which IPKat readers are offered a most welcome a 10% discount on the cost of registration, can be found by clicking the Assimilate IP website here.

10 and 11 December 2015: "The Geographical Names Conference: Protecting and Enforcing Geographic Names, GIs, Trademarks and Domain Names" -- INTA's Winter Conference in Rome, Italy. Big cast, excellent programme in which IPKat blogmeister Jeremy had quite a paw.  Click here for programme details and registration.

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.

11 December 2015: "ITMA London Christmas Lunch", London Hilton on Park Lane. Bring a friend, make a friend, let yourself relax and celebrate with the best of the trade mark profession. Just click here: the rest is easy!


2 February 2016: Fashion Law Master Class, held at the Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design, London.  Click here for full details.

25-26 February 2016: Annual Conference on EU Law in the Pharmaceutical Sector 2016 in Brussels. This annual ERA conference aims to keep legal practitioners working with the pharmaceutical sector up-to-date on the latest regulatory developments, legislative initiatives and case law. A particular focus will be on implications for the sector of recent EU activities in the fields of intellectual property, competition law and pharmaceutical law.

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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