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, 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

8 to 9 October 2015: "Annual Conference on Trade Marks and Designs in Europe 2015", Alicante, organised by ERA. Check out the programme here.  There's a delicious 25% special discount for IPKat readers on the standard conference fee of trade marks conference. You can download a registration form here. Readers who register online should mention the reference code 215R05IPKAT in the comment box.
10 to 14 October 2015: AIPPI World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Programme here. Registration here.

14 October 2015: "Oh Dear, How (Un)Civilised: EU Copyright and its Reform Debate" is the title of the talk of fellow Kat Eleonora at the Swedish Copyright Association in Stockholm. Details (in Swedish, but Google Translate will come to your rescue) 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.

22 and 23 October 2015: "Life Sciences IP Summit 2015", organised by C5 Conferences.  Great programme. Click here for event review. Venue: NH Berlin Friedrichstrasse Hotel. Katcode for booking: P15-999-KAT16. 15% registration fee discount available for IPKat readers. For further details and registration, just click here. 

27 October 2015: WilmerHale open IP seminar: a conversation with former UK and US Intellectual Property Appellate Judges Sir Robin Jacob and Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa. Location – Park Lane, London W1. Registration at 17:30, seminar at 18:00, reception at 19:30. Anyone who would like to attend is very welcome to email Oliver White at

28 October 2015: The RSC Patent Debate – does chemistry benefit from the patent system? Venue: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA. Participants are Professor Sir Nicholas Wald (Founding Director of the Wolfson Institute, UK), Sir Simon Campbell CBE (former President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, former Senior Vice-president, Pfizer UK), Professor Chas Bountra (Oxford University, former Vice-president, GlaxoSmithKline, UK) and Dr Mohga M Kamal-Yanni (Senior Health & HIV Policy Adviser, Oxfam, UK).  For further details and registration, just click here.

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.

13 and 14 November 2015: International conference, “IP and the Life Sciences”, Basel, Switzerland, organized by the University of Basel and Queen Marry University of London. The conference will provide in-depth analysis of the boundaries between IP and the life sciences. Presentations will address the significance of IP for medicine and pharmaceutics, the agricultural sector (crop sciences), life sciences research, as well as detailed country case studies. The conference will be of special interest to academics and practitioners involved in IP and the life sciences, with conference findings published subsequently as a Research Handbook on IP and the Life SciencesClick here for detailed programme and registration.
16 November 2015: "Freedom to Operate for the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industries". Venue: London School of Economics, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.  Organisers Assimilate IP are happy to offer readers of this weblog a 10% discount.  The link to the Assimilate IP website is here.

16-17 November 2015: "Annual Conference on European Copyright Law 2015", Trier. Organised by ERA. This year's theme is recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Click here for programme and registration details.25% special discount for IPKat readers over the standard conference fee is available: just mention the reference code 215R06IPKAT in the comment box.

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

1 and 2 December 2015: "Standards, Patents & Competition: Law & Litigation", IBC Legal Conference, London. Apart from the main 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.

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 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.


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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