For the half-year to 31 December 2014, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Rebecca Gulbul, Lucas Michels and Marie-Andrée Weiss.

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

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Forthcoming Events

Distance learning courses and e-learning

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 FKW12328IPKL when applying. Commencement dates: 2 September 2014 and 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


18 to 21 September 2014: LIDC Annual Conference, Turin, Italy. Here's a great opportunity for IP lawyers to rub noses with their cousins from competition law. Details are, or will be, available, here.

19 September 2014: “A Practical Guide to Copyright Litigation Issues & Pleadings", a seminar run by MBL in London (followed on 23 September in Manchester). This half-day course will provide an opportunity to explore copyright litigation issues and pleadings in both the Patents County Court and High Court with speaker Richard Hodgson, Barrister, of Design Chambers, London. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKat VIP Code IPKAT to claim your 10% discount.

19 September 2014: "The Law of Employee Inventions: Asia -- USA -- Europe": a FNDE conference, in collaboration with CEIPI and CASRIP. Venue: Paris, France. Details available from the CEIPI website here.

23 September 2014: "The Benefits of an IP Audit?", LES Scotland Meeting, The Corinthian Club, Glasgow.  Tea and scones available, of course. Click here for further details and registration.

23 September 2014: "Lessons from recent follow-on damages cases: the Dow and National Grid litigation". CLA Meeting. Speakers: Daniel Jowell QCDaniel Beard QC and Dr. Cristina Caffarra. Time: 6pm. Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills, London. Click here for details.

23 September 2014: Protecting the Media 2014. Venue: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London. This the 20th annual edition of a popular event organised by IBC Legal Conferences, led this year by Reed Smith's head of media Michael Skrein. Topics covered include privacy, libel, data protection, contempt and freedom of information, with a review of recent case law.  Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKat VIP Code FKW823IPK to claim your 15% discount.

23 and 24 September: "The Fabulous World of EU Copyright: What's (Just) Happened and What Will Be Next", organised and run by IPKat team member Eleonora. Click here for details. 

23 to 26 September 2014: The 28th MARQUES Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark. Full details, once available, will be available from the MARQUES website here.

24 September 2014: “Intellectual Property Rights in Software", a seminar run by MBL in Manchester. Explore how software is produced, and what at each stage should be done to protect investment in software, using a combination of copyright, patent, trade secrets and contract. Topical and relevant case law will be referred to during the course of the day. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKAT Blog VIP Code IPKAT to claim your 10% discount.

25 September 2014: "The Trade Mark Perimeter: outside the ordinary", "ITMA Autumn Seminar and drinks reception, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham.  Doesn't start too early, or end too late, to enable people to reach this central England venue without needing to stay there for the night.  Click here for further details and registration.

1 October 2014: PCTea-Party and Lecture: "A time to sow, a time to reap": IPKat blogmeister Jeremy speaks at the 10th anniversary celebration of the IP Factor weblog. Venue: Cinema City, Ramot HaSharon, Israel.  Click here for details.

1 October 2014: "Copyright and Technology", hosted in the London offices of Reed Smith LLP. IPKat team member Eleonora will be there. Further information is available here.

2 October 2014: "Promoting competition in the regulated sectors - which way forward?”. CLA meeting. Speakers: Dr Michael Grenfell, Deb Jones, Catherine Davies and Tom Usher. Time: 6pm. Venue: King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, London. Click here for details. 

2 and 3 October 2014: CIPA Congress 2014, "The Lifecycle of Intellectual Property: IP from cradle to grave". Now in its 19th year, the CIPA Congress takes place once again at the Lancaster London Hotel.  You can get all the juicy details here.  Don't forget to register for the President's Dinner!

7 October 2014: "Copyright: if I could change just one thing …" organised by Baker & McKenzie, WIPO and Kings College, London. Time 6.45 - 8.30 pm; venue: the Anatomy Theatre, KCL's Strand Campus. Confirmed event participants include Mr Justice Birss, Trevor Clarke, Bernt Hugenholtz, Peter Leathem, Cedric Manara and Javier Ruiz.  For more details and registration, click here

14 October 2014: TIPLO Dinner meeting, "Life Sciences innovation, regulation and IP imperatives - striking the right balance". Venue: The Old Court Room, Lincoln's Inn, London. In the chair: David Rosenberg, aided and abetted by Sir Alasdair Breckenridge and Peter Feldschreiber. Details and registration here.

21 October 2014: "Developments in Design Law", a seminar jointly organised by the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (APTMA), Ireland, and the AIPPI. Led by Katfriend and design guru David Stone. Venue: Chartered Accountants House. Pearse Street, Dublin. Click here for details.

22 October 2014: "Patent Box: Tips and Predictions". This Management Forum event takes place at the Rembrandt Hotel, London.  Do check out the details and register here.

22 and 23 October 2014: "Challenges & Opportunities", this year's Anti Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Autumn Conference. Venue: the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London. Click here for further details and registration.

22-25 October: FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2014, Amsterdam. IPKat team member Eleonora will be there. Click here for details.

23 and 24 October: "14th International Trademark Conference", hosted by OHIM in Alicante, Spain. Say the organisers, FORUM-Institut für Management GmbH: "We would like to offer IPKat readers a 10% discount against the registration fee (€ 1,350 -- down from € 1,490).  In order to register for the reduced fee, IPKat Blog readers need only to forward this blog to the responsible conference manager, Desislava, at, or call her, quoting The IPKat Blog (+49 6211 500-730). More information is available here.

29 October 2014: "Intellectual Property: the 'no patents' round-up for non-techie people", organised by CLT and held in Central London. This is an experimental event, composed by IPKat blogmeister Jeremy.  Further details are available here.

30 and 31 October 2014: "Annual Conference on Trademarks and Designs 2014", held in Alicante, Spain, at the behest of ERA. Click here for programme details, registration and a couple of days in the winter sunshine ...

4 and 5 November 2014: "Cyber Security: Risk, Regulation and Compliance 2014", organised by IBC Conferences and held in London. Readers of the IPKat weblog are entitled to the benefit of a 10% discount on the registration fee if they use this link -- which automatically encodes the VIP Katcode and also contains the important details of the event such as speakers, chairpersons and lunch breaks ...

6 and 7 November 2014: "Understanding the Social Impacts of Copyright", the annual CopyCamp conference, taking this place in Warsaw, Poland.  Balanced debate and unrestrained comment guaranteed! For further details, click here.

12 to 14 November 2014: "Life Sciences IP Summit 2014", a two-day conference prefaced by highly-focused Workshops. Organised by C5 and held at the Novotel Amsterdam City Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, this event is packed full of good speakers and challenging sessions. For further details and registration click here.  Booking code for IPKat readers is LSIPKAT.

19 November 2014. "EU Design Law: a one-day practitioners' guide", conducted by Katfriend and design guru David Stone (Simmons & Simmons) and held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. More information is on this programme, plus registration details, can be found here.  In order to register for a handsome fee reduction (€ 860 -- down from € 960) IPKat Blog readers need only to forward this blog notice to the responsible conference manager, Jean-Claude Alexandre Ho, at, or call him, quoting "IPKat weblog" (+49 6211 500-675).

20 to 21 November 2014, CIPA Life Sciences Conference, which you can enjoy at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Colfield, deep in the heart of the English Midlands. Up to 9 hours CPD can be secured, not to mention the chance to participate in some jovial and productive networking. The programme and registration details for this valuable event, graced by none other than Patents Court judge Sir Colin Birss, can be perused by clicking here.

24 and 25 November 2014: "Working out ABS: Preparing to Comply with the New EU Rules on Access and Benefit-sharing", International Chambers of Commerce event, Paris. Click here for full details.

 25 November 2014: Annual IP Publishers and Editors Lunch, kindly hosted by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, in its lovely London office.  For further details email, who wants to hear from prospective attendees ...

27 and 28 November 2014: "Perspectives for the Intellectual Property System in a Globalized World", a conference to celebrate the 50th birthday of Strasbourg IP centre of academic excellence CEIPI (Happy Birthday, folks!)  Click here for details. 

4 and 5 December 2014, "International Patent Litigation": here's IBC's 6th annual edition of this hardy perennial, located in Central London. You can enjoy the quality of this excellent programme by clicking here. Great international cast of speakers, including several notable Katfriends. To claim your 15% registration discount don't forget to quote VIP KatCode FKW82525IPKL. To register, click here.

4 and 5 December 2014: "Preparing for the Unitary Patent Package", organised by ERA in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London. Venue: London, England. For programme details and registration, click here.

8 and 9 December 2014: INTA Conference, "When Trademarks Overlap with Other IP Rights", Munich, Germany. Two Kats (Jeremy and Neil) and numerous katfriends are on this program. See you there?


28 January 2015: "Evidence and Procedure in Intellectual Property Litigation", the third London version of the now regular series of JIPLP-GRUR Int get-togethers.  Venue: the London office of Taylor Wessing LLP. Further details will be available soon.

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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