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.

For your delectation

Forthcoming Events

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


28 October 2014: "The Wonderful Life of EU Copyright Law & Policy", organised and run by IPKat team member Eleonora, and hosted at the Brussels offices of Allen & Overy LLP. Click here for further details and registration.

28 October 2014: "A masterclass on music publishing agreements", University of Westminster, London. Starring Robert Allan (former partner, Simkins LLP). Click here for further details.   

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 ...

31 October 2014: “Intellectual Property in R&D Collaborations", a seminar run by MBL in London. This course looks at the treatment of intellectual property in commercial and academic R&D collaborations. Designed to appeal both to IP lawyers and also to commercial lawyers advising the parties to such collaborations. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKAT Blog VIP Code IPKAT to claim your 10% discount.

4 November 2014: "A masterclass on recording agreements", University of Westminster, London. Starring Robert Allan (former partner, Simkins LLP). Click here for further details.

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.

6 and 7 November 2014: "Patents in Telecoms": a two-day conference covering The Future of Telecoms regulation; Patent Buying and Selling; FRAND Defences and how to calculate FRAND, Injuctions; and Patent Assertion Entities.  Washington DC. Details available hereReaders of the IPKat weblog are entitled to the benefit of a 10% discount on the registration fee by quoting VIP code ipkat-14.

7 November 2014: "3D Printing: A Selection of Stakeholder Perspectives, University of Bournemouth. Click here for further details and here to register. Questions? Just ask organiser Dr Dinusha Mendis

11 November 2014: "A masterclass on music management agreements", University of Westminster, London. Starring Robert Allan (former partner, Simkins LLP). Click here for further details.   

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: "Intellectual Property and Crime", with Leon Livermore (Trading Standards Institute), Matt Cope (UK IPO), DCI Andrew Fyfe (City of London Police), and HH Judge Dhir QC. Venue UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Details available here.

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 November 2014: "Social Media and the Law", the 8th annual event on this topic, organised once again by IBC Legal Conferences.  Venue: Kensington Close Hotel, London. Great panel of speakers includes Ashley Hurst (Olswang) and Professor Ian Walden (QM). To be sure of getting your 10% IPKat readers' discount, register from this link here (which also gives full details of this event).

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. 

2 and 3 December 2014: "Standards and Patents 2014". This is the eighth time that IBC Legal has run this event; the venue is Central London. There's also a pre-conference workshop.  Full details of the programme and registration can be found here.  There's a 10% registration discount for IPKat readers who quote the VIP KatCode FKW82562IPKL.

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. Early bird closes on 4 November; 25% discount for readers who quote the VIP KatCode 214R06_IPkat). 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?

10 and 11 December 2014: "International Copyright Law 2014", the 14th annual edition of this event, run in Central London by IBC Conferences and chaired this year by the masterful and authoritative Professor Adrian Sterling.  As might be expected, there is a strong cast of speakers, which you can check out here.  There's a VIP KatCode of FKW82532IPK for anyone who registers via this programme link to claim their 15% discount on the registration fee.


27 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.

29 and 30 January 2015: "Trade Mark Litigation", a two-day Forum organised by C5 and held in the Royal Windsor Hotel, Brussels.  Large cast of experts includes several members of the judiciary past and present.  For further particulars of the programme and for registration click 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.

8 and 9 April: 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.

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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