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 http://www.ibclegal.com/FKW12364IPKL.

2015
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

17 to 21 August 2015: IBC Legal's 15th Annual Intellectual Property Law Summer School, held as usual in the lovely and congenial surroundings of Downing College, Cambridge. As befits this popular event, there is an all-star cast. In addition, IPKat blogmeister Jeremy will be running a trade mark-based dispute resolution exercise on the Thursday afternoon. There is a generous 20% registration fee discount for IPKat readers who click here to register, quoting the VIP KatCode of FKW82564IPKL.

25 and 26 August 2015: 5th Global Forum on IP (GFIP) 2015, Singapore. Early Bird registration discount now available till 31 July. Click here for details.

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.


11 September 2015: "Geographical Indications in the EU: policy aspects and future regulation", Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) Symposium 2015. Venue: Bournemouth University, UK. For further information contact Nicola Coppola at ncoppola@bournemouth.ac.uk. For more details and booking click here.

17 and 18 September 2015: "Enrolling Internet Intermediaries in the Law Enforcement Process: Challenges and Opportunities", the first iClic Conference, in sunny Southampton, starring our very own Eleonora plus a strong supporting cast. Click here for details.

23 September 2015: "Hot topics in industry -- the in-house perspective", this year's ITMA Autumn Seminar, in the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham (and to think that some readers didn't even know there was any Regency architecture in Birmingham). Chaired by Chris McLeod, ITMA President and Kate O’Rourke, ITMA First Vice-President, this event already has a strong cast of speakers.  Definitely worth attending! Just click here for all you need to know ...

24 September 2015: "Protecting the Media 2015". It's big, it's back and it's bound to have something for you. The 21st edition of this IBC event will be taking place in Central London with a strong cast of expert speakers drawn from the ranks of the media and the legal profession.  To find out more, to see the latest agenda and to register just click here . To claim your 15% registration fee reduction, don't forget to quote your special VIP Katcode FKW82577IPK.

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.

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.

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. 

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.


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. 

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.

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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