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David Brophy
A patent attorney with leading Dublin-based Irish practice FRKelly, David splits his time between patents and designs. He specialises in telecommunications and software-related inventions, medical devices and physics-related inventions -- but also takes a keen academic interest in the interface between copyright and design rights. David is now serving his second tour of duty as a Kat, having refreshed himself with a one-year sabbatical. You can find out more about David here.

Eleonora Rosati
Following a successful blogging debut with the copyright-oriented 1709 Blog, Eleonora, who is a regular contributor to and Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, accepted the call to join the team after serving a six-month stint as a guest Kat. An Italian-qualified lawyer (avvocato), Eleonora was a PhD researcher at the European University Institute, Florence, and a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge, before taking up her post as lecturer in intellectual property law at the University of Southampton and running the e-LAWnora copyright consultancy. A dilettante photographer, she can do a better Italian accent than any other member of the regular blog team (more details here; Twitter here).

Nicola Searle
As an academic who has held positions in Scotland and currently London, Nicola can be fairly said to have a reputation that extends across the British Isles. Following a recent spell as Economic Adviser to the UK Intellectual Property Office, she has just taken up a position lecturing at the Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London. Nicola is now in her second tour of duty as a Kat, having achieved fame and fortune as the Katonomist when she blogged first time around, showing her skills as an IP-focused economist. You can read more about her here.

Darren Smyth
A former guest Kat, patent attorney Darren is a partner in the IP practice of EIP. Like Eleonora he is an editorial board member and regular contributor to the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and he is also a blogmeister in his own right, being none other than the IP Alchemist.  Darren has a DPhil in synthetic organic chemistry and likes to entertain people by wearing interesting shirts in public (more details here).

Annsley Merelle Ward
Better known as the AmeriKat, though not exclusively tied to that tag, Annsley is the kitten (by age) of the team — but you’d never guess it from her efficient research and powerful writing. An intellectual property litigator at Bristows LLP she holds law degrees from University College London and the University of Bristol and has a background in science having studied chemical engineering at the University of New Mexico. Although she specialises in cross-border patent and trade secret litigation in the TMT and life sciences sectors, Annsley's interests span all aspects of contentious IP.  She also enjoys reporting on legislative reforms, most recently on the European Unified Patent Court (more details here).

Neil J. Wilkof
Of Counsel to Herzog Fox Neeman, Tel-Aviv, and to Dr Eyal Bressler & Co., Ramat Gan, Neil specialises in technology transfer and computer and internet law. He teaches and writes extensively on IP issues, being co-author of the current edition of the standard Sweet & Maxwell work on Trade Mark Licensing and a major contributor to the IP Finance weblog. As readers of his work will know, Neil rarely confines himself to the straitjacket of IP law when economic, philosophical or historical issues can be effectively brought to bear (more details here).

... and not forgetting Alberto!

Alberto Bellan, an associate in Hogan Lovell's Milan office, is the best friend a Kat can have. A one-time guest Kat, he is the person who carefully and lovingly pieces together each week's Never Too Late round-up of the previous week's Katposts. You can read more about Alberto here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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