From October 2016 to March 2017 the team is joined by Guest Kats Rosie Burbidge and Eibhlin Vardy, and by InternKats Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo, Tian Lu and Hayleigh Bosher.

The IPKat Team

Alberto Bellan
Alberto was once a guest Kat. Before joining the permanent team, he established a niche on this blog  by carefully distilling all the previous week's Katposts into a weekly Never Too Late round-up. He holds a Master's degree in IP/IT Law, and as adjunct professor, taught a course on Comparative Intellectual Property Law at University of Trieste. You can read more about Alberto here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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 interest in the interface between copyright and design rights, on which he wrote his Master's dissertation. 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 held the distinction of doing a better Italian accent than any other member of the regular blog team, until Alberto's arrival (more details on Eleonora 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 spell as Economic Adviser to the UK Intellectual Property Office, she is a Lecturer 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).

Rosie Burbidge

An English qualified IP lawyer at Fox Williams LLP, Rosie cut her litigation teeth on patent litigation and has now graduated to design, trade mark and copyright issues with a sprinkling of breach of confidence. She has several years blogging experience under her belt from Art & Artifice which she founded back in 2010.  More details on Roise here and on Twitter here

Eibhlin Vardy
A senior associate in the IP team at Stephenson Harwood in London, Eibhlin advises on disputes involving all IP rights, and has a particular interest in hard fought patent and trade secrets litigation.  Eibhlin is no stranger to the Kat, having already provided numerous guest posts before her arrival onto the team.  Eibhlin originally hails from Holywood in Northern Ireland, but moved to (warmer and drier) Cambridge to study law, before training at a magic circle firm. Eibhlin's street in South East London has recently seen an influx of new kittens, and Eibhlin can now be found stalking them paparazzi style to obtain photos for this blog. Fun Fact: As a child, Eibhlin featured in the music video for Van Morrison's 1989 hit "Have I told you lately that I love you" – bizarrely Eibhlin didn't discover this until she bumped into the director some 23 years later. You can read more about Eibhlin here.

Mark Schweizer
Mark has been a long-standing friend of the IPKat for a considerable time and has contributed to the blog in various guises over the years. An associate in the Swiss firm of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Mark also lectures in intellectual property law at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), and is an adjunct judge at the Federal Patent Court. As well as writing for the IPKat, Mark contributes to the trademark-focussed Class 46 blog. More details on Mark here.

Tian Lu
An IP enthusiast from the other side of the Eurasian continent, Tian is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Maastricht University, having previously completed the advanced masters program in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management there.  Her research area is the protection of famous trade marks in China, EU and the U.S. Tian is also one of the founders of a China-based online European law platform: The European Law Vision. 

Hayleigh Bosher
A final year PhD candidate, Hayleigh is doing research at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University, under the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award. Her thesis focuses on digital copyright infringement by way of copying and communication to the public online. Whilst at CIPPM Hayleigh has been involved in a number of research projects including

Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo

Verónica holds an LL.M. in IP Law and Knowledge Management from Maastricht University, and she graduated with honours as a Specialist in IP Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She was selected to attend the Summer School organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Academy of European Public Law in Greece. Verónica provides legal advice in Mexico and other countries as an Independent IP Consultant, and has several years of work experience in prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of IP rights. More details on Verónica here.

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