One of three guest Kats for the period ending 30 June 2013, Stefano practises law in Udine, a small town in the North East of Italy which is conveniently placed for anyone travelling by land from the Italian Alps and Slovenia. Stefano's areas of practice and research appear to comprise pretty well every species of IP known to man and he has authored some excellent material for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and its OUP sister, the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice.
A partner and European Patent Attorney with the Irish firm FRKelly, David Brophy has been working in the profession since 1993 in Dublin. He holds a degree in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin, and his practice has gradually extended from patent work into the designs and copyright field. His professional work is now divided between patents and designs in roughly equal measures, and he comes to the IPKat team with almost two decades of drafting and prosecution experience, but sadly no professorships (more details here).
IP Consultant to London-based solicitors Olswang LLP and Honorary Research Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute, Jeremy is a Professorial Fellow, Queen Mary IP Institute and occasionally teaches at the University of Alicante, Spain. A veteran blogger and a founding member of the IPKat team in June 2003, he is heavily involved in IP consultancy work, editing the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) and the European Trade Mark Reports (ETMR), conference and seminar organising and tackling freelance IP research projects.
With an interest in law and journalism, Brooklyn-based and Canadian-educated Jeff brings a more transatlantic perspective to the IPKat's generally Eurocentric blog. The author of an e-book on Google's attempt to create the world's largest library, he is a guest Kat for the six months to 30 June 2013. His three preferred modes of relaxation are baseball, bourbon and, we hope, blogging (more details here).
Following a successful stint with the copyright-oriented 1709 Blog, Eleonora, who is a regular contributor to the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, accepted the call to join the team after serving a six-month stint as a guest Kat. Formerly an IP researcher at the European University Institute, Florence, Dr Rosati -- who has served time at Bird & Bird LLP -- is now doing IP research at Cambridge University: a talented photographer, she can do a better Italian accent than any other member of the blog team (more details here).
A former guest Kat, patent attorney Darren is a partner in the IP practice of EIP. Like Eleonora he is a 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 baby of the team — but you’d never guess it from her efficient research and powerful writing. An intellectual property litigation associate in the London office of Allen & Overy 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. Annsley has a wide range of interests that span all aspects of contentious IP, but she also enjoys reporting on legislative reforms, most recently on the proposed European unitary patent proposals. She also acts as an ad hoc adviser to the Victoria and Albert Museum on intellectual property matters (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).
The AmeriKat is Annsley’s persona when she’s blogging on matters American. In principle the AmeriKat sends one or two weekly “Letter from AmeriKat” missives, though there are times when she will post an entire series of features on the same topic (Bilski was one such instance), and other times when she’s probably shopping …