A thank-you from the IPKat

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About an hour ago the IPKat weblog received its three millionth visitor to the site. Well, it may not actually be three million visitors, since some folk may have been back more than once, but there have certainly been three million visits since the Kat installed his little web page counter in June 2003.

This Kat, who has been with the blog since its inception, never imagined that it would gain so wide a readership after it began its life as an augmentation of University of London LLB and LLM reading materials.  From June 2003 until the end of the year the blog received just over 12,500 hits; now it usually exceeds that figure every week.  Over 5,600 email subscribers follow the blog too, as do nearly 2,800 RSS feeders and more than 2,400 on Twitter.  The weblog has posted what is now a searchable database of over 6,200 items: case reports, news items, opinion pieces, rants, book reviews, conference reports, competitions and, sadly, obituaries of some of the IP communities' best friends.

Most excitingly, the IPKat's life as a blogger has coincided with an efflorescence of intellectual property blogging across the world. He is proud to be part of a community of IP bloggers who help and respect one another and who work to explain, to demystify, to warn and to criticise for the sake of something that is larger than us all: the more efficient and just operation of an IP system which is not perfect, by people who are not perfect, in a world which is not perfect.

Humbled and awed by the vast degree of support and encouragement he and his colleagues have received, this Kat would like to offer his grateful thanks to all those people who have contributed to the growth and maturity of this weblog over the years. The list includes and is therefor not limited to the following: the current squad of bloggies; those who have played their part as IPKat writers and are now no longer with the team -- though their writings remain with us still; guest writers whose thoughts we have been pleased to share with readers; suppliers of useful and interesting leads, who never despair even if we can't use them; providers of comments, whether directly or by email; furnishers of photos of cats; officials with international and national institutions; judges; lawyers in-house and in private practice; students; litigants; businesses big and small -- and of course our readers.

Thank you -- and may we all be spared to serve the IP community for many a long year to come!
A thank-you from the IPKat A thank-you from the IPKat Reviewed by Jeremy on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Rating: 5


  1. As all us Kat-bloggers know, IP is a job for life. And the IPKat, life-enhacing as it is, will most definitely be spared to live it us for as long as it takes!

  2. Mazel Tov to all the IPKats!

    It is your readers who should thank you for so much!

    You have contributed immeasurably to the quantity and quality of discourse on IP. And done so with flair, panache, wit and feline felicity that sets the standard for the purrfect blog.

    May you all have nine long, happy, healthy and wonderful blogging and real world lives and long keep us amused and informed.

    My very best regards,


  3. Kudos to you and your team Jeremy!!

  4. Congratulations!
    I wish you to reach 100 million visits soon.
    IP Kat is one of the best blogs for intellectual property worldwide.
    It's nice that there are blogs such IP Kat which contribute significantly to the exchange of IP information around the world.
    Again, congratulations.

    Ventsi Stoilov

    Read phonetically

  5. We should be thanking you - your reports and insights into the world of IP are spot-on. Congratulations :)!

  6. The proper comment for you pun-loving Kats surely is Miaow-zeltov!

  7. Congratulations! If I can make a suggestion you could upload more videos of seminars, lectures etc.

  8. Jeremy,

    In this Blogarrhoeac world of ours, the IPKat team shines through - always informative, frequently provoking and with that constant vein of quirky humour. The team here - and Toby at home - salute you!

  9. What a exhausting and comprehensive list of thankees Jeremy ! Personally I'd love to think I belong in several Kategories.

  10. I would like to thank all Kats for their continuous efforts to inform us readers on new IP decisions and legislation, on controversies within the IP world and of course for all the ranting and gossiping that goes along.

    I feel that I alone are responsible for at least 1000 of your 3 million visits, but I gladly will double that in the coming years.

    Keep up the good work!
    Bart van Wezenbeek


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