The team is joined by Guest Kats Rosie Burbidge, Stephen Jones, Mathilde Pavis, and Eibhlin Vardy, and by InternKats Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo, Hayleigh Bosher, Tian Lu and Cecilia Sbrolli.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Surprises

Hello dear IPKat followers! Here is our usual broader look into the IP-world!

Let's first take a look at coming-soon events. Organised under the patronage of the Polish Patent Office, the CopyCamp 2017. The Internet of Copyrighted Things will take place on on 28-29 September at Kino Praha in Warsaw. During the event, speakers from a variety of backgrounds will be talking about how exclusive rights affect our lives. Presentations will be preceded by workshops. Participation to the event is free, registration is necessary and can be done here.

What are trade secrets and how can they be used by innovators to safeguard research and data? The Royal Society of Chemistry will host the seminar Trade secrets: are they more useful to innovators than patents?, which will be held on 7 September at Hardwicke Chambers in London, to answer all of these questions. Attendance to the seminar is free, the names of the attendees should be communicated through event page.

Kat's selfie, Caravaggio-style
On to some flashy news, Kim Kardashian's company Kimsaprincess Inc. was accused of patent infringement by the company Snap Light. Snap Light, produces smartphone cases with “integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device”, in short a flash to take better selfies. All the while, Miss Kardashian has been endorsing the company LuMee which offers a similar product. The sparkling stage of the socialite's endorsement is hitting hard on the sales of Snap Light, who is asking for significant damages. Full article on the Daily Mail Online here.

Ploughshare successes continue to support UK prosperity. Ploughshare Innovations is the technology commercialisation arm of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and, according to a report recently publised, the company has created a great economic impact generating jobs, increasing exports and by attracting investment, supporting the UK’s prosperity.


Call for papers!! In the context of the XXth International Congress 2018 International Academy of Comparative Law to be held next July in Fukuoka, Japan, there is a call for papers on the special session topic: sharing the economy and the law. Deadline for abstracts submission is 30 March 2018. More information can be found here.

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