Wednesday Whimsies

What's happening out and about in the world of IP? IPKat provides a summary of upcoming IP events.


On 6 March 2018, WilmerHale is hosting a free UK Intellectual Property Seminar on Global IP Litigation. The discussion will be lead by Mr. Justice Birss, judge of the Patents Court and Business and Property Courts Supervising Judge for the Midland, Wales and Western Circuits, and will center around the future role of the UK in global and European IP litigation proceedings. A discussion on future forum shopping in the UPC is also promised. See here for further details and registration. 


The CIPIL Annual Spring Conference 2018 will be held on 10 March 2018 at the University of Cambridge. Mr Justice Arnold will chair this year's theme on  Intermediary Liability and Responsibility. Those interested in IP may wish to take a look at session 1, in which the issue of intermediary liability and responsibility vis-à-vis copyright and other forms of intellectual property, hate speech, children protection and personal data protection will be discussed. 


The WP Intellectual Property Conference will be held on 12 April 2018 at The Signet Library in Edinburgh. The keynote will be from Scottish Supreme Courts judge Hon Lady Wolffe. The conference will focus on harmonisation of the copyright regime, in light of the digital single market, and includes a talk from IPKat Dr Eleonora Rosati!


Submissions are now open for the European Law Institute (ELI) Young Lawyers Award. The noble goal of the award is to "provide the young European community with a mechanism to propose practical suggestions for the improvement of European law". Applicants for the award must be enrolled at a European university or have been awarded a law degree in the last 5 years. Entry requires the submission of a unpublished <2,500 word paper dealing with a European legal issue that could be improved. Full entry requirements can be found here. Will a paper on IP win this year?

Prize winning Kat

The WIPO and WTO are organizing the first Regional WIPO-WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers and Researchers in Africa. A similar event too place last year in Asia. The colloquium will be held on 9-12 April 2018 UNISA in Pretoria, South Africa. See here for full details and registration, including information on the available scholarships.


IP and AI

London based start-up CIPHER are hosting a webinar on AI and IP, which will focus on the extent to which AI can help with the creation, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property, and specifically patents. Full details and registration can be found here 

Trade marks

MARQUES is hosting a free webinar on "Social Media and Marketplaces back to basics: ...'Food' for thoughts" on 29 March 2018The webinar will provide an overview and case studies on strategies to protect IP rights in some social media and online marketplace platforms. There will also be a presentation by in-house lawyers from two multinational companies from the food industry, who will discuss the main issues they face and the practical solutions that can be adopted in both social media and online marketplace environments. Full details of the webinar can be found here

Job adverts


The University of Glasgow is looking for a full time Lecturer in Intellectual Property. Full details can be found here.

San Fransico

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking to fill a Technology Law and Policy Fellow position in sunny San Francisco. The role is designed for a lawyer with up to 2 years of legal or public policy experience who "is passionate about free knowledge and open source issues". Apparently, it is even more awesome if you also have a good sense of humor.

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Author: Rose Hughes
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