Monday Miscellany

It might be Valentine's Day this coming Wednesday but this week might more be about IP lovers than anyone else, given the sheer number of events, job and essays opportunities coming up.


The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University in London, will host this evening, 12 February, a panel discussion on the Implications of Brexit and intellectual Property in the UK and the EU. For more information, see here.

Tuesday Webinars at the EUIPO! For the rest of this month the programme is as follows: 13 February, Request for confidentiality and the right of defence and New functionalities of the EDB for enforcers: alerts suspicious cases, extensions of AFA; 20 February, Article 6-ter of the Paris Convention, and 27 February, Voluntary Cooperation Practices. For more information see here.

The City Law School will host, on 14 February, a conference on Recent Developments in Patent Law, focusing on recent developments in biotech patenting, patentability of embryonic stem cells in Europe and the US, patent infringement and doctrine of equivalents. More information on the event here.

The distinction between trade mark and design protection is becoming more and more blurred and on 14 February UCL will host the event The Shape of Things to Come: Predicting the Trajectory of Design and Trade Mark Protection of Product Shapes where current EU policies and UK's first Supreme Court design case will be discussed. For more information on this event, see here.

Also on 14 February, Cipher will host the webinar AI and IP – a meeting of minds, discussing Artificial Intelligence and its role in the creation, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights. For more information, see here.

OxFirst will host the free webinar Assessing the Economic Efficiency of IP Policy and Related Competition Law on 15 February where Prof. Markovits will discuss the interplay of IP and Competition Policy and how these domains can be optimised on an efficiency level. For more information on the webinar, see here.

In advance of the Annual Meeting, INTA is offering various free and open to all Pre-Annual Meeting Receptions around the world. One of these events will be held in Istanbul on 16 February where Mr. Önder Erol Ünsal (founder and Blogger of the IP blog “IPR Gezgini (Traveler of IPR)”), will discuss IP law blogging in general as well as the specific Turkish experience. Details and registration and information on the other Pre-Annual Meeting events here .

UNION-IP is delighted to announce that Tim Moss CBE, Chief Executive, UK Intellectual Property Office will be speaking at their spring dinner meeting on Thursday 8 March 2018 at the Royal Overseas League. In this period of unprecedented change within the UK intellectual property system, Tim will offer his thoughts on the main issues facing the UK IPO and the UK professions, as well as an overview of what next year holds in store for the Office. Full details and tickets can be obtained through EventBrite here.

Retromark event: a review of the year in trade marks. As previously advertised here, Simmons & Simmons and the IPKat are holding an afternoon event on 14 March which will look back on the most important cases in trade marks in the past year. Based on Darren Meale’s popular Retromark blog posts (Volume I and Volume II), the event will be held at the London offices of Simmons & Simmons near Moorgate. You can register here, although note that the event has proven popular and so only waitlist tickets remain (if you are no longer able to attend, do update your details with Eventbrite so others won’t miss out!).
The full line-up and speakers, along with a slightly tweaked agenda, is now confirmed and you can view it here.

Successful products – unwelcome consequences! Gill Smith, Group IP Director for Dyson Technology, will give a talk at the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN). Gill will provide insights into the significant IP challenges faced even by successful businesses in protecting the commercial value invested in their innovations in the face of unauthorised competition. This meeting will be held in Holborn, London on Tuesday 20th March at 4pm followed by an informal discussions over a drink and nibbles. The meeting is free to attend but please register your attendance by emailing


Was the Supreme Court right in Actavis v Eli Lilly to introduce a doctrine of equivalents when determining infringement of patents in the UK? If you are interested in the topic and are either a student or a trainee solicitor, devil barrister, trainee patent or trade mark attorney you can submit your essay to the Competition Law Association for a nice prize and glory. Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2018. For more information see here.

Another essay writing opportunity comes form the The New York Intellectual Property Law Association, which in the framework of The William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition offers a prize for the best essay in any of the following subjects: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, antitrust, and data security/privacy issues. Deadline for submissions is 5 March 2018. For more information on the competition, see here.

Job opportunities and scholarships

If you are interested to work for WIPO as a legal officer, now is the time to apply and do not hesitate as the window of opportunity is closing (deadline 14 February 2018). For more information on the vacancy, see here.

The School of Law of the University of Glasgow is offering two positions at the Center for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe). The available positions are Lecturer in Intellectual Property (deadline for applications 26 February 2018) and Graduate Teaching Assistant (deadline for applications 5 March 2018). For more information on these great job opportunities see here and here, respectively.

From April 9-12, WIPO and WTO are organising a Regional Colloquium for iP Teachers and Researchers in Africa, to be followed by the IP Scholars Africa Conference, hosted by the University of South Africa. For this event, there will be between 15 and 20 scholarships available for teachers and researchers writing a paper for the 2018 Colloquium Papers Edition. Deadline for applications is 25 February 2018 and can be done through the WIPO Academy here.

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