Monday Miscellany

Welcome to the IPKat's usual round-up post on forthcoming events, paper writing opportunities and more!


The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) is organizing a series of CPD events throughout April as follows: 26 March 2018, Ownership and Entitlement (Student Lecture); 27 March 2018, Review of the Lambert Toolkit (Webinar); 4 April 2018, London Happy Hour; 9 April 2018, Recent Changes to the PCT System-Administrators (Online); 11 April 2018, IPEC Day; 19 April 2018 The Scotland Meeting; 19 April 2018, The Scotland Dinner; 23 April 2018, Trade Marks – A Refresher for Patent Attorneys (Webinar); 24 April 2018, IPAC Education and Examinations at CIPA unpacked Administrators Webinar; 26 April 2018, Essential of US Patent Practice for UK Practitioners. For more information on the individual events, see here.
That time of the year..Kat already on the hunt for Easter eggs

Every year, IP enthusiasts from all over the world gather in New York City for 2 days of 'learning, debating and having fun' at the Fordham IP Conference, now in its 26th edition. Also IPKat team members Annsley and Eleonora will be there. Check details of this year's conference here.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) together with the Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office (UIBM) is organizing a Roving Seminar on WIPO Services and Initiatives on 10 April 2018 in Brescia, Italy. For the provisional programme of the event, see here. See here for registration.

On 19 April, the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) will host in London a Designs Seminar aimed at discussing recent design and copyright cases as well as reviewing the UK’s accession to The Hague System. For more information and registration, see here.

Also on 19 April, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is organizing the Workshop Back to the basics – Deconstructing Intellectual Property Protection for Music, in Berlin. For more information on this workshop and other events organized by the HIIG of the series “100 years of copyright”, see here.

April 26th is the World Intellectual Property Day, and on 20 April the Faculty of Advocates presents the 11th Annual World Intellectual Property Day Conference in Edinburgh, this year titled Powering change: Women in innovation. For more information on the event, see here.

The value of content – Valuation & content licensing models is the focus of the next conference hosted by Auvibel, the Belgian collecting society for private copying of protected works, taking place on 23 April next in Brussels. For more information and registration see here and here, respectively.

Pluralism or universalism in international copyright law is the event organized by the University of Cyprus on 31 May-1 June next. The aim of the Conference is to discuss the subject-matter of the conference under a comparative perspective and also other matters in contemporary copyright law. For more information on the programme and for registration see here and here respectively.

The Academy of European Law , on 27-28 September 2018, will host in Brussels the conference Big Data: Consolidating the EU Legal Framework in the Digital Economy, looking at the EU legal framework and its loopholes and discussing the possible ways to adapt the framework to the European data economy. For more information on the event, see here.

Public Consultation

The European Commission opened a Public consultation on Counterfeit and Piracy Watch-List aiming at identifying online and physical marketplaces outside the EU supposedly engaging and facilitating substantial IPR infringements, focusing on piracy and counterfeiting. The consultation is open until 16 April 2018, for more information see here.


The European Policy for Intellectual Property association (EPIP), in the framework of its
13th Annual Conference in Berlin (5-7 September 2018), opened a call for papers on the topic IP in a data-driven economy: New challenges for law, economics and social sciences. For more information, see here.  Kat Nicola is organising a themed session on trade secrets, theft and cybercrime during the same conference. She’s interested in hearing from trade secrets and IP theft fans (although perhaps not actual thieves) for a lively discussion. Officially, "This panel focuses on trade secrets and economic espionage. We welcome papers – theoretical and/or empirical – that challenge the existing theories of intellectual property (IP), critically analyse IP and cybercrime policies, investigate the construction of ethics and hacking in IP, or the economic justification for the criminalisation of IP “theft”. We are particularly interested in cybercrime aspects. For example, research examining the criminalisation of the “theft” of trade secrets using digital means or analysis of the efficacy of online enforcement. As the study of IP “theft” and cybercrime spans a variety of disciplines, we welcome scholars/practitioners from all backgrounds. Likewise, we are very interested in research spanning academic, policy and industry sectors. You can read more here, get in touch with Nicola here and submit here. Submission deadline for both papers is 31 March 2018.


Big brands ripping off street art is not cool: why illegal graffiti should be protected by copyright. If you are interested in the street art/copyright issue, Dr Enrico Bonadio wrote this interesting article discussing the H&M case, which saw the Swedish clothing brand unauthorized use of graffiti in its advertisements.
The H&M campaign at issue


The Civil Liberties Union for Europe launched a campaign concerning the EU’s plan to introduce mandatory upload filtering (Article 13 of the EP draft). For more information on the campaign, see here and also the explanatory video here.
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