Sunday Surprises


Eleonora Rosati included in Managing Intellectual Property’s ‘The 50 Most Influential People in IP’ list

The list, which was released on 28 November, recognizes individuals who are shaping IP law, policy and business throughout the world. It has typically included an array of in-house counsel, judges, officials and academics, as well as celebrities that have had a particularly big recent impact on IP.

Eleonora has been recognized as “an influential voice in the IP industry this year. As well as writing regularly for popular blog IPKat, Rosati is editor of the Journal of IP Law and Practice and a prolific contributor to the 1709 copyright blog. Some of her notable posts have concerned the EU Copyright Directive and its controversial Article 13 and EU and UK cases on copyright protection for the taste of cheese and who should pay for an online blocking injunction. She has also shared her expertise on various sector developments with Managing IP. Rosati has been also instrumental in keeping her students abreast with IP developments at the University of Southampton, where she has been an associate professor in IP law since 2014."


On 16 September last, The IPKat published a guest post by Constance Leong, "How Singapore Is Fast-Tracking FinTech Patent Applications (and making more "Crazy Rich Asians"?)". The IP Office of Singapore has announced that  it has granted  its first patent under the FinTech Fast Track initiative to a firm in ASEAN called Voyager Innovations. Under the accelerated scheme, Voyager received its patent grant in under seven months,  significantly cutting down the usual time for patent grants of two to four years, if not longer.

Calls for papers

The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, under the aegis of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, welcomes submissions for the first volume of the Intellectual Property Law Review. Authors are encouraged to explore contemporary issues and areas often overlooked relating to intellectual property law and policy. The Intellectual Property Law Review is a student-edited, peer-reviewed, double blind and open access journal. Contributions from practitioners in the legal profession, undergraduate and post-graduate students, researchers and academics in the form of articles, essays, notes, commentaries and reviews are welcomed. Submissions deadline is 16 January 2019. For more submission guidelines and more information on the call, see here.

Ladas Memorial Award Competition: Established in memory of distinguished practitioner and author, Stephen P. Ladas, the Ladas Memorial Award Competition is an annual award that is presented in two categories–Student and Professional–for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to, or affects, trademarks. Two student winners will each receive U.S. $2,500 and a complimentary registration to the 2019 Annual Meeting. The professional winner will receive a set of Stephen P. Ladas’s three-volume treatise, Patents,Trademarks, and Related Rights.The winning papers will be considered for publication in The Trademark Reporter, INTA’s legal journal. The deadline for applications is 18 January 2019. Email with questions. For more information, see here.


The University of Michigan Law School invites junior scholars to attend the 5th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will be held on 26-27 April 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers, and to receive detailed feedback from senior members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Conference aims to promote fruitful collaboration between participants and to encourage their integration into a community of legal scholars. The Junior Scholars Conference is intended for academics in both law and related disciplines. Applications from postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, fellows, SJD/PhD candidates, and assistant professors (pre-tenure) who have not held an academic position for more than four years, are welcomed. Applications are due by 12 January 2019Further information can be found on the Conference website.
Sunday Surprises Sunday Surprises Reviewed by Cecilia Sbrolli on Sunday, December 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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