Sunday Surprises

The miscellany this week includes a PhD opportunity, a number of calls for papers and some summer courses.


Top US and UK intellectual property judges, USPTO and UKIPO officials and leading IP litigators will discuss the impact of Brexit on IP - and other hot topics - in a series of US roadshows this month. CIPA and CITMA will lead the events in Washington DC on April 22, Boston on April 23 and Palo Alto on April 25. Register here.

Kat Dr. Eleonora Rosati is giving a talk on her book, Copyright and the Court of Justice of the European Union, on 23 April 2019 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Registration is available here.

Another Kat tackling some books
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, IPOS, has issued a statement, announcing that the new Registry of Geographical Indications at IPOS will commence operations on 1 April 2019 to receive applications from anywhere in the world for the registration of geographical indications (GI). Besides wines and spirits, the Registry will extend GI protection to other agricultural products and foodstuff such as cheeses and cured meats. The enhanced GI regime includes border enforcement measures as well.

The latest CIPU Report has been published – “IP Awareness and Attitudes: A Summary of Research and Data”. This includes a summary of research and surveys focusing on IP awareness and attitudes conducted over the past decade in the U.S., Europe, and Asia reveals a growing disconnect between consumers intellectual property awareness and behaviors. The full report can be found here.

Brigitte Vézina has published an article with the Centre for International Governance Innovation on Curbing Cultural Appropriation in the Fashion Industry. The PDF can be downloaded here.

EPFL and ETH Zurich are hosting the 2019 Annual Conference of EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property). The conference will start in the afternoon of Wednesday, September 11, and end in the afternoon of Friday, September 13, 2019. It will be preceded by a PhD workshop in the morning of September 11.

The University of Cyprus and European University Cyprus will host the third biennial International Conference REDA: “REDA 2019 : Regulation and Enforcement in the Digital Era” In Nicosia on the 21 and 22 November 2019. Papers are invited in the areas of data protection, copyrihg law in the digital era, consumer protection in the online environment, cybercrime and internet regulation. The submission deadline is 15 May 2019 and submissions can be sent to

The 4th annual European Copyright Society Conference is taking place in Oslo on 24 May 2019The topic of the 4th annual ECS conference is ‘A Copyright for Authors and Performers’. Here, the ECS aims, through various contributions of ECS members, to engage in a debate as to how creators and performing artists’ interests can be safeguarded in the current technological and economic environment. More details and registration can be found here. Registration for Conference participants runs until 1 May 2019.

The Liège Competition and Innovation Institute are hosting a conference on Institutions and Regulations For the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Brussels on the 3 May 2019. The focus is on what institutions, policies, rules, and regulations will maximize economic surplus generated in the fourth Industrial Revolution? How can institutions, policies, rules, and regulations be written and developed to provide incentives and to encourage trade to the benefit of multiple parties? A schedule and booking can be found here.

Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have launched a jointly developed two-day training course, "Succeeding at technology commercialisation and negotiation" to be held in Basel, Switzerland from 26 to 28 June. Registration and event details can be found here.

The University of Amsterdam is running a pair of courses, one on International Copyright Law and one on Privacy Law and Policy. The courses run from 1 to 5 July 2019The courses are aimed at lawyers, government officials, NGO staff, academics and PhD students. The courses are taught at the post-graduate level.

The Jagiellonian University – the Faculty of Law and Administration and the Chair of Intellectual Property Law is running the third edition of the Kraków Intellectual Property Law Summer School on September 16-21, 2019. This year, the main topic of the Summer School will be Intellectual Property Overlaps. The lectures and workshops will be delivered by the recognized academics and practitioners in the field of intellectual property law, in particular from universities in Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Poland and the European Patent Office, in cooperation with the lecturers of the Chair of Intellectual Property Law. The Summer School is organized in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Polish Patent Office. For further information, please visit the Summer School website here.

Call for Papers
Gikii XIV, with its take on law, technology and popular culture, is bringing together those searching for a righteous cause while delving in the realm of robots, fansubs, manga, virtual realities and other worlds inhabited by LoL cats. The School of Business and Management, and the Department of Law of Queen Mary University, invites the submission of abstracts no longer than 500 words, to be sent to by 8 July 2019. More information can be found here.
The Information Law and Policy centre has a call for papers for their Annual Conference on 22 November 2019 in IALS in London. They are looking for contributions that consider the changes and challenges facing the protection and enjoyment of digital rights in the UK and elsewhere as a result of Brexit. An abstract must be sent to by 3 May 2019. More details can be found here.
The 2019 annual congress of SERCI will be held in Montpellier (France) on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of July. Proposals for papers to be presented at the congress should be sent as an email attachment to: Submissions should be received no later than 21st April 2019. Submissions are encouraged on any topic related to the economics of copyright generally defined. More details can be found here.

PhD Opportunity

Bournemouth University invites applications for a fully-funded PhD research studentship in Intellectual Property and Information Law, with an expected starting date of September 2019.The deadline for submitting the application is 21 April 2019 and full information can be found here.

Sunday Surprises Sunday Surprises Reviewed by Jonathan Pratt on Sunday, April 14, 2019 Rating: 5

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