Sunday Surprises

It might not be your birthday, but the events below will make you feel just as spoiled!


Surely feels like my birthday! 
The European Intellectual Property Forum is hosting a conference on “25 Years of Cooperation: Major Achievements, a Promising Future” in Paris on 15 and 16 October 2020. 

Making plans for next year? The 28th Annual Fordham IP Conference is scheduled for 8 and 9 April 2021.


UCL is hosting virtual training courses! A course on “Drafting 'Legal' Clauses in Commercial Contracts”, on 9 and 10 June 2020, and a course on “Drafting & Negotiating IP Terms in Research contracts”, on 23 and 24 June, will be hosted. More information is available here.


WIPO’s Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence, which will take place online as a virtual meeting from 7 to 9 July 2020. Three daily sessions from 13:00 to 15:00 CET will be hosted. 

FIDE (Legal and Business Research Foundation) and TIPSA (Transatlantic Intellectual Property Academy) join forces to organize a serial of digital encounters to be scheduled along the year 2020 around the topic “The role of IP in a new post-crisis world”. The third encounter will be hosted on 18 June 2020.

Save the date! The UIC John Marshall Law School’s Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law is hosting an online conference on “IP,Technology & Social Justice in the Time of Coronavirus”. The conference will take place on 11 September 2020.

WIPO’s Mediation and Arbitration Centre is hosting a webinar on “Mediation under theWIPO Rules”. In this webinar, you will learn how to use mediation under the WIPO Rules to resolve intellectual property and technology disputes.


The current global pandemic merely underscores the need to find a workable solution to the challenge of ensuring innovation and access to medicines on a global scale – and the value of a forum focused on that topic. Texas A&M University School of Law took the step and is launching a new blog and associated website, which explores questions of access to affordable medicines and health care that arise at the intersection of intellectual property law and international trade.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Boards of Appeal gave their decision concerning oral proceedings by video conference. It was decided, inter alia, that oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal may be held either in person on the premises of the EUIPO or by video conference, such being at the sole election of the competent Board of Appeal. The entire decision is available here.

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have fueled an increase in cybercrime. This is also true for cybersquatting cases filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center, which has clocked a steady increase as compared with the same period last year. WIPO has continued to provide its full domain name dispute resolution services. Such filing now also includes disputes concerning COVID-19 related domain names. To learn more about WIPO’s UDRP services, please visit or contact

Sunday Surprises Sunday Surprises Reviewed by Magdaleen Jooste on Sunday, June 07, 2020 Rating: 5

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