|IP experts, seen here measuring their|
client up for his new patent suit
Jeremy doesn't just write conference programmes, though. He enjoys dissecting the programmes stitched together by others. Through this dissection process he senses the way events evolve to meet real or imagined needs of the participants (he hates the word "attendees", and "delegates" is even worse -- a roomful of recently qualified lawyers in search of continuing professional developments haven't been meaningfully delegated to do anything; it's not as if we're talking about international congresses).
|Chinese patent law evolves swiftly these days:|
"The thing about those Chinese patent law sessions is that
half an hour after you've had one you could do with another"
Having had some small experience in this regard, the Kat feels that, so long as the event runs to time and nothing gets rushed, it's best to opt for the second of the two sessions on the jurisdictions you are most interested in, since the presenter will be warmed up and indeed sharpened up by the questions and discussions that arise in the first session -- not that the panellists will need much sharpening up. All six are big names from high-profile firms. This Kat has chaired at least one of them in the past, an exhilarating experience from which he emerged with the knowledge that he now knew what you get when you cross a live wire with a loose cannon.
The market for commercial intellectual property conferences is a tough place to compete. IP has a multiplicity of networking and event-organising bodies that tug upon the loyalty of their members: think INTA, AIPPI, LES, FICPI, MARQUES, ECTA, PTMG, AIPLA, ALAI, TIPLO, IPLA APAA to name but a few. At the other end of the spectrum are the webinars, podcasts and various solitary means whereby IP practitioners and their clients can pick up CPD points and handy hints without anyone actually seeing them. The commercial private sector for IP events must not only produce top-quality events if it expects people to pay for them: it must also innovate and experiment. This set of Workshops looks as if it's doing just that and the IPKat wishes it the best of luck. Merpel adds, if it's any good, everyone else will be doing this next year ...
Patent Validity and Infringement, 14 April 2011, is being held at what looks like a secret venue in Central London. You can find further details of the programme here and of the panel of experts here. If anyone who reads this and is attending would like to write up an account of his or her six-workshop day, the Kat will be delighted to consider it for publication.