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Distance learning courses and e-learning

E-Learning @ ERA. Leading practitioners and academics are filmed at ERA events. The recording and the speaker’s presentation are combined in a split-screen video podcast, together with full hyperlinked supporting material. The package can be viewed as a video or downloaded as an audio file. ERA's IP e-learning programme is available here

Computer & Communications Law, an Online Distance Learning programme with key focuses on digital IP law, media law, telecommunications law and IT law.  Qualifications available are LLM (Masters Degree), Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.  Run by Queen Mary, University of London, in conjunction with Informa.  Start date: 11 January 2016.Fees: LLM (£11,650), PG Diploma (£6,700), PG Certificate (£4,115). There's also a pre-sessional module for non-law graduates (£1,725). You can get further details of this popular, well-organised course by clicking here.

Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Entertainment Law, by Distance Learning over 12 months: 21 September 2015 to 31 August 2016: under the auspices of the London Metropolitan University. 8 core modules plus options on Defamation and the Politics of Media Regulation. For full details of this course and also for registration, just click

20 January 2016: "Patents work: don't erode the patent incentive", is a free webinar organised by Oxfirst and starring The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob. Click here for details and to register.

22 January 2016: "Annual Conference on the EU Unitary Patent 2016", organised by the Academy of European Law in Brussels. Click here for details.

2 February 2016: Fashion Law Master Class, held at the Conde Nast College of Fashion and Design, London. Click here for full details.

3 February 2016: IP policy making in the 21st century; The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a "Made in America" agreement, is the title of an evening lecture at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. Click here for further details and registration.

3 February 2016: "Enter the Matrix: the Effects of the CJEU's Case Law on Linking and Beyond" at City University London.  By Dr Peter Mezei (University of Szeged, Hungary).  More details here (free to attend, but registration required).

10 February 2016: ‘Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before: music, copyright and plagiarism’ at the University of Westminster - The interactive discussion will include audio and musical illustrations and an invitation for delegates to vote on and discuss each example. by Simon Anderson, recent LLM graduate from the University of Westminster.  See here for more details (free to attend, but registration required).

11 February 2016International Chapter Lunch of the Copyright Society of the USA on
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What It Means for Copyright in the US & Beyond, New Orleans (LA). Click here for details.

11 February 2016: Geographical indications: global and local perspectives, Geneva (Switzerland). For further details just click here.

11 February 2016: Stop me if you think you've heard this one before: music, copyright and plagiarism, University of Westminster. Click here for further details.

12 February 2016: Modernising Copyright in the Digital Single Market, is the title of this one-day event to be held at Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the Irish Centre for European Law. Click here for details.

11-13 February 2016: The Copyright Society of the USA’s 2016 Mid-Winter Meeting, New Orleans (LA). Click here for details and to register.

15 February 2016: "Building, Managing and Monetizing Your IP Portfolio", this being a half-day course held at the London School of Economics.  Further details of this event, for which IPKat readers are offered a most welcome a 10% discount on the cost of registration, can be found by clicking the Assimilate IP website here.

25-26 February 2016: Annual Conference on EU Law in the Pharmaceutical Sector 2016 in Brussels. This annual ERA conference aims to keep legal practitioners working with the pharmaceutical sector up-to-date on the latest regulatory developments, legislative initiatives and case law. A particular focus will be on implications for the sector of recent EU activities in the fields of intellectual property, competition law and pharmaceutical law.

8 March 2016: 11th Annual International Intellectual Property Lecture, Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 17.30 for 18.00-19.00 (followed by drinks). This year's speaker is Prof Alain Strowel, and the topic is Big data in the platform economy: a need to redesign the rules?Those interested in attending should contact Sophie Eastwood,

9-10 March 2016: MIP International Patent Forum, Hotel Pullman London St Pancras. In-house counsel attend free. Full details and registration here.

12 March 2016: CIPIL Spring Conference, University of Cambridge. Chaired by Mr Justice Richard Arnold, this edition will explore the scope of protection of IP rights. For further details, click here.

14 and 15 March 2016: "From NP to IP": the second edition of the highly successful conference held by AIPPI's Israel Group. Venue: the Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv. Further details will be supplied nearer the time. If you are interested in the meantime, contact conference organiser Dorit Korine at Meanwhile, for Katposts on the 2013 version of this event, click here

11 April 2016: EPLIT’s 3rd Annual Meeting 11 April 2016 in Amsterdam.  Find out all about developments in the Unified Patent Court.  More details here.

11-15 April 2016: UCL Faculty of Laws is running a course on "IP Transactions - Law and Practice", convened by Professor Sir Robin Jacob and Mark Anderson (of IPDraughts fame).  You can read about the course "designed to focus on the legal and practice issues that are directly relevant to transactional IP practitioners" here.

3-5 September 2016: European Policy for Intellectual Property - 11th Annual Conference, taking place at Oxford this year. Click here for further details.

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