For the half-year to 30 June 2015, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Suleman Ali, Tom Ohta and Valentina Torelli.

Regular round-ups of the previous week's blogposts are kindly compiled by Alberto Bellan.

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Distance learning courses and e-learning

NOTE THE COMMENCEMENT DATE! Computer and Communications Law: here's a grand opportunity to gain an LLM, PgDip or Certificate in Computer and Communications Law from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, one of the UK’s leading law schools.  Further details of the course [which has more modules than you can fling your mortarboard at, says Merpel], and registration, are accessible here. No discount is available, but you will experience the ultimate in being pampered and being well looked-after if you quote VIP Katcode FKW12329IPKL when applying. Commencement date: 12 January 2015.

MBA for Lawyers! You can become a Master of Business Administration by Distance Learning, from De Montfort University in conjunction with the Informa Business Academy. Course commences 19 September 2014. Full details of this imaginative programme, together with registration particulars, can be obtained with no more effort than a gentle click of your mouse, just ... here  

UK, EU & US Copyright Law: Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programmes are offered by King's College, London.  This is a distance learning opportunity for anyone who wants to trade in eight months of toil for a lifetime of knowledge and legal and practical insights provided by a team led by Katfriend Tanya Aplin.  Full details are available here.  No discount is available, but you will be admired and respected by all if you quote VIP Katcode FKW12324IPKL when applying. Commencement date: 1 October 2014.

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


26 and 27 January 2015: "Trade Secrets Protection & Enforcement: powering business growth by protecting your confidential data and know-how and enforcing against its misappropriation", Pullman Brussels Midi Hotel, Belgium. A C5 event. There's a 10% discount for IPKat readers who register quoting the IPKat's VIP discount code “IPKATTS10”. Click here for a review of the event and here for further programme and registration details.

27 January 2015: "Evidence and Procedure in Intellectual Property Litigation", the third London version of the now regular series of JIPLP-GRUR Int get-togethers.  Venue: the London office of Taylor Wessing LLP. Further details will be available soon.

29 and 30 January 2015: "Trade Mark Litigation", a two-day Forum organised by C5 and held in the Royal Windsor Hotel, Brussels.  Large cast of experts includes several members of the judiciary past and present.  For further particulars of the programme and for registration click here.

4 February 2015: “The Future of EU Financial Regulation: Implications for competition and the UK’s place in Europe”, Speaker: Jonathan Faull, Director-General, European Commission. Start: 6pm (dinner from 7.15pm). Venue: The Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn.  Click here for details.

10 February 2015: “Intellectual property – how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how & intangible capital of luxury & fashion brands”, organised by the International Association of Lawyers for the Creative Industries (ialci).  Venue: London's very fashionable Pullman London St Pancras. Further details are available if you click here

24 February 2015: "International Women's Leadership Forum" -- one of most fascinating IP events to be listed here for ages. Organised by Managing Intellectual Property magazine: venue, London.  Click here for a Kat feature on this event as well as further particulars.

24 February 2015: "Sensory Copyright", joint meeting of the IPKat and BLACA. Venue: London office of Reed Smith LLP. Free admission.  Eleonora Rosati and Tobias Cohen Jehoram go head-to-head with blogmeister Jeremy in the chair. Click here for details.

24 and 25 February 2015: IBC Legal's 23rd "Biotech and Pharmaceutical Patenting" conference. Venue: Munich, Germany: lots of fun in one of Europe's most IP-friendly cities (unless possibly you work at the EPO ...). Click here for programme details and register.  Don't forget to claim your 10% registration fee reduction by quoting the VIP Katcode FKW82539IPKL.

25 February 2015: “Average Consumer in Trade Mark Law”, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL. Panel discussion between Dr  Alexander von Mühlendahl (Former Vice President of OHIM), Laura Heymann (Vice Dean and Professor of Law at William and Mary Law School), James Mellor QC (Barrister at 8 New Square and co-author of Kerly on Trade Marks), Jenny Barker (Assistant General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline), Chairman (to be confirmed)

26 to 27 February 2015: "Annual Conference on EU Law in the Pharmaceutical Sector 2015", organised by ERA and held in Brussels. There's a special focus on implications for the sector of recent EU activities in the field of intellectual property. Click here for further details and registration.

6 March 2015: “A to Z of Intellectual Property Law - In One Day", a seminar run by MBL in Bristol and London. This practical one day course, aimed at both private practitioners and in-housers, offers an introduction to IP law for practitioners new to the subject and those looking to do more IP. The course will reference current law, cases and good practice. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKAT Blog VIP Code IPKAT to claim your 10% discount.
7 March 2015: "Use it or Lose it", this year's CIPIL Spring Conference, chaired by Katfriend Sir Richard Arnold. Further details, plus comments by Eleonora, are available via the 1709 Blog here

19 and 20 March 2015: Pharma & Biotech Patent Litigation", C5's 7tyh annual Forum. Venue: Hotel Okura, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The organisers offer a  10% reduction on the registration fee to IPKat readers who quote the VIP Katcode 630IPKAT10Further particulars and registration details available here. There's also a pre-conference workshop here.

26 March 2015: Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Terms in Research Contracts CPD Course, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL. This practical ‘hands on’ course provides a structured discussion of various types of intellectual property clauses in research contracts and other IP-rich agreements. The course is intended for contract managers, technology transfer and licencing executives, lawyers, patent attorneys and other practitioners whose job involves reviewing or drafting IP terms in research contracts. For more details and registration, please click here.
8 and 9 April 2015: This year's Fordham University International IP Conference returns to Cambridge, England, this depriving many happy IP enthusiasts of their annual excuse for travelling to New York.  No details are available as yet. When they are published, they will probably be somewhere round here.

14 April 2015: "Cultivating Innovation: How (and How Not) to Think about Intellectual Property in Agriculture and Plant Science",  an AHRC-funded Cultivating Innovation project the University of Leeds is hosting at the John Innes Centre, bringing together plant breeders and agricultural scientists with historians, philosophers, and scholars from other disciplines for a fresh look at intellectual property in agriculture and plant breeding. Click here for further particulars.

20 to 24 April 2015: “IP Transactions: Law and Practice”, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL. To advise effectively on IP transactions, it is also necessary to be aware of commercial practice in the relevant industry sector. The mix of legal and practice issues that transactional IP lawyers face can be very different from those experienced by IP litigators or general company/commercial lawyers. This course has been designed to focus on the legal and practice issues that are directly relevant to transactional IP practitioners. Furthermore, the course was 'highly commended' in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013, and also won the UCL Provosts Teaching Award for CPD programmes in 2014. To download the course brochure from 2014, please click here.
7 to 8 May 2015: "Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Industrial Property Disputes", organised by ERA and held in Trier. Themes: (i) how to make the best use of EU and international legal instruments? (ii) invalidity, infringement and damages actions. Click here for programme details and registration.

28 to 29 May 2015: "Annual Conference on European Law in the Media Sector 2015", organised by ERA and held in Brussels: objectives are to identify lessons learned from the implementation of the AMSD and the achievements of the internal market for media and audiovisual services. Click here for further details and registration.

15 June 2015: OHIM is holding a one-day hands-on mediation event, following on from its successful conference last year.  Venue: Alicante, of course.  Further details are awaited.
24 June 2015: “Sir Hugh Laddie Annual Lecture”, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL. This year the speaker will be Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

29 June 2015 –to 3 July 2015"Summer Course on European Intellectual Property Law", organised by ERA and held in Trier. Click here for further details and registration.

20 July to 7 August 2015: "Immersion in Intellectual Property Law", a three-week course offered by the Notre Dame Law School, taking place in London.  For full course details, click here.  To register, click here.
26 November 2015: A special conference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of JIPLP.  This event will be held in London. Further information will be made available nearer the time. Meanwhile, mark your diaries!


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

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