For the half-year to 31 December 2014, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Rebecca Gulbul, Lucas Michels and Marie-Andrée Weiss.

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

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Forthcoming Events

Distance learning courses and e-learning

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 FKW12328IPKL when applying. Commencement dates: 2 September 2014 and 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


18 to 23 August 2014: JDD revision courses in Milton Keynes for the Foundation and Advanced level PEB exams. For further details and registration click here

24 to 26 August 2014: 34th International Intellectual Property Congress of ABPI, the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association, WTC Sao Paulo, Brazil. This year's theme is "Intellectual Property as a Driver for Economic Growth, Industrial Competitiveness and Investment Attraction". Click here for details.

25 to 27 August 2014: "IP Week @ SG", an exciting prospect for sharing views and rubbing shoulders with some of the IP elite, with good food and warm hospitality courtesy of the Singapore IP Office.  Click here for further details.   

27 to 29 August 2014: IBC Legal's inaugural Media Law Summer School -- giving you another chance to spend some quality time in Downing College, Cambridge, if you missed the Annual IP Law Summer School on 18 to 22 August.  Two of the faculty for this programme are Olswang LLP colleagues of IPKat Blogmeister Jeremy: John Enser (who also writes for the 1709 Blog) and Ashley Hurst. Hugh Tomlinson QC and Mark Stephens MBE are also making themselves available.  Use this link to register and you'll get an automatic 10% IPKat readers' reduction on the registration fee.

29 August 2014: JDD revision courses in Milton Keynes for the Foundation and Advanced level PEB exams. For further details and registration click here

2 to 4 September 2014: IBC Legal's second annual Commercial Law Summer School.  Venue: Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Great cast of commercial law speakers, some of whom even also know about intellectual property law. There's a much-appreciated 10% discount on the course registration fee for any lucky blog reader who quotes the VIP Katcode FKW82477IPKAT. Further details and registration? Just click here.

4 September 2014: "Christopher Rennie-Smith talks to the IPKat", a special get-together organised by the IPKat and hosted by Collyer Bristow in its London office. Kat Darren Smyth pops some questions to seasoned EPO campaigner Christopher Rennie-Smith, following which there's a bit of general Q&A and an ensuing reception. Free, of course. Details and registration here.

9 September 2014: European Patent Forum 2014, Munich Marrriott Hotel, Germany. A Managing Intellectual Property event.  Great cast, strong programme, some folk are entitled to attend free, while others (including IPKat readers) can enjoy a 25% discount when quoting VIP KatCode IPK25. Click here for further details.

9 September 2014: "The Patent Box: Tips and Predictions", a one-day seminar organised by Management Forum and held in the sumptuous surroundings of London's Rembrandt Hotel. This is a good chance to get the information, from tax advisers, lawyers and HM Revenue & Customs, as to whether this tax-efficient device is right for you.  There's a generous 20% registration discount for IPKat readers. Click IP Finance here for further information.

11 September 2014: European Patent Forum 2014, Paris Marrriott Hotel Champs-Elysees, France. Quite like the Managing Intellectual Property event on 9 September, but with a somewhat different cast. Lots to talk about. Strong programme, some folk are entitled to attend free, while others (including IPKat readers) can enjoy a 25% discount when quoting VIP KatCode IPK25. Click here for further details.

12 September 2014: "International Design: The Hague System - International Registration of Designs", a course held in Amsterdam and conducted by Yves Closet,
Head of the Information and Promotion Section at the Hague Registry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva.  IPKat readers can enjoy a 10% discount against the registration fee (€ 765 down from € 850) for this event, for which programme and registration details are available here. To claim your discount, forward this blog post to the responsible conference manager, Claudia Weber, at, or call her, quoting "IPKat weblog" on +49 6211 500-660.

17 September 2014: "IP & Competition Law 2014", IBC Legal, Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels, Belgium. On 29 April, the Commission adopted its final decisions in two landmark proceedings, Samsung and Motorola, regarding standard essential patents (SEPs).  Will there be an appeal? If so, will it succeed? What's coming next -- and what about the new Tech Transfer Block Exemption? To find out more, this event is just for you. For details and registration, just click hereQuote VIP Katcode FKW82484IPK to get your 10% discount [early booking discounts are also available, so reserve your place early to make the most of this double saving opportunity].

16 to 18 September 2014: Pharmaceutical Law Academy, organised by IBC Legal and hosted in Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Covers the fundamentals, plus a pharma law round-up and some advanced patent law. A 10% discount is available to blog readers who quote Katcode FKW82478IPKL. Click here for further information and registration, and here if you thought that the only people who lecture on patents and pharma are men.

17 to 20 September 2014: ALAI Conference, Brussels, Belgium. IPKat team member Eleonora will be there! Further information is available here.

18 to 21 September 2014: LIDC Annual Conference, Turin, Italy. Here's a great opportunity for IP lawyers to rub noses with their cousins from competition law. Details are, or will be, available, here.

19 September 2014: “A Practical Guide to Copyright Litigation Issues & Pleadings", a seminar run by MBL in London (followed on 23 September in Manchester). This half-day course will provide an opportunity to explore copyright litigation issues and pleadings in both the Patents County Court and High Court with speaker Richard Hodgson, Barrister, of Design Chambers, London. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKat VIP Code IPKAT to claim your 10% discount.

19 September 2014: "The Law of Employee Inventions: Asia -- USA -- Europe": a FNDE conference, in collaboration with CEIPI and CASRIP. Venue: Paris, France. Details available from the CEIPI website here.

23 September 2014: Protecting the Media 2014. Venue: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London. This the 20th annual edition of a popular event organised by IBC Legal Conferences, led this year by Reed Smith's head of media Michael Skrein. Topics covered include privacy, libel, data protection, contempt and freedom of information, with a review of recent case law.  Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKat VIP Code FKW823IPK to claim your 15% discount.

23 to 26 September 2014: The 28th MARQUES Annual Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark.  Full details, once available, will be available from the MARQUES website here.

24 September 2014: “Intellectual Property Rights in Software", a seminar run by MBL in Manchester. Explore how software is produced, and what at each stage should be done to protect investment in software, using a combination of copyright, patent, trade secrets and contract. Topical and relevant case law will be referred to during the course of the day. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKAT Blog VIP Code IPKAT to claim your 10% discount.

25 September 2014: "The Trade Mark Perimeter: outside the ordinary", "ITMA Autumn Seminar and drinks reception, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham.  Doesn't start too early, or end too late, to enable people to reach this central England venue without needing to stay there for the night.  Click here for further details and registration.

1 October 2014: "Copyright and Technology", hosted in the spectacular London offices of ReedSmith. IPKat team member Eleonora will be there. Further information, including a call for speakers, is available here.

2 and 3 October 2014: CIPA Congress 2014, "The Lifecycle of Intellectual Property: IP from cradle to grave". Now in its 19th year, the CIPA Congress takes place once again at the Lancaster London Hotel.  You can get all the juicy details here.  Don't forget to register for the President's Dinner!

22 and 23 October 2014: "Challenges & Opportunities", this year's Anti Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Autumn Conference. Venue: the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London. Click here for further details and registration.

23 and 24 October: "14th International Trademark Conference", hosted by OHIM in Alicante, Spain. Say the organisers, FORUM-Institut für Management GmbH: "We would like to offer IPKat readers a 10% discount against the registration fee (€ 1,350 -- down from € 1,490).  In order to register for the reduced fee, IPKat Blog readers need only to forward this blog to the responsible conference manager, Desislava, at, or call her, quoting The IPKat Blog (+49 6211 500-730). More information is available here.

29 October 2014: "Intellectual Property: the 'no patents' round-up for non-techie people", organised by CLT and held in Central London. This is an experimental event, composed by IPKat blogmeister Jeremy.  Further details are available here.

30 and 31 October 2014: "Annual Conference on Trademarks and Designs 2014", held in Alicante, Spain, at the behest of ERA. Click here for programme details, registration and a couple of days in the winter sunshine ...

4 and 5 November 2014: "Cyber Security: Risk, Regulation and Compliance 2014", organised by IBC Conferences and held in London. Readers of the IPKat weblog are entitled to the benefit of a 10% discount on the registration fee if they use this link -- which automatically encodes the VIP Katcode and also contains the important details of the event such as speakers, chairpersons and lunch breaks ...

6 and 7 November 2014: "Understanding the Social Impacts of Copyright", the annual CopyCamp conference, taking this place in Warsaw, Poland.  Balanced debate and unrestrained comment guaranteed! For further details, click here.

19 November 2014. "EU Design Law: a one-day practitioners' guide", conducted by Katfriend and design guru David Stone (Simmons & Simmons) and held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. More information is on this programme, plus registration details, can be found here.  In order to register for a handsome fee reduction (€ 860 -- down from € 960) IPKat Blog readers need only to forward this blog notice to the responsible conference manager, Jean-Claude Alexandre Ho, at, or call him, quoting "IPKat weblog" (+49 6211 500-675).

20 to 21 November 2014, CIPA Life Sciences Conference, which you can enjoy at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Colfield, deep in the heart of the English Midlands. Up to 9 hours CPD can be secured, not to mention the chance to participate in some jovial and productive networking. The programme and registration details for this valuable event, graced by none other than Patents Court judge Sir Colin Birss, can be perused by clicking here.

27 and 28 November 2014: "Perspectives for the Intellectual Property System in a Globalized World", a conference to celebrate the 50th birthday of Strasbourg IP centre of academic excellence CEIPI (Happy Birthday, folks!)  Click here for details. 

4 and 5 December 2014, "International Patent Litigation": here's IBC's 6th annual edition of this hardy perennial, located in Central London. You can catch a glimpse of the provisional programme by clicking here to view or here to download. Great international cast of speakers, including several notable Katfriends. To claim your 15% registration discount don't forget to quote VIP KatCode FKW82525IPKL. To register, click here.

4 and 5 December 2014: "Preparing for the Unitary Patent Package", organised by ERA in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London. Venue: London, England. For programme details and registration, click here.

8 and 9 December 2014: INTA Conference, "When Trademarks Overlap with Other IP Rights", Munich, Germany. Two Kats (Jeremy and Neil) and numerous katfriends are on this program. See you there?


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 2015: "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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