For the half-year to 30 June 2014, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Alberto Bellan, Darren Meale and Nadia Zegze.

Two of our regular Kats are currently on blogging sabbaticals. They are David Brophy and Catherine Lee.

For your delectation

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.

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


25 April 2014: Edinburgh celebrates World Intellectual Property Day a little bit early, thanks to the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. It's a lunchtime event, open to all. For further details, just click here.

26 April 2014: World Intellectual Property Day, and Robin Jacob's birthday.  Time to party!

6 May 2014: "Post-Fordham Copyright Catch-Up", organised by and starring IPKat team member Eleonora. Venue: somehwere in central London. Time: 4-6 pm. Click here for further details and registration.

7 May 2014: IBC Legal's 4th Advertising & Marketing Law conference, to be held in London. for further details of this perennially popular event, click here. Readers of this weblog can enjoy 10% saving on the registration fee by quoting VIP Katcode FKW82454IPKL.

7 May 2014: "Networks of power in digital copyright law and policy" starring Dr Benjamin Farrand (University of Strathclyde). 1.00pm - 3.00pm. Venue: City University London, College Building, Room AG02, St John Street EC1V 4PB London. Click here for further details. If you're attending, do confirm by emailing Enrico Bonadio at 

10 to 14 May 2014: INTA 136th Annual Meeting, Hong Kong. Details from the INTA website here.

15 to 16 May 2014: ERA's Annual Conference on European Copyright Law 2014
Trier. This conference aims to provide IP practitioners with an in-depth analysis of how recent developments in the EU copyright framework apply to the media. Click here for further information

20 May 2014: "Defamation and Privacy 2014", the 21st time that this event has been run by IBC Conferences. Venue: The Grange City, London.  Great panel of speakers, which includes Hugh Tomlinson QC, who drafted the Leveson Bill and is chairman of the Hacked Off campaign. Good news for IPKat readers is that there is a 10% discount on the registration fee if they register via this click-through and remember to quote the VIP Katcode FKW82452IPK

29 and 30 May 2014: IP Mediation -- an event organised and hosted by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), No details as yet, but Kat team member is moderating a session on 29 May.

16 to 27 June 2014: "WIPO-WTO colloquium for teachers of intellectual property", from which papers will be published in a research colloquium series. Venue: Geneva, Switzerland. Click here for further details and for registration.

18 to 21 June 2014: ECTA meeting, Alicante.  For further details and registration click here.

30 June to 4 July 2014: ERA’s Summer Course on European Intellectual Property Law
Trier. The purpose of this course is to provide a thorough introduction to European intellectual property law. Click here for further information

2 to 4 July 2014: "Information Influx", a very special event organised by IViR, the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam.  Lots of details are available here [warning -- slightly annoying website].

9 to 19 July 2014: JDD revision courses in Milton Keynes for the Foundation and Advanced level PEB exams. For further details and registration click here.  

17 July 2014: "The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: An Assessment and Outlook". Seminar lecture by Dr Thomas Jaeger, hosted at the University of South Wales's Newport City Campus. Click here for details.

28 July to 2 August 2014: JDD revision courses in Milton Keynes for the Foundation and Advanced level PEB exams. For further details and registration click here

4 to 8 August 2014: "17th Annual IT Law Summer School 2014", organised by IBC Legal Conferences in the lovely surroundings of Downing College, Cambridge.  Fantastic cast of speakers, great opportunities for a little pleasant recreation. There's an equally little pleasant discount of 10% for IPKat readers who book for this event by clicking here, using the VIP Katcode FKW82459IPKL

18 to 22 August 2014: IBC Legal's 14th Annual IP Law Summer School, once again held in the comfortable, idyllic and scholarly atmosphere of Downing College, Cambridge.  Five days of intensive fun-filled instruction, supplied by a team of highly-experienced IP practitioners and personalities, including blogmeister Jeremy. Click here for further details and registration -- and don't forget to quote your IPKat VIP Katcode FKW82458IPKL to claim your 20% discount.

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

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

17 to 20 September 2014: ALAI Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Further information awaited.

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

9 and 10 December 2014: INTA Conference, Munich, on overlapping IP rights. Further details awaited.


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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