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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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


14 January 2015: Trade Secrets”, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (UCL) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), UCL. Panel discussion between Professor Tanya Aplin (King’s College London), Professor Anselm Kamperman-Sanders (Maastricht University), Jorge Novais Golcalves (European Commission), Daniel Alexander QC (8 New Square), Dr Bobby Mukherjee (BAE Systems), and Mark Trafford (Criminal Bar Association). For more details and registration, click here.

23 and 24 January 2015: "Conference: Access to Material and Immaterial Goods – The Relationship Between Intellectual Property and Its Physical Embodiment", organised by Drs Jessica C. Lai and Antoinette Maget Dominicé of the University of Lucerne's International Communications & Art Law Lucerne – i-call. A must-attend event for true IP intellectuals. If you're going to be there, bring a spare brain: it might come in handy. Click here for further details.

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.

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)

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.
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.
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.
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.
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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