From March to September 2016 the team is joined by Guest Kats Emma Perot and Mike Mireles.

From April to September 2016 the team is also joined by InternKats Eleanor Wilson and Nick Smallwood.

The IPKat Team

Alberto Bellan
Alberto was once a guest Kat. Before joining the permanent team, he established a niche on this blog  by carefully distilling all the previous week's Katposts into a weekly Never Too Late round-up. He holds a Master's degree in IP/IT Law, and as adjunct professor, taught a course on Comparative Intellectual Property Law at University of Trieste. You can read more about Alberto here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

David Brophy
A patent attorney with leading Dublin-based Irish practice FRKelly, David splits his time between patents and designs. He specialises in telecommunications and software-related inventions, medical devices and physics-related inventions -- but also takes a keen interest in the interface between copyright and design rights, on which he wrote his Master's dissertation. David is now serving his second tour of duty as a Kat, having refreshed himself with a one-year sabbatical. You can find out more about David here.

Eleonora Rosati
Following a successful blogging debut with the copyright-oriented 1709 Blog, Eleonora, who is a regular contributor to and Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, accepted the call to join the team after serving a six-month stint as a guest Kat. An Italian-qualified lawyer (avvocato), Eleonora was a PhD researcher at the European University Institute, Florence, and a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge, before taking up her post as lecturer in intellectual property law at the University of Southampton and running the e-LAWnora copyright consultancy. A dilettante photographer, she held the distinction of doing a better Italian accent than any other member of the regular blog team, until Alberto's arrival (more details on Eleonora here; Twitter here).

Nicola Searle
As an academic who has held positions in Scotland and currently London, Nicola can be fairly said to have a reputation that extends across the British Isles. Following a spell as Economic Adviser to the UK Intellectual Property Office, she is a Lecturer at the Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London. Nicola is now in her second tour of duty as a Kat, having achieved fame and fortune as the Katonomist when she blogged first time around, showing her skills as an IP-focused economist. You can read more about her here.

Darren Smyth
A former guest Kat, patent attorney Darren is a partner in the IP practice of EIP. Like Eleonora he is an editorial board member and regular contributor to the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and he is also a blogmeister in his own right, being none other than the IP Alchemist.  Darren has a DPhil in synthetic organic chemistry and likes to entertain people by wearing interesting shirts in public (more details here).

Annsley Merelle Ward
Better known as the AmeriKat, though not exclusively tied to that tag, Annsley is the kitten (by age) of the team — but you’d never guess it from her efficient research and powerful writing. An intellectual property litigator at Bristows LLP she holds law degrees from University College London and the University of Bristol and has a background in science having studied chemical engineering at the University of New Mexico. Although she specialises in cross-border patent and trade secret litigation in the TMT and life sciences sectors, Annsley's interests span all aspects of contentious IP.  She also enjoys reporting on legislative reforms, most recently on the European Unified Patent Court (more details here).

Neil J. Wilkof
Of Counsel to Herzog Fox Neeman, Tel-Aviv, and to Dr Eyal Bressler & Co., Ramat Gan, Neil specialises in technology transfer and computer and internet law. He teaches and writes extensively on IP issues, being co-author of the current edition of the standard Sweet & Maxwell work on Trade Mark Licensing and a major contributor to the IP Finance weblog. As readers of his work will know, Neil rarely confines himself to the straitjacket of IP law when economic, philosophical or historical issues can be effectively brought to bear (more details here).

Mike Mireles
An intellectual property law professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, Mike has three children, Estella, age 11, Diego, age 8, and Gabrielle, age 7. He shares space with three related cats, Speedo McGuido, Boots McPoots and Cutie McPootie. Mike became a fast fan of the IPKat after seeing a hilarious photo posted by Jeremy of a cat reading a paper thinking "maybe I'll buy a boat". He couldn't stop laughing.  "Of course, I read IPKat for the articles," he assures us. More details here.

Emma Perot
A first year PhD student at King's College London, Emma is researching image protection in the UK. Before beginning her PhD, she obtained her LLB at the University of Kent, LLM in IP at UCL, and passed the bar as a proud member of Lincoln's Inn. Emma is from Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad to be specific) and despite her best efforts she confesses that she is unable to acclimatise to the English weather. 

Mark Schweizer
Mark has been a long-standing friend of the IPKat for a considerable time and has contributed to the blog in various guises over the years. An associate in the Swiss firm of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Mark also lectures in intellectual property law at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), and is an adjunct judge at the Federal Patent Court. As well as writing for the IPKat, Mark contributes to the trademark-focussed Class 46 blog. More details on Mark here.

Ellie Wilson

Ellie is currently working towards the BPTC and working on the pro-bono Own-it! IP advice project. She holds an LLM in Intellectual Property Law and has previously worked as a tutor at the University of Edinburgh on eLLM (distance learning LLM) IP modules, and  as a research associate with Oxfirst Ltd, which specialises in the economic aspects of innovation and IP (more details here). 

Nick Smallwood
Nick took the long way round to a legal career. After a Modern History and International Relations degree at the University of St. Andrews, he taught English in Barnsley and Barcelona. After completing his legal studies at the University of Law in York, he honed his IP blogging skills by writing for London law firm, Briffa. Nick is currently a trainee solicitor at Taylor Vinters. (More here)

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