For the half-year to 31 December 2015, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Jani Ihalainen, Nikos Prentoulis and Mark Schweizer.

Birgit Clark is on Sabbatical till the end of the year

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

The IPKat Team

David Brophy
A patent attorney with leading Dublin-based Irish practice FRKelly, David splits himself between patents and designs. He specialises in telecommunications and software-related inventions, medical devices and physics-related inventions --but also takes a keen academic interest in the interface between copyright and design rights. 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.

Birgit Clark
A long-serving member of the IPKat blog team, Birgit -- who is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, UK trade mark attorney and as a Rechtsanwaeltin in Germany -- has practised as a trade mark attorney in the London offices several leading firms and is currently a solicitor with Locke Lord.  The world's leading expert on German polar bear cub names, Birgit also writes for MARQUES's Class 46 weblog and is an active member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. Birgit, who is currently on sabbatical, can be contacted here

Jani Ihalainen
A Master of Laws graduate currently working in the City of London with law firm Redd, guest Kat Jani is pursuing a career in legal practice in the UK. Hailing from Finland, Jani is a big IP enthusiast and a blogger in his own right, with IP Iustitia. Jani is also on the lookout for a training contract and will be delighted to hear from anyone looking for someone just like him ...

Jeremy Phillips 
Jeremy PhillipsIP Consultant to London-based solicitors Olswang LLP, Jeremy is a Professorial Fellow, Queen Mary IP Institute and occasionally teaches at the University of Alicante, Spain. A veteran blogger and a founding member of the IPKat team in June 2003, he is heavily involved in IP consultancy work, editing the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) and the European Trade Mark Reports (ETMR), conference and seminar organising and tackling freelance IP research projectsHe also handles all the social media for MARQUES, the organisation for European trade marks.

Nikos Prentoulis
Joining the team as a guest Kat for the second half of 2015, Nikos -- a Senior Intellectual Property Consultant and Litigator with Prentoulis Lawyers and Consultants, based in Athens, Greece -- is a seasoned blogger in the MARQUES Class 46 European trade mark blog team.  Nikos is also a contributor to  the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP).  You can read more about Nikos here.

Eleonora Rosati
Following a successful blogging debut with the copyright-oriented 1709 Blog, Eleonora, who is a regular contributor to and Deputy 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 can do a better Italian accent than any other member of the regular blog team (more details here; Twitter here).

Mark Schweizer
A former regular member of the IPKat blog team and a member of the MARQUES Class 46 blog team too, Mark has just returned to us as a guest Kat till the end of 2015. An associate with Zurich-based legal practice Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Mark is also an adjunct judge in the Swiss Federal Patent Court. You can read all about Mark and his many IP activities 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 recent spell as Economic Adviser to the UK Intellectual Property Office, she has just taken up a position lecturing 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 baby of the team — but you’d never guess it from her efficient research and powerful writing. An intellectual property litigation associate in the London office of Allen & Overy 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. Annsley has a wide range of interests that span  all aspects of contentious IP, but she also enjoys reporting on legislative reforms, most recently on the proposed European unitary patent proposals. She also acts as an ad hoc adviser to the Victoria and Albert Museum on intellectual property matters (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).

... and not forgetting Alberto!

Alberto Bellan, an associate in Hogan Lovell's Milan office, is the best friend a Kat can have. A one-time guest Kat, he is the person who carefully and lovingly pieces together each week's Never Too Late round-up of the previous week's Katposts. You can read more about Alberto here and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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