For the half-year to 30 June 2015, the IPKat's regular team is supplemented by contributions from guest bloggers Suleman Ali, Tom Ohta and Valentina Torelli.

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

The IPKat Team

Suleman Ali

Suleman is a European and UK patent attorney. He started his career in 1996 at J.A. Kemp, working primarily in the biotech and medical fields, but now mostly works for ip21, K2 IP and his own consultancy, Holly IP. With extensive experience working with small biotech companies and university tech transfer offices, Suleman enjoys advising such organisations on the strategies they should follow. He has prosecuted patent applications in different territories and has taken part in many European oppositions and appeals. Suleman's DPhil was on genetic susceptibility to HIV. He also writes for his own blog IP Trends and for IPCopy. You can read more about Suleman here.

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 can be contacted here

Tom Ohta
Tom, An associate solicitor at London law firm Bristows, is a dispute resolution specialist with a particular interest in copyright, having cut his teeth on the SAS Institute v World Programming software litigation before the courts of England and Wales and the CJEU. As a bumper copyright year, 2014 yielded fertile grounds for Tom to contribute to a range of publications including the IPKat, 1709 Blog, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice and Intellectual Property Magazine. Tom enjoys speaking on current developments, including at the IPKat’s online copyright enforcement event and to senior officials at the WIPO/British Copyright Council training course on copyright. Read more about Tom here and on Twitter @tom_ohta.

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 projects. He also handles all the social media for MARQUES, the organisation for European trade marks.

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).

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).

Valentina Torelli
Admitted to the bar in Bologna (Italy), Valentina has been living in Spain for the past two years, first in Alicante where she graduated from the Magister Lvcentinvs programme and now in Madrid where she is currently practising as a lawyer with Salvador Ferrandis and Partners. Valentina is an enthusiast for IP and media matters and litigation, trade marks and ITC being the areas of her main interest. Always attracted by creativity, she usually molds her inspiration into photography although she likes ranging among other ways of expression, as she has recently done with her occasional guest blogging. Valentina loves cats. You can read more about her 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).

The AmeriKat

The AmeriKat is Annsley’s persona when she’s blogging on matters American. In principle the AmeriKat sends one or two weekly “Letter from AmeriKat” missives, though there are times when she will post an entire series of features on the same topic (Bilski was one such instance), and other times when she’s probably shopping …

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