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.

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 -- is a partner in the London office of Venner Shipley LLP.  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

Rebecca Gulbul
After reading for a two-year LLB at the University of Kent in Canterbury, graduating in 2012, Rebecca was called to the Bar in July 2013 and then went on to take the LLM in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London. Rebecca, who has done a little casual guest blogging for us in recent times, maintains an interest in all branches of intellectual property; she enjoys fashion, music and good coffee, and particularly likes to travel and to discover new places.  Says Rebecca (who is incidentally our first blog team member from Mauritius): "I am waiting to see where the tide takes me next!"

Lucas S. Michels

Lucas, a Seattle-based IP and business law attorney at Ironmark Law Group, PLLC, represents businesses and individuals with their cross-border IP and business legal needs. Before being admitted to the Washington State Bar, he worked with businesses and industry organizations on foreign regulatory compliance and lobbying initiatives to establish favourable trade conditions, ensure export compliance and maximize global market opportunities. Lucas blogs on international, cross-border and trade-related IP issues at The IP Exporter. In a previous existence  he was Articles Editor of the Gonzaga Journal of International Law and received the 2012 CALI Excellence For The Future Award in International and Comparative IP.

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. Formerly a PhD researcher at the European University Institute, Florence, and a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge, Eleonora is now a lecturer in intellectual property law at the University of Southampton and runs the e-LAWnora copyright consultancy. A talented photographer, she can do a better Italian accent than any other member of the 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).

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).

Marie-Andrée Weiss
Marie-Andrée, an attorney admitted in New York and pending in France, runs a solo practice focusing on IP, privacy and social media law. With a JD in business law, an LLM in criminal law, an LLM in multimedia law from the University of Strasbourg, and an LLM in intellectual property law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, she also spent a year at the Esmod fashion school in Paris and has worked in New York as a buyer in the fashion and cosmetics industry (Marie-Andrée can still provide a complete makeover and wardrobe analysis, should the need arise). In three words: French, American, Alsatian (not the dog but to the Eastern area in France with good wines). Read more about her 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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