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SpecialKats: Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo (TechieKat), Hayleigh Bosher (Book Review Editor), and Tian Lu (Asia Correspondent).

IPKat Policies - Guest Posts and Comments

Guest submissions policy

The IPKat welcomes submissions of original, previously unpublished content, for inclusion on the blog as guest posts.  If accepted, they will be edited and posted by a member of the blog team.  Submission does not guarantee publication.

Pieces for submission should generally be 500-1000 words in length, on a current or otherwise newsworthy topic related to intellectual property that will be of interest to our readers, and not already covered (at least in a similar manner) on the blog.  For example, a second report of a court decision would only be accepted if it presented an analysis significantly different from one already published.  The decision as to whether to publish will additionally depend on the quality of the content and the style.

Please email submissions to the IPKat at If you are in any doubt about the suitability of the topic that you wish to cover, or your intended treatment, do please feel free to email the IPKat in advance with an outline.

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