The IPKat brings you its usual list of forthcoming events plus some interesting articles/papers/blogs to browse.


First of all, a reminder that UNION-IP is hosting Tim Moss CBE, Chief Executive, UK Intellectual Property Office at their spring dinner meeting on Thursday 8 March 2018at the Royal Overseas League.  In this period of unprecedented change within the UK intellectual property system, Tim will offer his thoughts on the main issues facing the UK IPO and the UK professions, as well as an overview of what next year holds in store for the Office.  Full details and tickets can be obtained through EventBrite.

Kat’s idea of a spring dinner
Also on 8 March 2018, the The British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association (BLA©A) will host the seminar “Cultural Heritage Institutions and Immersive Technologies: Monetisation and Copyright”. This seminar is part of a a project being conducted by Queen Mary, Univ. of London and Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, in collaboration with several UK heritage institutions. For more information on the seminar, see here.

The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law will host the Thirteenth Annual International Intellectual Property Lecture, delivered by Professor Jessica Litman, on the topic of “Copyright and Property-Think“. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 at the Emmanuel College, Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre. For more information and registration, see here.

On 14 March 2018, Oxfirst will host a webinar on the topic “Are Important Innovations Rewarded? Evidence from Pharmaceutical Markets”, presented by Professor Margaret Kyle. The talk will discuss the research, focussing on the “relationship between therapeutic value and different measures of market rewards (the number of patents, price, market share, and total revenues) of a new treatment.” For registration see here.

Maastricht University will host the event “Innov-AI-tion Law for Technology 4.0” which will focus on AI, its impact on society and the need for a regulatory framework. The event will take place on 6 April 2018 at the Maastricht University Brussels Campus, for more information and registration see here.


In June 2018, the first issue of the Stockholm IP Law Review is scheduled to be published! The review is a student-led publication, which will focus on issues of European Intellectual Property issues. If you are interested in reading or contributing to this project, you will find more information here.

The European Parliament published the extensive study by Dr. Jan Nordemann Liability of Online Service Providers for Copyrighted Content – Regulatory Action Needed?  See herefor a full abstract and to download the paper.

Fellow IP Blog Solo IP: for sole and small IP , decided to stop its activities. With the post The Soil Never Sleeps  Barbara Cookson bids farewell to the blog’s readers. Best wishes from the IPKat to Solo IP for its future endeavours!

If you are interested in the Pregabalin issue, there are two interesting articles to look at. 
The first, The clinician impact and financial cost to the NHS of litigation over pregabalin: an economic impact analysis, by Richard Croker, Darren Smyth,  Alex Walker and Ben Goldacre (for full abstract and paper download, see here); the second, a blog post by The IP Alchemist Why were the SPCs for Pregabalin allowed to lapse? I have a theory…

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