Take out your agendas! It’s time to note down some dates:


A pun-tastic event will take place on 17 November in the framework of Bookcity Milan: Ho preso l’influencer (literally, “I’ve got the influenzar”). It will feature speakers Antonio Dikele Distefano, Guglielmo Panzera, Matteo Fumagalli, Rita Tardiolo ed Edoardo Barbera and IPKat own Eleonora Rosati. During the session, the main topic under discussion will be the use of social networks for professional success. For more information, see here.

The 4iP Council is hosting on 22 November the Webinar on industry challenges after recent case-law on confidentiality of FRAND agreements, and other relevant aspects of FRAND case law – your questions answered. The Webinar will be presented by Dr. Peter Georg Picht, LL.M., followed by a Q&A. See here for more information. 
The 10th Intellectual Property Case Law Seminar hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry will take place in London on 26 NovemberThe seminar will cover developments at the EPO and in the UK, as well as touching on the ever changing SPC landscape. Speakers include Jocelyn Man (Gilead), Joanna Peak (Boult Wade Tennant), Rob Whittock (Hardwicke Chambers), Alexandra Pygall (Stephenson Harwood), and Mark Abthorpe (Kilburn & Strode). For more information, see here.

On 27 November Professor Uma Suthersanen (Queen Mary University) will be the Guest Speaker at the City University London event: Excluding Designs (and Shape Marks) – Where is the CJEU going? The event it free to attend, registration can be done here.
The IIPLA 5th Dubai IP Congress 2019 on 14-15 January 2019, will be dedicated to bringing together a diverse set of audiences from all over the world including IP experts, owners and investors to discuss and find solutions for key issues and operational challenges faced by corporations and IP professionals today. IIPLA extended the Early Bird offer for just 4 more days, hurry up and register 

Sir Richard Arnold

Sir Richard Arnold will be delivering his Annual Lecture at Westminster Law School on 5 February 2019. This is Sir Richard’s third lecture and the title is ‘Issues and Developments in Entertainment Law: an intellectual property perspective’.The lecture is free and open to all but spaces are limited and registration is essential.

VR City Experience

Helsinki is creating an internationally unique virtual city experience in co-operation with VR-studio Zoan. The project called “Virtual Capital of the World” kicked off last week. The final result will be revealed in December at the startup and tech event Slush, where it will be shown through a VR headset with eye precision capability, manufactured by Helsinki-based Varjo. 

PhD opportunities

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for two fully funded three-year PhD scholarships. CeBIL is looking for candidates with innovative and original ideas. The CeBIL Programme focuses on innovation inefficiencies on the life science frontiers through five concrete interrelated studies: the two PhD researchers will be included in two studies: Antibiotics and Policy & Sinergy. Successful candidates can start on 1 May 2019 For more information, see here.

ECS Opinions

The European Copyright Society (ECS) has just issued two new opinions, one on the so-called Cordoba case (Case C-161/17) and the other on the Cofemel case (C-683/17). The CJEU has already decided the first case but in addition to criticising the decision, the Opinion gives guidance on what the Court should do in future judgments on the communication to the public. 

The second case is pending and the advocate general (M. Szpunar) has not yet issued his Opinion. The judge rapporteur is J. Malenovsky. There the Court is asked whether Member States can retain a different criterion of originality for works of applied art/industrial designs than the author’s own intellectual creation. In its Opinion, the ECS weighs the pros and cons of the different options the Court could choose.

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