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news archive 2007
QMIPRI is proud to welcome Gillian Davies (Hogarth Chambers), Alison Firth (Newcastle University), Tibor Gold (Kilburn & Strode), Phillip Johnson (7 New Square) and Jeremy Phillips (Olswang). We are proud to attract such eminent professionals to our research and teaching community. They join our current visiting fellows, Roger Cullis, David Raybould and Adrian Sterling.
Herchel Smith Seminar Series - Hello!
The first in the Herchel Smith Seminar Series for the 2007/8 academic year will consider the Hello! litigation and will welcome Professor Gavin Phillipson (Durham) and Dr Tanya Aplin (KCL) as presenters. The seminar is free but numbers are strictly limited, so please register by emailing the Institute Manager, Charlotte Knights. The evening will commence at 6pm followed by discussion and drinks.
Congratulations to Duncan Matthews on his promotion to Reader in Intellectual Property Law.
Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Berlin
Johanna Gibson presented on "The Nature of Use: Creativity, Expertise and Economics" at an intellectual property roundtable at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association. The meeting this year was held at Humboldt University, Berlin.
ITC v. Punchgini
Graeme Dinwoodie was counsel of record for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) in connection with an amicus brief filed by the association in support of a petition for certiorari in ITC v. Punchgini.
Research Project on Copyright Law
Guido Westkamp has received a £12,000 grant from the Westfield Trust to conduct a research project on the implications of human rights in modern copyright law. The project will consider how notions of fundamental guarantees impact on copyright, particularly the protection of information through technical code, with a view to detect pathways that permit law-makers to reconsider copyright protection and make its current architecture more balanced and flexible. The project, for which a website will be launched later, will consider developments in a number of jurisdictions. Workshops will be organised both at Queen Mary and abroad.
ATRIP Congress, Buenos Aires.
Michael Blakeney presents " Protection of Innovation and Transfer of IP Protected Technologies" at the Annual Congress of the Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), Buenos Aires.
QMIPRI Reception, Lincoln's Inn Fields
QMIPRI hosted numerous leading practitioners, government representatives, academics and the judiciary from the world of intellectual property to a reception in Lincoln's Inn Fields. The evening was a celebration of intellectual property teaching and research at Queen Mary, as well as the re-location of QMIPRI to Lincoln's Inn Fields as part of the new Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Centre.
Graduations of MSc and LLM Students
Congratulations to all graduating students of the MSc and LLM at Queen Mary!
WIPO IGC on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC)
QMIPRI Observer Accreditation
At the 11th Session of the IGC, member states voted in favour of QMIPRI's accreditation as an observer (full list of accredited observers).
3rd Annual Workshop on the Law and Economics of IP and IT
The workshop includes several contributions from QMIPRI members and students, including Noam Shemtov (doctoral researcher) presenting "Rethinking Entitlements in the Context of Decompilation of Computer Programs: A Market-Based Perspective," Nan Zhang and Johanna Gibson on a panel considering gene patents, biotechnology and genetics, and Maria Mercedes Frabboni presenting "Transaction costs considerations in the European Commission's approach to collective management of online music rights". The workshop is jointly organised by the Centre of Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, and the Institute of Comparative Law 'Angelo Sraffa', Bocconi University of Milan.
European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network
The first annual meeting of the European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network is scheduled for June 25 in Aston, Birmingham and QMIPRI, organised by Duncan Matthews in collaboration with Claire Howell and the Aston Business School. Spyros Maniatis will present. QMIPRI members Johanna Gibson and Gail Evans will also attend as well as QMIPRI researcher, Maria Frabboni. Details of the event are available on the Aston Business School website. More information on the network is available at EIPTN.
Traditional Cultural Expressions in a Digital Environment, Lucerne
A Symposium on 'Traditional Cultural Expressions in a Digital Environment' is scheduled for June 8-9 in Lucerne, Switzerland and the programme of speakers includes Johanna Gibson. Details of this event are available on the Universität Luzern website.
New QMIPRI website
The QMIPRI website has been redesigned in the QMUL corporate template style and relaunched to coincide with our relocation.
New Home for QMIPRI
QMIPRI will be closed from 24-29 May whilst the School of Law relocates to new premises in Lincoln's Inn Fields.
CIER Roundtable on Traditional Knowledge
Johanna Gibson will participate in a roundtable at the Centre for Intellectual Property Law, University of Utrecht (CIER), to celebrate the completion of the visiting appointment of Professor Rosemary Coombe (York) to Utrecht during 2006/7.
Patents, Inventions and the Dynamics of Innovation
Edward Elgar have published 'Patents, Inventions and the Dynamics of Innovation: A Multidisciplinary Study' (ISBN: 978184542958) by Roger Cullis. The book is available from the Edward Elgar website.
EPO Patent Forum; Scenarios of the Future Launch
Johanna Gibson will attend the European Patent Forum, where the Compendium of the Scenarios of the Future Project will be launched. Johanna was interviewed as part of the Project and is one of 12 experts from around the world featured in the recent 2006 Annual Report of the EPO.
Patenting Lives Seminar Series, Australia
As part of the Patenting Lives Project, Johanna Gibson and Senior Visiting Fellow, Phillip Johnson (DTI), will conduct seminars at DLA Phillips Fox / Griffith University and University of Queensland (ACIPA).
Study on the Implementation of the Information Society Directive
The Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with Guido Westkamp from QMIPRI, has just published part of an extensive study on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC on Certain Aspects of Copyright and Related Rights in the Information Society in the Member States for the European Commission. In two parts, the Study consists of a preliminary evaluation of the Directive's core concepts, which was prepared at Amsterdam, and a separate study containing 26 country reports together with an introductory report on national implementation, which was prepared at QMIPRI. The study is available from the EU Internal Market website, Part I and Part II.
Trade Marks in Europe: A Practical Jurisprudence
Sweet & Maxwell have published 'Trade Marks In Europe: A Practical Jurisprudence' (ISBN: 9780421920002) by Spyros Maniatis. The book is available from the Sweet & Maxwell website.
Final Report of Gowers Review of Intellectual Property
In December 2005, the Chancellor of the Exchequer asked Andrew Gowers to conduct an independent review of the intellectual property system in the UK, the Final Report of which has now been published. The Report cites with approval Creating Selves, by Johanna Gibson, in its discussion on user innovation and creativity.
Creating Selves: Intellectual Property and the Narration of Culture
Ashgate have published 'Creating Selves: Intellectual Property and the Narration of Culture' (ISBN: 9780754647072) by Johanna Gibson. The book is available from the Ashgate website.