March IP events

by Pedro Malaquias

On November 2013, QMJIP started to publicise IP Events in its Twitter page (@QMJIP), using the hash tag #IPevents. Since then, we have tried to promote as many IP events as possible, as we find such information of utmost relevance for the IP community. From now on, such information will also be made available in the QMJIP blog.

If you have knowledge of or are organising any IP event not shown on the following list, we would be grateful if you let us know. Simply leave us a comment in here or tweet us @QMJIP #IPEvents and we will add it!

Here are the events for March 2014.


  • On 3 March 2014, ITMA will discuss in Leeds the ‘‘Recent developments in Chinese trade mark law and practice‘. See more here.
  • Talkscience: Patently obvious? The role of patents in biomedical discovery and invention will be discussed at The British Library Terrace Restaurant on 4 March 2014. Interested? Check the event website.
  • On 5 March 2014 (repeated on 9 March 2014), CLT is holding the CPD course Drafting and Negotiating IP Licences in London. Registration and other information can be found here.
  • On 6 March 2014, in Oxford, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre will host one more of its OIPRC Invited Speaker Seminar. Although the title is not yet available, the convenors have: Dev Gangjee, Emily Hudson & Robert Pitkethly. More information here.
  • On 10 March 2014, in London, another CPD seminar – Update on US IP Law and Practice – is being held by The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA). Further details can be found at CIPA’s website.
  • On 10 March 2014, the LSE Media Policy Project organises the event ‘Copyright and Freedoms in a Digital Europe: Liability of Intermediaries‘. Details here.
  • On 11 March 2014, in the Spring dinner meeting of the British Group of Union, in London, the topic “Enforcing your IP Globally – Tales from the Front Line” will be discussed. Tickets can be obtained from
  • Want to “Become a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst“? Check the Management Forum course, held in London, on 11 and 12 March 2014. More details available here.
  • The Ninth Annual International Intellectual Property Lecture at Emmanuel College: Intellectual Property Law and the Problem of Aesthetic Progress will be held in Cambridge by CIPIL on 11 March 2014. Further details can be found here.
  • On 11 March 2014, in Oxford, the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre will host an Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group on ‘Economics of Intellectual Property‘. More information here.
  • IP Protect Expo 2014 is “an industry exhibition with a parallel conference programme” – London, 11 to 12 March 2014. Check the event website.
  • On 12 March 2014, in London, FICPI will host its UK Annual Seminar, where it will be discussed the updates on the Unitary Patent as well as the changes to European Trade Mark Law and UK Patent Law, as well as variety of topics in relation to Chinese law, including the Chinese Utility Model system- Details here.
  • The Competition Law Association (CLA) will be holding an evening meeting on Thursday 13 March, in London. Johanna Gibson and John Noble will discuss “Lookalikes – an unfair practice and unfair competition?”. Check the event leaflet.
  • The fifth annual symposium, Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2014, presented by The McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law and Microsoft Corporation, co-sponsored this year by Oxford University School of Law and the International Trademark Association (INTA), will take place in the British Library Conference Centre in London on Thursday, March 13, 2014. All the details can be accessed here.
  • 13 March will be a really busy day for IP in London, as BLACA will also host (at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner) its seminar on parody. Details will be available on BLACA’s website.
  • Management Forum will host “Fundamentals of European Claim Drafting“, a two-day course “ideal for trainee patent attorneys and patent attorneys“. London, 13 and 14 March 2014. Interested? Check the course website.
  • Case law of the EPO will be discussed in the seminar “Patenting Medical Technology” organised by Management Forum, in London, on 14 March 2014. Check the seminar details here.
  • On Saturday 15 March 2014, in Cambridge, the CIPIL Annual Spring Conference 2014 will be dedicated to “Exhaustion without Exasperation: Intellectual Property, Parallel Imports and Border Measures“. More information here.
  • Between 17 and 18 march 2014, in London, the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group will host its Spring Conference ‘Realities in Realms of Regulation of Pharmaceutical Trade Marks‘. Details here.
  • The Managing Intellectual Property International Patent Forum 2014 will occur in London, between 18 and 19 March . Check the leaflet.
  • The Centre for Commercial Law Studies will host the European Patent Convention Course between 18 and 20 March in London. ‘The lectures will provide an introductory overview of the law and practice of European patent law. The emphasis will be on the substantive and procedural law under the European Patent Convention, including the jurisprudence of the EPO Board of Appeals. In addition, the creation of a Unitary Patent Court will be addressed. Emphasis is placed particularly on the relationship between the UPC and national patent systems, as well as problems of applicable law‘. Further details and registration can be found here.
  • On 19 March 2014, the QMIPRI will host one more of its Policy Watch Research Cafes series. Florian Koempel will, as usual, be the group leader. For more information, check the CCLS events webpage.
  • On 19 March, The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) will discuss “Russian IP Legislation & Eurasian Patent System” in London. Details available here.
  • The ITMA Spring Conference 2014 “Media, Pop Culture and the Law” will be between 19-21 March 2014 in London. Programme, registration and further information can be found at the following website.
  • Management Forum will host “Guide to Formal Requirements of the EPO“, a two-day course for administrative staff in the patent profession. London, 27 and 28 March 2014. Interested? Check the event website.
  • On 28 March 2014, Management Forum will provide, in London, an Introduction to Patent Practice in Latin America. Check the event website.
  • On 28 and 29 March 2014, in Cambridge, The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) will host the conference ‘Creativity, Circulation and Copyright: Sonic and Visual Media in the Digital Age’. Details available here.


  • Between 2 and 5 March 2014, IPI will host the ‘11th Annual International Patent Information Conference & Exposition, IPI-ConfEx 2014‘ in Berling, Germany. The conference website is available here.
  • The 5th Global IP Exchange takes place in Münich, Germany, 3 – 5 March 2014. Details can be found in the event page.
  • MARQUES – The Association of the European Trade Mark Owners will held its 12th Spring Team Meeting on 6 and 7 March 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The programme and registration form can be found in the conference website.
  • On 7 March 2014, in Copenhagen, an international one-day conference on ‘IP Governance by Private Collective Entities‘ will be held. Further details and registration can be obtained here.
  • On 10 March 2014, in Münich, Germany, GRUR Int/JIPLP will discuss ‘The different notions of “copyright-protected work” in Europe’. Details here.
  • In Brussels, on 12 March 2014, it will be held the ‘ECTA Workshop on Trade Marks, Packaging and Lifestyle Regulation‘. More information can be found in the link.
  • IP Strategies in South America will be discussed by the French Association of Intellectual Property Specialists (ASPI – Association Française des Spécialistes en Propriété Industrielle de l’Industrie. The conference ‘PI et Amerique Latine‘ will be held in Paris on 13 March 2014. Programme and registration here.
  • On 13 and 14 March 2014, in Budapest, KIM, HIPO and EPO will hold a ‘Conference on the training of UPC judges‘. Details here.
  • The Academy of European Law is hosting the conference “Update on Geographical Indications in the European Union” on 20 and 21 March in Trier, Germany. Find more information here.
  • 25 and 27 March 2014 are the dates of the 11th Annual Nordic IPR forum, hosted by Legal IQin Stockholm, Sweden. The event website can be reached through the link.
  • Starting on 30 March 2014, but lasting until 4 April 2014, the California Lawyers for the Arts will host, in Paris, France, the ‘Lights on Paris: Intellectual Property and Cultural Policies in the Digital Age‘. Check the leaflet with all the details.


  • On 4 March 2014, in Stanford, California, the Stanford IP Association (SIPA) and the ABA Forum of Entertainment and Sports Law are co-hosting the half-day conference ‘Convergence of Entertainment and Technology‘. Further details here.
  • On 4 and 5 March 2014, INTA will hos the conference ‘Maintaining the Perfect Partnership‘ in New York. Overview, details and programme are available here.
  • On 5 March 2014, in Alexandria, Virginia, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a roundtable event to ‘solicit public opinions regarding the written description requirement as applied to design applications in certain limited situations’. The event will also be webcast live through the USPTO website. Details can be found here.
  • On 17 March 2014, in Alexandria, Virginia, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public forum to discuss the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The event will also be webcast live through the USPTO website. Details can be found here.
  • On 18 March 2014, in Beverly Hills, California, the USC Gould School of Law will host the 2014 Intellectual Property Institute. Check the event website.
  • Between 20 and 22 March 2014, marcus evans will host the IP Law Summit Spring 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check the event website.
  • On 21 March 2014, in Arlington, Virginia, the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property Law of the George Mason University School of Law and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation will host the conference ‘From Lab to Market: How Intellectual Property Secures the Benefits of R&D‘. Additional information is available here.
  • On 21 and 22 March 2014, in Stanford, California, the Stanford Law School will host the two-day conference ‘Patent Trolls and Patent Reform‘. Additional details and registration here.
  • On 25 March 2014, in Washington D.C., Managing Intellectual Property will host ‘U.S. Patent Forum – Overview‘. Details here.
  • On 27 March 2014, in Washington D.C., the George Washington University Law School will discuss ‘The Case Against the Protection of Negative Trade Secrets: Sisyphus’ Entrepreneurship‘. Details here.


  • Porto Alegre, 15-18 March 2014 Intellectual Property Seminar. Further details here.
  • On 19 to 21 March 2014, in São Pualo, ASPI (the São Paulo Intellectual Property Association) will hold the 14th International Congress of Intellectual Property “Propriedade Intelectual Transfronteiras: Jogando com o Futuro‘ (Intellectual Property Transborders: Playing with the Future). The congress website is online here.


  • On 10 March 2014, in Dubai, Bird & Bird will host the seminar ‘Applied TMT in the UAE‘. Invitation for the event is available online.
  • On 10 and 11 March 2014, in Jerusalem, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (ICH) will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Reinhold Cohn Group & the 20th anniversary of the IDC Herzliya by holding the international conference on ‘The Measure of Intellectual Property New Principles, Future Dilemmas‘. Further information available here.
  • On 13 and 14 March 2014, in Singapore, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore Branch), in association with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre will host the symposium ‘Innovation Under The Global Spotlight – Overcoming Challenges, Changing Mindsets‘. Check the event website.

Pedro Malaquias is a Portuguese Qualified lawyer. Currently, he is a LL.M. candidate at Queen Mary, University of London and works as a Student Research Fellow at Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI) and as Assistant Editor at Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property (QMJIP). @PedroMMalaquias