Keeping up with IP law

There is no shortage of blogs and updates on intellectual property law as IP is a particular preoccupation as the internet and the knowledge economy develop. Here’s a selection, with links to these and more in the infolaw Lawfinder Blogs catalogue.

The IPKat and family

One of the longest-established bloggers on IP law is Prof Jeremy Phillips whose The IPKat group blog is passionate about IP. Since June 2003 the IPKat has covered copyright, patent, trade mark, infotech and privacy/confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective.

Jeremy also initiated and/or contributes to several other group blogs, each specialising in a different IP discipline:

The 1709 blog, founded just 303 short and unextended years after the 1709 Statute of Anne created the first purpose-built copyright law, is dedicated to all things copyright, warts and all.

Marques Class 46 is dedicated to European trade mark law and practice.

Class 99 is the site for design law, in Europe and worldwide.

PatLit covers patent litigation law, practice and strategy.

The SPC blog is dedicated to the issues that arise when supplementary protection certificates extend patents beyond their normal life.

Law practitioner blogs

NIPCLAW is by Jane Lambert, barrister, providing news and comment on intellectual property, technology, media, entertainment and competition law from the UK, EC and around the world. Jane also produces IP North West which focuses on news and gossip on intellectual property law on the Northern Circuit of England.

Ipso Jure by Peter Groves, solicitor, provides blog commentary, a free online textbook on intellectual property and a monthly IP podcast.

IP brands blog by Shireen Smith, solicitor, Azrights, provides commentary on trademarks, copyright, internet marketing, social networking, search engine optimisation, protection of reputations and brands on the internet.

LG blogs IP is Lawrence Graham’s angle on intellectual property, media and sport issues.

IP Draughts, from members of Anderson Law LLP, is mainly about intellectual property contracts.

Intellectual Property Lawyer is by solicitors at Bonallack & Bishop.

Other IP law blogs

IPEdinburgh by Dr Abbe Brown, AHRC Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, is an exploration of the interface between IP, competition and human rights, and its contribution to access to technologies.

IP finance is a group blog that looks at financial issues for intellectual property rights: securitisation and collateral, IP valuation for acquisition and balance sheet purposes, tax and R&D breaks, film and product finance, calculating quantum of damages – anything that happens where IP meets money.

Kluwer Copyright Blog is from Kluwer Law International, providing information and news on European copyright law. A group of leading experts, comprising practising lawyers and academics report on latest developments.

JIPLP is the blog of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice.

Copyright for Education by Emily Goodhand provides information and awareness about copyright issues in education.

Nick Holmes is joint Editor of the Newsletter.