“How did you end up in IP?” – Meet Professor Martin Kretschmer!

The legal world in general and the field of Intellectual Property in particular offer you more than a single path to your future profession. There are countless possible career paths, and it is rather unlikely that you will ever meet two IP enthusiasts with a similar “journey”. This makes it so fascinating to get to know each one of them individually!

Accordingly, the IP Society is happy to invite you to an informal evening with Martin Kretschmer, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Glasgow and Director of CREATe on Tuesday, July 7 at 8pm in the Old Schoolhouse. Join us and learn more about one of the many possible pathways to a future in the field of IP!

Date: Tuesday, July 7

Time: 8pm

Venue: The Old Schoolhouse, Glasgow

Let’s talk about our work!

The IP Society invites you to an informal discussion evening on Thursday, July 9, starting at 7pm in the Gilchrist Club seminar room. Students of the IP LL.M. program will give brief, 5-10 minute presentations on topics that they have written about in their essays (see our event announcement here), followed by a discussion. Whether you would like to sit back and listen or participate actively, you will be welcome – don’t forget to join us!

Date: Thursday, July 9

Time: 7pm

Venue: Seminar room of the Gilchrist Club, University of Glasgow

Guest talk on Thursday, 25 June

The IP Society is happy to announce a Guest Talk by Christian Geib, University of Strathclyde.

Christian Geib has been working for an IT law firm in Germany and for the European Commission. He obtained an LL.M. degree from Stanford University before joining the University of Strathclyde as a PhD candidate. Christian will present his PhD project, which focusses on Text and Data Mining and related copyright issues, to the IP Society. A warm welcome to everyone!

Date: Thursday, 25th of June 2015
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Seminar Room of the Gilchrist Club, University of Glasgow

Tell us about your essays!

With the assessments being over and only the dissertation left to work on we all have put a lot of work in all the essays no one will ever read again. Often you have picked the topic yourself and worked on something you are truly interested in. Is it not a waste of interest and good ideas to not share this work with others?

We would like to held a (very informal) evening on which students of the IP LL.M. have the opportunity to briefly present their essays and thus gaining an insight in a variety of IP-related topics. If you are interested in actively participating in that (the event will probably take place around July 6) please give us a short notice under president@ip-society.co.uk with your topic(s). We have no guidelines for the length or manner of your contribution.

We are looking forward for your participation!

Visiting The Mackintosh House

Join us for a visit of The Mackintosh House on Sunday, 7 June at 12.30pm (we are meeting in front of the Mackintosh House)! This part of The Huntarian displays the interior of the Scottish architect’s Glasgow home from the early 20th century (you can read more about it here). A perfect starting point to enjoy the Byres Road Parade Day afterwards!


Screening of ‘Cadillac Records’

IP Society is back! We’re glad to invite you to our movie night on Wednesday, April 29 at 20.00 at the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club. The movie is ‘Cadillac Records’ starring Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright and Beyonce.

You can watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1309MEQ4b30.

‘Cadillac Records’ is a 2008 musical biopic written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential Chicago-based record-company executive Leonard Chess, and a few of the musicians who recorded for Chess Records.

Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: 20.00

Venue: The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club


Talk “THE RESURRECTION OF THE AUTHOR: On Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction”

Join us for the English Literature Visiting Speaker event on Thursday 19 March when Dr Elizabeth Wright (Bath Spa University) will be speaking on “THE RESURRECTION OF THE AUTHOR: On Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction”. Details below.

The talk starts at 5.15 in 202, 4 University Gardens, with refreshments available from 5.

The lecture may be interesting for the students interested in IP because it will examine the contemporary authorship.

This lecture examines Maggie Gee’s latest novel Virginia Woolf in Manhattan (2014), with reference to other Woolfian resurrections as examples of postmodern author fiction. By engaging with contemporary critics of biofiction such as Harold Bloom, Martin Middeke and Laura E. Savu, I explore why contemporary authors have revived Virginia Woolf so frequently and what effect this has on their own writing and sense of authorship as well as the effect it has had on Woolf’s real-life legacy. The lecture explores the reasons why Gee amongst others has resurrected her most respected literary foremother in fictional form. I posit the idea that, in bringing Woolf back to life, authors are able to connect with her on a level creative playing field – entering her mind, trying on her body and testing her language, imagery, structures, rhythms, patterns and narrative strategies. Unlike writers such as Cunnigham, Sellers and Nunez, Gee positions Woolf in the twenty-first century, and thus offers an alternative vision, not only of Woolf’s life, personality and work and their impact on her own writing, but also of contemporary issues and concerns such as the effects of technology, racism, criticism and raunch culture on the modern world. These texts open up questions surrounding the novelist’s responsibility to historical accuracy and faithfulness to truth which Woolf herself examined in her essays ‘The New Biography’ and ‘The Art of Biography’.
E.H. Wright is a playwright and senior lecturer in English and European Literature at Bath Spa University. Her most recent play Vanessa and Virginia (Play Dead, 2013) was nominated for five Off West End Awards. Her academic publications include a biography of Virginia Woolf (Hesperus 2011) and various articles covering the Bloomsbury Group, Joseph Conrad, Henrik Ibsen and Maggie Gee. She is currently researching a monograph and writing a play entitled ‘Suicide’s Symposium’.

Screening of ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’

We are glad to invite you to our Movie Night on Thursday, March 12 at 7 o’clock at the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club. ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ will be shown.

The movie is about Banksy, the notorious graffiti artist whose works can be seen all over the world. The artist prefers to be anonymous in order to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, “It’s basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.” (Source – Paranoid Pictures)

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 7.00 p.m.

Venue: The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club



CREATe March 2015 Events

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We are most happy to inform you about a series of events hosted by the CREATe which will give you the perfect opportunity not only to get to know the Centre’s work but also to join several seminars with well-known experts. Make the most of your studies and broaden not only your professional but also your personal horizon by taking part in these events on innovation, creativity and Copyright history! You can find a one-page overview of the events here.

Please note that all events are free – but please register here (at the bottom of the page).


4 March, 3.30pm: From Intellectual Property to Cultural Property: Radicalizing Cultural Heritage?Professor Fiona Macmillan

The first event, part of the Law research Seminar series of the School of Law, is held by Professor Macmillan from the Birkbeck University of London. You can read more about her work here.
Professor Macmillan will critically assess the concept of cultural heritage as understood by UNESCO and discuss possible changes of said concept. You can read more about the seminar’s topic here.

Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 3.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Main Building, Melville Room (enter the university through the south front – the room is located in the Gilbert Scott Building, beside the Bute Hall)
Registration: Please contact Dr. Rasulov (akbar.rasulov@glasgow.ac.uk)


10 March, 2.00-3.00pm: Reasoning with Business Models: Categories, Technologies and ResourcesProfessor Charles Baden-Fuller

The next seminar will be held by Professor Charles Baden-Fuller from the Cass Business School, University of London. You can read more about Prof. Baden-Fuller and his work here.
Professor Baden-Fuller will talk about categorisation of Business Models and therefore his current research on how Business Models can be improved and applied in a digital environment. You can read more about the topic here.

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 2.00-3.00pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, 10 The Square, CREATe Hub (Room 404)
Registration: please register here


10 March, 5.30-7.30pm: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Experiments on CreativityProfessor Christopher J. Buccafusco

Professor Christopher Buccafusco from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (read more about Prof. Buccafusco here) will discuss recent experimental attempts to assess certain assumptions in Copyright (Why do people create? Why do artists use other works?) and the results of these findings for legal doctrines.

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 5.30-7.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Main Building, Humanities Lecture Theatre
Registration: please register here


26 March, 2.00-5.00pm: CREATe Open AfternoonPosters, Exhibitions, PhD Presentations, meeting the CREATe team, LLM IP society & more

The Open Afternoon in the offices of the CREATe will give you the possibility to learn more about previous and recent researches, PhD works as well as to get to know the CREATe team and – in case you haven’t had the chance yet – us, the IP Society!

Date: Thursday, 26 March, 2.00-5.00pm
Venue: Venue: University of Glasgow, 10 The Square, CREATe Hub
Registration: Simply turn up!


26 March, 5.30-7.30pm: SYMPOSIUM: COPYRIGHT HISTORY & POLICY – Copyright at Common Law in 1774 (public lecture) – Professor Tomas Gomez-Arostegui

Professor Tomas Gomez-Arostegui from the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland (read more about his work here) will give a public lecture on the historical interpretation of Anglo-American Copyright, how this has been challenged recently and which impact those understandings have on today’s reexaminations of Copyright Law. The lecture is based on Professor Gomez-Arostegui’s paper “Copyright at Common Law in 1774″ which can be downloaded here.

Date: Thursday, 26 March, 5.30-7.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Main Building, Humanities Lecture Theatre
Registration: please register here


27 March, 10.00am-1.00pm: SYMPOSIUM: COPYRIGHT HISTORY & POLICY – What is the point of Copyright History? (roundtable)

Following Professor Hector MacQueen’s Copyright history talk in February this roundtable will give you the next insights in the fascinating topic of Coypright’s past. Professor Hector MacQueen (Edinburgh Law School) will discuss with Professor Howard Abrams (University of Detroit), Professor Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge), Professor Oren Bracha (University of Texas at Austin), Professor Mark Rose (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Charlotte Waelde (University of Exeter) about Professor Gomez-Arostegui’s paper and the impacts of Copyright history on contemporary policies.

Date: Friday, 27 March, 10.00am-1.00pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Wolfson Medical School Building, Yudowitz Seminar Room 1
Registration: please register here


27 March, 1.00-1.30pm: Re-launch of Digital Archive: Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)Dr Stef van Gompel

Dr. Stef van Gompel from the University of Amsterdam (learn more about his work here) will introduce the Dutch section of Primary Sources on Copyright, a digital archive.

Date: Friday, 27 March, 1.00-1.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Wolfson Medical Building, Yudowitz Seminar Room 1
Registration: please register here

CREATe Reading Group

We are happy to announce that the CREATe opens its reading group for students of the LL.M.-programme. If you always wanted to get to know the CREATe better and are curious about the incoming March events then do not miss the CREATe Studio reading group on Thursday, 5 March from 4.30 to 6pm!

The following two papers will be discussed on Thursday:

Paper 1: Victoria introduces “Dead Poets’ Property – How does Copyright Influence Price?” by Li, MacGarvie, Moser

Paper 2: Andrea introduces ”The Wrath of Robert Rauschenberg” by Merryman


The reading group takes places at CREATe hub, room 404. Please let us know if you are planning to attend - mail to president@ip-society.co.uk .


date: Thursday, 5 March – 4.30-6pm

venue: CREATe hub, room 404, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow