I will be at WordCamp Phoenix tomorrow, along with 650 other attendees, for what is set to be an exciting meeting. Not only is it a great opportunity to escape the lousy New Jersey weather, but the meeting program is awesome.
I’m looking forward to learning from WordPress experts and enthusiasts about how I can improve this blog, its design, marketing and functionality. Saturday’s session schedule can be found here. I have to say the volunteers who set up this meeting have done a great job!!
What’s more, I will be giving a lightning talk (20 slides in 5 minutes) on how to submit a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This is my first time doing an Ignite style lightning talk, and the first time speaking before 650 people, so I’m a bit nervous, but life is about new challenges and opportunities. Should be fun, and if all fails there’s the after party to look forward to!!
I’m looking forward to meeting new people and having a good time at WordCamp Phoenix this weekend.
Intellectual property (IP) rights are important in the biotechnology industry; one only has to look at a licensing, consulting or service agreement to appreciate this.
If you are a non-lawyer new to the area, and wish to gain a basic understanding of the different types of intellectual property protection such as copyright, trademarks, industrial design, patents and unfair competition, then the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy offers a free general course (DL-101).
The course is delivered online, twice a year, over 6 weeks. If you are a native English speaker, it takes far less time to complete than the 50 hours suggested. What makes the course work well is you can download the study material as PDF files. These can then be read anywhere – I used my kindle.
An additional benefit, if you have an ego wall in your den or office, is that WIPO send you a certificate after you pass a final exam. When I lived in the UK, I put all my certificates on the wall in the downstairs toilet, an idea I “borrowed” from Mrs Thatcher’s eye surgeon when I had dinner at his home. British understatement at its best.
Although the WIPO general course is not focused on biotechnology or the life sciences industry, it does provide a useful overview of international treaties and IP regulation to build upon. It is worth considering if you are new to the area.
With best wishes for the New Year, may it bring you good health, happiness and prosperity.