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First reminder: course programme 2014

Buy the book and be well prepared for the course...

Buy the book and be well prepared for the course…

Here are details of some one-day courses that IP Draughts will be running over the Summer and Autumn.

Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts

Over many years, this has been one of the most popular courses that IP Draughts has run. In the morning we focus on warranties, indemnities and liability clauses.  In the afternoon, we turn to various boilerplate clauses including entire agreement clauses, termination provisions and choice of law and jurisdiction.

This one-day course will be run on 19 August 2014 at the UCL Faculty of Laws in London. Course programme here.

Contract Drafting: An Advanced-Level Workshop

And don't forget to buy this one as well...

And don’t forget to buy this one as well…

This course focuses on the techniques of contract drafting. It is suitable for practitioners who have studied contract law and have some experience of drafting, and who wish to develop their drafting skills away from the ‘heat’ of negotiations. Participants will have the opportunity to draft and discuss wording in a non-judgmental setting.

This one-day course will be run on 4 September 2014 at the UCL Faculty of Laws in London. Course programme here.

Intellectual Property Licensing: An Advanced-Level Drafting Workshop

This course combines a discussion of the substance of IP licence agreements with a detailed look at the drafting of the terms of those agreements, including grant clauses, payment terms, performance obligations and warranties. It is not specific to any market sector, and much of the discussion is relevant to most sectors, but in the examples that are used there is an emphasis towards technology licensing rather than arts-based licensing.

This one-day course will be run on 16 September 2014 at the UCL Faculty of Laws in London. Course programme here.

To book on any of the above courses, please send an email to mark@andlaw.eu.

Other courses

While on the subject of courses, don’t overlook Ken Adams’ course on Drafting Clearer Contracts, which will be run for the first time at UCL on 3 November 2014. Ken is a US attorney and contracting drafting guru, who has spent many years refining his thoughts on how to draft contracts clearly. These thoughts are set ou in his excellent book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. IP Draughts agrees with most of what Ken says about contract drafting, and is delighted that he has brought his course to the UK. Details here.

Finally, if you would like an intensive, week-long course on IP transactions, which provides 29 CPD points, please consider attending our multi-award-winning course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, which will be run again at UCL in 2015.  This time, we are running the course a little later in the year, from 20-24 April 2015. The course has won a Provost’s Teaching Award from UCL in 2014 and a Highly Commended in the 2013 Law Society Excellence Awards. Last year’s course brochure here.

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Course programme 2014

Buy the book and be well prepared for the course...

Buy the book and be well prepared for the course…

Here are details of some one-day courses that IP Draughts will be running over the Summer and Autumn.

Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts

Over many years, this has been one of the most popular courses that IP Draughts has run. In the morning we focus on warranties, indemnities and liability clauses.  In the afternoon, we turn to various boilerplate clauses including entire agreement clauses, termination provisions and choice of law and jurisdiction.

This one-day course will be run on 19 August 2014 at the UCL Faculty of Laws in London. Course programme here.

Contract Drafting: An Advanced-Level Workshop

And don't forget to buy this one as well...

And don’t forget to buy this one as well…

This course focuses on the techniques of contract drafting. It is suitable for practitioners who have studied contract law and have some experience of drafting, and who wish to develop their drafting skills away from the ‘heat’ of negotiations. Participants will have the opportunity to draft and discuss wording in a non-judgmental setting.

This one-day course will be run on 4 September 2014 at the UCL Faculty of Laws in London. Course programme here.

Intellectual Property Licensing: An Advanced-Level Drafting Workshop

This course combines a discussion of the substance of IP licence agreements with a detailed look at the drafting of the terms of those agreements, including grant clauses, payment terms, performance obligations and warranties. It is not specific to any market sector, and much of the discussion is relevant to most sectors, but in the examples that are used there is an emphasis towards technology licensing rather than arts-based licensing.

This one-day course will be run on 16 September 2014 at the UCL Faculty of Laws in London. Course programme here.

To book on any of the above courses, please send an email to mark@andlaw.eu.

Other courses

While on the subject of courses, don’t overlook Ken Adams’ course on Drafting Clearer Contracts, which will be run for the first time at UCL on 3 November 2014. Ken is a US attorney and contracting drafting guru, who has spent many years refining his thoughts on how to draft contracts clearly. These thoughts are set ou in his excellent book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. IP Draughts agrees with most of what Ken says about contract drafting, and is delighted that he has brought his course to the UK. Details here.

Finally, if you would like an intensive, week-long course on IP transactions, which provides 29 CPD points, please consider attending our multi-award-winning course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, which will be run again at UCL in 2015.  This time, we are running the course a little later in the year, from 20-24 April 2015. The course has won a Provost’s Teaching Award from UCL in 2014 and a Highly Commended in the 2013 Law Society Excellence Awards. Last year’s course brochure here.

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UCL Provost’s Teaching Award for our IP course

ucl2Regular readers will be aware that IP Draughts is closely involved with a 5-day course that is run at University College London, entitled Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice. The course is taught by approximately 25 experienced lawyers, most of them IP specialists, including Professor Sir Robin Jacob. It has now been run for 2 years, and a date has been fixed for running it again next year (20-24 April 2015).

Last Autumn, IP Draughts’ firm won a Law Society Excellence Award (highly commended) in the training and development category, essentially for establishing this course – see discussion on this blog here. The green logo on the right of the screen (if you are reading this online) relates to that award.

Yesterday, we were delighted to learn that the course has won another award, this time from UCL. The course has won a Provost’s Teaching Award, and IP Draughts will be collecting the award at a ceremony at UCL on 9 June.

IP Draughts is really pleased to get both of these awards, and thanks all the speakers for making the course as good as it is. One of our overseas students (a practising lawyer from South America) commented to us earlier this year that she had researched courses internationally and this was the only course of its kind she could find, which may account for the number of overseas students who have attended the course in its first two years.

 

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Reflections on IP transactions course

humperdinkAnother year of our course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, is over. Last Friday at 4 pm, in room LG5 of the graduate wing of the UCL Faculty of Laws, our second group of students completed 29 hours of continuing education over 5 days.

The largest group of students was newly-qualified lawyers working in the IP departments of law firms, but we also had in-house lawyers in industries ranging from whisky to electronics, as well as patent and trade mark attorneys, and technology transfer managers at universities and research charities. A majority of our students were qualified in England, but some were lawyers or patent attorneys from Scotland or further afield, including Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, Switzerland and the USA.

The course is intensive, for both them and for IP Draughts, who was present for most sessions. Over the course of a week we give insights into IP aspects of M&A, R&D agreements, patent and know-how licensing, pharmaceutical industry agreements, software and telecoms contracts and media transactions. As well as discussing IP laws, we have sessions on competition law, insolvency, tax and using IP as security. The course covers a lot of ground in a short space of time!

soapAfter two years of running the course and getting positive feedback from students, we have some grounds for optimism that the course will continue for several years.  Its popularity partly lies in the fact that it meets a need and is unique – one of our overseas students told IP Draughts that she had researched the courses available in several countries, including the USA, and considered it to be the only course of its kind in the World.  (She also explained that she was paying personally to attend the course, which surely focuses the mind when it comes to choosing a course that costs several thousand pounds.) The course’s success depends on a large group of specialist speakers, teaching to a focussed agenda and giving practical insights based on their experience, and the ever-excellent support of Lisa Penfold and her colleagues at the Faculty of Laws.

A few points that occurred to IP Draughts during this year’s course:

  • new sessions on the licensing of TV programmes, run by John Enser and his colleagues from Olswang, provided insights into how the structuring of agreements in the media sector requires an understanding of both the industry and its delivery technologies.  IP Draughts was interested to learn that the technical definitions in agreements in this sector can be just as complex and multi-layered as he has seen in sophisticated agreements in the biotech sector.
  • Choosing which branch of IP law to specialise in may depend as much on your temperament as your technical understanding.  At the risk of making gross generalisations, life sciences practitioners seem to be at one end of a spectrum and media at the other, with IT somewhere in the middle.
  • The drafting of warranty clauses in the M&A sector seems to be much influenced by market practice, sometimes to the detriment of clear and straightforward drafting.  It was interesting to hear the defence of “represents and warrants” and market pressure to maximise potential remedies for breach including remedies in tort, even though speakers could not point to any case where the court had awarded damages for breach of warranty using the basis of calculation used in tort cases.  This led on to a interesting discussion of the different approaches taken in the negotiation of terms in “one-off” transactions such as M&A (hard-edged), compared with agreements where the parties are to work together over an extended period, such as R&D and licence agreements (more cooperative).
  • qcone of our speakers, Michael Fealy, became a QC (Queen’s Counsel) during the week of the course – congratulations to him!  IP Draughts is uncertain whether to claim that speaking on the course improves your career, or that he has chosen the highest-calibre speakers for the course, or both.

Now IP Draughts has to write the exam questions and work out whether and how we can enable people from overseas to take the exam remotely.

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