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Calling in-house lawyers and tech transfer managers

worldYesterday, IP Draughts gave a day’s training in Northern Ireland, to an in-house team at a life sciences company. Thanks to everyone in the company for being so welcoming and for making the day’s discussion interesting.

While he was there, he received confirmation of a trip to Oslo in December, to give essentially the same one-day talk, Advanced Intellectual Property Licensing. The talk will be hosted by the Norwegian Intellectual Property Office. IP Draughts has previously run training for the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office.

In January, IP Draughts will be travelling to New Zealand with his mother to visit some relatives. In the middle of the trip he is planning to visit Australia. He is hoping to fit in some paid training while he is there. However, discussions with potentially interested parties have not yet crystallised into a booking, and final plans for the trip are now being made. If you know of anyone who might be interested in hosting a day’s course on international IP licensing, or other IP-related or transactional topics (eg R&D agreements, clinical trial agreements, drafting contracts generally) please let Mark know. The host might be a company, a law firm, a government body (eg a Patent Office) or a university. Courses could be designed for lawyers, for commercial or TT managers or administrators. Likely dates would be between 29 January and 3 February 2015.

So far, and including the forthcoming talk in Oslo, IP Draughts has run professional training on IP and commercial transactions in:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • United States
  • Wales

If you are interested in having IP Draughts run an in-house training course in the UK or elsewhere, please get in touch. Some of the topics on which courses might be run can be found on the course tab at the top of this blog page.

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Interview with UCL Teaching and Learning

ucl teachingRecently, IP Draughts was interviewed by UCL’s Teaching and Learning group about his views on professional training courses. This morning, he learnt from a tweet from UCL Faculty of Laws that a write-up of the interview had been published.

The full, published text of the interview follows. It reads much more coherently than it was spoken, thanks to some deft editing and reorganisation of material by the article’s author, Luke Davis of UCL.

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 Just two years since its launch, the Faculty of Laws’ intensive five-day continuing professional development (CPD) course on IP transactions has already collected an impressive array of accolades.

As well as scooping the inaugural CPD and Short Course prize at the 2014 Provost’s Teaching Awards, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice also won praise at the 2013 Law Society Excellence Awards. Students seem to rate it highly too, with the last intake of participants giving it a score of 3.67 out of four.

So who better than course designer Mark Anderson to reveal the hallmarks of an effective course? Here are his five key points

1 Be niche

“This year, one of our practitioners travelled from South America to attend the course. She told us that she had done lots of research and this was the only course she could find on this topic. We actually believe this is the only course of its type in the world.

“Focusing on a very specific area – in this case intellectual property transactions – not only minimises the competition; it also means we can focus on the topic in depth.”

2 Be focused

“I’ve been attending CPD courses since I qualified as a lawyer back in the 1980s. At that time, the typical model was an all-day session, and I found an awful lot of were very mediocre.

“You could have up to eight speakers a day, and they would all do their own thing with no unifying focus. That’s something I tried hard to remedy on the IP Transactions course. I design the programme and give clear guidance to contributors on the required content. We all use the same templates for the course documentation, which also helps to give an impression of coherence to the students.”

3 Be good value

“I came away from those early CPD courses and thought, I’ve only taken away two nuggets of useful information in a day – and if I’d already read the textbook on the topic, I might not have learned anything at all. That doesn’t justify the cost of the course. What people want to know is how to apply the knowledge in real life.

“A target for anyone giving a 45-minute talk is to provide the top half-a-dozen really valuable bits of information. Real value means teaching things you could only learn from practitioners.”

4 Be interactive

“We aim to make the course lively, interactive and intense. We do that by using a mixture of lectures on the law, lectures on the practice and workshops in which participants can apply that knowledge.

“Each workshop is introduced the day before as part of an initial group discussion. That means that at least twice a day students have to interact and speak out.”

5 Be practical

“Teaching based on real life situations is far more effective than focusing on the theory in isolation.

“In the workshops, we draw up practical scenarios and then pose a series of questions as to problems that may arise. In the past I’ve also invited attendees to work in a real-life situation, for example, by forming two teams to represent different organisations that are negotiating a contract.

“I’ve found that this method still allows you to communicate the same level of technical academic knowledge – in this case, intellectual property and commercial laws. 

“Some people find it easier to learn starting from the practical application, rather than from the textbook, though the learning points may be the same. This method is especially effective when teaching a CPD audience, who already have some practical experience of the subject.”

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Second 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.

Please let Mark know if you are interested, particularly for the first course, which needs one or two more people before it can go ahead on 19 August.

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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Second 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.

Please let Mark know if you are interested, particularly for the first course, which needs one or two more people before it can go ahead on 19 August.

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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