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IP Transactions course brochure 2015

ip_transactionsThe brochure for the 2015 outing of our annual course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, is now available. This time, the course is being run slightly later in the year, from 20-24 April.

Run by the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law at University College London, and delivered by approximately 25 experienced practitioners, this course has won two awards: (1) an English Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended), in the learning and development category, and (2) a UCL Provost’s Teaching Award, in the CPD course category.

The course provides 29 CPD points and is designed for newly-qualified IP lawyers. It also attracts lawyers, patent attorneys and licensing executives from the UK and overseas. Past attenders have included lawyers from South America, North America, Europe, Japan and Australasia. The course seems to be unique in providing in-depth analysis and discussion of different types of IP transaction, and in combining rigorous legal content with very practical and practice-based training. The course is followed by a voluntary exam. People who pass the exam receive a Certificate in IP Transactions.

An application form for the course can be found at the end of the brochure.

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Trip to New Zealand and Australia

its only the hair on a gooseberry, That stops it from being a grape.

“…it’s only the hair on a gooseberry/ That stops it from being a grape.”

IP Draughts continues to plan and book his trip to the Antipodes, which will take place between 15 January and 7 February 2015.

The main purpose of the trip is social – to take his mother to visit some relatives in Wellington and South Island, New Zealand – but he is also planning to fit in some paid speaking engagements in New Zealand and Australia. He is delighted to have been engaged (by a reader of this blog and her colleagues) to run one-day, in-house courses in both Sydney and Melbourne, versions of his Advanced IP Licensing course.

There is still an opportunity to give a talk or two in New Zealand, but despite several promising leads, nothing has materialised so far.  Topics could include contract drafting, “legal” clauses in contracts, or IP transactions. Possible dates would be:

Dunedin – Monday 26 or Tuesday 27 January

Wellington – Wednesday 4th or Thursday 5th February

Auckland – Thursday 5th or Friday 6th February

Please let Mark know as soon as possible if you would like to discuss running a course on any of these dates, as final bookings are now being made of flights and hotels.


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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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