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Looking for a training contract with a specialist IP firm?

andlaw-logo1Anderson Law LLP has a vacancy for a trainee solicitor, to start later this year. Details on how to apply can be found on our snazzy new website.

This will be the 7th trainee that our firm has taken on. Five of the previous six trainees remain with the firm, and two of them are now partners.

Are you interested in doing the highest quality of transactional work in a pleasant, small firm environment where there are no billing targets, where suits are only worn when necessary, and where you will have plenty of direct responsibility for advising clients (but with plenty of support from more experienced lawyers)?

sidOr do you know someone really good (intellectually able, personable, diligent) who falls into the above category? Ideally with previous experience of science or industry. If so, please let them know about the vacancy!


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New partner for Anderson Law

&Law logoWe are delighted to announce that Lisa Allebone has accepted an invitation to become a partner (member) of Anderson Law LLP, with effect from April 2014.

Lisa joined the firm’s predecessor, Anderson & Company, in January 2008 and she has worked with us since that date. She had previously worked for two years in a contracts role at Imperial Innovations Limited, the technology transfer company of Imperial College. Before that she had earned a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, which included time spent working at CERN in Switzerland.

Lisa’s clients include leading UK universities and technology-based companies, including companies in the life sciences sector. She is the author of the chapter on pharmaceutical regulation in our publication, Drafting Agreements in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries (Oxford University Press, loose-leaf, 2008 onwards).

Lisa joins Mark Anderson and Paul Maclennan as the third partner in Anderson Law.

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Final call for applications for our IP lawyer vacancy

white rabbit 2As we mentioned in an earlier blog article, Anderson Law is looking to recruit an excellent IP lawyer, possibly around 2-3 years qualified.  If you are thinking of making an application, please don’t delay, as the deadline for applications is next Monday. Details of the vacancy can be found at a link on our earlier posting here.

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IP Draughts’ third anniversary

3This week, our blog has its third birthday. We hope you will indulge IP Draughts in a little navel-gazing.

We have kept to a fairly strict brief, concentrating on the overlap between IP and contracts. This probably limits our readership: our growth has been steady rather than spectacular. We now have 745 subscribers. Since the beginning of this year, weekly viewings on the site have been running at about 2,000. In total, there have been about 165,000 viewings. Many of our contacts tell us that they read the blog regularly and enjoy it.

IP Draughts is interested in the location of our readers.  As might be expected for a UK-based blog, the UK provides the largest number.  They are closely followed by readers in the US.  Following a little way behind is a group of countries that are bunched together in numbers: Canada, Australia, India, Germany, Singapore, Netherlands and France.  This is a mixture of major common law jurisdictions and major EU economies.  We should have a name for them, like BRIC – suggestions, anyone? Perhaps FACINGS?

The most popular posts on the blog over the 3 years of its life (ignoring the home page and an aberration) have been the following:

  • Assignment and change of control: vital boilerplate clauses in IP agreements?
  • Inappropriate use of indemnities
  • Damages are not an adequate remedy: go directly to injunction
  • Shall or will in contracts?
  • 10 words and phrases you should never use in IP contracts
  • Hold harmless revisited
  • 10 tips for successful contract negotiations
  • Top 10 howlers when preparing contracts for signature
  • When is a licence not a licence? When it’s a covenant not to sue?
  • Standard royalty rates? Ain’t no such thing.

riskSome of these topics are relevant to all types of contracts, and not just IP contracts, though the approach we take may be more relevant to trading contracts and those involving a long-term relationship, and less relevant to one-off corporate and financial transactions, such as company acquisitions.  In the latter case, market practice seems to dictate a more hard-edged, risk-averse attitude to drafting and negotiation than this blog advocates.

We are interested to hear what readers think.  Are there topics that you would like us to cover?

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