An IP lawyer’s thoughts turn to Spring… cleaning

As Young Mr Grace used to say in Are You Being Served, you've all done very well!

You’ve all done very well!

Exam success!

First of all, congratulations to the 17 students who learnt yesterday that they had passed the exam for the UCL course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice.  Their Certificates in Intellectual Property Transactions should be with them in the next couple of weeks. Particular congratulations are due to the four students who obtained a Distinction in the exam, namely:

On this day, 25 years ago…

First day in a law firm: induction, getting to grips with time entries, and a little light work for Glaxo

First day in a law firm: induction, getting to grips with time entries, and a little light work for Glaxo

Spring-cleaning is happening at Anderson Towers.  This morning, IP Draughts was asked to confirm whether the contents of an old  box of work papers could be destroyed.  The contents turned out to be the notebooks on which IP Draughts recorded the time he spent on client matters during his period at Bristows, between 1987 and 1994.

On this day, 25 years ago, IP Draughts recorded 7 hours and 6 minutes on client matters.  The main projects on which he worked that day were:

  • Advising Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (now part of University College London) on a contract with Dakopatts A/S (a company involved in antibodies), including discussing the matter with Adam Cooke and calling Mr Henriksen, Assistant Secretary at the School.
  • Preparing Instructions to Counsel in an IP matter for AB Connectors Limited, an electronics company based in Wales
  • Several small projects for X/Open Company, a UNIX-based computer standards organisation, including working on a trade mark licence agreement, and a separate agreement with Nixdorf.
  • Getting out a letter to Clive Crooks, then the Chief Executive of Xenova Limited (subsequently Xenova Group plc, a biopharmaceutical company that listed on the LSE and NASDAQ, and for which IP Draughts worked for many years until the company was sold in 2005).  Not sure what the letter concerned but it may have been comments on a draft contract with Du Pont.

So, should IP Draughts dispose of these notebooks, or keep them for another 25 years?  Decisions, decisions…

Setting up your own law firm can be very energising

Bradley Clark

Bradley Clark

Congratulations to Bradley Clark, a US attorney who focuses on business law, who has announced that he will soon be setting up his own law firm, after several years as a partner in a Texas law firm. Bradley is a fellow blogger and Tweeter (@bradleybclark) who shares with IP Draughts an enthusiasm for clearly-drafted contracts, and for the work of Ken Adams, author of a Manual of Style for Contract Drafting.

Seeing this announcement reminded IP Draughts of the excitement he felt when setting up Anderson & Company, Solicitors, in 1994.  If you are considering setting up your own firm, and you have established good relationships with clients, IP Draughts’ view is: go for it!  It’s really not that difficult to do.

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