New speakers for IP transactions course

all starIP Draughts has been busy arranging some new speakers for the UCL IP transactions course (brochure can be downloaded here) which will be run again at the Faculty of Laws from 17-21 February 2014.

This 5-day course requires a large number of speakers – in the region of 25.  Most of our excellent speakers are the same as last year, as the content of the course is largely unchanged.  But inevitably some new volunteers are needed to replace people who are conflicted, or to cover new sessions that we have introduced to refresh the mix of topics.

New speakers for next year include:

  • Nigel Jones and Kathy Berry of Linklaters, who will be running a half-day optional stream on using IP as security [NEW SESSIONS]
  • Tim Worden of Taylor Wessing, who will be speaking on IP warranties in M&A [NEW SESSION]
  • Philip Wareham of Hill Dickinson, who will be speaking on competition law issues in IP agreements.  Philip is one of the authors of the Encyclopedia of Competition Law, and is a former colleague of IP Draughts from Bristows days [NEW SPEAKER]
  • John Enser and his team from Olswang, who will be running the half-day on media transactions [NEW SPEAKERS]
  • Geoffrey Kay of Baker & McKenzie, who will be standing in for Michelle Blunt while she is on maternity leave, and will speak on practical tax issues in IP agreements [NEW SPEAKER]
  • Judith Schallnau of WIPO’s legal department, who will be talking on dispute resolution in IP agreements [REVISED SESSION]
  • Stephen Brett of Anderson Law LLP, and a former head of the legal department at Oxford University’s technology transfer company, Isis Innovation.  Stephen will be talking on the subject of what makes IP contracts with universities different to B2B agreements. [NEW SPEAKER]
  • Jeff Skinner of London Business School, and a former Commercial Director of UCL, who will be giving a talk titled Dirty Little Tricks in Licensing [NEW SESSION]
  • Sahar Hashemi OBE, who is a former solicitor at Frere Cholmeley.  In the 1990s she left that firm to found the Coffee Republic chain of coffee shops with her brother.  She is now a very popular speaker at business conferences.  Sahar will be speaking on the subject of understanding the needs of the entrepreneurial client [NEW SESSION]

play it againThese speakers are in addition to our existing, stellar line-up which includes partners from Ashurst, Bird & Bird, Bristows, Eversheds and Pinsents.

We have over 30 firm bookings for the course, which is a good number, but we would like to get it closer to 40.  If you are considering whether to book on the course, please let Mark know as soon as possible.

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