Legal training courses this Autumn

Eight or nine years ago, when IP Draughts first persuaded Professor Sir Robin Jacob to host a one-week course on IP transactions at UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL), he (IP Draughts) struck lucky on several fronts. UCL’s Faculty of Laws is a leading law faculty, which now has excellent facilities after a multi-million-pound refurbishment. Prof Jacob continues to be very supportive. And even more important on a day-to-day basis, the law faculty has an excellent manager of professional courses in the person of Lisa Penfold. The icing on the cake was when the one-week course won two awards shortly after it started: a UCL Provost’s Teaching Award, and a Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended).

After 7 years of working with, or for, Lisa, we have developed a routine that works very well for both the annual, one-week course – due to run again next April – and various one-day courses that IP Draughts runs there.

We are now operating a system of having at least 2 dates to offer people for each of the one-day courses. We have a batch starting in October, and another batch starting in late January. Details can be found on the events page of UCL Laws here, or on the Eventbrite IBIL page here.

Courses are typically run in a meeting room at the law faculty, or if the numbers are large, we sometimes use the Moot Court – a rather grand room with wood panelling and plush leather chairs that started life as the council chamber of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers. UCL purchased the building from the union in the 1960s.

The courses being run in the next few months have the following titles:

  1. Introduction to Contracts
  2. Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts
  3. Contract Drafting: Skills Workshop
  4. IP Licensing
  5. IP Terms in Research Contracts
  6. Contracts with Universities

IP Draughts also regularly runs in-house versions of his courses for a fixed fee. These can be adapted to be suitable for lawyers or commercial managers, and for complete beginners or more experienced people. Please contact him for further details at

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