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Volunteer speakers – a big thank you!

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Our 5-day course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, has now been running for 3 years at UCL, and we hope it will be a long-term fixture. Designed for newly-qualified UK IP lawyers, it has also attracted lawyers and patent attorneys from all over the world, including the USA, Japan, Costa Rica and Brazil.

The success of the course is based largely on the quality and commitment of its volunteer speakers. We would like to thank them all for preparing high-quality materials and delivering stimulating lectures and workshops, as confirmed by the excellent feedback that this course gets every year from its students.

The course is led by Mark Anderson of Anderson Law and UCL, and by Professor Sir Robin Jacob of UCL. Special mention should be made of the following people, who lead teams from their firms giving an extended programme of talks:

Mark Lubbock from Ashursts, whose team runs a half-day session on IP aspects of M&A transactions
Nigel Jones from Linklaters, whose team runs a half-day session on IP as security
John Enser from Olswang, whose team runs a half-day session on media transactions

Other firms including Bristows and Pennington Manches provide similar levels of support, spread among several speakers. The speakers and workshop facilitators at the 2015 outing of the course were:

1. Mark Anderson of Anderson Law
2. Chris Bates of Ashurst
3. Christine Bendall of PharView
4. Kathy Berry of Linklaters
5. Michelle Blunt of Baker & McKenzie
6. Stephen Brett of Anderson Law
7. Simon Bullock of Ashurst
8. Toby Crick of Bristows
9. Sam de Silva of Pennington Manches
10. John Enser of Olswang
11. Michael Fealy QC
12. Louise Fullwood of Pinsent Mason
13. John Hull of Farrers
14. Robin Jacob of UCL
15. Nigel Jones of Linklaters
16. Tomos Jones of Olswang
17. Mark Lubbock of Ashurst
18. Leigh Martin of Clarion
19. Christoph Rieken of Ashurst
20. Judith Schallnau of WIPO
21. Chris Shelley of Pennington Manches
22. Paul Sidle of Linklaters
23. Sally Shorthose of Bird & Bird
24. Jeff Skinner of London Business School
25. Adrian Toutoungi of Eversheds
26. Joanne Vengadesan of Pennington Manches
27. Patricia Wade of Ashurst
gold star28. Philip Wareham of Hill Dickinson
29. Matthew Warren of Bristows
30. Tim Worden of Taylor Wessing
31. Cerys Wyn Davies of Pinsent Mason

A big thank you to all of you!

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Courses on contracts and IP

teacherBelow are details of 5 courses that IP Draughts and his colleagues will be running in the next few months. The titles of the courses are:

 

  1. Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts
  2. Intellectual Property Licensing: An Advanced Level Drafting Workshop
  3. Drafting Clinical Trial Agreements
  4. Transactional Skills Course (UCL LLM students only)
  5. Drafting and Negotiating an IT Supply Contract

Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts

When and where?

Tuesday 2 June 2015 at University College London’s Faculty of Laws. One-day course. 6 hours CPD.

Who is it for?

This long-running course is designed for lawyers and experienced contract managers who wish to understand more about ‘legal’ clauses in contracts. In the morning we discuss warranties, indemnities and liability clauses. In the afternoon we consider a selection of boilerplate clauses, including entire agreement, assignment, law and jurisdiction. Practical examples are used to illustrate legal, drafting and commercial points that arise in each type of clause under discussion.

Where can I book?

Further details, including booking facility, can be found here.

Intellectual Property Licensing: an Advanced Level Drafting Workshop

When and where?

Tuesday 16 June 2015 at University College London’s Faculty of Laws. One-day course. 6 hours CPD.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for commercial and IP lawyers, and licensing managers, who already have experience of drafting and negotiating IP licence agreements. We go through the main terms of an intellectual property licence agreement in detail, focussing on grant, warranties, payments, performance, termination, law and jurisdiction. Practical examples are used to illustrate legal, drafting and commercial points that arise in each type of clause under discussion.

Where can I book?

Further details, including booking facility, can be found here.

Drafting Clinical Trials Agreements

When and where?

Thursday 16 July 2015 at Rembrandt Hotel, London (opposite V&A Museum). One-day course. 6 hours CPD. This course is run by Management Forum.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have responsibilities for drafting and negotiating agreements relating to clinical trials. We discuss investigator agreements, CRO agreements, and a range of other agreement types.

Given the importance of regulatory issues in clinical trial agreements, Mark Anderson is joined for the morning of the course by Christine Bendall, a regulatory consultant, who will explain various aspects of pharmaceutical regulation and their impact on clinical trial agreements.

Where can I book?

Further details, including booking facility, can be found here.

Transactional Skills Course

When and where?

Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 23 July 2015 at University College London’s Faculty of Laws. Three-day course.

Who is it for?

Run jointly by Mark Anderson and Jelena Madir, this course is in its first year, and is for UCL Laws’ Graduate Students only (but if you think it might have a wider audience, please let us know).

The focus of the course is on helping law students to understand commercial transactions, and the role of the lawyer in relation to commercial transactions. Over 3 days we discuss a range of topics, including contract drafting and the how principles of law affect the structure and content of contracts.

Where can I book?

Further details, including booking facility, can be found here.

Drafting and Negotiating an IT Supply Contract

When and where?

Thursday 22 September 2015 at Rembrandt Hotel, London (opposite V&A Museum). One-day course. 6 hours CPD. This course is run by Management Forum.

Who is it for?

This practical seminar is run by Paul Maclennan of Anderson Law, and Piers Clayden of Clayden Law Ltd. It provides an in-depth analysis of the main legal issues that arise in the course of contracting for large enterprise software solutions. It will be of interest to both customers and vendors/suppliers alike, as well as system integrators and consultants.

Where can I book?

Further details, including booking facility, can be found here.

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Book on our IP transactions course, 20-24 April

ip_transactionsThere are still a few places left on our 5-day course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, which is held each year at University College London’s Faculty of Laws.

This will be the third, annual outing of the course, which has won two awards:

  1. A UCL Provost’s Teaching Award – the first CPD course to win this prestigious award; and
  2. A Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended) in the Learning and Development category.

The course covers a range of industry and market sectors, including M&A, IT, life sciences, media and universities, and a range of transaction types. Most topics are covered with a mixture of legal lecture, practice discussion and practical workshop.

The course is taught by approximately 25 experienced IP and commercial lawyers. Students on the course are a mixture of UK and overseas IP lawyers, patent and trade mark attorneys, and research/licensing managers. Lawyers on the course come from a variety of backgrounds including mainly:

  • major City of London and international law firms
  • specialist IP law firms
  • legal departments of companies

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

Please make your application as soon as possible, as we are making final arrangements for this year’s course. If you have any questions, please contact mark@andlaw.eu

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Official recognition for IP Draughts: certified by the IPO

ipocertificateIP Draughts is delighted to announce that he has successfully completed a training programme in IP law that has recently been established by the UK Intellectual Property Office.

A copy of IP Draughts’ certificate, signed personally by Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Innovation at the IPO, is shown left.

The UK’s IP Minister, Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, announced the creation of the course in a speech earlier this week. It is part of the IPO’s drive to increase understanding of IP in universities and schools.

The online programme is intended to take 40 minutes to complete, and covers all of the main types of intellectual property: trade marks, patents, designs and copyright, as well as trade secrets.

The course is lively and reasonably entertaining. Money has been spent on making it look professional. The video interviews of people describing how they chose and applied for different types of IP protection are particularly engaging. An interactive flow-chart, showing how an inventor has choices to make – does he talk to an angel investor, get him to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), apply for a patent or keep his idea secret, etc – is thought-provoking and illustrates that there is more than one way to commercialise IP. The flow-chart can be reset and replayed, enabling you to go down a different route and come out with a different end result.

As a “taster” for undergraduate students, introducing them to IP, it has much to commend it. It is much more impressive, in IP Draughts’ view, than the guides for SMEs that the IPO produced some years ago (some of them with IP Draughts’ help as a member of an advisory committee). There is greater ambition in this new training programme, and much more money has been spent, and spent well, to make a dry subject interesting.

lunchA huge amount of legal and commercial content has been packed into a 40 minute show. Probably too much, and probably some of it will be a turn-off, eg the summaries of the different periods of protection for copyright works. Yet it may be no bad thing to make students aware that the subject contains a lot of complex detail that cannot be learnt in a lunch-break.

As a picky lawyer, there were times when IP Draughts’ winced at the over-simplification, or at a few schoolboy errors in the legal explanations. To take some examples:

Wrong information: The course is right when it says that you don’t need to get your patent lawyer to sign an NDA, but that is because they are bound by professional duties of confidentiality, not (as the course stated) because they are “subject to legal privilege”.

Unhelpful information: It is not  helpful to have a comment appear when you hover over the words “legally binding [contract]” that says simply “the contract has been entered into consciously and all parties know what is expected of them”. As every law student should know, there is more to making a contract legally-binding than that. In this case, the explanation should have been omitted.

Partial information: When the course mentions crowdfunding, it rightly refers to the need to investigate “IP considerations” before inviting crowdfunders. But because of its narrow focus on IP, the course fails to alert the reader to what may be a more important and immediate legal consideration – the need to avoid breaking the law on marketing investment opportunities.

IP Draughts is happy to be corrected, but he suspects some of these deficiencies have arisen because the IPO has taken expert advice from patent and trade mark attorneys, but not from IP lawyers. See this announcement from the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys that mentions the involvement of patent and trade mark attorneys in the development of the course. Protecting and commercialising IP requires an understanding of commercial, financial and corporate law, as well the important but narrow subject of how to generate the IP in the first place.

IP Draughts doesn’t under-estimate how difficult it is to translate complex legal content into a simple and entertaining 40 minute introductory course for non-law students. Generally, he is impressed with the content. However, his instinct would have been to remove some of the legal explanations, and perhaps save them for a more detailed course where there may be more space and time to get them right.

It is a worthwhile exercise, developing a training programme in IP for non-law, university students. The visual appeal of this course is good, and most of the content is good. It just needs a bit more editing. This is not a big surprise; IP Draughts’ courses have tended to improve over time as the content has been tweaked. He has even been known to edit blog posts after they have been published!

IP Draughts hopes that the IPO will get feedback from students who take the course, and will fine-tune the content in response to their comments. He also hopes there will be a decent budget for producing revised editions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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