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Training from IP Draughts in 2015

bandwagonImpressed by the reception to Ken Adams’ recent seminar at the UCL Faculty of Laws, Drafting Clearer Contracts, IP Draughts has decided to jump on the bandwagon and offer four one-day training courses via UCL Faculty of Laws. These courses are in addition to (and complementary to) the 5-day course Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, which will be running for the third time at UCL from 20-24 April 2015.

Each of the one-day courses will be held in London and will provide 6 hours of CPD.

The first of these, Drafting IP Terms in Research Contracts, will be held on Thursday 26 March 2015. The course is pitched at an intermediate level, for contracts managers and lawyers who have had some exposure to negotiating research contracts but are still at a relatively early stage in dealing with them. Brochure and booking details can be found here.

Further one-day courses will be held at UCL on the following dates. Details will be posted on the UCL Faculty of Laws website in due course [update: now posted, see here], but for your diaries…

  1. Introduction to Contracts – CPD for legal support staff. Tuesday 12 May 2015. This course is designed for beginners who don’t have much experience of working with contracts and would like to understand them better. Previous attenders have included project managers, administrators, legal secretaries and paralegals.
  2. Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts. 2 June 2015. This course is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least 2 years’ experience of drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, and who wish to increase their understanding of the “legal” clauses in contracts, including warranties, indemniabsentties, limitation of liability and boilerplate clauses.
  3. IP Licensing – An Advanced Level Drafting Workshop. 16 June 2015. This course looks in detail at the main terms in an IP licence agreement, including grant, payments, performance, warranties, and law and jurisdiction. It is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least 2 years’ experience of drafting and negotiating IP licence agreements.




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IP Transactions course brochure 2015

ip_transactionsThe brochure for the 2015 outing of our annual course, Intellectual Property Transactions: Law and Practice, is now available. This time, the course is being run slightly later in the year, from 20-24 April.

Run by the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law at University College London, and delivered by approximately 25 experienced practitioners, this course has won two awards: (1) an English Law Society Excellence Award (Highly Commended), in the learning and development category, and (2) a UCL Provost’s Teaching Award, in the CPD course category.

The course provides 29 CPD points and is designed for newly-qualified IP lawyers. It also attracts lawyers, patent attorneys and licensing executives from the UK and overseas. Past attenders have included lawyers from South America, North America, Europe, Japan and Australasia. The course seems to be unique in providing in-depth analysis and discussion of different types of IP transaction, and in combining rigorous legal content with very practical and practice-based training. The course is followed by a voluntary exam. People who pass the exam receive a Certificate in IP Transactions.

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

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Trip to New Zealand and Australia

its only the hair on a gooseberry, That stops it from being a grape.

“…it’s only the hair on a gooseberry/ That stops it from being a grape.”

IP Draughts continues to plan and book his trip to the Antipodes, which will take place between 15 January and 7 February 2015.

The main purpose of the trip is social – to take his mother to visit some relatives in Wellington and South Island, New Zealand – but he is also planning to fit in some paid speaking engagements in New Zealand and Australia. He is delighted to have been engaged (by a reader of this blog and her colleagues) to run one-day, in-house courses in both Sydney and Melbourne, versions of his Advanced IP Licensing course.

There is still an opportunity to give a talk or two in New Zealand, but despite several promising leads, nothing has materialised so far.  Topics could include contract drafting, “legal” clauses in contracts, or IP transactions. Possible dates would be:

Dunedin – Monday 26 or Tuesday 27 January

Wellington – Wednesday 4th or Thursday 5th February

Auckland – Thursday 5th or Friday 6th February

Please let Mark know as soon as possible if you would like to discuss running a course on any of these dates, as final bookings are now being made of flights and hotels.


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Calling in-house lawyers and tech transfer managers

worldYesterday, IP Draughts gave a day’s training in Northern Ireland, to an in-house team at a life sciences company. Thanks to everyone in the company for being so welcoming and for making the day’s discussion interesting.

While he was there, he received confirmation of a trip to Oslo in December, to give essentially the same one-day talk, Advanced Intellectual Property Licensing. The talk will be hosted by the Norwegian Intellectual Property Office. IP Draughts has previously run training for the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office.

In January, IP Draughts will be travelling to New Zealand with his mother to visit some relatives. In the middle of the trip he is planning to visit Australia. He is hoping to fit in some paid training while he is there. However, discussions with potentially interested parties have not yet crystallised into a booking, and final plans for the trip are now being made. If you know of anyone who might be interested in hosting a day’s course on international IP licensing, or other IP-related or transactional topics (eg R&D agreements, clinical trial agreements, drafting contracts generally) please let Mark know. The host might be a company, a law firm, a government body (eg a Patent Office) or a university. Courses could be designed for lawyers, for commercial or TT managers or administrators. Likely dates would be between 29 January and 3 February 2015.

So far, and including the forthcoming talk in Oslo, IP Draughts has run professional training on IP and commercial transactions in:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • United States
  • Wales

If you are interested in having IP Draughts run an in-house training course in the UK or elsewhere, please get in touch. Some of the topics on which courses might be run can be found on the course tab at the top of this blog page.


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