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Block out your diary – IP and contract courses

Here are details of some public courses that IP Draughts is due to run at UCL in the next few months.

The big one is the next, annual outing of our IP Transactions course, which will run from 8-12 April 2019. This will be the 7th year that the course has run.

There are also a few one-day courses coming up, including courses on:

  • IP licensing – 1 October
  • Contracts with universities – 23 October
  • Clinical trial agreements – 30 October
  • Introduction to contracts – 13 November
  • Drafting legal clauses in commercial contracts – 20 November

Details of these courses can be found on the events page of the UCL Laws website here and here.

We are happy to quote for running an in-house version of our courses. We have some coming up in the next few months. Please contact


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IP transactions course

IP Draughts spent last week in London, convening and speaking at a 5-day course on IP transactions, which is run annually at University College London’s Faculty of Laws. This is the 6th year that the course has run.

The law faculty has very recently returned to its building in Endsleigh Gardens, after a 2-year period of major building renovations. We were delighted to be one of the first conferences to use the new facilities. Although the builders still need to do some “snagging” and finish off cosmetic works, the atmosphere of the building was fantastic, and undoubtedly helped both teachers and students to get into the right frame of mind for our intensive course. Our lecture room had the name “Hong Kong Alumni Room”, which probably means that thanks are due to UCL Laws alumni based in Hong Kong who helped pay for the renovations.

The feedback that IP Draughts has seen so far has been exceptionally good. Here is an example:

Fantastic course. The only course of this type – truly transactional law and practice. Genuine speakers who are still currently practising. Really enjoyed it. Great location and venue – love the renovations. Well done, Mark and Sir Robin!

Thanks are due to our speakers, listed below. IP Draughts would also like to thank Lisa Penfold of UCL Laws, who organised and administered the event, and IP Draughts’ associate Christopher Pollard who helped organise it on behalf of Anderson Law. The speakers and workshop facilitators were:

Mark Anderson, Anderson Law
Christopher Bates, Ashurst
Christine Bendall PharView Limited

Gina Bicknell, Freshfields
Michelle Blunt, Baker McKenzie
Stephen Brett, Anderson Law
Ruth Burstall, Baker McKenzie
Toby Crick, Bristows
Sam de Silva, CMS
Braeden Donnolly, Ashurst
John Enser, CMS
Faye Harrison, Bristows
John Hull, Farrers
Inbali Iserles, Ashurst
Professor Sir Robin Jacob, UCL
Steven James, Brown Rudnick
Tomos Jones, CMS
Charles Kerrigan, CMS
Mark Lubbock, Brown Rudnick

Sam Oustayiannis, CMS
Chris Shelley, Pennington Manches
Sally Shorthose, Bird & Bird
Jeff Skinner, London Business School
Adrian Toutoungi, Evershed Sutherland
Joanne Vengadesan, Pennington Manches
Philip Wareham, Government Legal Service
Matthew Warren, Bristows
Tara Waters, Ashurst
Tim Worden, Taylor Wessing
Cerys Wyn-Davies, Pinsent Mason

The dates for next year’s outing of this course have already been set. Put them in your diary! They are: 8-12 April 2019. Hopefully the snagging will be completed by then.

Now he just has to write this year’s exam…

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Last chance to book on this year’s IP Transactions course

From 16-20 April this year, UCL Faculty of Laws will be running a week-long course on IP transactions – details here, including a link to the course brochure and application form. This is the 6th annual outing for the course, which IP Draughts first designed over 10 years ago.

We now have over 30 students registered on the course, but we have room for a few more. We will be closing the course for applications soon, so if you are interested, please let Lisa Penfold at the Faculty of Laws (contact details in the course brochure) know very soon.

After a gap of two years while the law faculty was being renovated, and we were forced to run the course elsewhere, we are back in the law faculty building this year. IP Draughts is looking forward to seeing the new facilities.

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Courses for people

After some recent overseas trips (to rural Ireland, a small town near Barcelona, and central Geneva), IP Draughts is looking forward to a period of relative stability. One of his major tasks in the next few weeks is to organise this year’s outing of the UCL IP Transactions course, which runs from 16-20 April. There are still places on the course, so please do book if it is of interest, and encourage your colleagues to do so! The application form is in the brochure, which can be found here.

You or your colleagues may also be interested in the one-day courses that IP Draughts is running at UCL in the coming weeks and months. Next week it is Advanced IP Licensing, the following week IP Terms in Research Contracts, and we also have a session on Legal Terms in Commercial Contracts booked. Details of these and other courses can be found on the UCL Laws website here. Alternatively, we can run these and other courses for you in-house for a fixed fee – please contact for further information.

While on the subject, you may be interested in a conference that IP Draughts is helping the American Bar Association to organise, in Copenhagen in June, on the subject of life sciences. Conference brochure here.



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