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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 courses@andlaw.eu 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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IP-related events in 2018

Everyone at Anderson Towers is currently flat-out busy, helping clients with the pre-Christmas rush of projects.

But that doesn’t stop the planning for conferences and events in 2018. Below are a few that will involve IP Draughts as speaker and/or organiser.

  1. ASTP-Proton’s training course on technology licensing, to be held in Sitges (near Barcelona) from 24-26 January 2018. IP Draughts will give his session on the nuts and bolts of licence agreements, and help Jeff Skinner to run a licensing case study.
  2. University of Geneva and LES conference on technology transactions, to be held in Geneva on 8 February 2018. IP Draughts will give a paper on patent licensing, in which he will suggest that some international standards for licence agreements should be developed, perhaps via UNCITRAL.
  3. The 6th, annual outing of University College London’s 5-day course on IP transactions, to be held in London from 16-20 April 2018. IP Draughts created this course and is its convenor, as well as being one of approximately 30 speakers, who are mostly experienced IP lawyers. The course is designed for newly-qualified IP lawyers, but we also attract patent and trade mark attorneys and licensing managers, from the UK and overseas.
  4. American Bar Association conference on life sciences, to be held in Copenhagen from 10-12 June 2018. IP Draughts is part of the planning committee for this conference (at the request of the Law Society of England and Wales) and will be moderating a session on patient data.

In addition, IP Draughts will be running some one-day courses at UCL in the coming months. Details will follow once dates are set.

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