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Autumn CPD courses – advance warning

IP Draughts is currently giving a series of one-day courses at the UCL Faculty of Laws in central London. The remaining courses are:

22 June – Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts

26 June – Drafting, Understanding and Working with Contracts – An Advanced-Level Workshop

3 July – Advanced IP Licensing

This week’s course, and as far as IP Draughts knows, the other two mentioned above, will be held at the law faculty’s temporary offices at Bidborough House in Bidborough Street, just down from St Pancras station. These offices have air-conditioning! Details on how to book can be found at the links on this page.

This posting is also to give advance notice of an Autumn series of courses, also to be run in central London through UCL Faculty of Laws, and which are scheduled to be:

26 September – Drafting IP Terms in Research Contracts

3 October – Advanced IP Licensing

10 October – Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts

17 October – Drafting Contracts with Universities

24 October – Drafting Clinical Trial Agreements

31 October – (1) Working with Confidentiality Agreements, and (2) Working with Research Collaboration Agreements

Except for the 31 October event, all of these courses have been run before at UCL Laws, and details can be found in the archive section (see top right hand of the CPD page of their website). The programme for the 31 October event has yet to be finalised but will consist of a half-day on confidentiality agreements and a half-day on research collaboration agreements.

If you are interested in the Autumn programme, please check on the UCL Laws website in the next week or two for further details including how to register.

Finally, IP Draughts would like to give advance warning of another panel discussion event on contract drafting, involving Ken Adams, IP Draughts and a selection of excellent speakers. It will be held on the evening of Tuesday 7 November 2017. Some readers may recall last year’s equivalent event, Dysfunction in Contract Drafting, which has been saved for posterity on YouTube.

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Contract seminars over the next few weeks

IP Draughts will be running a series of one-day seminars at the UCL Faculty of Laws over the next few weeks. The full list and dates appear below.

Or, at least, they will run if we get sufficient numbers of bookings. Some, such as Advanced IP Licensing, and IP Terms in Research Contracts, always seem to be popular. Others, such as Introduction to Contracts and Advanced Contract Drafting, are less predictable in their appeal.

Which is a shame, as IP Draughts thinks they all provide lively and useful training for their intended audiences. Perhaps the UCL Laws mailing list, which is skewed towards IP practitioners in view of the popularity of IBIL (Institute of Brand and Innovation Law) events, doesn’t pick up enough general contract audiences.

Some of our courses run more frequently as in-house courses than as public courses. If you have at least 3 or 4 colleagues who want to join you in attending a course, it may be more cost-effective, and time-effective, for IP Draughts to visit you to give a seminar. In the last few months, he has given in-house talks to companies, universities and NHS Trusts, in locations as varied as Cambridge, Coventry, Eindhoven and London, and has discussed the feasibility of running seminars in Dublin and Edinburgh.

The next batch of courses will be:

25 May – Introduction to Contracts (designed for non-lawyers and trainees)

30 May – Advanced IP Licensing (for experienced practitioners)

6 June – IP Terms in Research Contracts (for lawyers and commercial managers)

13 June – Drafting Clinical Trial Agreements (for lawyers, commercial managers and trial managers)

22 June – Drafting Legal Terms in Commercial Contracts (for practitioners who want to understand better topics such as warranties, indemnities, entire agreement, law and jurisdiction clauses, etc)

26 June – Advanced Contract Drafting (for experienced practitioners who want to focus on improving their contract drafting generally)

Details of these courses, location and cost can be found on the UCL Laws website here.

UCL Laws is registered as a CPD provider with the SRA, Bar Standard Board and IPReg.

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Good luck in your exams

Next Monday, some of this year’s students on the UCL IP transactions course will take a 2-hour exam. The exam asks a series of practical questions about different aspects of IP transactions. It is marked ‘blind’ in accordance with UCL Laws standard procedures, and according to a marking scheme that IP Draughts has produced in consultation with a couple of the other lecturers on the course.

This is the fifth year of the course (and the following exam). In total, about 200 people have taken or taught on the course since it started in 2013.

A date has already been set for next year’s outing of the course – 16 to 20 April 2018 – though the course brochure will not be preparing until later in the year. It is likely to be similar to last year’s brochure, a link to which can be found at the end of a web page here. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lisa Penfold at UCL Faculty of Laws.

IP Draughts wishes the best of luck to those who are taking the exam this year, and looks forward to meeting you at UCL on Monday.

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IP Transactions course

There will be a slight delay in transmission on this blog, while we prepare the papers for next week’s 5-day course, IP Transactions: Law and Practice. 37 people are booked on the course, which is excellent, and we have 28 volunteer speakers chomping at the bit and ready to run their sessions.

As well as our usual clientele of UK IP lawyers, patent and trade mark attorneys and licensing managers, we have a fair number of students from overseas – Belgium, Ghana, India, Ireland, Italy, Qatar and Russia.

During this intermission, readers may wish to study the potter’s wheel.

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