Now that the Kat is out of the bag, IP Draughts can confirm what he has known, or thought he has known, for several weeks: that he has been appointed as the next Chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. The appointment is for a 3-year term, starting in September.
A Law Society press release on this subject was issued a few minutes ago. IP Draughts’ haste to mention the topic is because the Committee is also in search of new members. The deadline for applying is 5pm today, so if you are interested (and are a member of the Law Society) you will need to apply this afternoon. Details of the vacancies and how to apply can be found here. Expenses are paid (subject to loads of rules) and there is also an annual allowance of about £60o. (Wow!)
In IP Draughts’ unbiased view, being a member of the Committee enables you to make a contribution to the IP profession, and to influence new legislation in the UK, EU and internationally. If you have experience as an IP lawyer, have a mindset where you think about the legal issues involved, and are willing to contribute to discussions and position papers, you may well be the person we are looking for.
The background to this recruitment drive is that for the last decade (and earlier, but IP Draughts is not familiar with that period) the committee operated as a lowly sub-committee, and was largely left to get on with its work undisturbed by Law Society protocols. The work was done very well, and eventually (a few months ago) the Law Society recognised this fact, and decided to upgrade us to being a full committee. However, one consequence of the increase in status is that we are now required to comply with Law Society procedures for committees, including a requirement to retire members and appoint new ones in a 3-year cycle.
The formalities for appointing the Chairman are even more detailed than for members. As well as undergoing SRA checks, and approval by a Board of the Law Society, IP Draughts was required to take 2.5 hours of online training on the subjects Disability Confident and Unconscious Bias, and to pass two exams in these subjects, which he has done. At least IP Draughts is now fully conscious of his biases.
We have been waiting patiently for the page-view-count on this blog to reach 250,000, and for the number of subscribers to reach 1,000. The page-count tripped over the magic number today. WordPress’s recent ‘annual report’ on this blog indicated that page-views are currently at around 100,000 per annum.
It seems likely that the subscriber numbers will reach 1,000 in the next few months, perhaps around the time of this blog’s 4th anniversary, at the end of March.
The frequency of postings on this blog may change over the next 4 weeks, as IP Draughts will be visiting New Zealand and Australia. He hopes to bring you some IP-related news from the Antipodes!
Impressed 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…
- 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.
- 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, indemnities, limitation of liability and boilerplate clauses.
- 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.
Nestling in IP Draughts’ inbox this morning was an email from Law Society Publishing, inviting him to purchase the recently published, third edition, of a book, Drafting Confidentiality Agreements. Written by some lawyers called Anderson and Warner, apparently.
It is a small book, so it may fit under your hat, or in your loved one’s Christmas stocking.