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Our support for the KT sector


Health warning: this is an advert.

Anderson Law LLP has the largest and most experienced team of knowledge-transfer (KT) lawyers in the UK. Our 11 lawyers, between them, have many decades of experience of advising universities, research charities, NHS Trusts, government agencies and spin-out companies, as well as larger companies that collaborate with academic organisations.

Mark Anderson CLP, RTTP, EUKTS

As well as our main client base in the UK, we have recently received instructions from academic and commercial clients in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA. Going back a little further, we have advised clients in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, and Norway.

Paul Maclennan



Through our membership of BioLawEurope FmbA, an association of lawyers (mostly in ‘boutique’ specialist firms) across Europe, and through our other contacts built up over 25 years, we can help you find legal advice in other countries.

Lisa Allebone

If you have enjoyed our contributions to the knowledge-transfer community, including:

  • Our PraxisUnico Guides, and our guides and templates for Knowledge Transfer Ireland;
  • Stephen Brett

    This blog, which has hundreds of articles on legal and practice issues that are relevant to the KT community;

  • Our other books and template agreements, including Technology Transfer (first published over 20 years ago; 4th edition in preparation);
  • Our contributions to PraxisUnico training courses (organising and speaking) over several years;
  • Our 5-day course on IP Transactions, held annually at UCL for the last 5 years; and
  • Mark Anderson’s chairmanship of the IP Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales, which lobbies for improvements in IP laws (e.g. the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017, which comes into force on 1 October 2017);

AnnMarie Humphries

why not consider instructing us, next time you need advice, support in negotiations, help with policy issues, mediation services, or a set of template agreements? Contact or on [44][0] 1865 858 878 for an initial, free discussion.

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Our new Associate Partner

This blog was born in 2011. Our trainee at the time, AnnMarie Humphries, took on the task of designing it. She applied her usual high standards to a task that fell well outside the typical job description of a trainee solicitor, and came up with a very handsome design that is still in use today.

Six years on, AnnMarie has a new title and role – that of Associate Partner. IP Draughts can’t honestly claim that this promotion is due to her work on this blog, but it is a visual illustration of her many skills. Below is our offical notice. Congratulations to AnnMarie!


AnnMarie joined us as a trainee solicitor in 2011, after 9 years working as a graduate trainee and then a commercial manager at Unilever. She has a masters degree in engineering from the University of Bath. She re-qualified as a solicitor early in 2013.

AnnMarie has broad experience of working with our high-tech, life-science and university clients on commercial and intellectual property matters. She has developed a particular specialism working with the gaming and gambling sector, including dealing with their commercial transactions and regulatory issues. Her earlier experience of commercial management, including instructing external lawyers, gives her invaluable insights, which our clients have welcomed.

We are delighted to recognise AnnMarie’s contribution to the firm through this new job title.


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World patent lawyer rankings 2017

The 2017 edition of IAM Patent 1000: Guide to the World’s Patent Practitioners, was published yesterday.

This publication is one of the two directories to which IP Draughts’ firm makes submissions each year, along with Chambers Directory.

IP Draughts is delighted to see that his firm has, once again, been ranked in the top category (highly recommended) for transactions in the UK. He is proud to see the firm listed with these other, eminent firms:

IP Draughts and his partner, Lisa Allebone PhD, are individually ranked again this year. We are very grateful to the clients who said good things about us to the IAM editorial team.

It is also good to see some of IP Draughts’ friends and colleagues are also listed, including some of his fellow-teachers on the UCL IP transactions course – he spotted Mark Lubbock, Chris Shelley, Sally Shorthose and Matthew Warren.

Among non-UK lawyers who are recommended in this year’s guide, he spotted several friends and colleagues, including:

  • Denis Schertenleib – France
  • Stefan Kohler – Switzerland
  • Pam Cox – USA (Illinois)

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Point 5 million views for a blog about IP contracts

zoellaYou heard it here first: this blog has little in common with Zoella. It has neither the beauty tips nor the massive readership of that social media sensation. IP Draughts would be delighted to have 11 million subscribers and nearly a billion views, but sadly we must make do with more modest numbers. IP Draughts assumes, without evidence, that most of our blog’s readers are not teenage girls.

Today is, however, a milestone in our progress. As well as being a couple of weeks off the blog’s 6th birthday, and reaching 500 posts, we now have over half a million views. Monthly views have been in the region of 10,000 for the last year or more.

halfThis is steady but modest, even by the standards of IP blogs such as IPKat, which has had over 22 million views, or contract blogs such as Adams on Contract Drafting, which gets more than half a million views each year. In slight mitigation, both of these blogs have been running for much longer than IP Draughts.

Our subject-matter is a very specialist area of legal practice, at the intersection of IP and contract law. From comments that we have received, it seems that the blog is popular with its readers. But the readers are – how should we put this politely – a special group of people.

Please do let us know if you have suggestions for how we might expand the readership while not losing the main purpose of the blog. And thank you for your support over the last 6 years.






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