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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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Trainee wanted

Anderson Law is looking to recruit its 9th trainee. Do you know of anyone who would like to make a career in commercial IP law? Details of the vacancy and how to apply can be found here.

So far, we have trained 8 solicitors. This number omits people who sat in IP Draughts’ room at Bristows as part of their training contract or pupillage during the early 1990s: Helen Cline, Fiona Dickson, Ashley Roughton, and Simon Stokes, take a bow!

Of the 8 previous Anderson Law trainees, 3 are now partners or associate partners, one is a consultant and 2 are associates with our firm. Only 2 have escaped and are now in-house lawyers: Julie Hutson at Wellcome Trust in London, and Chris Beck at Philips in Eindhoven.

We are looking for exceptionally able, diligent, personable individuals. Our people are not all the same, but what they have in common is a commitment to high standards and service levels, and an appreciation of the benefits of working as a specialist lawyer in a small firm.

If you know anyone who might fit the bill, please encourage them to apply. As an inducement, IP Draughts is offering a copy of the latest edition of one of our books to the first person who contacts us having met the following criteria. They must introduce a candidate to us who completes a valid application to join us (including answering our questions). You can choose whether that book is A-Z Guide to Boilerplate and Commercial Clauses, or Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Contracts. A photo of our stocks of these books, sitting on a table in IP Draughts’ room, appears below.

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Would you like to train as a transactional IP lawyer?

In case you have missed it, our firm advertised a training contract earlier this week. Details can be found on the Anderson Law website here.

In the last 20 years, IP Draughts has provided training contracts to 8 talented lawyers. Of the 8, 6 continue to work at Anderson Law: two are partners (and recommended in Chambers Directory), one is an associate partner, one is a consultant, and two are associates. The other two have moved on to other pastures, one as an in-house IP lawyer with Wellcome Trust in London, and one as an in-house IP lawyer with Philips in the Netherlands.

We provide an intensive training in IP and contracts. IP Draughts’ view is that, on qualification, our trainees are at an equivalent level to a two-year associate in many commercial law firms.

Our staff are encouraged to take part-time, postgraduate qualifications. Presently, one is doing a part-time LLM, one is doing the Oxford IP diploma course, and others have gone through these and other courses, including IP Draughts’ IP transactions course at UCL.

Advanced technical skills provide a secure foundation for legal advice, but they are only the foundations. Our lawyers also need to be astute, engaging, and skilled in the practical arts of a legal adviser, including drafting, negotiation, tailoring advice to client needs, and helping our clients to achieve their commercial objectives. We all need to keep practising these skills and learning throughout our careers. There is no such thing as a perfect lawyer.

If you have the right mix of technical ability, personality, and ambition to improve, we would love to hear from you. And if you are already qualified and would like to work with us, please let IP Draughts know. Although we don’t have a formal vacancy for a qualified lawyer, we are always interested to hear from people who might add something to our team.

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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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