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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Feedback on IP training: the Ghost of Talks Past

nipoA couple of weeks ago, IP Draughts gave an all-day talk on IP licensing at the Norwegian Industrial Property Office in Oslo, where he was made very welcome. Today, he received the feedback from the talk, which is represented in the diagram below.

norway talkThe maximum score that attenders were invited to give was 4, despite the chart showing a range up to 5. 17 people attended and 14 of them provided feedback. The only negative comment about the talk was that the lunch break should have been earlier, at 11.00 or 11.30 am, to fit in with Norwegian practice. IP Draughts wishes he had known about this point so that he could have adjusted his timings; he will try to check it in future. Dear readers, are there any other countries where lunch usually falls outside the period of, say, 12 noon to 2 pm?

The next talk for IP Draughts will be in Sydney, Australia on 30 January, again on the subject of IP licensing. He hopes that the Australian attenders will be as generous with their feedback as the Norwegian attenders were, and that they will tell him if and when their desire for lunch exceeds their hunger for learning.

aucklandIP Draughts’ trip to Australia falls in the middle of a trip to New Zealand from 15 January to 7 February. Unfortunately it didn’t prove possible to arrange any training sessions in New Zealand on this occasion, despite several promising leads. IP Draughts still has some time available on Friday 6 February in Auckland (or, at a pinch, Wellington), if any reader would like to propose an in-house training session on an IP or contract drafting subject on that date. Please contact if you would like to discuss. Otherwise he may be forced to engage in a leisure activity.



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League table of UK IP lawyers

peer reviewIt’s that time of the year again, when IP Draughts presents his “poll of polls” on the best transactional IP lawyers in the UK.

As in previous years, the methodology is very simple. Identify the people who are listed on both the IAM Patent 1000 list of recommended UK licensing lawyers, and the Chambers Directory list of recommended UK life science lawyers. The latter list was published earlier today.

Selecting people who feature in both lists has the advantage of weeding out some corporate lawyers who feature on the Chambers list. It also omits a few people who appear on the IAM list, whom IP Draughts rates highly, but you can’t have everything. IP Draughts thinks the result is a reasonably reliable list of genuine specialists in transactional IP with a technology focus.

The list comprises, in alphabetical order:

Laura Anderson – Bristows

Mark Anderson – Anderson Law

Malcom Bates – Taylor Wessing

Richard Binns – Simmons & Simmons

Allistair Booth – Pinsent Masons

Patrick Duxbury – Wragges

Jim Ford – Allen & Overy

Michael Gavey – Simmons & Simmons

Sarah Hanson – CMS Cameron McKennanot bad

Gary Howes – Faskens

Mark Lubbock – Ashursts

Nicola Maguire – Reed Smith

Lucinda Osborne – Covington & Burling

Daniel Pavin – Covington & Burling

Stephen Reese – Olswang

John Wilkinson – Reed Smith



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Put the dates in your diary (please): 4 & 16 September

courseThe first event in IP Draughts’ Summer and Autumn programme of courses took place earlier this week – Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts. This course has been running in different formats for over 15 years.

The next events, subject to bookings, will be:

4 September – Contract Drafting: an Advanced-Level Workshop

16 September – Intellectual Property Licensing: an Advanced-Level Drafting Workshop

Further details on these events, which are held in central London, can be found here.

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