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Institute of Brand and Innovation Law - IP Events

Forthcoming IBIL Events & Courses

Wednesday 19 February 2014, 6 - 7.30pm
IBIL Special Lecture
How Japanese IP Litigation Really Works
  • Speaker: Chief Judge Toshiaki Iimura of the IP High Court, Tokyo
  • Chair: Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (UCL)


About this event
The Chief Judge will cover all the following topics, answer questions and entering into debate: General: the court structure, numbers, speed and trends, who the judges are and how they are selected; Interim injunctions; Procedures on the way to trial including discovery, party and court experts, what happens when the defendant attacks validity and the Japanese approach to bifurcation; Remedies, injunctions (mandatory or discretionary) damages, account of profits, legal costs, international jurisdiction Invalidation actions Post-trial procedure and the active involvement of judges in settlement discussions.

Wednesday 26 February 2014
Annual Brands Lecture
Trade Marks and Designs: the Designers' Perspective

  • Speakers: Matthew Cockerill (Seymour Powell, Chris Griffin (pi global and the Museum of Brands), Alexander Carter-Silk (Speechly Bircham), and Simon Malynicz (3 New Square)
  • Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Birss


About this event:
Trade mark and design law make many assumptions about how designers design things and use those assumptions are the basis of tests which shape the scope of legal protection for designs. Furthermore, design-related questions underlie the tests for protectablity. These include distinctiveness, novelty, individual character, design freedom and different overall impression and functionality. In this seminar, a product and a packaging designer will explain the design process and how they make design choices. Experienced lawyers will then consider the extent to which the legal tests inherent in trade mark and design regulation reflect the realities of the design process.

Wednesday 25 June 2014
Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
Speaker: Professor Hugh Hansen
Details of this event will be available soon
November 2014
Joint conference with UCL IBIL and George Washington University

Details of this event will be available soon


CPD Courses

5-day CPD course - 17 - 21 February 2014
IP Transactions: Law and Practice

Drafting, negotiating, interpreting and advising on intellectual property (IP) agreements requires a special set of legal skills. In addition to understanding relevant provisions of IP law, practitioners need to be familiar with a wide range of commercial law subjects, including personal property, contracts, competition, insolvency, tax, employment, and various areas of regulation, such as data protection and export controls. To advise effectively on IP transactions, it is also necessary to be aware of commercial practice in the relevant industry sector.The mix of legal and practice issues that transactional IP lawyers face can be very different from those experienced by IP litigators or general company/commercial lawyers. Understandably, traditional IP law courses focus on a wide range of IP issues such as subsistence, validity, infringement and enforcement, and spend relatively little time on transactional aspects. Commercial law courses may use examples from the field of IP transactions, but tend not to focus exclusively on this area.

This course has been designed to focus on the legal and practice issues that are directly relevant to transactional IP practitioners.

To download the course brochure please complete the online form

Application deadline was 15 November 2013, although we have a few places still available for late applicants

This course was 'highly commended' in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013.