Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

CPD Courses

Master's Level Courses

As part of its Continuing Legal Education Programme, UCL IBIL has a limited number of places available on its masters level Intellectual Property Law courses, offering busy professionals an alternative to full-time study. Classes run for either 11 or 22 weeks and are held either at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Russell Square, the UCL Faculty of Laws or the wider UCL Bloomsbury Campus. Course materials will be available via our e-Learning platform to support your study and a Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the course.

The fees are:
11 week courses = £1500
22 week courses = £2750

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IP Courses in the CLE programme include
International and Comparative Law of Trade Marks and Unfair Competition
The Law of Copyright and Designs
The Law of Trade Marks and Brands
Patents and Trade Secrets
Copyright Law

18 - 22 January 2016, five-day CPD course
A course for Copyright, Entertainment & Media Law Practitioners

The aim of this five-day CPD course is to help young practitioners, advising in accordance with current statutes and existing contracts, look to the future and explore copyright and related laws in a digital context together with imminent legal developments.

The course carries a maximum of 29 CPD accreditation points and those attending all five days have the option to sit an examination for a Certificate in Legal Rights and Trade Practices in the Creative Industries awarded by IBIL at UCL Faculty of Laws.

Each of the first three days will focus on a different area of the creative industries: the visual arts, audio-visual works and music. Thursday morning will be devoted to live performance before the course moves to all things digital, looking in detail at various aspects of the law that are critical to digital delivery of creative content. There will be discussion of the proposals for legal change in this sector and digital single market initiatives emanating from the EU. We have scheduled sessions on the perspective of the DSPs, cross-border licensing parameters, ownership and permanence in digital works, fair use exceptions, data management, privacy and free speech and online security and anonymous communication.

The week includes guest spots by creators themselves to give students an insider’s view. The team of teachers is “truly astonishing” and is drawn from private practice, the Bar, academia and in-house. It includes digital guru Laurence Kaye, Julian Knowles QC, Robert Howe QC, Rt Hon. Prof Sir Robin Jacobs, Dr Eleonora Rosati, legendary music lawyer Robert Lee, broadcaster Bob Harris, Brian Message Manager of Radiohead, computer scientist Dr George Danezis, journalist and film maker Andrew Orlowski, Debbie Stones, Chief Counsel PRS for Music, Mike Holderness, Theo Savvides partner at Bristows LLP, John Enser partner at Olswangs to name but a very few.

Friday afternoon culminates in a moderated international debate on the future of copyright. The debate will feature key speakers from the preceding week who will be joined by guests from the global authors trade bodies for music and film, and Prof. Sir Robin Jacob, William S Patry, academic and Senior Copyright Counsel at Google and Nic Garnett from Interight.

If lawyers working in one sector of the creative industries can become better informed of the structure, the contractual patterns and the commercial sensitivities in another sector, they will be better equipped to adapt to legal and market changes. To support this principle the Law Faculty at UCL has instituted a flexible attendance and fee policy.

Please note: As the UCL Law Faculty is currently virtually “homeless” because of building works, the Faculty will be securing an outside venue for this conference. Choice of venue will, naturally, be dependent upon numbers. As a consequence applications for entry from attendees will close on Wednesday 16th December 2015.

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IP Transactions: Law and Practice

11 - 15 April 2016 - 5-day CPD course

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.

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Other Courses planned for 2016
1. 16 February – IP Licensing: An Advanced Level Drafting Workshop
2. 8 March - IP Terms in Research Contracts
3. 26 April - Drafting ‘Legal’ Clauses in Commercial Contracts
4. 24 May – Drafting and Negotiating Contracts with Universities

Details of these course will be available soon.