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 or UCL Faculty of Laws. 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
The Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
International and Comparative Law of Trade Marks, Designs and Unfair Competition
The Law of Copyright and Designs
The Law of Trade Marks and Brands
Patents and Trade Secrets
Drafting and Negotiating Intellectual Property Terms in Research Contracts

25 March 2015, a one-day CPD course

This practical, ‘hands on’ course provides a structured discussion of various types of intellectual property (IP) clauses in research contracts and other IP-rich agreements. We focus on why each clause is needed, how such clauses tend to be worded and negotiated, alternative clauses that are encountered, and how the outcome of the negotiations may affect your organisation’s interests. Specific topics to be covered include:

  • IP terms that are encountered in research grants, EU consortium agreements, Lambert agreements, MTAs and other IP-rich contracts: what is essential (or required by a funder) and what is ‘nice to have’?
  • Negotiating issues, including arguments for and against particular IP clauses; compromise proposals
  • Drafting: the importance of accurate drafting of IP terms; how to avoid ambiguity
  • Managing IP risks through appropriate contract terms and other measures, including due diligence

Please note that this course will focus mainly on IP-related topics. Practitioners who require training in all aspects of contracts (eg work and payment terms, limitation of liability, law and jurisdiction, confidentiality, duration and termination, etc) should consider combining this course with a more general contracts course or ask us to put together a tailored, in-house course for their organisation.

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IP Transactions: Law and Practice

20 - 24 April 2015 - 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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Introduction to Contracts

12 May 2015, a one-day CPD course

Commercial contracts can be difficult to understand. Their general appearance, style of writing, and use of legal terminology is off-putting. Sometimes, they seem to be written in impenetrable code by lawyers for other lawyers.

This course explains why contracts look the way they do. We highlight the useful features of a contract and the unnecessary features that reflect ‘tradition’. We explain the process that lawyers, clients and support staff typically follow when working with contracts. We discuss the different stages in the life of a contract, and some of the activities that are encountered at each stage. These stages include drafting, negotiating, approving, signing, administering, performing, amending, terminating and litigating contracts.

This practical course is designed for people who wish to understand contracts better. You don’t need to be a lawyer to benefit from the course. Past participants have included a team of engineering project managers from a water utility company, a team of legal secretaries from a well-known media company, and research contract managers from universities and research funding bodies. Managers and administrators who are new to a role that involves working with contracts will find the course useful, as will more experienced staff who would like to understand better the legal and commercial background to their work with contracts. The course will also be useful for legal trainees and paralegals who wish to understand better the practical aspects of this subject.

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Drafting ‘Legal’ Clauses in Commercial Contracts

2 June 2015, a one-day CPD course

About this Course

This popular, one-day course provides training and practical exercises in the drafting of ‘legal’ clauses in contracts. In the morning, we focus on warranties, indemnities and limitation of liability. In the afternoon, we move on to boilerplate clauses, including entire agreement, force majeure and law and jurisdiction. For each topic, we explain the meaning of the term used, how the courts interpret it, and relevant practice points, and discuss examples of drafting.

The course is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least two years’ experience of drafting and negotiating contracts, and who wish to increase their technical understanding of legal clauses.

Please note that this course considers the legal and commercial context of the clauses and discusses how to draft them. In other words, we focus on technical skills and not on commercial positions, though the latter will be seen in some of the examples that we use. It is not a course on contract law (it is assumed you will have an understanding of this subject if you are drafting contracts) and we don’t attempt the impossible task of telling you what contract risks your organisation or client should find commercially acceptable. These points may seem obvious, but occasional experience of different expectations from a few attenders suggests that these points need to be made explicitly.

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Intellectual Property Licensing: An Advanced-Level Drafting Workshop

16 June 2015, a one-day CPD course

About this Course

The terms of intellectual property (IP) licence agreements are sometimes lengthy and complex. There are many points of drafting detail whose importance is not always obvious. For example, fine-tuning the wording of terms such as a net-sales definition or a royalty-stacking clause can significantly affect the financial return that the agreement brings. Drafting and negotiating IP licence agreements requires a special set of skills and knowledge.

This practical workshop will provide training and “hands-on” experience in the drafting of IP licence agreements. It is intended for people who already have at least two years’ day-to-day experience of drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements, and who wish to take their skills to an advanced level.

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