Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Forthcoming IBIL Events & Courses

Wednesday 14th October 2015, 6 - 7.30pm
Question the Trade Mark Judges


  • Sir Nicholas Forwood (Judge of the General Court, Court of Justice of the European Union)
  • Marianne Grabrucker (former Presiding Judge in the Trade Mark Boards of the Bundespatentgericht (German Federal Patents Court))
  • Geoffrey Hobbs QC (barrister, One Essex Court, and senior “Appointed Person” hearing Appeals from the UK Registrar of Trade Marks)
  • Oliver Morris (UK Intellectual Property Office Senior Hearing Officer)

Chair: The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob

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Thursday 5 & Friday 6 November 2015, Washington DC
Patents in Telecoms Conference

More information coming soon
Wednesday 18 November 2015, London
IP and Ethics
More information coming soon
Thursday 3 & Friday 4 December 2015, Seattle
Future of Innovation in Medicine: Incentives for New Medical Treatments and Global Health

The conference will address various proposals and issues for promoting personalized medicine by providing additional patent and data protections for new uses and new dosage regimens of old drugs. These additional protections may encourage the development of such new uses and regimes and ensure the ability to recoup the high costs to develop, manufacture and seek approval of them. However, some are concerned that they may also have a negative impact on global health and access to medicine in developing and emerging market economies because they argue that they extend protections for pharmaceutical compounds and their uses after the original new chemical entity patent has expired. Confirmed speakers include Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob, University College London; Hon. Randall Rader, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit (ret.); and invited others, including representatives from pharmaceutical companies, Bayer and Eli Lilly, as well as the World Health Organization and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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CPD Courses

2 November 2015, one-day CPD course
Drafting Clearer Contracts

In the transactional world, contract drafting is an essential skill. But traditional contract drafting consists of copying, on faith, precedent contracts of uncertain quality and relevance. It follows that traditional contract language is full of archaisms, redundancies, chaotic verb structures, and misconceptions as to the utility of commonplace usages. And because contract drafting has consisted of copying, drafters have traditionally done without formal training or rigorous guidelines.

An antidote to that dysfunction is Ken Adams’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar.

This one-day course is a uniquely rigorous overview of the building blocks of contract language and common sources of confusion. The focus is not on what you say in a contract, but how to say clearly and concisely whatever it is you want to say.

It is suitable for all levels of seniority, as much of what Adams has to say comes as news to even senior contracts professionals—don’t expect him to recycle the conventional wisdom! It’s structured to encourage discussion, with participants analyzing examples and doing short drafting exercises.

Although Adams is based in New York, his guidelines apply internationally. This course will feature examples drawn from English contracts and discussion of issues particularly relevant to English contracts professionals.

What You Will Learn

  • How to make your contracts clearer and more concise
  • How to save time and money in drafting and negotiating
  • How to reduce the risk of disputes
  • Problems to look out for when reviewing the other side’s drafts
  • How to facilitate change in contract drafting

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