Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Forthcoming IBIL Events & Courses


Wednesday 8 February 2017
Annual Brands Panel
- Copyright and Protection of Free Speech

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Copyright law often thought to be designed to embody an appropriate balance between the need to allow copyright owners control over uses of copyright works (thereby providing an incentive for creativity) and the need to preserve some access to those works for socially valuable uses. Increasingly, however, copyright law has been subject to the criticism that it no longer strikes the right balance between control and access.

This seminar will investigate the interaction between copyright law and the protection of freedom of speech from a number of different angles.

Thursday 9 & Friday 10 November 2017
Patents in Telecoms Conference
Washington DC

Information about the programme and how to book will be available on the conference website at



CPD Courses

New Date TBC in 2017, one-day CPD course
Drafting and Negotiating Contracts with Universities

Contracts with universities can be a source of deep frustration for the inexperienced business manager. The contract terms that universities ask for, and the way in which they negotiate those terms, may appear counter-intuitive for someone who is used to working within a commercial environment.

This unique course will help you to understand the legal and policy environment of universities, and how and why they negotiate contracts with industry in the way that they do. By explaining the constraints within which universities operate, and providing practical examples of contract wording to illustrate the points being made, we will help you to navigate the world of university contracts.



Specific topics to be covered include:

  • The legal framework: relevant laws affecting public bodies, charities, and educational institutions
  • Policy considerations: university policies affecting research, employment, students, contracts, etc.
  • Institutional and individual objectives, priorities, attitudes and organisational issues: how these affect the negotiation of contracts
  • International aspects: selected differences and similarities affecting universities in other countries

And more specifically, how these topics affect contract terms such as:

  • Financial issues: Including full economic costing and state aid rules
  • Academic publications: The need to publish results of research – relationship with confidentiality, patenting, data protection and freedom of information
  • Ownership of intellectual property: including problems with assignment, state aid rules, licensing practice, access to background IP
  • Legal liability and responsibility: including universities’ attitudes to risk, due diligence and commercial engagement

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 January 2017, two-day CPD course
Privacy Online and Offline: The Citizen, the Personal and the Public Interest

Certain rights and freedoms are granted to citizens in respect of their privacy and the protection of their personal information.  But, on this crowded planet, and in a global marketplace, what rights do citizens actually have to take action against surveillance?  By drone, by a neighbour, employer or suspicious spouse?  By Government or by multi-national corporations?

How effective are laws in protecting personal data?  Digital communications and data are stored and transported across jurisdictions where protection levels vary.  Is the gathering and remote analysis of the metadata lawful?

To what extent can reputations be protected in the age of 24 hour global news and the internet?

We expect our governments to respond to real security threats to society.  How much of our privacy will we, should we, sacrifice to keep us safe?  What takes precedence: state security or citizens’ privacy?    And our Governments ask for more and more transparency from their citizens in order to protect us.  At the same time they have the capacity to shield their activities from genuine democratic scrutiny.  Uncontrolled disclosures such as the NSA Snowden release and Wikileaks are examples of responses by individuals to the increased scrutiny of our lives.  But such disclosures are themselves unlawful and undemocratic, carrying their own dangers.   Can we balance greater personal transparency with greater transparency from those we elect?



Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 February 2017, two-day CPD course
Post Mortem Auctoris: Copyright and Estate Planningt

The prevalence of social media and the creation of copyright works by citizens makes copyright owners of us all.  Files, digital memorabilia, business documents and other personal data sit in remote servers.  This makes access convenient and flexible, but “our property” is able to be shared and accessed from multiple devices and countries and the servers themselves can be located in multiple jurisdictions.  What is the effect of this?  Different copyright works are managed differently.  The professional authors and the performer have much in common legally but their rights are not exactly equivalent and their ongoing revenue entitlements operate in distinct ways.  There are sensitivities about a creator’s legacy and reputation.  All these elements impact financial and tax planning, exercises in “housekeeping” of rights and registrations, as well as copyright and revenue management after death.  There are steps that must be taken in relation to copyright to ensure that multiple beneficiaries can best and most efficiently share in revenues that are arise as a result of testamentary disposition.


This course is a practical introduction for the private client lawyer to help them, on behalf of their clients, both in planning and probate.  Students will acquire a valuable understanding of dealings in copyright works and the revenues that copyright can generate.



3 - 7 April 2017, five-day CPD course
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.

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

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