Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Forthcoming IBIL Events & Courses

24th June 2015, 6 - 7.30pm
2015 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
Judge Alex Kozinski
The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob
IP and Advocacy


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Alex Kozinski has been a judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit since 1985, making him the youngest federal appeals court judge at the time of appointment. In 2007, he was promoted to Chief Judge. Among his notable cases in the field of Intellectual Property is his dissent in White v Samsung Electronics America. He said: “Overprotecting intellectual property is as harmful as underprotecting it. Creativity is impossible without a rich public domain. Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new: Culture, like science and technology, grows by accretion, each new creator building on the works of those who came before. Overprotection stifles the very creative forces it's supposed to nurture". Kozinski is also well known for his special ability to lace humour in to his judgements. In Mattel v MCA Records, in regard to a lawsuit filed by MCA Records (the record company of pop-group, Aqua), Kozinski wrote in his concluding remarks: “the parties are advised to chill”.


CPD Courses

20 - 24 April 2015, 5-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.

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

The brochure for this course will be available in the Autumn 2014.

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This course was 'highly commended' in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013, and also won the UCL Provosts Teaching Award for CPD programmes in 2014.

12 May 2015, a one-day CPD course
Introduction to Contracts

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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2 June 2015, a one-day CPD course
Drafting 'Legal' Clauses in Commercial Contracts

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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16 June 2015, a one-day CPD course
Intellectual Property Licensing: An Advanced-Level Drafting Workshop

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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