UCL FACULTY OF LAWS
Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Forthcoming IBIL Events & Courses

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 17 October 2016
Question the Trade Mark Judges

Information about the programme and how to book will be available soon.

 

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Annual Innovation Panel

Information about the programme and how to book will be available soon.

 

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

Information about the programme and how to book will be available soon.

 

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

Information about the programme and how to book will be available soon.

 

Thursday 2 & Friday 3 November 2017
Patents in Telecoms Conference
Washington DC

Information about the programme and how to book will be available on the conference website at
http://www.patents-in-telecoms.org/

 

 

CPD Courses

Tuesday 4 October 2016, one-day CPD course
Drafting, Understanding and Working with Contracts: An Advanced-Level Workshop

This practical, one-day course provides training and practical exercises in the drafting of commercial contracts. At the end of the course you should have a better understanding of how to draft, understand and work with contracts. This advanced-level course is designed for lawyers and commercial managers who have at least two years’ experience of drafting the detailed terms of contracts, including legal terms, and who wish to increase their technical understanding, through a mixture of teaching and practical exercises.

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Specific topics to be considered in the workshop will include:

  • Why legal drafting is often sub-optimal
  • Examples of good and bad drafting practice
  • Techniques for clear business writing, and variations for drafting contracts
  • Conventions, traditions and assumptions in contract drafting
  • Contract drafting in the real world
  • Contract drafting with an eye on the courts
  • Special ‘plain English’ requirements for consumer contracts

Tuesday 18 October 2016, one-day CPD course
Drafting, Understanding and Working with Contracts: An Advanced-Level Workshop

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

Who should attend
The course is intended for contracts managers, technology transfer and licensing executives, lawyers, patent attorneys and other practitioners whose job involves reviewing or drafting IP terms in research contracts. Attenders will understand the basics of the international IP system, and probably have some practical experience of negotiating IP terms, so that they can participate in the discussion, but they are not expected to have had extensive experience or training in intellectual property. In other words, the standard of the course is higher than a general introduction but not a legal ‘masterclass’.

 

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Tuesday 18 October 2016, one-day CPD course
Drafting “Legal” Clauses in Commercial Contracts

This popular, one-day course provides training and practical exercises in the drafting of ‘legal’ clauses in commercial 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.

Specific topics to be considered in the workshop will include:

  • The meaning of terms such as warranty, representation, covenant, term and condition
  • Examples of good and bad drafting practice
  • Techniques for limiting or extending the effect of warranties, indemnities and other terms
  • International issues, including the use of US legal expressions such as “hold harmless”
  • The purpose of boilerplate clauses, whether they are needed, and associated practice points
  • Drafting tips

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Monday 7 November 2016, one-day CPD course
Drafting Clearer Contracts

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.

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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

Tuesday 15 November 2016, one-day CPD course
IP Licensing: An Advanced Level Drafting Workshop

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.

Who should attend?
This workshop is designed for principally for IP practitioners who are familiar with contract law, IP law and the basic principles of contract drafting, and would like to increase their knowledge, and practise their drafting skills, with other experienced practitioners.

Attenders will have at least two years’ day-to-day experience of drafting IP-related agreements, and will probably have attended courses on the subject, prior to attending the workshop. 

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Tuesday 29 November 2016, 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.

 

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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?

The Brochure and Application Form for this course will be available soon.
Register your interest in receiving the brochure by emailing Lisa Penfold, Events & CPD Manager, UCL Laws

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.

 

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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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