Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Forthcoming IBIL Events & Courses

6 & 7 November 2014
Patents and Telecoms Conference
Joint conference with UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) and George Washington University
To be held in Washington DC

To access the conference website, click here.

For registration, click here.

19 November 2014
Intellectual Property and Crime

6.00-7.30pm, followed by a drinks reception

Panel discussion between:

  • Sir Anthony Hooper, former member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales
  • Andy Fyfe, Head of Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)
  • Leon Livermore, Chief Executive of the Training Standards Institute (TSI)
  • Matthew Cope, Deputy Director of IP Enforcement at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
  • HHJ Anuja Dhir QC (A circuit judge)

14th January 2015
Trade Secrets
Joint conference with UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

2.30-6.00pm, followed by a drinks reception

Panel discussion between policy makers, industry experts and academics. More details of this event will be available soon.

25 February 2015
UCL Brands Seminar

Average Consumer in Trade Mark Law

6.00-7.30pm, followed by a drinks reception


Panel discussion between:

  • Professor Dr Alexander von Mühlendahl, Former Vice President of OHIM
  • Laura Heymann, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at William and Mary Law School
  • James Mellor QC, Barrister at 8 New Square and co-author of Kerly on Trade Marks
  • Jenny Barker, Assistant General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline
  • Chairman (to be confirmed)

24th June 2015
2015 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
Judge Alex Kozinski
The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob
Title :
To be announced



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

3 November 2014
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” course - this will be Adams’s first public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” course in the UK.

This 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’s 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 seminar 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

Who Should Attend

  • Law-firm lawyers
  • In-house lawyers
  • Contract managers
  • Anyone who drafts, negotiates, or reviews contracts


  • £600
  • Fees include all materials, refreshments and lunch
5-day CPD course - 20 - 24 April 2015
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.

To download the course brochure from 2014 please complete the online form

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.