Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law


Monday 27 February 2017 – Tuesday 28 February 2017
Post Mortem Auctoris: Copyright and Estate Planning


A two-day CPD Course

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.

Download the brochure and application form for the Copyright and Estate Planning Course

Wednesday 8 February 2017
Copyright Law and Freedom of 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.
This event will include:

  • A view from the US – in particular, considering Google v Garcia 786 F 3d 733 (9th Cir. 2015) and the trend for litigants to try to use copyright law to remedy personal harms or to protect privacy interests.
  • A view from the UK – the impact of recent jurisprudence from the Court of Justice of the European Union tending to suggest that copying of relatively small parts of a work may amount to infringement; and the introduction of new exceptions.
  • In order to reach the right balance, speakers ask: Do we need less copyright to promote free speech (i.e. are current exceptions/defences are sufficiently broad)? Or, do we need more copyright to promote free speech (i.e. the proposed ancillary press publishers right)?

Speakers include:

  • Judge M Margaret McKeown (US Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit)
  • Jonathan Griffiths (Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London)
  • Julia Reda (Member of the European Parliament, Pirate Party)
  • John Halton (Assistant General Council, Financial Times)

Chaired by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (UCL IBIL)

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Monday 30 January 2017
UCL's Intellectual Property Moot Team Success

We are very pleased to announce that UCL’s Intellectual Property moot team (Irene Kuek, Pak Hei Li and Andrew Stahl) has been selected to participate in the oral rounds of the Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot Competition which will take place at the University of Oxford in March.

The moot is one of the most prestigious intellectual property law mooting competitions attracting applications from teams from many distinguished law schools. This year 59 teams from around the world submitted written arguments this year (from which 24 were selected). The team, with coaches Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Daniela Simone, Lecturer in Law at UCL Laws, and last year’s Semi-Finalists Jennifer Dixon and Kyra Nezami, will be attending the competition, which takes place 16 to 18 March 2017.

Monday 23 January - Tuesday 24 January 2017
IBIL co-host a groundbreaking two-day event on privacy

IBIL, in conjunction with UCL Faculty of Laws, organised a two-day course on privacy called Privacy Online and Offline: The Citizen, the Personal and the Public Interest’ on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 January 2017.

This event was an opportunity for lawyers and policymakers to consider the state of the current privacy landscape after the Investigatory Powers Bill was passed by Parliament. The Investigatory Powers Bill has been condemned by judges, QCs, law professors, senior lawyers and computer scientists and supported by a 100,000 signature petition of objection. In December its legality was called into question by the CJEU.

The speakers, who include internationally respected lawyers from both the UK and the USA, former government employees, the current director of Europol and experts in international data protection, security, computer science and cryptography, considered a vast array of topics such as freedom of expression, surveillance, national security and the law and ethics of leaking.

Keynote speaker, Rob Wainwright, Director of Europe’s Law Enforcement Agency, EUROPOL, began by outlining Europol’s remit and trans-national work. After a chilling tour of the dark side of the Internet he discussed the tension between privacy and law enforcement. Rob Wainwright was optimistic at society’s ability to develop a set of legal instruments that deliver privacy in a balanced and proportional way. He welcomed the improved openness in the law enforcement community post-Snowden and argued that there is a special responsibility in respect of data held about private citizens to improve trust between citizen and state.

Rob Wainwright saluted the powers and independence, for example, of the Europol’s data protection body that has access to 100% of Europol’s data. Revealing he had been described as “a despotic agent of digital repression” he firmly advocated online privacy as a fundamental right, and did not support the wholesale banning of encryption or any requirement for back door vulnerabilities. While welcoming improved co-operation between tech companies and his agency he was of the view that there was room for improvement beyond the limited circumstances where the interests of law enforcement and the technology companies were aligned.

Friday 16 December 2016
Professor Mark Anderson,
Visiting Professor at UCL Faculty of Laws, gave evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on 14 December 2016.

Professor Anderson produced his evidence with Daniel Nelki of Wellcome Trust. The evidence focuses on their investigation of “Management of IP and Technology Transfer” and includes Professor Anderson’s suggestions for:

  • A short course on IP in all undergraduate degree courses.
  • A new Royal Academy of Innovation, which would provide a vehicle for interactions with government and for raising the status of technology transfer managers, and academic scientists who mix university research with involvement in industry.
  • Each university to have an experienced business executive who understands IP on the Vice Chancellor’s senior management team.

Watch the video here.

Monday 31 October 2016
Professor Sir Robin Jacob
gave evidence to the House of Lords Special Public Bill Committee at the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill on 17 October 2016.

Read the full evidence here.

Watch the video here.

Wednesday 22 June 2016
Annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture
on Patents and Populism

delivered by The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC, Federal Court of Australia

About Justice Bennett:
The Honourable Justice Annabelle Bennett AO is a former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT, having previously practised as a Senior Counsel specialising in intellectual property.

Justice Bennett is President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia, Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council, a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; Member of Chief Executive Women; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong . She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Justice Bennett completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD in Bioche mistry (the latter in the Faculty of Vet Science) at Sydney University and later obtained her law degree at the University of New South Wales. Her interest in biological sciences has led to membership of the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee, the Biotechnology Task Force, the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales and the Eastern Sydney Area Health Service.

Her Honour has also served as Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University. In addition she has been a member of the Gene Patenting Advisory Committee of the Australian Law Reform Commission; member of the Advisory Group for the Dean of Medicine at The University of Sydney; Trustee of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust; Director of the Sydney Childr en’s Hospital Foundation; President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences; President of Chief E xecutive Women; as well as a member of the Reference Group for the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2007 and the Head of Delegation to the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2008 in Peru. In July 2011 her Honour was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University by the ANU