Short courses


Intellectual Property (IP) Transactions: Law and Practice

  • 29 hours
  • 5 days


This five-day course focuses on the legal and practice issues that are directly relevant to transactional IP practitioners.

Each day focuses on a different market or practice area, providing:

  • instruction on legal and commercial topics relevant to IP transactions in that area
  • an introduction to the IP agreements that are encountered

The course is both academically rigorous and very practical in its focus.

It's run by the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law at UCL Faculty of Laws.

Who this course is for

The course is primarily aimed at practitioners who are in the early stages of a career in IP transactions.

Most people attending the course will be qualified English solicitors and barristers with between zero and two years' post-qualification experience.

The course is also open to:

  • more experienced practitioners
  • other IP practitioners, including patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and licensing executives
  • overseas practising lawyers who wish to learn more about English law in this area

Course content

The legal aspects of the course focus on English law. However, some sessions will make occasional reference to differences under other systems of law and the session on dispute resolution will look at choice of law and jurisdiction.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • IP aspects of mergers and acquisitions
  • Information technology contracts
  • Agreements in the life sciences sector
  • Contracts with universities and government bodies
  • Agreements in the media and consumer goods sectors

The course as a whole is designed to cover:

  • all the main types of IP - including patents, copyright, database rights, registered and unregistered designs, trade marks and confidential information
  • the main types of IP transaction - including licensing, assignment, sale of IP products, and IP aspects of corporate transactions
  • various areas of commercial law that affect all kinds of IP transactions - including competition law, insolvency and tax

Teaching and course structure

The course runs over five days.

Each day of the course focuses on a different market or practice area and will include:

  • lectures on the law 
  • discussions on legal and commercial practice
  • practical workshops in small groups, where you'll look at documents that are encountered in the area under discussion

You'll be allocated to a study group so you can, at the end of each day, discuss the next day's practical workshops with other people on the course.

There'll also be a social event where you can meet peers in other firms and some of the speakers.

You'll be given a reading list before the course begins, so you can start it with a core knowledge of relevant IP and contract subjects.

Further details of the course, including a class schedule, are outlined in the course brochure (pdf).

Certificates and assessment 

You'll be assessed by a two-hour exam approximately three weeks after the course finishes.

You'll receive a Certificate in IP Transactions from the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law if you complete the course and pass the exam.

Eligibility and applications

There are no formal entry requirements for the course.

The application deadline is Friday, 10 June 2022.

To apply you'll need to:

  • complete an online application form
  • email Lisa Penfold (lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk) with: 
    • a short CV that demonstrates your suitability for the course (including that you're in legal practice in the IP field)
    • a short personal statement that indicates what you hope to achieve from attending this course

The course team reserves the right to reject any application. 

If the course is oversubscribed, the course team also reserves the right to select the most suitable students.


The cost of this course is £3,200 plus VAT - a total of £3,840.

This fee does not include accommodation.

Course team

Mark Anderson - Course Director

Mark Anderson - Course Director

Mark is Managing Partner at Anderson Law LLP and a Visiting Professor at UCL Faculty of Laws. He's highly recommended for UK patent licensing in the international guide IAM Patent 1000. He's written a number of texts on commercial and IP transactions and is founder of the IP Draughts blog. He's a Certified Licensing Professional™ and Registered Technology Transfer Professional.

Course information last modified: 18 Jul 2024, 13:34