The world’s national laws surrounding intellectual property have become more and more consistent over recent years but, whilst this is helpful to a large extent, it also sets the scene for numerous misunderstandings and disputes.
This practical course has been designed to focus on the drafting skills and legal and commercial issues to be considered when drawing up international IP agreements. If you are doing business in a complex multi-jurisdictional environment you need to know how to address difficult situations when designing and negotiating IP related agreements in cross-border projects.
Increase your knowledge of the legal and commercial issues surrounding international IP agreements
Improve your drafting skills by understanding the risks and opportunities
Receive an update on the laws affecting international IP agreements
Understand the potential impact of Brexit on your IP agreements
Complete practical exercises on drafting clauses to consolidate your learning
Compare and discuss your experiences with other delegates
The legal framework for international IP agreements: national and international differences and similarities
Dealing with different types of IP (or quasi IP):
Drafting key terms in IP agreements: grant of rights
Practical exercises on drafting international IP agreements
Differences in national and industry-sector practices and commercial expectations: How these affect the terms of IP agreements
Dispute resolution in international IP agreements
Selected ‘legal’ clauses in international IP agreements
Financial terms in international IP agreements
Brexit proofing your agreements
Sally Shorthose is one of the leading intellectual property (IP) partners at Bird & Bird. She provides a full range of intellectual property commercial advice and support to her clients, including licensing, partnering and exploitation agreements, research, development and marketing collaborations. She also frequently advises clients on regulatory and ‘freedom to operate’ matters, and manages significant due diligence matters. As a transactional intellectual property lawyer, she provides advice in relation to the protection and exploitation of a full range of IP rights, both in stand-alone transactions and as part of an acquisition, divestment or investment activity.
Before joining Bird & Bird in 2006, Sally was head of IP and Life Sciences at Eversheds, and prior to that she spent 11 years working in-house firstly as senior legal advisor at ICI/Zeneca and latterly as Legal Director of Novartis UK. This in-house experience gave her significant insight into the need to give pragmatic and commercial advice.
Sally speaks on a variety of IP and regulatory life sciences topics and contributes to many leading publications; she is also the editor of ‘The Guide to EU Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law’ (published by Kluwer Law International), which is written entirely by the team at Bird & Bird with contributions from many offices. Sally is also leading the Bird & Bird Brexit Steering Committee and has published several articles on the implications of Brexit for the life sciences and medical devices industries.
Nick Boydell is a Senior Associate at Bird & Bird who works on a wide range of intellectual property matters. Nick has substantial experience of non-contentious and transactional IP, and regularly advises on IP related agreements. He has significant experience in trade mark law, including regularly advising a well known energy drinks manufacturer and a social media website on trade mark enforcement matters and filing strategy. He regularly works on High Court IP litigation and enforcement matters, including trade mark and patent litigation. He also has experience of international arbitration in patent licensing and trade mark co-existence matters. Nick has studied in Germany, is a fluent German speaker and during his training contract undertook a three month secondment at our offices in Germany. He has also studied at Nagoya University in Japan and speaks Japanese to intermediate level.
James Pearson, an Associate at Bird & Bird, is an experienced non-contentious and transactional IP lawyer, regularly advising clients in relation to the transfer of intellectual property rights, both in the context of stand alone transactions or as part of complex corporate matters including international M&A, corporate re-organisations and investment transactions. He is also experienced in advising on the commercialisation and exploitation of intellectual property rights, primarily in relation to the assignment or licensing of software, trade marks and patents, working with clients across a variety of sectors including media and entertainment, technology, sport and healthcare and life sciences.