International Intellectual Property Law

A comprehensive and practical In-house programme which focuses on the commercialisation of intellectual property.

Course Overview

This In-house programme focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law. It can be specifically tailored to your teams needs to offer a comprehensive introduction and an update to all those whose work involves intellectual property and its effective protection.

This In-house programme will help your team

  • IMPROVE their understanding of the basics of international intellectual property law including:
    • Copyright and neighbouring
    • Registered and unregistered
    • Trade marks
    • Patents
    • Protection of trade secrets
  • UNDERSTAND the role of the IP treaties and conventions
  • FIND OUT more about IP strategy corporate IP portfolio
  • LEARN about the role of IP in transactions international dimension
  • GET-TO-GRIPS with drafting international licensing agreements and confidentiality through practical, ‘handson’ workshops
  • FIND out more about the role of compliance
  • EXAMINE the latest issues concerning data privacy
  • HEAR about the role of IP in the information technology era

Your next step is to call us now on +44 (0)20 7729 6677 or email us at or use our contact form and find out how we can help. There are no commitments, and if we cannot help our advice and recommendations are free of charge.

Sample Programme Day 1

Registered designs
  • Registered Designs Act
  • Basic principles
  • International context
  • Community unregistered designs
  • Validity
  • ‘Made Available’ explained
  • Why register for design protection?
  • Designs vis-a-vis other IP rights
Copyright and neighbouring rights
  • Ownership and duration
  • Assignment and licences
  • Moral rights
  • Infringements
  • International context
Trade Marks
  • General principles
  • What can be registered
  • Registering
  • EU trademarks/Infringement and passing off
  • What is patentable?
  • Procedures
  • Exploitation
  • Protection
Confidential information
  • Types
  • Privacy aspects and the Human Rights Act
  • Commercial confidences
  • Scope of protection
Specific rights: Software and databases
  • Software: Background and legislative regime
  • Software protection
  • Database protection
  • Copyright protection
  • Misappropriation of information
  • Programme language
  • Functionality
  • Interfaces
Enforcement of IP
  • The legal framework at an international and EU level
  • Civil, criminal and/or custom?
  • Enforcement in the civil courts in England and Wales
  • IP enforcement basics
  • Legislative regime
  • Jurisdiction – general principles
  • Jurisdiction – general principles in the EU
  • Applicable law
  • Rome II Regulation
  • The Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC
  • UK 2006 Regulation

Sample Programme Day 2

Digital copyright and other copyright issues
  • The role of international IP treaties and conventions
  • Digital copyright issues – private copying
  • Exceptions from copyright
  • Database rights
Websites: Advanced issues
  • Domain names
  • Trade Marks
  • Unfair competition
  • Liability Issues
  • The social network phenomenon
  • Privacy and security challenge
  • Brand and reputation issues
  • Opportunities and risk
Transactions and IP
  • Assignments
  • Warranties
  • Due diligence
  • International dimension

Practical Workshop

IP due diligence in corporate transactions

  • Factual background
  • Workshop: IP warranty review
  • Workshop: Intellectual Property Rights
  • Additional issues and thoughts on warranty protection

Sample Programme Day 3

Competition law and IP
  • Distribution agreements. The new Vertical Restraints Block Exemption
  • Licensing. The Technology Transfer Block Exemption
  • R&D/Specialisation agreements. The European Commission’s proposed new block exemptions
  • Criminal cartels. The Enterprise Act
Managing a corporate IP portfolio
  • Objectives
  • Cost
  • Procedures
  • Developing a policy
Dealing with IP and IT contract disputes
  • Litigation
  • ADR
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Practical workshop

Software licenses and other IT contracts
  • Copyright in computer software
  • Key terminology
  • Anatomy of a software licence
  • Source code and decompilation
  • IPR enforcement and security devices

Recommended Trainer

Mark Weston is a partner at Hill Dickinson having joined the firm on 1st February 2016 as Head of Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Commercial (London). Mark joined the firm from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP where for 12 years he was a partner and Head of the Commercial, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Group, before which he spent several years at Baker & McKenzie. Mark’s practice covers both non-contentious and contentious matters in all areas of commercial law, intellectual property law, information technology law, Internet, electronic commerce and on-line services law. He specialises in commercial and tech issues.

He has extensive experience in-house, having been seconded in the past to Hewlett Packard and new technology companies. His practice covers all sorts of commercial areas (including franchising) as well as extensive IT niches including advising clients regarding hardware and software issues (including SaaS, cloud, development, licensing, maintenance and distribution), solutions for and methods of transacting on the Internet, electronic commerce, including B2B, B2C and B2G, S-commerce and M-Commerce, social media, strategies to minimise or maximise liability and carry out compliance audits, outsourcing, facilities management, procurement, company IT policies and data protection (privacy) issues. He also has experience in IT litigation (and different alternative dispute resolution techniques).

Mark is Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law (North London and Home Counties Region), Chairman of the Intellectual Property Interest Group of Lawnet and is a premier member of the Eurojuris Intellectual Property Panel. Mark writes various books on his specialist topics and is an editor and contributor of several publications and articles and lectures at numerous commercial, IP and IT related conferences and training programmes.

Bespoke training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation. Contact us to discuss your training requirements.

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