The Bucerius / UC Hastings Summer Program in International IP Transactions is as intensive, three-week, English-taught program for upper division students and young practitioners. The program, taking place July 13 – 31, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany, is organized jointly by the Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy of Bucerius Law School and UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, United States.
Designed to impart practical know-how and skills required in cross-border IP license transactions, the program explores theory and current topics with an international academic faculty representing multiple legal systems. Participants receive an overview of core concepts of IP law (patents, copyrights, designs and trade secrets, as relevant to licensing and extracting value from IP assets) and explore industry-specific licensing and deal making strategies.
Special attention is given to emerging topics such as FRAND licensing of standard essential patents, competition law and the revised Technology Transfer Block Exemptions, negotiation of sublicenses, exhaustion and parallel imports. The structure of the program drives participants to apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations: within a small group workshop, the terms of a license agreement are negotiated under the guidance of IP practitioners from major law firms.
Two study trips to large global enterprises (2014: Google and Airbus) round out the course by offering on-site workshops and in-depth discussion with corporate attorneys and executives to provide firsthand insight into current industry strategy and international licensing practice.
Students may earn a total of 9 ECTS points. U.C. Hastings students will earn 5 units of course credit. Because the Summer Program is not separately approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), law students from other ABA-accredited law schools will need to follow procedures at their home institution to receive credit for study. The Summer Program will provide each student with a documentation packet to assist in obtaining academic credit at their home institution. The program's credit system is based on ABA guidelines and is structured for a total of 5 ABA credits (60 hours of classroom time; one credit hour being equivalent to 700 minutes of classroom time).
UC Hastings is an approved provider of California MCLE, and attorneys licensed in California may satisfy their three-year Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirement (other than Legal Ethics, Prevention / Detection / Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness, and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession) by completion of the Summer Program. Attorneys licensed in another state should consult their bar to determine whether California MCLE programs may be used to satisfy their CLE requirements. The Summer Program will issue a Uniform Certificate of Attendance to assist attorneys licensed outside California in obtaining CLE credit.