UC Hastings and the Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg are pleased to announce the creation of a new three-week program aimed at providing students advanced IP training.
Says Professor Dana Beldiman, a partner with the San Francisco law firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP and specialist in international intellectual property law and international transactions:
"We’ve created the Transnational Institute for IP Law & Licensing in cooperation with Bucerius Law School in order to provide an internationally oriented approach to IP, which at the same time has an experiential component, as we believe that these are some of the skills most needed by IP practitioners in the years to come. The program will supplement the theoretical, largely nationally focused, instruction received in law school, with practice-oriented license transactions in an international setting.”
Employers agree: “From an employer’s standpoint,” says Dr. Jan Meents, Managing Partner, DLA Piper, Germany, “Bucerius Law School’s new practice-oriented IP summer institute is most welcome, as it provides potential hires with skills and experience that are often lacking in law school education.”
Students will receive a comparative overview of the main IP laws, with a focus on the EU and US systems. They will then be introduced to practical uses of IP law, all in an international context, including developing strategic IP protection plans, developing and managing IP portfolios, legal and strategic aspects of IP licensing. The course will culminate with negotiation and drafting of an international technology license agreement.
“Although we live in an age of international IP harmonization, there are key differences between United States and European Union IP law – and in some cases the gulf is growing,” says Professor Jeffrey A. Lefstin, a former molecular biologist and current expert in Patent Law, Patent Litigation, Biotechnology, and Contracts. “Even lawyers who only practice domestically will need to understand the interface of national and transnational law to design effective global IP strategies.”
Note: This program is not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). US law students who are seeking credit towards graduation will need to follow procedures at their home institution to receive credit for participating in this program. The program will provide each student with a documentation packet to assist them in obtaining academic credit.
For more information about the curriculum, please email UC Hastings Professor Jeffrey Lefstin at email@example.com.
Alex A.G. Shapiro
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