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Course Certificate in Intellectual Property Law


This course provides an intensive 2 day introduction to the law of intellectual property. It is aimed at in-house practitioners who have little experience of intellectual property and need to be able to advise their client on the protection and exploitation of IP. It will also be of interest to solicitors looking to develop a practice in the area.

The course is presented by Peter Groves who has practised in IP law for over 30 years and has significant experience as a lecturer. It will equip delegates to advise clients on a wide range of IP problems, and familiarise them with the resources they will need for more information. The course will comprise brief outlines of the different areas of law, focussing on topical developments, with case studies and worked examples providing more detailed practical understanding and illustrating how to deal with real-life problems, with a brief look at the interfaces between intellectual property and taxation and insolvency.

It will include (subject to change, as new topics emerge):


  • Hargreaves and aftermath
  • Section 52
  • Extended collective licensing etc
  • New permitted acts: education, data mining, libraries and archives
  • Orphan works (including directive)
  • Commission’s consultation
  • Originality, Meltwater and Infopaq
  • Artistic works – Lucasfilm v Ainsworth
  • Red bus case

Design rights

  • Protecting designs: registered and unregistered protection, UK and EU
  • Advantages and limitations of registration
  • Section 52
  • Criminal offences
  • Originality test for UDR
  • Ownership of UDR and qualification for protection

Trade marks and passing off

  • Advantages and limitations of registration
  • National or EU?
  • Reform of Community trade mark system
  • Initial interest confusion
  • Adwords
  • IP Translator case
  • Character merchandising
  • Unfair competition

Confidential information

  • Trade secrets directive
  • Privacy
  • Vestergaard v Frantsen

Database rights

  • Database right in outline
  • Relationship with copyright
  • Subsistence (what sort of substantial investment?)
  • Infringement


  • Licensing and Assignment
  • Law relating to licensing and assignment
  • Technology transfer block exemption
  • Software patents
  • Trolls and non-practising entities
  • EU developments:
  • Community patents
  • Litigation
  • Taxation issues arising from IP
  • IP and insolvency

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Very informative and thorough.

Amanda Richter - Rix & Kay Solicitors




2 Day Course
Tue 15 Oct 2019
Wed 16 Oct 2019

09:30 | London
Peter Groves

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