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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

UC Hastings & Bucerius Law School Create Summer Program in Transnational IP Law & Licensing

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Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy at Bucerius Law School

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 Summer Program in Transnational 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 program 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.”

Further Information

  • When: The program will take place July 22-August 8 in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Eligibility: This is an English-taught summer program for students or new graduates who have received at least introductory IP training.
  • Registration: Register online here. Space is limited.

Course Credits for Students 

Students may earn a total of 10 ECTS credits. UC 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).

MCLE for Practitioners

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.

For more information about the curriculum, please email UC Hastings Professor Jeffrey Lefstin at lefstinj@uchastings.edu.

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UC Hastings College of the Law
Office: (415) 581-8842
Email: shapiroa@uchastings.edu

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