The Bucerius / UC Hastings Summer Program in Transnational IP Law and Licensing 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, and conceived as an intensive, three-week, English-taught program for upper division students and young practitioners.
The program is designed to build practical skills for transacting technology licenses in a transnational context. It will provide a thorough understanding of the core IP and licensing concepts, including industry practices, and will familiarize students with both the legal and business perspectives of licensing.
Topics covered include an overview of IP laws relevant to licensing in various jurisdictions (primarily the U.S. and the EU, with references to relevant developments in other jurisdictions), securing IP rights internationally, IP management and monetization, the mechanics and legal aspects of transferring IP rights (including a focus on EU competition regulations), structuring international license agreements, international dispute resolution and industry specific licensing strategies.
These theoretical concepts will be applied in a licensing workshop. In teams supervised by experienced practitioners, students will negotiate a transnational technology license based on a real life fact pattern and develop the transaction's term sheet.
Two site visits to major German/European enterprises, with discussions of the company's own international licensing experience and strategies, will round out the program.
Students: Students may earn a total of 10 ECTS credits. 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).
Practitioners: U.C. 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 email@example.com.