July 20 – August 8, 2014, Hamburg
This program is organized jointly by the Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy of Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany and UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, USA, 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 US 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 worldwide operating enterprises (Google and Airbus), with discussions of the company’s own international licensing experience and strategies, will round out the program.
Students may earn a total of 10 ECTS credits. US law students seeking ABA credit towards graduation will need to follow procedures at their home institution. The program is not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), however the program will provide each student with a documentation packet to assist in obtaining academic credit. 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).