Summer Programs

Topics & Schedule

Treat current issues from practice

Explore key issues facing IP practitioners from both a theoretical and practical approach. Working together with field leaders, you'll take part in topic-based seminars and develop the skills needed to transact intellectual property within a global economy.

Schedule

In place of traditional coursework, the program is composed of several seminars, each of which focuses on a specific element of practice as it relates to the overarching theme of international IP transactions. Four small-group tutoring sessions reinforce the content addressed in these seminars and allow you to discuss questions that arise as you connect topics.

Two SITE WORKSHOPS to large global enterprises, Airbus and Google, provide you with an opportunity to see current practice in industry and gain insight into international licensing strategies via discussion with corporate legal teams.

In past programs, workshops held at Google have led participants to explore legal challenges surrounding online video services, digital media rights and the digitization of materials and cultural artifacts.

During day-long excursions to the Finkenwerder Airbus facility and ZAL Centre for Applied Aviation Research, participants have been challenged to apply their creativity and knowledge of different legal regimes in tackling obstacles that face the aviation industry. Working in teams, a past cohort explored challenges encountered in 3D printing and the licensing of technologies associated with transporting consumer goods; members of a different cohort developed a business plan for the implementation of a redesigned airplane beverage trolley (to maximize space efficiency and tackle obstacles surrounding waste sorting and disposal).

Your three-week program culminates in an intensive two-day NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP to establish terms for a license agreement in a real-life setting. Working in teams of two or three, you will receive a factual scenario containing confidential information. You will be responsible for developing a negotiation strategy and meeting with an opposing team for two successive rounds of negotiation. This workshop will be supervised by IP practitioners from major firms who will coach and critique your performance.

Programming is held five days a week over the course of three weeks and most activities are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Taking part in extracurricular activities will enable you to meet participants from other Bucerius Summer Programs and get to know Hamburg and the surrounding area at no additional cost.

Topic List 2019

Description

This session will cover the essentials of United States patent law, including the process of obtaining and adjudicating patent rights, the statutory requirements of patentability, claim interpretation, infringement, and remedies. More in-depth attention will be paid to the current state of patent-eligible subject matter and the exhaustion doctrine.

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Lefstin

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Lefstin
UC Hastings College of the Law

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Martin Kilgus

Martin Kilgus
CMS Hasche Sigle

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Description

This session deals with IP-related European rules on international jurisdiction and conflict of laws (existence and scope of IP rights, infringement, licensing). Where appropriate, a comparison with rules of other jurisdictions will be undertaken.

Lecturer

Karsten Thorn

Prof. Dr. Karsten Thorn
Bucerius Law School

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Description

Software, one of the key building blocks of the modern world, is transacted as part of almost every license agreement. Software is commonly protected by copyright law. This session will discuss protectability of computer code under copyright laws in the EU and the US, the scope of permissible unauthorized use of computer code, as well as certain software-related license provisions of IP-related transactions.

Lecturer

Dana Beldiman

Prof. Dr. Dana Beldiman
Bucerius Law School
Squire Patton Boggs (USA)

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Description

This session will provide an introduction to and tips for effective drafting as well as practice drafting clauses. You will explore legal drafting language and style as well as principles of interpretation. Regarding the structure of a contract, you will work with definitions, the grant clause, law and jurisdiction and boilerplate clauses.

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Lezel Roddeck

Lezel Roddeck
Bucerius Law School

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Description

Trademarks are one of the most valuable assets in a business. This session will cover the essentials of EU Trademark Law including requirements of registrability of EU trademarks and best filing strategies. The session will further focus on how to exploit and enforce your EU trademarks against infringers and will offer insights from practice on how to successfully manage a trademark portfolio in Europe.

Lecturer

Alexandra von Bismarck

Prof. Dr. Alexandra von Bismarck
Fieldfisher LLP (Germany)

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Description

Technology is at the heart of today's business transactions and intellectual property plays a crucial role in making them successful. This session will provide an overview of how IP is dealt with in a variety of transactions, helping you recognize potential stumbling blocks and providing strategies to manage them effectively. We will discuss how IP rights are handled in the context of various transactions, including M&A activity and joint development agreements.

Lecturer

Allison Mages

Allison Mages
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

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Description

This session will provide an overview of the general structure of license agreements and the most relevant legal aspects of license agreements. Topics of this session will include the underlying principles of international license agreements, the most relevant provisions in license agreements, applicable law, license agreements in litigations and the relevant rules of antitrust and competition law. The session will include many practical examples to provide a good foundation for the program.

Lecturer

Christian Stoll

Christian Stoll
Hogan Lovells (Germany)

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Description

Licensing deals in the biotech/pharma sector are one of the most complex and most valuable IP transactions. Due to the particularities of the biotech/pharma sector, certain standards have evolved to balance the development risk of the licensee with the potential value of the licensed drug candidate.

This session aims to give a practical insight into licensing and negotiation issues of biotech/pharma license deals. It will explain typical clauses to address these on the basis of a license deal template that will be handed out as part of the lecture.

Lecturer

Jochen Dieselhorst

Dr. Jochen Dieselhorst
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Germany)

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Description

While parties are generally free to choose the terms of their license agreements, the legal regime of most jurisdiction circumscribes that freedom to a greater or lesser degree. These limitations may arise from policies of the intellectual property laws, or from other bodies of law. This class will address some of the more important legal limitations on license agreements, including exhaustion and royalty structure, FRAND obligations, bankruptcy, and antitrust (US) or competition law (EU).

Lecturers

Dana Beldiman

Prof. Dr. Dana Beldiman
Bucerius Law School
Squire Patton Boggs (USA)

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Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Lefstin

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Lefstin
UC Hastings College of the Law

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Description

Negotiation is omnipresent in the professional life of a lawyer and business person. This session will guide you through the essentials of the Harvard Principles as well as typical (detrimental) negotiation dynamics and teach you how to avoid them.

The session is designed to best prepare you for the real life negotiation scenario at the end of the summer program and for your (later) professional practice. You and your peers will receive various input and get involved in several group activities to explore the content as deep as possible in the short amount of time.

Lecturer

Dr. Jo Aschenbrenner

Dr. Jo Beatrix Aschenbrenner
Bucerius Law School

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Description

Two practicing attorneys specialized in international transactions will guide the group through the negotiation of a cross-border license transaction. The attorneys will each assume the roles of licensor and licensee, respectively. They will each seek to negotiate IP-related clauses that are favorable to their respective client, making appropriate arguments in support.

Lecturer

Dr. Gösta Schindler

Dr. Gösta Schindler
Buse Heberer Fromm (Hamburg)

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Description

This session will address practical aspects of IP licensing with a focus on sublicensing; it will address various (typical) constellations of IP license contracts in the daily work of an IP lawyer in a global law firm. This includes subject matters of license contracts, types of licenses as well as basic clauses when drafting license contracts. The session also addresses the treatment of IP license contracts in M&A transactions. Finally, a focus of the session is on the legal nature of sub-licenses and their fate in the event of the termination of main licenses.

Lecturer

Annemarie Bloss

Dr. Annemarie Bloß
DLA Piper (Germany)

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Description

This session will discuss quality control in trademark licensing. The presentation will focus on case law from the US (where quality control has emerged as a key licensing issue) as well as the UK and other Commonwealth jurisdictions.  Based on case studies of multinational companies in India, the presentation will include a hypothetical to illustrate the relevance of quality control clauses in international licensing agreements.

Lecturer

Arpan Banerjee

Prof. Arpan Banerjee
Jindal Global Law School (India)

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Description

This session aims to provide insight into some of the specific trademark-related issues of licensing. We will cover the latest ECJ case law and review relevant legal provisions set out in the UTMR and other legal texts. Additionally, we will discuss provisions of standard trademark licensing agreements that practitioners should integrate (or oppose) when negotiating license deals. While previous sessions will have already covered some basics surrounding the technicalities of licensing, this session will be a good opportunity to review and repeat acquired knowledge in the light of trademarks cases.

Lecturer

Kristoff Ritlewski

Prof. Dr. Kristoff Ritlewski
Orth Kluth (Germany)
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

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Description

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Dr. Ulf Marquardt
Nestlé

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Rukaiyah

Legal knowledge, people skills and global networks

I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to really challenge their capabilities—theoretically, socially and practically. By the end of the program, I can confidently say that I walked away with not only new legal knowledge but people skills and global networks too.

Rukaiyah, Australia
Leticia

Learning about cross-border practice from those who encounter it each day

The program has been an amazing experience. We have learned about the US and European legal systems, how they interact with each other and what to watch for when you're performing transactions that involve both jurisdictions. It's amazing to work with practitioners—what they're teaching is the basis of what they do daily; it's like having an open book of what is actually practiced within both jurisdictions.

Leticia, Dominican Republic