Presented by

International Intellectual Property Law

A comprehensive and practical programme which focuses on the commercialisation of intellectual property.

Find out more

  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 18 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion

Course Overview

This In-house programme focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law. It can be specifically tailored to your teams needs to offer a comprehensive introduction and an update to all those whose work involves intellectual property and its effective protection.

This In-house programme will help your team

  • IMPROVE their understanding of the basics of international intellectual property law including:
    • Copyright and neighbouring
    • Registered and unregistered
    • Trade marks
    • Patents
    • Protection of trade secrets
  • UNDERSTAND the role of the IP treaties and conventions
  • FIND OUT more about IP strategy corporate IP portfolio
  • LEARN about the role of IP in transactions international dimension
  • GET-TO-GRIPS with drafting international licensing agreements and confidentiality through practical, ‘handson’ workshops
  • FIND out more about the role of compliance
  • EXAMINE the latest issues concerning data privacy
  • HEAR about the role of IP in the information technology era

Programme - Day 1

Registered designs
  • Registered Designs Act
  • Basic principles
  • International context
  • Community unregistered designs
  • Validity
  • ‘Made Available’ explained
  • Why register for design protection?
  • Designs vis-a-vis other IP rights
Copyright and neighbouring rights
  • Ownership and duration
  • Assignment and licences
  • Moral rights
  • Infringements
  • International context
Trade Marks
  • General principles
  • What can be registered
  • Registering
  • EU trademarks/Infringement and passing off
  • What is patentable?
  • Procedures
  • Exploitation
  • Protection
Confidential information
  • Types
  • Privacy aspects and the Human Rights Act
  • Commercial confidences
  • Scope of protection
Specific rights: Software and databases
  • Software: Background and legislative regime
  • Software protection
  • Database protection
  • Copyright protection
  • Misappropriation of information
  • Programme language
  • Functionality
  • Interfaces
Enforcement of IP
  • The legal framework at an international and EU level
  • Civil, criminal and/or custom?
  • Enforcement in the civil courts in England and Wales
  • IP enforcement basics
  • Legislative regime
  • Jurisdiction – general principles
  • Jurisdiction – general principles in the EU
  • Applicable law
  • Rome II Regulation
  • The Enforcement Directive 2004/48/EC
  • UK 2006 Regulation

Programme - Day 2

Digital copyright and other copyright issues
  • The role of international IP treaties and conventions
  • Digital copyright issues – private copying
  • Exceptions from copyright
  • Database rights
Websites: Advanced issues
  • Domain names
  • Trade Marks
  • Unfair competition
  • Liability Issues
  • The social network phenomenon
  • Privacy and security challenge
  • Brand and reputation issues
  • Opportunities and risk
Transactions and IP
  • Assignments
  • Warranties
  • Due diligence
  • International dimension

Practical Workshop

IP due diligence in corporate transactions

  • Factual background
  • Workshop: IP warranty review
  • Workshop: Intellectual Property Rights
  • Additional issues and thoughts on warranty protection

Programme - Day 3

Competition law and IP
  • Distribution agreements. The new Vertical Restraints Block Exemption
  • Licensing. The Technology Transfer Block Exemption
  • R&D/Specialisation agreements. The European Commission’s proposed new block exemptions
  • Criminal cartels. The Enterprise Act
Managing a corporate IP portfolio
  • Objectives
  • Cost
  • Procedures
  • Developing a policy
Dealing with IP and IT contract disputes
  • Litigation
  • ADR
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration

Practical workshop

Software licenses and other IT contracts
  • Copyright in computer software
  • Key terminology
  • Anatomy of a software licence
  • Source code and decompilation
  • IPR enforcement and security devices

Mark Weston

Mark Weston is a Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP where he is Head of Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Commercial. His practice covers all areas of commercial law and he has a wealth of industry experience having worked in-house at Hewlett Packard. He regularly appears on BBC1 and Sky News as a legal commentator.

More details

We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

See below or contact us to discuss your requirements.


  • Carey Olsen
  • General Dynamics UK Ltd
  • Knowledge Pool Group Ltd
  • Novellie, Verardi & Mitchell
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Ricardo PLC
  • SELEX Galileo Ltd
  • Vector Aerospace International Ltd
  • WRAP


  • ABB Schweiz AG
  • Adecco Management & Consulting SA
  • BPW
  • Nestlé SA
  • Philip Morris International Management SA
  • Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd


  • European Space Agency
  • Greenpeace International
  • Pharming Group NV
  • Philips International BV - IP85


  • Bayer BioScience NV
  • ExxonMobile Petroleum & Chemical BVBA
  • Sesar Joint Undertaking


  • FLSmidth AS
  • Saxo Bank
  • University of Southern Denmark


  • European Space Operations Centre
  • GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co KG
  • PARI Pharma

Czech Republic

  • Ceska sporitelna, as,


  • Oecd


  • Genesis Pharma SA


  • The Central Bank Of Hungary


  • RTE Solicitors' Office


  • Mabruk Oil Operations


  • Schibsted ASA


  • Pirzada Law chamber


  • ABB Sp z oo


  • Severstal Joint Stock Company


  • Spanish Law firm


  • AB Svenska Spel


  • Tanzania Cigarette Company Ltd


  • Turkcell AS

Multiple colleagues?
Talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749