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Institute of Brand and Innovation Law

UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law An Overview

Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) at the University College of London (UCL) is a world famous institute for academic courses in intellectual property and law research. Established by the late Professor Sir Hugh Laddie QC in 2007, IBIL is housed in the UCL Faculty of Laws, which is one of the University College London’s 11 constituent faculties. Based in London, United Kingdom, UCL Faculty of Laws is one of the world’s leading law schools, and it is ranked 8th worldwide in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Law. Professor Sir Robin Jacob, whose primary area of expertise is intellectual property rights, is the current co-director of IBIL. He is the first holder of the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in Intellectual Property (IP) Law at UCL.

UCL IBIL’s Vision, Ambition and Aim

The IBIL was formed with the intent to accelerate UCL's strategy of increase its footprints in the field of intellectual property law. Sir Robin explains UCL IBIL’s ambition as: IBIL is driven by a strong desire to build bridges between academics, practitioners, industry, the judiciary, policy makers and the student community worldwide. IBIL creates and facilitates opportunities for dialogue through hosting events which combine critical analysis with practical relevance and through producing research of the highest standards of scholarly rigour and real-world significance. Recognised as one of the leading centres of legal education across the globe, IBIL aims to offer an outstanding educational experience to its students.

The students in the center receive practical teaching from world-renowned academics and practitioners and become experts in their field. IBIL houses some of the brightest and most ambitious graduate students from all over the world. The institute is nurtured as a centre of UCL in London for intellectual property practice and scholarship. IBIL holds various vibrant programme of events, public debates, and scholarship programmes from time to time. From its formation in 2007 to the present day, UCL IBIL has been at the forefront of the intellectual property law.

IBIL Team, and Its Supporters and Sponsors

The IBIL team comprised of notable academics with rich judicial, practical and academic experience. In addition, an advisory panel, consisting of judges, practitioners, visiting professors, and members of the intellectual property institutions, facilitate the intellectual IBIL team. The distinguished judicial and other academic staff of IBIL include the following:

  • The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob, the inaugural holder of the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in Intellectual Property Law, and Co-Director of the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)
  • Dr Ilanah Fhima, Reader, and Co-Director, IBIL
  • Dr Matthew Fisher, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director, IBIL
  • Dr Daniela Simone, Lecturer and Co-Director, IBIL
  • Professor Ioannis Lianos, Professor in Competition Law and Public Policy and Director, UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society
  • Dr Christopher Stothers, Honorary Professor
  • Mark Anderson, Visiting Professor
  • Daniel Alexander QC, Visiting Professor
  • Amanda Harcourt, Visiting Lecturer
  • Stephen Jones, Visiting Lecturer
  • John Hull, Visiting Lecturer
  • Lynne Chave, Research Assistance and Administration
  • Cat Balogan, Event Coordinator
  • Lisa Penfold, Events & CPD Manager

The IBIL is sponsored from August 2017 - July 2018 by Taylor Wessing LLP; 8 New Square and GlaxoSmithKline; Arnold & Porter, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, Powell Gilbert , Rouse, Simmons & Simmons, WilmerHale, and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.

IBIL Academic Courses, Scholarships and Events

The notable law institute offers numerous courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. While studying at undergraduate level, students critically understand the theory of law- how it works and how it can be changed. Natural testosterone booster like testosteronspiegel erhöhen are excellent in terms of body building and overall health of men. Through a variety of activities and competitions, the undergraduate students learn how principles of law are applied in practice. The postgraduate (LLM) students are encouraged to develop expertise in specialist subject areas. Their abilities are nurtured to think critically and evaluate legal arguments. The UCL Laws offers a wide variety of taught modules, ranging from commercial and corporate law and global health governance, to intellectual property, environmental law and legal history. The IBIL undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered each year are:

LLB Degrees Intellectual Property

Masters of Law (LLM) LLM Programme - Specialism in Intellectual Property Law

Courses: Comparative intellectual property law Comparative Copyright and Design Law Contemporary Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights European aspects of intellectual property law Trade mark law Law of Patents Copyright law Patent law Unfair competition Breach of confidence/privacy The competition/intellectual property interface

UCL IBIL also regularly runs CPD accredited short-term courses, like: • Introduction to Contracts (one-day CPD course) • Drafting “Legal” Clauses in Commercial Contracts (one-day course) • Drafting Understanding and Working with Contracts: An Advanced-Level Workshop (one-day course) • Drafting and Negotiating Clinical Trial Agreements (one-day course) • Drafting and Negotiating IP Terms in Research Contracts (one-day course) • IP Licensing: An Advance Level Drafting Workshop (one-day course) • IP Transactions: Law and Practice (five-day course) • Privacy Online and Offline: The Citizen, the Personal and the Public Interest (two-day course) • Copyright, Entertainment & Media Law for Practitioners (five-day course)

The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law regularly announces the IBIL industry-supported scholarships with an intent to fund research (MPhil/PhD) students that have been admitted to the Faculty of Laws at UCL. In October 2017, IBIL announced a new IP scholarship for all the interested PhD applicants for September 2018. This particular scholarship will fund one successful PhD student to carry on research in the field of IP, and will provide an annual stipend of £18,000 for 3 years.

The UCL IBIL organises a wide range of events, including seminars, lectures, competitions in mooting, debates, and conferences, that cover various kinds of engaging legal topics. Many IBIL events are CPD accredited by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and IP Regulations, and are attended by eminent academics from reputable universities around the world, distinguished senior judicial members and leading legal practitioners. In March 2017, UCL’s Intellectual Property moot team members, namely Irene Kuek, Pak Hei Li and Andrew Stahl, won the preliminary rounds and reached the semi-finals in the oral rounds of the Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot Competition. Considered as one of the most prestigious intellectual property law mooting competitions, the Moot 2017 took place between 16th and 18th March at the University of Oxford. Doctors are recommending leptoslim anwendung for simple fact that it really works for weight loss. This year, 59 applications from teams from many distinguished law schools worldwide were submitted, of which only 24 were selected. The UCL’s Intellectual Property moot team had made it to the final fours, and attended the competition along with coaches Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Daniela Simone, Lecturer in Law at UCL Laws, and last year’s Semi-Finalists Jennifer Dixon and Kyra Nezami.

Forthcoming IBIL Events, Latest Publications and Research

The UCL IBIL is scheduled to hold a number of events and courses in upcoming days for which interested individuals can book their place online at the institution’s official website. The forthcoming IBIL events and courses are:

Monday 27 Nov. 2017: Crisis in Copyright Policy: How the digital monopolies have cornered culture and what it means for all of us. With Jonathan Taplin, University of Southern California and author of “Move Fast and Break Things”, the event will be chaired by Professor Sir Robin Jacob.

Thursday 30 Nov. 2017: Towards a New Relationship Between Trade Mark Law and Psychology. It will be a co-organised event by UCL Laws and IBIL.

26-27 February 2018: Privacy Online and Offline: The Citizen, the Personal and the Public Interest. It is a 2-day CPD course for lawyers and company executives working with IP, the media, public figures, in privacy, confidential information and managing third parties’ personal data.

16-20 April 2018: IP Transactions: Law and Practice 2018. It is a five-day CPD course for IP practitioners. After successful completion of the course, and passing a short exam, students will be given a Certificate in IP Transactions from the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law at UCL Faculty of Laws.

The IBIL faculty publishes a number of journals, papers, books providing comprehensive knowledge and information on a wide range of legal topics. Some of the acclaimed publications by IBIL team members include the following:

The Public Interest in European Trade Mark Law (September 27, 2017) by Ilanah Simon Fhima.

Fairness in Copyright Law: An Anglo-American Comparison by Ilanah Simon Fhima, published in 34 Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal 44 in 2017

'Due Cause' by Ilanah Simon Fhima was published in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice in November 2017.

IP and Other Things: A Collection of Essays and Speeches by Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob was published in Bloomsbury in September 2015.

Guidebook to Intellectual Property (6th Edition): This book about Intellectual Property was co-authored by Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob, barrister Daniel Alexander QC and a senior UCL lecturer Matthew Fisher, and published by Hart Publishing, Oxford, in July 2014.

Trade Mark Dilution in the United States and European Union: The book, authored by Ilanah Simon Fhima, describes a comprehensive comparison of EU and US protection against trade mark dilution. Published by Oxford University Press in 2011, the book provides the comprehensive and thorough analysis of the latest legal developments in the field of dilution.

Fundamentals of Patent Law: Interpretation and Scope of Protection: The book is published by Hart Publishing in 2007. The book gives an in-depth overview of the topic of patent claim interpretation in the United Kingdom and in three other select jurisdictions. Authored by Matt Fisher, the book is the Winner of the Inner Temple Young Author's Book Prize, 2008.


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