International IP Transactions Summer Course, 10-28 July 2017, Bucerius Law School, Germany

Publish Date: Jan 11, 2017

Deadline: Mar 01, 2017

Gain insight into IP policies and practice

What are the differences between patent, trademark and copyright licenses? What are the major provisions of a license agreement that parties must evaluate and negotiate? What approach and strategy should one use to negotiate such an agreement?

Gain practical know-how and develop strategies for transacting intellectual property across borders and legal systems! Hone your negotiation skills by working with advanced law students and young professionals from different legal backgrounds during this intensive three-week summer course.

A joint undertaking of the Bucerius Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy and UC Hastings College of the Law, this program is designed for advanced students and recent graduates wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge in the field of intellectual property law and IP transactions.

Explore the forces shaping global IP practice

The program is taught primarily by practitioners from leading firms who share their experience in interactive seminars. Together with participants from around the world, you will deepen your understanding of the forces shaping global IP practice. The diverse student body and faculty offers an ideal forum to exchange legal and cultural perspectives and for you to make personal and professional contacts from around the world.

Real-world application of theory

Study visits are a core element of the curriculum and enable you to discuss links between theory and industry strategy. Following introductions to two the global enterprises and their areas of interest, you will learn more about current challenges facing corporate legal teams and the methods being used to address them.

Guidance from experienced practitioners

Seminars and tutoring will enable you to address various elements of practice surrounding the transaction of intellectual property across borders and legal systems. To apply these concepts in a real-world setting, IP practitioners from major firms will guide you in negotiating the terms for a license agreement; this intensive two-day workshop will aid you in developing negotiation strategies that you can incorporate into your own practice and future endeavors.

Interactive learning and intercultural exchange

By working in small groups with students from different legal backgrounds, you will be able to gain valuable intercultural communication skills while acquiring in-depth knowledge in the field of international IP law and comparing perspectives with participants from across the globe.

Socratic-style course meetings promote interactive dialogue, inquiry and close cooperation with your peers and lecturers.

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.


In place of traditional coursework, the program is composed of 18 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 2016, participants explored legal challenges surrounding online video services and developed a business plan for the implementation of a redesigned airplane beverage trolley (designed to maximize space efficiency and tackle challenges of waste sorting and disposal). The 2015 cohort explored challenges encountered in 3D printing and the digitization of materials and cultural artifacts; the 2014 cohort addressed digital media rights and the licensing of technologies associated with transporting consumer goods.

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.

Fact Sheet

Course Dates July 10-28, 2017
Application Deadline March 1 (early bird)  &  May 1 (regular deadline)
Language English
Tuition Fee EUR 1800
Places 30

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