August 01, 2016 12:00 ( Age: 4 Years)

Summer Program 2016

Inside look into the Bucerius / UC Hastings Summer Program in International IP Transactions

From July 11 - 30, this year’s three-week IP course brought together the record number of 31 doctoral students and young professionals from 17 countries all over the world, willing to gain exclusive insights into IP policies and practice.

The highlight of the first week was a site workshop at Google Germany to explore the expansion of YouTube and legal challenges associated with the company’s online video service. The discussion was led by Julia Schaake, Associate Legal Counsel on Google Germany’s commercial legal team.

During the second week, the participants had a full plate of activities with sessions exploring business aspects of licensing and relevant competition principles as well as numerous areas of copyright and trademark law. Connecting concepts to current practice, the group took part in a negotiation simulation with attorneys from the San Francisco office of Squire Patton Boggs. Conducted via video conference, Dr. Siegmar Pohl and Shinichiro Iwata, two attorneys specializing in international transactions, guided the participants through the negotiation of a cross-border license agreement between a German company and one based in Silicon Valley.
The week also saw the group through its second site workshop: They traveled to the ZAL Tech Center, a state-of-the-art civilian aviation research facility opened past March, to meet with Martin Dehn, Head of IP and Licensing at Airbus Operations GmbH. The group was tasked with analyzing intellectual property considerations for a business model being developed from a concept that gained attention in the “Fly Your Ideas” global student challenge.

The third and final week brought a lot of excitement as well: The participants spent three sessions boosting their knowledge of contract drafting principles with Lezel Crook. This culminated in a two-day negotiation workshop in which small teams were tasked with establishing the terms for a cross-border license agreement. The negotiation workshop was supervised by IP practitioners including Dr. Kristoff Ritlewski.

Other than that the program offered a diverse schedule of extracurricular programing including a visit to the Hamburg Museum, a guided walking tour through Speicherstadt and Hafencity, a sports event as well as a cinema evening.

The next round of the Bucerius / UC Hastings Summer Program in International IP Transactions will take place from July 10 - 29, 2017.