Bucerius / UC Hastings Summer Program in International IP Transactions

July 10 - 28, 2017
Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

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.

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