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Intellectual Property Law Update: Commercialisation

Share in the depth of knowledge of our academics, and obtain the practical guidance of leading practitioners in Intellectual Property law. In this course, you’ll hear expert analysis of the issues related to intellectual property, identification and valuation, control, licensing, transfer and protection, to enhance and renew your IP proficiency.

About this course

Leading and experienced professionals and academics will take you into the world of intellectual property. The most important assets in any business include the intellectual property you create. The commercialisation of your IP can be at the heart of your strategy.

Valuation of trademarks patents and other intellectual property is central to any balance sheet. We will explore leveraging and licensing IP such as; trade secrets, patents for potent commercial outcome, and examining the scope and effect of licensing and assignment agreements. You will hear about the enforcement and protection of these vital assets.

Leading practitioners will guide you through the issues of selecting the legal structures to hold IP. The value of IP can be protected by registration and assigned for development by licensing. These critical transactions will receive detailed analysis. These topics will provide all commercial legal advisors, IP, patent and trademark specialists with guidance and the experience of leading practitioners.

Key benefits of this course

This short course has been designed to give participants:

  • The ability to implement updated knowledge of valuation and protection of IP in the commercialisation processes which benefits stakeholders.
  • Working knowledge of recent amendments to patents legislation and trademark protection.
  • Earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points: for NSW lawyers seeking to include this study towards their l legal CPD requirements, note that completion of this short course may count as 3.5 CPD units (one legal CPD unit per hour)


Full price: $480 (GST-free)*

Special price: $432 (GST-free)* Special price offer ends on 11 August 2022

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This webinar short course will be facilitated via Zoom. The following is a schedule breakdown of the Intellectual Property Law Update Commercialisation topics and speakers:

8:55am| Log in to Zoom – participants arrive

9:00am| Welcome and introduction - Chaired by Professor Natalie Stoianoff

9:05am| Topic 1 Identifying and auditing the IP in your business - presented by Natalie Stoianoff

  • IP you didn’t know you had
  • Valuation of IP
  • Key assets brand logo and trademark
  • Patents
  • Copyright and confidential material

10:05am| Break (10 mins)

10:15am| Topic 2 Licensing your patents and trade secrets for commercialisation - presented by Scott Bouvier (Partner) and Karen Litherland (Senior Associate) King & Wood Mallesons

  • Key features of a patent and trade secrets licence
  • Designing the licence scope
  • Encouraging licensee performance – KPIs and consequences
  • Key risks with royalty clauses
  • Managing the IP registration and enforcement process
  • Structuring options for assignment
  • Protecting springboard use

11:15am| Break (10 mins)

11:25am| Topic 3 Start-up issues such as choice of structure – presented by Fred Chilton

  • Business structures
  • Research and development agreements and strategic alliances
  • IP ownership and security over IP
  • International considerations
  • Preparation for exit/external investment

12:25pm| Panel discussion and questions from the audience

12:55pm| Close

Course learning objectives

This short course will equip participants with:

  • Knowledge of important developments affecting the kinds of intellectual property and their protection.
  • Valuable perspectives on construction of contracts for sale or assignments of IP.
  • A general understanding of the increasing role of IP in sale of business transactions.
  • An understanding of key aspects of patent protection.
  • Insights into specific aspects of licensing patents and trade secret agreements; and,
  • Expert opinions on legal protection and entities used to develop IP and commercialise the developed assets.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:  

  • UTS alumni and current students: 10% discount with voucher code: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: 10% discount (see below)
  • Group enrolment of 5 or more from the same organisation: 15% discount (see below)

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price.  

 UTS Staff only: How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount  

  • Please contact the team at  to clarify payment options and the 10% staff discount code.

Group enrolment of 5 or more from the same organisation: 15% discount

To take up this offer, email with

  • your organisation’s name and ABN,
  • the course name and date and
  • the number of people in your group (minimum of 5 participants).

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Who is this course for?

This short course is suitable for professionals seeking to develop their IP commercialisation expertise. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Intellectual Property Law specialists
  • Senior Managers and Leadership Teams
  • In-house legal teams
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Legal officers
  • Patent Attorneys
  • Trademark Lawyers
  • Non-executive directors
  • NFP employers
  • C Suite leadership team


08 September




3.5 hrs

Meet the Expert

Professor Natalie Stoianoff

Professor Natalie Stoianoff
Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the Faculty of Law

Natalie Stoianoff is a Professor and Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, since 2008. She is the Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Forum Committee, member of the UTS Commercialisation Advisory Panel, and is currently Co-convenor of the Technology and Intellectual Property Research Cluster and past convenor of the China Law Research Group.

Natalie’s interdisciplinary research is concerned with new technologies including the legal, ethical and commercial aspects of biotechnology with research interests ranging from the Patenting of Living Organisms, Software and Business Methods, Protecting Traditional/Indigenous Knowledge and Culture, Technology Transfer to Environmental Taxation.

As a joint recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant (2005-08), Natalie investigated Intellectual Property enforcement and awareness building in the People's Republic of China. 

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Scott Bouvier

Scott Bouvier
Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Scott is recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent IP commercialisation and research sector lawyers, with a successful practice focused on commercial dealings and disputes in intellectual property, technology, trademarks and food & agribusiness.

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Fred Chilton

Fred Chilton
Special Counsel, Toomey Pegg Lawyers

Fred Chilton is a very experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with a focus on the technology sector in all its manifestations throughout his long career.  His decades of experience at Allens included heading up the Communications Media and Technology Practice Group and working for large technology and communication clients as well as venture capital and private equity.

His practice at Toomey Pegg includes working with founders at all stages of their journey from establishment and IP protection and business growth strategies through to investment rounds and exits.

For a number of years he has taught a Masters level course in IP Commercialisation at the University of Technology Sydney and is a co-author of the Lexis Nexis publication Commercialisation of Intellectual Property.

He is a past Vice Chair of the International Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association and a long-time member of LESANZ and IPSANZ.

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Karen Litherland

Karen Litherland
Senior Associate King & Wood Mallesons

Karen is an IP commercialisation lawyer. She advises the public and private sector across a range of industries on intellectual property commercialisation, data and technology law matters, including in relation to strategy, ownership, enforcement, rebranding, and corporate transactions.

Karen has advised a number of high profile organisations on complex strategic projects involving the commercialisation of patents, software, data, trade marks and plant breeders rights. She has also advised organisations on a number of IP ownership issues, including spin off arrangements and disputes.

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Book a session

Thu 08 Sep 2022 -
Thu 08 Sep 2022
Expert: Professor Natalie Stoianoff, Scott Bouvier, Fred Chilton, Karen Litherland
  • This online course will be delivered via facilitated Zoom sessions, with materials provided via Canvas LMS.
  • Online
  • 1 session, 3.5 hours total

Early bird price is scheduled to end on 11 August 2022, at 11.59pm (AEDT).

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