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Intellectual Property Law Update: Commercialisation



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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.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."


Full price: $480 (GST-free)*

*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

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

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 
  • 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, alumni and students

Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au  to clarify payment options and the 10% discount code.

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

To take up this offer, email law.shortcourses@uts.edu.au 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.

[I particularly liked] the generality to business and other commercialisation opportunities.

Michael D

[I particularly liked that the course] set out the landscape of the topic well before moving into the more specialised aspects, showing the breadth and potential complexity of each. Made very good suggestions regarding traps for the unwary.

Lindsay B

[Re: Lead Academic – Professor Natalie Stoianoff] Great presentation and 'setting the scene' for the subsequent facilitators. Although a legal short course, it was general enough for those who might not have legal backgrounds.

Michael D
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