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About the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) at UCL's Faculty of Laws provides a unique forum for academics, the judiciary, policy-makers, the professions and users of the IP system to come together and exchange ideas on cutting-edge IP issues. 

The current Director, Sir Robin Jacob, has continued the legacy and the outstanding vision of IBIL’s founder, Sir Hugh Laddie, and is fostering the strength of UCL in London as a centre for intellectual property practice and scholarship. He has helped to shape a multi-disciplinary research programme on intellectual property, within UCL and more broadly worldwide, and leads IBIL’s young, dynamic IP team. 

IBIL provides top quality teaching at undergraduate, post-graduate and PhD levels for tomorrow’s practitioners and IP thinkers. As well as giving students a thorough grounding in general intellectual property, our specialist Masters courses provide in-depth knowledge of aspects of IP which are generally not taught in the UK. 

IBIL runs a serious program of events at the highest level, designed with the interests of sponsors in mind. Events include seminars, public lectures, conferences and workshops on all aspects of IP. 

IBIL’s reputation as the leading European centre for IP allows it to attract distinguished speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds. This provides the ideal forum for key issues to be debated as expert opinion can be heard from contrasting perspectives. 

About George Washington University
The George Washington University Law School has been a leader in intellectual property education and scholarship for more than a hundred years. When GW Law established a Master's of Patent Law program in 1895, its alumni had already written the patents for Bell's telephone, Mergenthaler's linotype machine, and Eastman's roll film camera, among hundreds of other inventions, and dozens more alumni had worked in the Patent Office. Over the intervening century, GW Law has bolstered its expertise in patent law with complementary strengths in copyright, trademark, communications, computer and internet regulation, electronic commerce, and genetics and medicine.

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