• Application Deadline
  • 19 days
What are the differences between patent, trademark and copyright licenses? What are the major provisions of a license agreement? What approach and strategy should one use to negotiate such an agreement? Gain practical know-how and develop strategies for transacting intellectual property across borders and legal systems during this intensive three-week summer course.
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The programme Licensing Transctactions in Intellectual Property from Bucerius Law School is taught primarily by practitioners from leading firms who share their experience in interactive seminars. Together with participants from around the world, you will deepen your understanding of the forces shaping global IP practice. The diverse student body and faculty offers an ideal forum to exchange legal and cultural perspectives and for you to make personal and professional contacts from around the world.

Real-world application of theory

Study visits are a core element of the curriculum and enable you to discuss links between theory and industry strategy. Following introductions to two the global enterprises and their areas of interest, you will learn more about current challenges facing corporate legal teams and the methods being used to address them.

Guidance from experienced practitioners

Seminars and tutoring will enable you to address various elements of practice surrounding the transaction of intellectual property across borders and legal systems. To apply these concepts in a real-world setting, IP practitioners from major firms will guide you in negotiating the terms for a license agreement; this intensive two-day workshop will aid you in developing negotiation strategies that you can incorporate into your own practice and future endeavors.

Interactive learning and intercultural exchange

By working in small groups with students from different legal backgrounds, you will be able to gain valuable intercultural communication skills while acquiring in-depth knowledge in the field of international IP law and comparing perspectives with participants from across the globe.

Socratic-style course meetings promote interactive dialogue, inquiry and close cooperation with your peers and lecturers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Early Bird Deadline: March 1 (15% discount on tuition fee)

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 19 days
  • Credits
    10 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

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.

Topic List
  • Aspects of German & US Contract Law
  • Aspects of US Patent Law
  • A Comparative View of Trademark Law (EU, US)
  • Competition and Exhaustion Doctrines as Limitation to Licensing
  • Concepts of licensing in a FRAND context
  • Conflict of Laws in International Agreements
  • Copyright: Ownership, "work made for hire" and transfer of proprietary interest
  • Copyright, Software and Relevant License Clauses
  • Drafting Principles

  • EU Trademark Law

  • IP Aspects of technology Transactions
  • Legal Aspects of Licensing
  • Licensing in Biotech
  • Negotiation
  • Practical Aspects of IP Licensing

  • Quality Control on trademark Licensing
  • Trademark Licensing: Case & Law-Principles

For more information, please visit the programme website.


The Bucerius/UC Hastings Summer Program in Licensing Transactions in Intellectual Property

is a program for advanced law students and young professionals with a proven interest and/or experience in intellectual property law.


The program is taught by a group of top-notch academics and practitioners from Germany and abroad.

The Academic Directors of this program are Professor Dr. Dana Beldiman (Bucerius Law School / Squire Patton Boggs, USA) and Professor Jeffrey Lefstin, PhD from UC Hastings College of the Law, USA.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Applicants from countries (such as the United States) where law is studied at a graduate level must have completed at least one year of law school at the time the program begins. Applicants from countries (such as Germany) where law is studied at the undergraduate level must have completed at least two years of their legal education.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in an English-taught degree program, as well as graduates of such programs, are not required to submit proof of English language proficiency. In certain situations, we may be able to waive the test requirement and arrange for a telephone interview to assess your English skills.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1900 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1900 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1900 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Hamburg

  • 897 - 1420 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Early Bird Discount: Apply before March 1 and receive a 15% discount on your tuition fee!

Students who apply before the Early Bird Deadline and are accepted in the first round of applications are eligible for a 15% discount off the normal tuition fee. 

Unsuccessful Early Bird applications will be reconsidered in the second admissions round in May. The Early Bird Discount may not be combined with any other discounts.

Information about all other kinds of discounts and scholarships is available on the program website.

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