The Faculty of Law hosted its annual Diploma in Intellectual Property Law & Practice Alumni Reception at the Royal Society in London on 16 April 2015. The event, attended by about 50 Diploma alumni and tutors, featured an insightful talk by Daniel Alexander QC (pictured below) on the proposed EU Trade Secrets Directive. As both a leading IP silk and Deputy High Court Judge, Daniel drew on his extensive experience with confidential information litigation to provide a critical overview of the pending EU Trade Secrets Directive. While he questioned some of the ambiguous compromises surrounding key concepts, inevitable in any such harmonization project, some members of the audience had been closely involved in working on the draft legislation and this led on to a lively debate. The speaker also acknowledged the spectacular setting for the event, treating the audience to an abbreviated history of some notable members of the Royal Society.

The Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice is taught jointly by senior Oxford academics and senior practitioners from law firms and chambers. It provides a top quality vocational experience for newly qualified solicitors and barristers embarking on a career in intellectual property law.