The Faculty of Law and the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre held its annual alumni reception for the Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice on 20 April 2016. Tutors on the Diploma and students, both past and present, gathered in the splendid surroundings of the Royal Society in London. Our distinguished speaker was Mr Justice Henry Carr and the audience was treated to a survey – as entertaining as it was perceptive – on ‘The Intellectual Property Smorgasbord: A Varied Diet’.
Themes such as spare parts litigation, the evolution of the breach of confidence action and when res judicata might operate to recognise prior registry level proceedings during subsequent litigation led to some animated discussion afterwards. Sir Henry also shared some reflections on the transition from a career at the bar to the bench.
The Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice is a taught jointly by senior Oxford academics and senior practitioners from leading 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.