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Short Course: Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property

Date: 10 Sessions: 4, 11, 18, 25 March, 1, 8, 22, 29 April, 6, 13 May 2022

Time: 13.00 - 15.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

This is a wide-ranging course offering diverse legal and interdisciplinary perspectives exploring the nexus between global public health and intellectual property. Although the business and innovation practices of the pharmaceutical industry are largely based on patents, other intellectual property rights including trade marks and trade secrets are highly relevant too. The industry benefits from research and innovation taking place elsewhere and government policy supporting life sciences and biomedicine needs also to be taken into consideration.

Course Topics:

  • Overview of the pharmaceutical industry and national systems of innovation
  • Pharmaceutical intellectual property and product regulation
  • The pharmaceutical industry and the life sciences revolution from 1980 (1): Major science and technology development affecting the pharmaceutical business
  • The pharmaceutical industry and the life sciences revolution from 1980 (2): Implications for intellectual property
  • Personalised and precision medicine; digital medicine
  • What does the pharmaceutical industry patent?
  • Pharmaceutical intellectual property in international intellectual property and trade law
  • Access to medicines: from hiv/aids to covid-19
  • Alternative pharmaceutical innovation models

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Course Trainers:

Course Format:

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 10 sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen.

Who is the course for?

The course would be beneficial for legal practitioners, students and law academics with a keen interest in the link between public health and intellectual property.

Pricing and Registration

The course cost per person is £700


Course Discounts

Member Discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

Group Discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from Governmental Entities and Non-Governmental Organisations
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the group discounts please Contact Us 

Training Scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (11 February 2022).

Find out more about training scholarships 

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 20 CPD hours. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 80% of all sessions.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

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