Update: Visit the UKIPO with the Informals

Please sign up by emailing your details (name; firm; technical background; level of experience and dietary requirements) to cipainformalsvisits@gmail.com

The Informals Committee is happy to announce that the highly popular annual Informals trip to the Patent Office in Newport has been arranged. This year’s visit will take place on:


  • 1st June 2017
  • 9th June 2017
  • 15th June 2017


This visit is a great opportunity for trainee patent attorneys of all levels of experience to gain an insight into the work of the IPO.

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Surviving or Thriving: Mental Health Awareness Week event

Kilburn & Strode and IP Inclusive are delighted to invite you to an event on Thursday 11th May, during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The event will cover what steps we can each take to thrive, rather than just survive, by looking after our mental health and building resilience to cope with the demands of life.

This event is open to everyone, including fee earners and support staff. We encourage as many IP professionals to attend and hopefully take back insights and learning to their places of work.

Where: Kilburn & Strode, 20 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4PJ

When: Thursday 11th May from 5.30pm. Panel discussion and Q&A will start at 6pm, close and refreshments at 7pm

Reserve your place: here  

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Opportunity to visit the UKIPO with the Informals

The Informals Committee is happy to announce that the highly popular annual Informals trip to the Patent Office in Newport has been arranged. This year the visit will take place on the:

  • 1st June 2017
  • 8th June 2017
  • 15th June 2017

This visit is a great opportunity for trainee patent attorneys of any level of experience to see what happens in the Patent Office.

Previously the programme included:

  • Various talks organised by the IPO on topics such as accelerated patent prosecution, litigation and dispute resolution and seminars on either patentability of biotech inventions or excluded matter
  • A claim drafting workshop
  • A meeting with an examiner
  • A buffet lunch

Due to the high demand of the visit, places are limited and you will therefore have to sign up. Places are allocated on a first come and first-served basis. An email detailing how to sign up will be sent to all CIPA student members in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Sanam Habib
Informals Patent Liaison Officer

The IP Ball

The IP Ball Committee would like to invite you to A Night in Neverland, in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

This year’s ball will be held on Saturday 15th July, at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.

To celebrate never growing up, a drinks reception will commence at 7pm, followed by a three-course dinner at 7.30pm, with live entertainment to follow before we all fly home at 1am. The dress code is black tie, although pirate hats and fairy dust are encouraged!

Tickets are now on sale at £105 per person. This year, unlimited drinks between the hours of 9.30 and 11.30 are available for an additional cost of £35, this can be purchased now or added to your ticket at a later date.

To purchase a ticket, please complete this form, or contact 2017ipball@gmail.com should you wish to purchase more than two tickets for your firm/organisation. The deadline for purchasing tickets is 15th June 2017.

For more information and updates on the IP ball, see the IP Ball Facebook page and the IP Ball page on the Yellow Sheet blog in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The IP Ball Committee

IPBall Invite 15th July 2017

Cambridge Informals Event – 15th March

Trainees in and around Cambridge are invited to come along for a drink at The Grain & Hop Store on Wednesday 15th March.

Join us to celebrate the end of EQEs (or the pre-EQE), and enjoy a free drink or two. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future Cambridge events, please contact me at gavin.dundas@reddie.co.uk.


Gavin Dundas
Cambridge Regional Secretary

The IP Ball 2017: save the date!

The IP ball will be taking you to Neverland on Saturday 15th July 2017, so put the date in your diary!

It will be held at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, London. For more information, on tickets and what to expect, keep an eye on our Facebook page and the Yellow Sheet’s IP Ball page.

Foundation Lecture change: Tuesday 24 January

Thank you to all those who attended the first two Foundation Lectures so far (or watched the webinar)!


There is a change to the timetable with regard to next week’s lecture. The lecture will now take place on Tuesday 24 January 2017.


Please find below the updated timetable.


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Informals Foundation Lectures

The CIPA Informals Foundation Lecture series will begin on 9 January 2017 and provide an introduction to many of the topics covered by the Foundation Exams.


The lectures will take place in CIPA Hall at 95 Chancery Lane and will begin at 5.30 PM.

They will also be streamed live via webinar (details on how to access these to follow).


After the lectures we will all be heading to a nearby pub which will provide a good opportunity to meet other trainees and chat to the lecturers!


The timetable for the lectures is as follows. Any changes to this will be posted on the Yellowsheet blog (https://yellowsheet.wordpress.com/) so keep an eye out!


We look forward to seeing you there,

Michelle and Kate
Foundation Lecture Organisers


Mon 9 January 2017 Introductory Lecture
Mon 16 January 2017 Novelty and Inventive Step
Mon 23 January 2017 Patentability and Excluded Matter
Mon 30 January 2017 Patent Searching
Mon 6 February 2017 Priority
Mon 13 February 2017 Claim Construction
Mon 20 February 2017 Renewals, Reinstatements and Restitution
Mon 27 February 2017 Amendments
Mon 6 March 2017 Ownership and Entitlement
Mon 13 March 2017 EPC
Mon 20 March 2017 Infringement
Mon 27 March 2017 Biotech Patents
Mon 3 April 2017 Basic English Law
Mon 10 April 2017 Unitary Patents
Tue 18 April 2017 Computer Patents
Mon 24 April 2017 Agreements relating to Patents
Tue 2 May 2017 Introduction to Copyright
Mon 8 May 2017 US Patent Law
Mon 15 May 2017 Company & Contract Law
Mon 22 May 2017 Attacking Patents
Tue 30 May 2017 IP and competition law
Mon 5 June 2017 Introduction to Trade Marks
Mon 12 June 2017 Introduction to Design Rights
Mon 19 June 2017 Security Provisions
Mon 26 June 2017 PCT


Birmingham Christmas social

Date:               Wednesday 14th December

Time:             5.30 pm onwards

Venue:            Upstairs at Cherry Reds, 92 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1PU


Come along after work and enjoy some festive cheer at the Birmingham Informals December social – there may even be a free drink from Santa if you’ve been good this year!


Look forward to seeing you there.


Becky (rlovell@marks-clerk.com)

Informals London Christmas Social: TONIGHT

Tonight – 6:00pm – CIPA Hall (95 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1DT)

Christmas has come around again so it’s time to dust off your Santa hats and get yourselves down to CIPA Hall for a festive drink and a mince pie. Make the most of the Christmas season and squeeze in another cheeky drinks event! Come down after work and enjoy a few drinks and those who are still around later on can reconvene in a local pub. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Just let us know if you have any questions.

Duncan (duncan.bull@carpmaels.com) and Kate (k.voller@cleveland-IP.com)

*The Informals London Social Secs*