IP Futures Launch Event – Calling all early career IP professionals!

IP Inclusive are very excited to welcome you all to the launch event of their new  community for all early career professionals working in IP, “IP Futures”.

Come along to this event to share your views and experiences, get advice, ask questions and most importantly, meet and chat with lots of other early career IP professionals. You may be aware that IP Inclusive recently conducted a survey of early career IP professionals investigating topics such as social mobility and inclusivity in the workplace, and they are excited to be able to share the preliminary results of this survey at this event.

Watch this space for further updates on the event details, but for now, here is a broad overview of their launch event. Please register here for your place at the event, as well as sharing with your colleagues and contacts in the industry!

5.30pm – 6.00pm: Registration and welcome

6.00pm – 7.30pm: Survey results kickoff and breakout discussions

7.30pm – 8.30pm: Drinks and nibbles

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Tutorials Schedule Update – 02/08/2019

The latest tutorials schedule is listed below.

In order for you to be eligible to sign up to tutorials that other people have organised, you must have organised a tutorial yourself (for example by asking one of your UK/EP-qualified colleagues to hold a tutorial).  When you have organised a tutorial yourself and sent us the details* so that we can make it available to other people, passwords can be sent to you so that you can sign up to tutorials that other people have organised.

To take part in one of the tutorials below, please contact our Tutorial Coordinator Khushbu at k.solanki@csy-ip.com.

 

FD1/P2

  • FD1 2016 – Edinburgh on 2 September 2019 at 6 pm (in person) (hand in work by 27 August 2019)
  • FD1 2015 – London on 6 September at TBC (in person or by TC) (hand in work by 30 August)

FD2/P3

  • FD2 2018 – London on 12 Aug 2018 at 5:30pm (in person only) (hand in work by 1 Aug)
  • FD2 2011 – London on 4 September 2019 at 5 pm (in person or via TC) (hand in work by 28 August 2019)

FD3/P4

  • FD3 2017 – London on 8 August 2019 at 3:30 pm (in person only) (hand in work by 18th July)
  • FD3 2012 – Manchester on 13 August 2019 at 4 pm (in person or by TC) (hand in work by 6 August)

FD4/P6

  • FD4 2017 – London on 28 August 2019 at 5 pm (in person or via TC) (hand in work by 14 August 2019)
  • FD4 2014 – London (venue TBC) on 11 Sep 2019 at 5:30pm (in person only) (hand in work by 23 August)
  • FD4 2015 – London (venue TBC) on 18 Sep 2019 at 6pm (in person only) (hand in work by 4 Sep)
  • EQE

    • None scheduled at the moment.

    Please include the following details when emailing Khushbu about a tutorial you have organised:

    • Tutor’s name
    • Date and time of tutorial
    • Venue
    • Whether the tutorial is available in person, online and/or by telephone
    • Exam paper covered (e.g. ‘FD4 2015’)
    • Maximum number of tutees who can take part in the tutorial (typically 6)
    • Email address scripts for marking should be sent to (could be your address or the tutor’s address)
    • Deadline for returning scripts

FD1 Law Coffee Table Questions

FD1 Law paper Coffee Table Questions from Andrew Weaver

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6551782150306316288/

From this Friday (5th July) Andrew will be sending a bi-weekly e-mail (Monday and Friday) containing a part A style FD1 question to a mailing list.

If you’d like to receive these please send an e-mail to:

fd1coffeetablequestions@gmail.com

Andrew is happy to receive any questions you have drafted. Please send those in with a question and a complete mark scheme if you want them to be included.

Your data (e-mail address) will only be used for the purposes of sending you a question and a mark scheme associated with it. No one else on the mailing list will have access to your e-mail address.

By signing up (by e-mailing) you consent to receiving e-mails relating to FD1 style questions and answers.

You will be able to unsubscribe at any time be e-mailing with the subject ‘unsubscribe’.

Yellow Sheet July Update!

Informals Hon Sec
Matthew Veale

Hello again, I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer! Once again it has been a busy month, and more are planned.

We have seen the launch of IP Futures. This new community is for early career stage IP professionals, the people who represent the future of the IP sector. It’s intended to offer networking and support for those who are not yet fully qualified or less than three years post-qualification, in all IP-related roles. If you’re interested in, or, want to be involved with, IP Futures please visit the website: https://ipinclusive.org.uk/community/ip-futures/

The Women’s World Cup isn’t the only big football event on the calendar, this year’s Informals 5-aside Football Tournament will be taking place on Friday 26 July at the Powerleague pitches in Shoreditch. This year still has the rule requiring one woman for each team on the pitch. There may still be time to sign up a last couple of teams.

As a little teaser of events to come, CIPA Student Congress has been given the green light, I look forward to sharing more details with you all shortly.

I also attend the CIPA West of England Meeting in Bristol, where there was a very interesting talk on the future of FemTech. It would be great to see more Informals attending these CIPA events.

Following on from comments received at the New Students Day the Yellow Sheet journal is going to be replicated on the blog.

As a quick heads up for next month, we will be looking for new Informals Council Members, I encourage you all to consider a role.

Finally, there will be lots of summer socials happening all over, ask your Regional Sec’s. and even offer to help out!

As usual we are always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas.

 

Editorial

Meg Booth

It’s July! Many trainees, myself included, are off to JDD this month and preparations for foundation exams has well and truly begun! There are many social events happening over the summer so keep an eye on your inboxes for emails from your social secretaries. The social events are a good excuse for a revision break and to socialise with fellow trainees who may also be sitting exams.

At the end of June, I attended the Women in IP ‘Connected Bubbles’ event in Cambridge hosted by Appleyard Lees and Mills & Reeve. The event was just one of eight happening across the UK at the same time as part of an ambitious networking event to encourage a safe, inclusive and light-hearted environment to network and make connections. The event was open to everyone within the IP profession and I attended with one of my best friends who is an IP Administrator.

Have a lovely July!

Equality and Diversity Secretary

Rachel Bell

Further to the previous announcement of a new IP Inclusive community for early career IP professionals, IP Futures, we have now set up an initial survey to inform our future work. The survey gathers some basic diversity data, including on social mobility, as a benchmark to help us track the progress of future generations of IP professionals. The survey also provides a chance for you to tell us what IP Futures can do for you. It’s totally anonymous, and you can skip any of the questions if you don’t feel comfortable answering them. The survey can be found via the IP Futures web page, or by this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FD9D555. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with IP Futures, then please contact ipfuturesinclusive@gmail.com.”

Tutorials and Mentoring Coordinator

Khushbu Solanki

The Informals Committee is working with CIPA and the fellow members to offer tutorials to try and help you with the exams. We also need your help to keep the tutorial scheme running.

Firstly, I call out all the trainees to check the yellowsheet webpage for regular updates on the upcoming tutorials. I invite you to participate in the scheme and take advantage of the tutorials that are available to you.

Secondly, considering we have a very limited number of volunteers, we request you to also help us organise these tutorials through your supervisors or colleagues. This will not only help you to be able to take advantage of the other tutorials but will also help the committee to continue the tutorial scheme.

Finally, the trainees who are unable to organise such tutorials, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in any of the available sessions.

If you would like to participate in the scheme or if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the scheme, please do not hesitate to contact me at k.solanki@csy-ip.com

 

IP-uppy Update

Darwin has competition this month as we have another cat photo! The very cute Shackleton belongs to the North West Regional Sec, Cassie! It appears the studying became too much, and he needed a G&T!

Darwin has been a poorly puppy this month! Being the inquisitive (naughty) puppy he is, he happened upon a bird carcass on a morning walk which he found difficult to relinquish! The day after he was having symptoms of something being stuck in his throat so a trip to the vets, X-ray and a much lighter purse later, it thankfully turned out that there were no feathers or bones stuck down there, he just had a sore throat!

Oz Aydin

South West and Wales Regional Sec

We are having our next social in Bristol on 16th August, Friday. I will be sending out the details of the event within next week. Format will be same as last time: a workshop followed by drinks in town. Although workshop will be first-come-first served, drinks afterwards will be open for all. The more the merrier…

Wacky Patent

In hope that this month’s Wacky Patent will encourage the sun to come out, I present – the motorised ice cream cone! The invention of US5971829 pertains to a device in which a cup is mounted upon a motorized, hand-held housing which rotates to allow a malleable food portion contained in the cup to be fed against a person’s tongue. This can allow the formation of interesting shapes and patterns in the food portion while it is being consumed. The device allows the consumer’s hand to remain stationary, whilst the ice cream is rotated and according to the description, enhances the overall eating experience for children and adults! Don’t forget to pack one for your next sunny holiday, because the way the weather has been for June, I doubt we’ll need one of these in the UK!

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IP Futures: We are go!

IP Inclusive are delighted to announce the launch of their fourth IP Inclusive community, IP Futures.

This new community is for early career stage IP professionals – in other words, the people who represent the future of the IP sector. It’s intended to offer networking and support for those who are not yet fully qualified or less than three years post-qualification, in all IP-related roles including, for example, paralegals and formalities officers, secretaries, patent office examiners, searchers and information scientists, IP managers, IP solicitors and barristers, and patent and trade mark attorneys.

Although not yet fully up and running, the community has set up an initial survey to inform its future work. The survey gathers some basic diversity data, including on social mobility, as a benchmark to help them track the progress of future generations of IP professionals. The social mobility data will tell us more about the accessibility of the IP professions, and will help shape the work of their Careers in Ideas outreach initiative.

To complete the survey, please follow the link here. It’s totally anonymous, and you can skip any of the questions if you don’t feel comfortable answering them.

You can find out more about IP Futures here. And if you’re interested in being involved, please drop them an email.

IP Inclusive Mental Wellbeing Survey 2019 (student version)

Please help us to improve workplace mental health support!

In collaboration with CIPA and CITMA, IP Inclusive is running another survey to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019).  Closely based on the spring 2018 version, the survey aims to gauge levels of stress and mental health problems in the patent and trade mark professions, to uncover their causes and to suggest what we can do to address the problems.

This year’s survey is open to both CIPA and CITMA members.  It includes questions that mirror those in a recent survey by the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division, to allow us to compare the results not only with our own from last year, but also with the wider legal profession.

It will take less than 10 minutes to complete, and your answers will provide valuable insight to help us offer more, and better targeted, mental health support.

CIPA and CITMA student members

Thank you!

Manchester Post-EQE Social Weds 13 March!

Where: 17 Below, located underneath Dogs ‘n’ Dough (you need to go through the restaurant to get to it) 17 Bow Ln, Manchester M2 4FW

When: Wednesday 13th March 6pm

It’s about time we had another Manchester social so whether or not you’re sitting any exams this month, come along on the 13 March for some happy hour cocktails and retro video games at 17 Below! It’s a small venue so I’ll try to reserve a space around 6pm.

If you need help finding us on the night, phone me on 07955561004. Like last time, you’ll be more than welcome impromptu on the night, but if you could let me know on csmith@hgf.com if you’re thinking about coming along for a bit that’d be great, so we have a rough idea of numbers.

Manchester Socials Mailing List

If you haven’t heard about this event from me then you aren’t on the mailing list, so if you want to be kept in the loop about any further Informals events going on, email me at csmith@hgf.com and I will add you to the Manchester Informals mailing list.

Manchester CIPA Foundation Lectures

As you may know, the CIPA Informals foundation lecture series is currently ongoing on Monday evenings from now until June, and they are streamed live each week via webinar for those outside London to tune in.

There has been interest from trainees here in Manchester to use this as an opportunity to arrange a regular informal meetup to get together for a chat and watch the streamed lectures. If you’d be interested in coming along for any of the lectures, please email csmith@hgf.com and afeatherstone@marks-clerk.com, and I will set up a mailing list.

FYI, the upcoming lecture timetable:

  • 04 February – Priority (TBC)
  • 11 February – Biotech Patents
  • 18 February – Claim Construction & Scope of Protection (TBC)
  • 25 February – Amendments
  • 05 March – EPC
  • 11 March – Renewals Reinstatements and Restitution
  • 18 March – Infringement
  • 25 March – Ownership and Entitlement
  • 01 April – Basic English Law (TBC)
  • 08 April – Unitary Patents (TBC)
  • 15 April – Computer Patents (TBC)
  • 23 April – Attacking Patents (TBC)
  • 29 April – Introduction to Copyright (TBC)
  • 07 May – Security Provisions (TBC)
  • 13 May – Company & Contract Law (TBC)
  • 20 May – Agreements Relating to Patents (TBC)
  • 28 May – IP and Competition Law (TBC)
  • 03 June – Introduction to Trade Marks (TBC)
  • 10 June – PCT (TBC)
  • 17 June – US Patent Law (TBC)
  • 24 June – Introduction to Design Rights (TBC)

Cassie, NW Sec

Tutorials Dates Summary – 25/1/19 – *EQE Tutorial also available*

Thanks to everyone who messaged in with offers of hosting tutorials! A summary of the current tutorials schedule can be found below:

FD1/P2

  • FD1 2018 – London on 12 June 2019 at 6 pm (in person only) (hand in work by 27th May)

FD2/P3

  • FD2 2012 – Leeds (venue TBC) on 13 Feb at 1pm (in person preferred, telephone possible) (hand in work by 6 Feb)
  • FD2 2018 – Manchester on 3 June 2019 at 3pm (in person and via TC) (hand in work by 30 April 2019)
  • FD2 2018 – London on 12 Aug 2018 at 5:30pm (in person only) (hand in work by 1 Aug)

FD3/P4

  • FD3 2008 – London on 5 June 2019 at 6pm (in person only) (hand in work by 22nd May).
  • FD3 2017 – London on 8 August 2019 at 3:30 pm (in person only) (hand in work by 18th July)

FD4/P6

  • FD4 2017 – Birmingham on 8 May 2019 at 10am (in person only) (hand in work by 15th April 2019)
  • FD4 2017 – London on 26th June 2019 at 6pm (in person only) (hand in work by 26th May 2019)
  • FD4 2015 – London (venue TBC) on 18 Sep 2019 at 6pm (in person only) (hand in work by 4 Sep)

EQE

  • EQE Paper D 2018 – London on 7 Feb 2019 at 2pm (in person only) (hand in work by 1 February 2019)
  • EQE Paper A 2011 (Chemical) – Oxford on 15 February 2019 at 6pm (in person or via TC) (hand in work by 8 February 2019)

 

If you wish to get involved, please email our tutorial coordinator Khushbu (k.solanki@csy-ip.com).

In order to participate in the tutorial scheme, you must organise at least one tutorial yourself. Accordingly, this is the right time to give a little nudge to your supervisors/colleagues to take part in these tutorials so that you can benefit from them.

Happy studying!

2019 UK/EQE Tutorials!

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Dear trainees,

We are restarting our Tutorial Scheme for the trainees who are on the verge of sitting their final exams.

In order to participate in this scheme, you must organise at least one tutorial yourself. Accordingly, this is the right time to give a little nudge to your supervisors/colleagues to take part in these tutorials so that you can benefit from them.

For more details, please click here for all current tutorial openings.

To participate in the tutorial scheme, please email our tutorial coordinator Khushbu (k.solanki@csy-ip.com).

Happy Studying!

 

CIPA Informal Team 2019