Informals Hon Sec
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.
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
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 email@example.com.”
Tutorials and Mentoring Coordinator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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…
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!