Exam results reminder

EQE results were released to candidates yesterday. Congratulations if you passed, but if you didn’t, here’s a reminder:

  • These exams are hard, and failure is normal. Less than half of the 2019 EQE candidates who took all four papers passed all four. In addition, this year has been particularly difficult and stressful, for pandemic reasons and also because of the exams being online for the first time.
  • You can still succeed in your chosen profession. Most of our qualified colleagues have failed at least once on the path to success.
  • It’s easy to think that you are the only person struggling, and that everyone else is doing fine. Social media can make this worse. But remember, that’s only half the picture: nobody posts on LinkedIn to tell the world that they didn’t pass the exams.
  • If you need support, we have lots of information and resources on the Welfare and Wellbeing tab (in particular, our blog posts on exams and mental health), and you can get in touch with informalswelfare@gmail.com for a confidential chat with a mental health first aider.
  • You are not alone!

Tutorials for UK Finals

The Informals Committee is restarting its tutorial scheme for those who are sitting the UK final exams in October this year. Details of how the scheme works are on our Tutorials page here. Tutorials will be listed on that page too.

Finding tutors – we need your help!

This scheme only works if we have lots of tutors, so we need you to ask your colleagues to volunteer.

We are helping with this by emailing qualified members at CIPA, but please do also ask your colleagues – our experience is that many attorneys are willing to give tutorials but are never actually asked! We have a page here with information for tutors.

If you have any questions about the scheme, want to offer a tutorial, or want to join a tutorial please email our Tutorial Coordinator Dan Wood. 

UKIPO virtual visit in June/July

Every year the Informals organise a visit to UKIPO, including a series of lectures on different topics and an opportunity for trainee patent attorneys to talk to trainee patent examiners. In 2020 the visit went virtual, and in 2021 we are running the event online again. This is a really valuable opportunity to learn more about the IPO and how they work, and we highly recommend that trainees sign up. Please see below for more information from our IPO Visit Co-ordinator, Suzanne Gregson.


Dear all,

Following last year’s successful event, the IPO will once again hold the annual Informals event online.

The IPO will be running the following sessions for trainee patent attorneys:

SessionDate and time
Introduction to the IPO / Dispute Resolution28 June 2021, 13:00
Inventive step29 June 2021, 10:00
Medical inventions30 June 2021, 10:00
Excluded matter1 July 2021, 13:00
Hearings2 July 2021, 10:00
Trade marks5 July 2021, 13:00
Claim construction6 July 2021, 10:00
Chemical inventions8 July 2021, 13:00
Small group meetings with trainee examinersTo be arranged with examiners – see below

To book your space on the training sessions, please follow this link: https://uk-ipo-and-cipa-informals.eventbrite.co.uk.

If you are interested in taking part in one of the small group meetings, please email cipainformalsvisits@gmail.com by Friday 25th June with the following information:

  • Your name;
  • Your employer;
  • Your technical background; and
  • Your level of experience.

We will then pass on your details to the IPO so that the examiners can contact you to arrange a time for your meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch at cipainformalsvisits@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to the online event!

Suzanne Gregson

IPO Visit Coordinator

CIPA Informals Committee

Foundation lecture today: IP and Competition Law

Today’s lecture will be at 5.30pm, over Zoom (details below).

DateMonday 21 June (5.30pm)
TopicIP and Competition Law
SpeakersAlison Firth (University of Surrey)
Webinar ID972 4607 8488

To join the broadcast:   
1. Go to  https://zoom.us/join   
2. On the Welcome page enter the webinar ID and click “Join”.  
3. Enter your name, email address and the passcode.

The full listing for the CIPA Informals Foundation Lectures programme for 2021 can be found on Yellow Sheet here or on the CIPA website here. The lectures will be on Monday evenings at 5.30 pm. Recordings and slides will be available afterwards on the CIPA website.

Wellbeing Coffee Club tomorrow

The next Wellbeing Coffee Club meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd June, @2pm. Please add this to your calendars so you don’t forget! Click here to get a calendar invitation that will add the whole series into your calendar, without any hassle!

Coffee club is a very informal chance to (virtually) grab a coffee (or other suitable beverage) with other trainees around the UK. You may meet new people, you may see familiar faces – the point of this series is to help maintain old relationships, and build new ones, within the trainee community, all while promoting informal discussion around health and wellbeing.

Each Coffee Club will last just 30 minutes, with a 5min intro in a main room, followed by two 10 minute conversation sessions in breakout rooms with 2 – 3 other trainees, and a quick roundup at the end. Each Coffee Club will have a rough topic for people to discuss, such as coping with the darker days, dealing with stress, work/life balance etc, but ultimately, it’s up to each group what they want to talk about.

The Coffee Club series will run every six weeks, with the day and time changing each time, so as to allow as many different trainees to join as possible.

The remaining dates and times are as follows:

  • Tuesday 22nd June, 2 – 2.30pm
  • Monday 2nd August, 11 – 11.30am

The link to join the meeting is below, and will remain the same for the whole series:

Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82982660431?pwd=NkJPYUVQTDNBSm93QjgzcjlEYU1lQT09

Meeting ID: 829 8266 0431
Passcode: 329273

We hope to see you all there!

Jonathan Foster – Informals’ Welfare Officer

Kathryn Taylor – Informals’ Blog, Website & Social Media Editor

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