IP Futures coffee morning tomorrow

Here’s an interesting event for fans of Wellbeing Coffee Club! Tomorrow (Wednesday 7th April) from 8.30, IP Futures are hosting a coffee morning with the theme of positivity. This is a chance to meet other early-career IP professionals and have a chat on the theme of positivity and looking forward. Click here to sign up.

IP Futures is one of IP Inclusive’s communities, and is for early career stage IP professionals. It’s intended to offer networking and support for people in their first 5 or 6 years or so as IP professionals, 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.

Wellbeing Coffee Club tomorrow

The next Wellbeing Coffee Club meeting will be tomorrow, Thursday 1st April, @3pm. We promise this isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke. 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:

  • Thursday 1st April, 3 – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 12th May, 9.30 – 10am
  • Thursday 24th June, 2.30 – 3pm
  • 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

Upcoming IP events in April

Please see below for a summary of upcoming IP-related events in April that may be of interest to trainees. Click on the links for more information and to register.

Please note the change in schedule for Foundation Lectures: there will be no lecture on Monday 5th (bank holiday) or Monday 12th April. Lectures resume on Monday 19th April at 5.30pm, and there will be an extra lecture on Wednesday 21st April at 12.30pm.

From January 2021, CIPA changed the way it funds the webinar programme. Currently CIPA charges members per webinar attended, but from 2021 the cost will be incorporated into the annual membership fee. The good news for us is that there will be no increase in membership fee for students, and there will be no charge to attend any of CIPA’s webinars. See here for a video in which CIPA Chief Executive, Lee Davies, explains the reasons for this change.

Wellbeing Coffee Club. Your regular opportunity to grab a coffee (or other suitable beverage) and chat with fellow trainees. Thursday 1st April 3pm.

Opposition tactics at the EPO. CIPA lecture. Tuesday 6th April 12.30pm.

Positivity coffee morning, hosted by IP Futures: meet other early-career IP professionals and have a chat, on the theme of positivity and looking forward. Wednesday 7 April 8.30am.

Stress management webinar co-hosted by IP Ability and LawCare, on navigating a post-Covid world and managing anxiety as lockdown eases. Monday 12 April 12.30pm.

The Article 83 EPC dilemma: how much information is sufficient? CIPA webinar. Tuesday 13th April 12.30pm.

“Time to … Reset!” workshop on emerging from lockdown, hosted by IP Inclusive and Focal Point Training. Tuesday 13th April 4pm.

Subject matter eligibility at the EPO and USPTO for life sciences. CIPA webinar. Thursday 15th April 2pm.

Foundation lectures – Security provisionsMonday 19th April 5.30pm.

Foundation lectures – Ownership and Entitlement. Please note the change in timing. Wednesday 21st April 12.30pm.

Never fear! ViCo oppositions are here. CIPA webinar. Thursday 22nd April 12.30pm.

South of England happy hour virtual cocktail making. CIPA virtual social event. Members only, cost £10, register by 31st March. Thursday 22nd April 5.30pm.

Foundation lectures – Computer patentsMonday 26th April 5.30pm.

Foundation lecture today: Basic English Law

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

DateMonday 29 March (5.30pm)
TopicBasic English Law
SpeakersJake Hayes (D Young & Co)
Webinar ID950 6609 8409

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 the CIPA website here. The lectures will be on Monday evenings at 5.30 pm (except for 10th May which is at 12.30).

Good luck for exam results today

Good luck to everyone expecting exam results today!

Just in case you need a reminder:

  • Failure is normal. These exams are hard, pass rates are low, and it’s absolutely normal to take more than one attempt to pass. Many (perhaps even most?) of our qualified colleagues have failed at least once on the route to success. It can be particularly difficult to handle if you haven’t had much experience of failure before.
  • Embrace a growth mindset (otherwise known as the power of yet) – this is the idea that your capabilities are not fixed and can be improved with time and continued effort. Don’t give up, keep learning, and try again this year.
  • We have lots of information and resources on the Welfare and Wellbeing tab. In particular, see last week’s webinar “Taking back control and redefining failure” and our blog posts on exams and mental health.
  • You can get in touch with informalswelfare@gmail.com for a confidential chat with a mental health first aider.
  • You are not alone!
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