Informals Social: Bristol – 26 November

Ministry of Defence – Defence Intellectual Property Group (DIPR): Our World, Our Work, and the Patents Act (Section 22 & 55)

I am delighted to announce that the Ministry of Defence have very kindly offered to host the next workshop session in the South West!


Thomas Phillips is a UK and European Qualified Patent Attorney. Tom is the UK Head of Profession for Intellectual Property across Government, a Supreme Court Advocate (a member of the ‘Super’ seven) and a current P6 examiner.

Emma Gardner is a UK and European Qualified Patent Attorney. Emma is responsible for managing the MoD Patent Portfolio and leads on training.

Tim Allsop is UK Qualified Patent Attorney. Tim is responsible for managing the MoD Merchandising Portfolio.


“This informative and entertaining session will take you on the roller coaster of a ride that is Intellectual Property across the Ministry of Defence and wider Government. Marvel at the interaction between IP Law and European Procurement Law in a complex multi-billion pound organisation where the primary objective is to support the British Military; gasp at the truth behind Crown Use; and gaze in wonder upon how s.22/23 work is really managed.

 In the MoD, the client at first point of contact can be seeking a licence for merchandising, support in a contractual dispute, advice on EU Procurement Regulations, a Minister requiring a briefing on Intellectual Property, an inventor or a Government Department seeking an IP Exploitation strategy. The session will attempt to cover the sheer breadth of DIPRs world and work, covering some important legal points relating to IP Law and European Procurement Law, Merchandising, Crown Use, and Secret Patents; and offering practical advice that will be helpful in both exams and practice.”

Royal Marines Reserve, Dorset House, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3NA, click here for map.


13:00 to 13:45 – Introduction

13:15 to 14:30 – Our World: A chance to discover some of the equipment and the people DIPR supports.

  • Acquisition in line with European Law

14:30 to 15:30 – Our Work: The protection and exploitation of Crown Owned IP

  • Merchandising + Copyright
  • Patents

16:00 to 17:00 – The Patents Act:

  • Secret Patents – Section 22/23
  • Crown Use – Section  55

17:00 – CIPA Informals Social event – food and drinks in Clifton Village, location TBC

I.D. Requirements
Due to this event taking place on Ministry of Defence property, you must be the holder of a British passport to attend. You will need to bring your passport with you on the day to gain entry to the site. Please accept my sincere apologies if you are not a British passport holder, and are unable to attend this event as a result.

Unfortunately there is no parking is available on site. On street parking is available (pay and display). Buses 8 and 9 regularly run from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station.

Registering Your Place
As there are only 16 places available on this workshop, they will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please send an email to to confirm your place as soon as possible. I will be away on study leave next week, so I will reply to your email when I return on Monday 19 October.

Simon Carobene


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