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The official blog of the Informals (the informal association of CIPA Student Members), containing news on forthcoming Informals events, "Wacky Patents", and other intellectual-property-related whimsy.

North West Informals Summer Social – Tues July 10th @ Junkyard Golf!

When: July 10th 2018, 18:00

Where: Junkyard Golf, 2 First St, Manchester, M15 4RP

 

The North West Informals Summer social will be at Junkyard Golf on the 10th July, to celebrate the opening of EQE 2019 enrolment the day before, and to celebrate the EQE 2018 results that might be published by then! have now been published!

Golfers should book the GARY course for 18:10 on their own initiative at the Junkyard golf Booking Page, please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is £8 per person, but there will be a £4 per person CIPA rebate for golfing upon providing a receipt, making the golf half price!

If Gary is full for 18:10 contact Adam Hope and we will book another course too, there are two more available.

Please arrive by 18:00 to ensure enough time to order your complementary drink and fill out your waiver form.

Following the activity we will go to one of the excellent bars in the area for a debrief.

More information about Junkyard Golf can be found here.

 

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Message from the PEB – Examination Registration Window Now Open

The registration window for the PEB October 2018 qualifying examinations is now open. The registration form is available here.

The closing date for receipt of a correctly completed form and the money paid on an invoice issued to you after the form is received is Friday 20 July.

All examination dates, fees and other information can be found here.

Anyone who is unable to sit examinations FD1, FC2 and FD4 taking place on 1 and 2 October 2018 due to religious observance of Jewish Festivals, is invited to contact the PEB at peb@cipa.org.uk to discuss possible alternative arrangements.

The sample scripts from the 2017 examination series with the examiners’ annotations are now on the PEB website here.

The Law Update is now on the PEB website here.

Please note there is a change to the PEB refund policy for Qualifying Examinations which now reads:

Withdrawals from Qualifying Examinations

If a candidate withdraws from any Qualifying Examination at any time, the fee paid is neither refundable nor transferable after receipt by the candidate of confirmation of registration, with the following exceptions:

A full refund will be given to candidates who:

  • withdraw from FD2 (P3) or FD3 (P4) within one month of the publication of the EQE results;
  • enter for the PEB English Law (FC2) examination and are subsequently granted an exemption before the examination takes place.

If you wish to withdraw from FC2, FD2 or FD3, please contact the PEB.

Please note in submitting an entry for any PEB examination you are agreeing to the published policies.

London Bowling Social – 14th May!

Where: All Star Lanes Holborn, WC1B 

When: Monday 14th May, 7.30pm

Please join us at All Star Lanes Holborn on at 7.30pm on 14 May for a night of food, drinks, and bowling! For those attending the CIPA Informals lecture at CIPA Hall at 5.30pm, we will head there together on foot afterwards.

The night will begin with food and drinks at 7.30pm, followed by two rounds of bowling. You will need only bring money for food (menu here) and drinks – the bowling itself will kindly be paid for by the CIPA Informals. 

Places are very limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis – please sign up by emailing johamp@mathys-squire.com with your name by 4 May.

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

 

Your London social secs

Exam Mentoring

Have you sat FD1 (P2) or FD4 (P6) twice or more times without success?

Do you intend to sit the examination again this October?

The Informals Committee is working with CIPA to offer mentoring if you have repeatedly sat one of these papers, to try to boost your self-confidence and help you pass the exam.

If you are in this situation and you would like help preparing for the 2018 exam, please email Informals Honorary Secretary Sara Jane Paines (cipainformalshonsec@gmail.com) by 16:00 on Friday 4 May and tell her which exam(s) you would like help with.  The Informals Committee will then work with CIPA to find you a mentor.  Please note that you must already have sat the same exam twice or more times without success to be eligible for mentoring.

Your information will be treated in confidence and will be known only to Sara Jane and your mentor.  You will not be identified to your employer without your explicit consent.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Sara Jane.

cipainformalshonsec@gmail.com

IP Inclusive – Careers in Ideas Event, Tuesday 10 April, 2018

Careers in Ideas

IP Inclusive, in association with CIPA, CITMA and our headline sponsor Dehns, invite you to the launch of Careers In Ideas on Tuesday 10 April, 2018.  The launch will be held at the home of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE.

Careers in Ideas is an initiative that was created for anyone considering – or who might consider – a career in the world of intellectual property, and for those who support them in their choices: careers advisers, teachers and parents.

This launch event gives everyone the opportunity to see the Careers in Ideas resources and take part in a discussion regarding the next steps to disseminate this information and help to increase diversity in IP.   We welcome not only IP professionals and their colleagues, but also professionals from the education, careers and outreach sectors.

Doors open at 5.30 pm, with welcome drinks and networking.  IP Inclusive leader, Andrea Brewster, will open the event at 6 pm.  Guests will have the opportunity to hear about how Careers In Ideas came about, including a presentation showcasing the Careers In Ideas website and resources.  This will be followed by a panel discussion with, we hope, lots of audience participation.  With the formalities out of the way by about 7.15 pm, we will enjoy a launch party with drinks and canapes.

To register your attendance, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/careers-in-ideas-launch-event-tickets-44018844549

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Careers in Ideas is a powerful, profession-wide outreach initiative which can add strength and credibility to individual organisations’ recruitment efforts.  We hope, therefore, that this showcase event will be of interest and value to all IP professionals.

 

 

 

CIPA Informals Aberdeen – Get in touch!

If you would like to be notified about upcoming CIPA Informals events in Aberdeen, please get in touch with the new Aberdeen Regional Secretary, Heather McKenna (h.mckenna@lincoln-ip.com).

All are welcome, so please get in touch!

Lost property – Walsall FC Exams

If you happen to find yourself missing any items from the EQE exams at Walsall FC, please get in touch (either reply below or email).

The recovered items are:

  • The annotated European patent convention
  • Implementing regulations to the convention on the Grant of European Patents
  • Methodology for Paper C

There are also 3 books that look like they have been made by the candidate, in a neon yellow, neon pink and neon orange with ‘Guidelines A-D’ ‘ Guidelines E-H’ and ‘Guidelines A-Z’ written on them.

All books have little self-made stickers on each page either listing the page number or headings of topics on that page.

 

Axe Throwing @ CIPA Informals North West Social! – Now with £2 rebate and free drinks – 20/3/18

When: 20th March 2018, 6.15pm

Where: Whistlepunks Urban Axe Throwing, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

Any trainees are welcome to attend, but EQE candidates may find the axe throwing activity particularly cathartic. Trademark trainees are also welcome to attend, but are not entitled to a refund, sorry!

Please note that the consumption of any alcohol prior to axe throwing is strongly discouraged, as per the Whistlepunks FAQ

Following the activity we will go to one of the excellent bars in the area for a debrief, including a free drink.

Please book on your own initiative (£20) at the Whistlepunks website, (For group put CIPA Informals or similar). Please indicate attendance either via the Facebook group or by email to Adam Hope. A £2 Rebate will be provided on presentation of your Whistlepunks receipt, which is required for Informals Accounting purposes.

UKIPO with the Informals – 2018 Visit

It is once again that time of the year! The Informals Committee and the UKIPO are once again preparing for the Informals trip to the Patent Office in Newport. However, this year the team has decided to let Trainees decide which topics they would like to hear about during the visit!

Below you will find a list of topics. Using the voting options, the team would be grateful if Trainees could please vote for which topic they would like to hear about during the 2018 Trip.

 

If anyone has any questions or requires further information, please do not hesitate to send us an email to cipainformalsvisits@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing your answers.

Axe Throwing @ CIPA Informals North West Social! – 20/3/18

When: 20th March 2018, 6.15pm

Where: Whistlepunks Urban Axe Throwing, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

All trainees are welcome to attend, but EQE candidates may find the axe throwing activity particularly cathartic.

Please note that the consumption of alcohol prior to axe throwing is strongly discouraged, as per the Whistlepunks FAQ.

Following the activity we will go to one of the excellent bars in the area for a debrief.

Please book on your own initiative (£20) at the Whistlepunks website, and indicate attendance either via the Facebook group or by email to Adam Hope.