Message from the PEB : Candidate Feedback

Changes to candidate feedback and support  – effective from the October 2017 examinations 

In response to candidate requests and feedback the PEB will, on results day, present  to each candidate a breakdown of the marks awarded per question/section for each examination undertaken.


In addition, the sample scripts published on the PEB website will show the examiner’s annotations, in addition to the overall mark awarded, and the marks by question or section.


A notice about these changes dated 11 October, is posted here  on the PEB website, and two of the PEB policies (Return of Assessment Policy and Publication of Results Policy) have been slightly amended, as explained in the notice and as  published.


PEB notice on the FD4 syllabus

PEB have issued the below update on the syllabus page of the PEB website:

As you will know the Supreme Court has recently handed down its judgement in Actavis vs Lilly ([2017] USC 48). This is a landmark decision and, as such, will form the basis of all infringement analyses henceforth. However, as the decision was handed down less than 6 months before the date of the 2017 Final Diploma examinations it is NOT applicable to the 2017 FD4 exam.

If you have any questions on the UK exams, contact any one of the Informals committee  or email the PEB.

Emily Collins
Yellow Sheet Editor

IP Inclusive/CIPA webinar – “Imposter Syndrome” – 19 September

Save the Date!

What: an IP Inclusive/CIPA webinar on “Imposter Syndrome”
When: 19 September

What is Imposter Syndrome?  It’s that feeling that you don’t belong; that you’re not good enough to be there; that sooner or later you’re going to get found out.  It can prevent you from achieving your true potential or contributing effectively to the groups you work in.  

The webinar will include information on how to identify and overcome Imposter Syndrome – in ourselves, and in those we manage.

More details on the event will follow soon, and below is a bit more information about Impostor Syndrome.

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Notice from PEB: FD2 Examination Question Paper 2017

The following notice has been published on the PEB website:


In October 2017 the FD2 Drafting of Specifications question paper will be marked out of 120 instead of 100. This will be advised to candidates on the Instructions to candidates in the examination.
The percentage mark to be awarded will be calculated and notified to candidates. This change has been made to better reflect the demands of the different sections of this particular paper.
The PEB would like to reassure candidates that:
• The format and length of the paper is no different to previous years.
• Candidates are not expected to write more to gain the same outcome that they would have achieved had it been marked out of 100.
• The paper is not harder than previous years.
For the avoidance of doubt all other PEB qualifying examinations will be marked out of 100.

Mentoring Scheme: UK exams


Did you fail FD4 in 2016? Have you now failed it twice or more?

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 2017 exam, please email Informals Mentoring Coordinator Sara Jane Paines ( by 16:00 on Monday 12 June.  The Informals Committee will then work with CIPA to find you a mentor.  Please note that you must already have sat and failed FD4 in 2016, and two or more times without success to be eligible for mentoring.

If you receive mentoring for FD4, the PEB will send you a copy of your marked, examiner-annotated 2016 FD4 script, to try to help you and your mentor identify how to improve your technique for this year’s exam.  This marked script facility is only available for FD4 mentoring.



Did you fail FD1 in 2016? Have you now failed it twice or more?

Do you intend to sit the examination again this October?

If you failed FD1 in 2016, and wish to join the mentoring scheme you will need to use the unannotated copy that was available for download after your results were emailed to you.

If you are in this situation and you would like help preparing for the 2017 exam, please email Informals Mentoring Coordinator Sara Jane Paines ( by 16:00 on Monday 12 June.  The Informals Committee will then work with CIPA to find you a mentor.


In both cases your information will be treated in confidence and will be known only to Sara Jane, your mentor and the PEB (for FD4).  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.



Opportunity to visit the UKIPO with the Informals

The Informals Committee is happy to announce that the highly popular annual Informals trip to the Patent Office in Newport has been arranged. This year the visit will take place on the:

  • 1st June 2017
  • 8th June 2017
  • 15th June 2017

This visit is a great opportunity for trainee patent attorneys of any level of experience to see what happens in the Patent Office.

Previously the programme included:

  • Various talks organised by the IPO on topics such as accelerated patent prosecution, litigation and dispute resolution and seminars on either patentability of biotech inventions or excluded matter
  • A claim drafting workshop
  • A meeting with an examiner
  • A buffet lunch

Due to the high demand of the visit, places are limited and you will therefore have to sign up. Places are allocated on a first come and first-served basis. An email detailing how to sign up will be sent to all CIPA student members in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Sanam Habib
Informals Patent Liaison Officer

Foundation Lecture change: Tuesday 24 January

Thank you to all those who attended the first two Foundation Lectures so far (or watched the webinar)!


There is a change to the timetable with regard to next week’s lecture. The lecture will now take place on Tuesday 24 January 2017.


Please find below the updated timetable.


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Informals Foundation Lectures

The CIPA Informals Foundation Lecture series will begin on 9 January 2017 and provide an introduction to many of the topics covered by the Foundation Exams.


The lectures will take place in CIPA Hall at 95 Chancery Lane and will begin at 5.30 PM.

They will also be streamed live via webinar (details on how to access these to follow).


After the lectures we will all be heading to a nearby pub which will provide a good opportunity to meet other trainees and chat to the lecturers!


The timetable for the lectures is as follows. Any changes to this will be posted on the Yellowsheet blog ( so keep an eye out!


We look forward to seeing you there,

Michelle and Kate
Foundation Lecture Organisers


Mon 9 January 2017 Introductory Lecture
Mon 16 January 2017 Novelty and Inventive Step
Mon 23 January 2017 Patentability and Excluded Matter
Mon 30 January 2017 Patent Searching
Mon 6 February 2017 Priority
Mon 13 February 2017 Claim Construction
Mon 20 February 2017 Renewals, Reinstatements and Restitution
Mon 27 February 2017 Amendments
Mon 6 March 2017 Ownership and Entitlement
Mon 13 March 2017 EPC
Mon 20 March 2017 Infringement
Mon 27 March 2017 Biotech Patents
Mon 3 April 2017 Basic English Law
Mon 10 April 2017 Unitary Patents
Tue 18 April 2017 Computer Patents
Mon 24 April 2017 Agreements relating to Patents
Tue 2 May 2017 Introduction to Copyright
Mon 8 May 2017 US Patent Law
Mon 15 May 2017 Company & Contract Law
Mon 22 May 2017 Attacking Patents
Tue 30 May 2017 IP and competition law
Mon 5 June 2017 Introduction to Trade Marks
Mon 12 June 2017 Introduction to Design Rights
Mon 19 June 2017 Security Provisions
Mon 26 June 2017 PCT


Open Letter from the CIPA Informals Regarding the UK Venue for the EQEs

Please find below a copy of the Open Letter which was sent Thursday evening to CIPA’s Chief Executive, CIPA Council and the EQE Examination Secretariat.

We are aware of a notice being sent out this morning from the EQE Secretariat to everyone who had been reallocated to Munich confirming that everyone who wishes to sit the EQE in Walsall is now able to do so, and should communicate by reply E-mail to the Secretariat by 10 AM GMT, Monday, 28 November 2016. Please be aware that no response means that you wish to maintain your original request and thus will be reallocated to Walsall.

This in no way changes our opinion on the situation, and further reflects the lack of communication regarding organisation of the 2017 EQEs in the UK. We are aware of the fact that many people have already taken steps to re-arrange their travel and accommodation plans for Munich, and this notice in no way compensates the time and money that has already been spent.

CIPA Informals’ Committee Education Coordinators

Open Letter from the CIPA Informals 24 November 2016

A message from the Education Coordinators regarding the UK EQE Venue

We are aware that many people have been affected by the allocation of venue for the 2017 EQEs which were communicated by the EPO yesterday.  In particular, we are aware of a large number of people who have been moved from a preference of UK (Walsall) to Munich.

We are currently in the process of preparing an Open Letter from the Informals Committee expressing our concerns as regard the current situation, as well as the general organisation of the UK Venue for the EQEs by CIPA on behalf of the UKIPO.  If you have any particular concerns or issues which you think we should address, please let us know at or

Furthermore, we will also be glad to provide any assistance or guidance as regard logistical arrangements if you have been moved to a different location for your EQEs.

Informals Education Coordinators