Informals North West Social – 30th November 2017


CIPA Informals North West Welcome Social

When: 30th November 2017

Where: 17 Below, accessed via Dogs n Dough, 17 Bow Lane, Manchester, M2 4FW

The welcome social will start at the (very) underground bar 17 Below, offering cocktails and a variety of arcade games. From there we can brave the Christmas Market, or have some food ad hoc at 17 Below.

Confirming attendance on the CIPA Informals Facebook event or via email guarantees a complementary welcome drink as well as a free game on an arcade machine!

For more details please contact Adam Hope.


UPDATE for welcome pub crawl this Thursday

Many thanks to all those that have already responded.

Important: If you intent to come to this event, please let us know, either by responding to the Facebook event or by sending a brief email to


  • 6.30pm: gather for first drink at the Inn of Court (near Chancery Lane Tube)
  • 7.30pm: move to Cittie of York for cheap pub grub downstairs in the cellar bar
  • Afterwards: Knights Templar – Seven Stars – Penderel’s Oak – Ship Tavern – Princess Louise (etc. as appropriate)

If you can’t make it for the start, please feel free to join later on.

See you there!

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London Social – Pub Crawl 16 November

Hello everyone

Welcome to the start of a new year of the CIPA Informals social calendar!

First of all, please make sure you are:

i) signed up to the Yellow Sheet blog (you can sign up on this page) and, if you have Facebook,

ii) a member of the Informals Facebook group (which you are warmly invited to post to and/or otherwise actively use).

Secondly, there will be a welcome social event on the evening of Thursday 16 November at 6.30pm. If people who have recently taken UK exams need extra motivation to come out and socialise, the event can also be regarded as post-UK exam drinks. The event will be an ‘historic’ pub crawl around the Holborn/Chancery Lane area, with pub grub along the way. Full details will follow in the next couple of days but we will start near Holborn at 6.30pm.

If people could kindly indicate their intention to come along or not, either by responding appropriately to the Facebook event, or by getting back to us via email (at, that would be great!

Looking forward to seeing many of you there–don’t be shy!


Your Informals social secs

Women in IP panel discussion: “Climbing up the Career Ladder – 21 November

Tue 21 November 2017          16:30 – 20:00 GMT

Women in IP is turning one! Please celebrate our anniversary with us and join us at our next event, proudly hosted by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.

We will stage a lively panel discussion followed by the chance, from 6-8 pm, for you to network with your peers from across the profession. We welcome IP professionals of all genders.

Our discussion topic is “Climbing up the career ladder”, on which we will hear from the following speakers:

  • Penelope Warne, CMS
  • Matthew Critten, Abel and Imray
  • Julia Gwilt, Appleyard Lees
  • Karen Cochran, Shell
  • Pete Fellows, Fellows and Associates
  • Chair: Catriona Hammer, IP consultant & CIPA Council member

These panellists will talk to us about climbing up the career ladder, including hurdles they have encountered along the way and what others did to help them progress, along with how to manage the work/life balance in the IP professions. We hope also to open the discussions to the audience, to stimulate further debate.

This event is free, but spaces are limited so please book soon.  Book tickets here.

IP Out Event – The Family Way: 9 November

Helen Prosser from Brilliant Beginnings and Jade Quirke from NGALaw – experts in family and fertility law with a focus on LGBT+ people – will be talking about options available to LGBT+ people for having children. This will be followed, as always, by drinks and networking. The event will be of interest to all, whether you are considering this path yourself or simply want to ensure that you are able to support colleagues and contacts who might go through this process in future. Come along to learn something new, to catch up with old friends, and to meet the ever expanding IP Out network.

Kindly hosted by Osborne Clarke.

When: Thursday 9 November, 5.30pm arrival for a 6.00pm start.

Where: Osborne Clarke, One London Wall, London, EC2Y 5EB

Tickets: here (free)

Brought to you in association with IP Inclusive, working to improve diversity and inclusion in the IP profession. Read more about IP Out here (and sign up to our mailing list).


UKIPO Visit with the Informals – June 2017 – trip report

UKIPO Visit with the Informals – June 2017

On 1st June, 9th June and 15th June, the UKIPO and CIPA Informals committee organised three successful visits for CIPA members to the UKIPO in Newport.  After places getting fully booked within 10 minutes of the announcement, 72 lucky CIPA members were able to see the UKIPO office, enjoy numerous activities and meet Examiners and other staff members.

The days were split into morning sessions, lunch and afternoon sessions, both sessions having a selection of workshops, presentations and lectures.

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Informals Social – Birmingham – 30 August

Join us for the last Birmingham Informals social before exam season kicks into gear! Come and get FREE pizza at:

            The Stable, John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BE

            30 August, Wednesday

            5.30 pm onwards


This event will be kindly subsidised by CIPA Informals. Hope to see you there!

Becky Lovell
Informals Regional Secretary

Cambridge social – 19 July

Trainees and newly qualified attorneys in and around Cambridge are invited along to the next Cambridge CIPA Informals drinks event!


When: Wednesday 19th July 2017

Where:  The Mill, Cambridge

Time: 6pm onwards.


Come along to enjoy a drink and hopefully soak up the sun by the Mill Pond. As usual, the event will be kindly subsidised by CIPA Informals!


I hope to see you for a drink on 19th July!




Cambridge Regional Secretary

South West Event: Cardiff – 21 July

Vicki Strachan of Wynne Jones IP will be hosting the next Informals workshop session, entitled “Design filing strategies and on-line patent searching”:

“This workshop session brimming with practical advice for trainees of all levels will commence with a talk exploring design filing strategies and things to look out for, with a focus on EU designs, the Hague International filing system, and the particulars of filing in the US, China, Korea and Japan. You will then be whisked away on a tour of the best practice for online patent searching. This part of the workshop will look at how to maximise the potential from espacenet, patentscope, and the national patent registers, in order to help inventors during the design process determine the potential scope of protection available for an invention and pre-empt an Examiners’ objections.”

Times and Locations:

12:30 to 13:00 – Buffet lunch in the Capital Law Building, provided by Wynne Jones IP

13:00 to 14:00 – “Design filing strategies”

14:00 to 14:30 – Coffee break

14:30 to 15:30 – “On-line patent searching”

15:30 to 16:00 – Discussion, more coffee and questions

16:00 onwards – Pizza and drinks at The Stable, subsidised by CIPA

The meeting room can hold up to 20 people, so places on the workshop will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please reply to this email by return to confirm your place as soon as possible.

If you are unable to make the workshop but would like to meet up with us for food and drinks afterwards, please feel free to join us at The Stable from 16:00 onwards. Please let me know if you are coming so that I can book the right size table.

Best wishes


South West Regional Secretary

IP Ball 2017 – ticket deadline 17 June!

The deadline for booking your tickets to this year’s IP Ball is approaching fast. We have some great entertainment lined up, a lot of glitter, and only limited tickets left!

To purchase a ticket, please complete this form, or contact should you wish to purchase more than two tickets for your firm/organisation. The deadline for purchasing tickets is 17th June 2017.

For more information and updates on the IP ball, head to the IP Ball Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The IP Ball Committee

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