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 with your name by 4 May.


Look forward to seeing you there!


Your London social secs


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

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.




Reminder – Christmas Party at CIPA – Tonight!

Don’t forget that the Informals Christmas Party is happening tonight!  Please come along to CIPA from 5.30pm.

 We will kick off the evening with (complimentary) drinks, snacks and the occasional Christmas tune at CIPA, before continuing on to the nearby Inn of Court on Holborn. 

 We look forward to seeing many of you there.


 David and James (Informals Social Secretaries)

London Christmas Social – Christmas Party at CIPA

On Wednesday 13th December, the Informals will be hosting its annual Christmas Party!  The Christmas Party will start at CIPA at 5.30pm.

We will kick off the evening with drinks, snacks and the occasional Christmas tune at CIPA, before continuing on to the nearby Inn of Court on Holborn.

If people could kindly indicate their intention to come along, either by responding to the Facebook event, or by getting back to us via email (at, it would be much appreciated!

We look forward to seeing many of you there.


David and James (Informals Social Secretaries)

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!

Your Informals social secs

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

Surviving or Thriving: Mental Health Awareness Week event

Kilburn & Strode and IP Inclusive are delighted to invite you to an event on Thursday 11th May, during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The event will cover what steps we can each take to thrive, rather than just survive, by looking after our mental health and building resilience to cope with the demands of life.

This event is open to everyone, including fee earners and support staff. We encourage as many IP professionals to attend and hopefully take back insights and learning to their places of work.

Where: Kilburn & Strode, 20 Red Lion Street, London, WC1R 4PJ

When: Thursday 11th May from 5.30pm. Panel discussion and Q&A will start at 6pm, close and refreshments at 7pm

Reserve your place: here  

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The IP Ball

The IP Ball Committee would like to invite you to A Night in Neverland, in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

This year’s ball will be held on Saturday 15th July, at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms.

To celebrate never growing up, a drinks reception will commence at 7pm, followed by a three-course dinner at 7.30pm, with live entertainment to follow before we all fly home at 1am. The dress code is black tie, although pirate hats and fairy dust are encouraged!

Tickets are now on sale at £105 per person. This year, unlimited drinks between the hours of 9.30 and 11.30 are available for an additional cost of £35, this can be purchased now or added to your ticket at a later date.

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 15th June 2017.

For more information and updates on the IP ball, see the IP Ball Facebook page and the IP Ball page on the Yellow Sheet blog in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The IP Ball Committee

IPBall Invite 15th July 2017

Informals London Christmas Social

Monday 12th December – 6:30pm – CIPA Hall (95 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1DT)

Christmas has come around again so it’s time to dust off your Santa hats and get yourselves down to CIPA Hall for a festive drink and a mince pie. Make the most of the Christmas season and squeeze in another cheeky drinks event! Come down after work and enjoy a few drinks and those who are still around later on can reconvene in a local pub. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Just let us know if you have any questions.

Duncan ( and Kate (

*The Informals London Social Secs*

IP band night – Christmas gig

On December the 13th, a selection on Europe’s greatest Intellectual Property bands, (including The Black IPs, The ChIP Shop Boys and IP Freely and the Incontinents) are playing live at The Old Nick, and they are bigger and better than ever! The bands will begin at 6PM so bring your bells, bring your sleigh and let them entertain you!

Best of all, all money raised goes to the charity Together for Short Lives.  Please do come along for a good cause and Christmas cheer. 

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