Edinburgh Social!

December 2017 social

Where: Caley Picture House, Lothian Road, EH1 2DJ, Edinburgh

When: 6pm onwards, Monday 11th December

For more details please contact Kate Appleby (kate.m.appleby@gmail.com) or Rebecca Douglas (rebeccadouglas2@gmail.com).



Calling Central Scotland attorneys!

CIPA Informals advert

Kate Appleby: kate.m.appleby@gmail.com

Rebecca Douglas: rebeccadouglas2@gmail.com

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.

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

Cambridge Informals Event – 15th March

Trainees in and around Cambridge are invited to come along for a drink at The Grain & Hop Store on Wednesday 15th March.

Join us to celebrate the end of EQEs (or the pre-EQE), and enjoy a free drink or two. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future Cambridge events, please contact me at gavin.dundas@reddie.co.uk.


Gavin Dundas
Cambridge Regional Secretary

Birmingham Christmas social

Date:               Wednesday 14th December

Time:             5.30 pm onwards

Venue:            Upstairs at Cherry Reds, 92 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1PU


Come along after work and enjoy some festive cheer at the Birmingham Informals December social – there may even be a free drink from Santa if you’ve been good this year!


Look forward to seeing you there.


Becky (rlovell@marks-clerk.com)

Informals Summer Social: Aberdeen

Date: Wednesday 17th August 
Time: 6.45 pm
Venue: Slain’s Castle, Aberdeen

Join us for the Aberdeen Informals summer social!  As well as drinking and socializing with trainees from other firms, there’s a pub quiz on that evening, in which we can enter a team.  Like last time, we should receive funding for this from CIPA as long as there is representation from at least two companies, so this will almost certainly buy at least one freebie for everyone.


I’d like to book us a table so it would be helpful if you could confirm whether you can make it or not by emailing me at fcampbell@hgf.comLooking forward to seeing you all soon! 


Faye Campbell

Next CIPA Informals South West Regional Event: Cardiff – Friday 1 July 2016

I am delighted to announce that Rhys Williams and Edward Nation of Abel & Imray have kindly agreed to host the next Informals workshop session, entitled “Dealing with the Lay Client”:


“It is likely that your client list includes large IP savvy firms that understand what makes an invention patentable, and the application and prosecution process. But what about a regular Joe from the street? Or a start-up about to enter the world of IP? Have you ever been caught off guard in a client meeting?  This informal seminar aims to prepare Informals for these situations through fun and interactive scenarios based on the personal experiences of attorneys at Abel & Imray.”


Times and Locations:

12:00 (TBC) – Meet at A&I’s Cardiff office (3rd Floor, 3 Assembly Square, Britannia Quay, Cardiff, CF10 4PL)

12:30 to 14:00 – Lunch in Cardiff bay (location TBC)

14:00 to 17:00 – Workshop by Rhys Williams and Edward Nation (held in the Wales Life Sciences Hub)

17:00 onwards – Food and drinks in Cardiff (location TBC)


The meeting room can hold up to about 20 people, so places on the workshop will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please send an email to simoncarobene@greavesbrewster.co.uk 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 drinks afterwards, please send me an email and I will forward you details of where we are going closer to the time.