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

Simon

South West Regional Secretary

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.

 

 

Next 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.

Simon Carobene

CIPA Informals Regional Secretary for the South West and Wales

Informals Social: Bristol

What: FameLab: Bristol Heat
When: Wednesday 20 January 2016 7pm to 9pm
Where: At-Bristol Science Centre, Rosalind Franklin Room, 2nd floor

Happy 2016 everyone! To kick start the South West Informals events for the year, I propose a group trip to watch the FameLab heats in Bristol.

FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into short presentations.

Contestants have just three minutes to convey a scientific concept of their choice. They will be judged by leading researchers, media personalities and science policy makers on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentation.

To attend the event you will need to order your FREE ticket via Eventbrite – please click here to register. For more information about the event please see here and here.

I look forward to seeing some of you there!

Simon Carborene

Rescheduled: South West Informals event

I have now decided to reschedule tomorrow’s event, as unfortunately I have not yet heard back from anyone who is planning to attend.

Therefore, the first event for the South West will now be taking place on Thursday 4 December at Goldbrick House on Park Street in Bristol at 6pm. I expect it should be fairly quiet, so I propose we meet in the bar on the ground floor. If some of you want to go straight from work and meet a bit earlier, feel free to do so (I have to travel back from Cheddar so 6pm is the earliest I can possibly get there!).

Please remember that this event is kindly being subsidised by the Informals and so everyone who attends will get a free drink! In order that I can gauge numbers, I would appreciate it if you could drop me an email to confirm that you will be attending.

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More events across the UK

You may recall that last month we announced we were looking for volunteers to form the 2014-15 Informals Committee. A number of trainees from across the UK have recently let us know that they would like to see more Informals events take place outside of London. The Informals Regional Secretaries already organise social events in a number of regions/cities outside of London already (i.e. in Cambridge, Birmingham, Oxford and “The North”).  However, we realise that as the profession has moved away from being primarily London-based, so too should the Informals increase their presence across the UK.

This week, the current Informals Committee met up to discuss (among other things) better representing trainees from all over the UK.  We are pleased to announce the creation of new Regional Secretary roles in:

  • Scotland (covering at least Glasgow and Edinburgh) – taken on by Michael Ford;
  • the Midlands (covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) – taken on by Sara Holland;
  • the South West (covering Bristol, Bath and even S. Wales) – taken on by Simon Carobene.

We hope that trainees, part-qualified and newly-qualified attorneys (both in private practice and in-house) will attend the events run by the new Reg. Secs., particularly since free drinks may be on offer!  If there are any other areas in the UK where we could organise social events, please get in touch.