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 London Christmas Social: TONIGHT

Tonight – 6:00pm – 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 (duncan.bull@carpmaels.com) and Kate (k.voller@cleveland-IP.com)

*The Informals London Social Secs*

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 (duncan.bull@carpmaels.com) and Kate (k.voller@cleveland-IP.com)

*The Informals London Social Secs*

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 FXR@dyoung.com or LEJ@dyoung.com.

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

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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EQEs – venue and accommodation

You will have seen that in 2017, the EQE will be held in the Conference Centre at Walsall Football Club.  There have been questions as to how this will compare to Bristol.  I have investigated this venue personally and can assure you that it will be a very suitable venue.  The Conference Centre is a large single room on the first floor of one of the stands.  It is used as a theatre, conference centre and wedding venue.  It is fully insulated from the outside environment, has working heating and air conditioning and it is well lit. It has a carpeted floor and a PA system so that announcements can be easily heard.  There will be sufficient room for candidates to bring as much reference material as they want.

The venue is readily accessible by road, rail and air.  It is just 5 minutes from Junction 9 on the M6 and there is more than adequate free parking at the venue.  The venue is 5 minutes’ walk from Bescot Railway Station (over a footbridge).  The station is served from Birmingham New Street and it is easy to get to Birmingham New Street from Birmingham International Airport.

There is a very nice (not luxury) Park Inn Hotel on the same site as the Conference Centre.  CIPA has already arranged that 50 rooms are set aside for EQE candidates to book at the preferential rate of £75 bed and breakfast when you quote code: WFCCON.  There are only 50 rooms available on Sunday 5th March, 2017 but up to 75 rooms on other nights. As CIPA has not made a block booking, you must book the accommodation yourself if you wish to use this hotel.

There are also other reasonable hotels less than 5 miles from the venue.

If you have any further questions, please send an email to HonSec@cipa.org.uk.

 

London Informals Social – 22 November

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Time: 6pm

Venue: Bounce Ping Pong Bar and Restaurant, 121 Holborn, London

 

Shake off any remaining post-exam blues and come along to the next London Informals Social event. We have planned an energetic, fun-filled evening of ping pong at Bounce on Tuesday 22nd November at 6pm – make sure you put the date in your diary!

 

We will, of course, be providing some drinks to get the evening started!

 

We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

 

Kate and Duncan (London Social Secs)

IP Out Event: “How Out Can I Be?”

Thursday 17th November 2016, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

At the offices of Kilburn & Strode LLP
20 Red Lion Street,
London
WC1R 4PJ

Join us for the first IP Out event, kindly hosted by Kilburn & Strode LLP, to discuss how “out” people can be at work.  This panel and group discussion moderated by a member of the IP Out committee will discuss:

  • Individual perspectives from those on the panel on their experience of coming out/being out at work and with clients
  • How to tackle potentially difficult situations, either within an organisation or from a client-facing perspective
  • Who to reach out to for help when you need it
  • How to approach the subject with clients
  • Perspectives for people from small organisations

Followed by drinks and networking.

If you would like to email your questions or discussion points for the panel in advance, please send them to IPoutNetwork@gmail.com.

Book your FREE ticket now – spaces are limited!  All are welcome to attend, whether LGBTQI+ or a straight ally.

Book Now!

IP Ball committee – recruiting!

The highlight in the IP profession’s social calendar, the Intellectual Property Ball is an annual charity ball traditionally organised by trainees from various IP law firms.

 

The 2016 IP Ball committee are proud to announce that £7906.48 was raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity at this year’s event! Thank you once again to everyone who attended and supported such a great cause.

 

Each year the committee needs new members to bring fresh ideas and unique talents to make the ball a success. As preparations get under way for the 2017 IP Ball, we need to find new recruits to make next year’s ball another successful milestone in this longstanding tradition.

 

Organising the IP Ball is a very rewarding experience, as well as a great opportunity to meet and network with other people in the profession.

 

If you are interested in joining the 2017 IP Ball Committee, we would be delighted to hear from you.

 

Please email ipball2016@gmail.com to express your interest and ask any questions.