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)


Calling Central Scotland attorneys!

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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!

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

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).


Message from the PEB : Candidate Feedback

Changes to candidate feedback and support  – effective from the October 2017 examinations 

In response to candidate requests and feedback the PEB will, on results day, present  to each candidate a breakdown of the marks awarded per question/section for each examination undertaken.


In addition, the sample scripts published on the PEB website will show the examiner’s annotations, in addition to the overall mark awarded, and the marks by question or section.


A notice about these changes dated 11 October, is posted here  on the PEB website, and two of the PEB policies (Return of Assessment Policy and Publication of Results Policy) have been slightly amended, as explained in the notice and as  published.

Join the Informals’ Committee

The Informals’ Committee is made up of trainee patent attorneys from around the UK, and the Committee members work hard to put on social events, sports tournaments, lectures and training events, and to keep trainees updated on issues that may affect them. The 2017-18 Committee will take over in Sept/Oct this year. Many of the roles have already been filled. However, we are looking for volunteers to take on the following roles:

  • Treasurer
  • Yellow Sheet Editor
  • London Social Secretary
  • Tutorial Co-Coordinator
  • Sheffield Regional Secretary

(Other vacancies may arise in the next few weeks, so watch out for updates.)

Being on the Committee looks great on your CV and work appraisal forms, and it’s a chance for you to represent the student body of CIPA! If you would like to join the Committee or would like to know more about a particular position, please get in touch with Harry:

Emily Collins
Yellow Sheet Editor

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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