Informals Foundation Lectures 2015

Each year, the Informals’ Committee runs a series of lectures to introduce junior trainees to key areas in IP, and to help trainees at all levels to prepare for the UK and European exams.

The 2015 Informals’ Foundation Lectures begin on Monday 12 January 2015 at 5.30pm, at CIPA Hall. The introductory lecture will be given by Gwilym Roberts (Kilburn & Strode) and Stuart Forrest (Carpmaels & Ransford). The lectures will also be broadcast via WebEx for those who can’t attend in person. The WebEX login details will be circulated by CIPA prior to the lecture, and are also made available on the CIPA website: http://www.cipa.org.uk/pages/2015-Foundation-Lectures. In addition, recordings and notes will be made available on the CIPA website shortly after the lecture.

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Informals’ Foundation and EQE Lectures 2015

As many of you may know, the Informals’ Committee run a series of lectures each year to introduce trainees to key issues in IP and to prepare trainees for exams.

The 2015 Informals’ Foundation Lectures begin on Monday 12 January 2015 at 5.30pm, CIPA Hall. The introductory lecture will be given by Gwilym Roberts (Kilburn & Strode) and Stuart Forrest (Carpmaels & Ransford). The lectures will also be broadcast via WebEx for those who can’t attend in person. The WebEX login details will be circulated prior to the lecture and be made available on the CIPA website. In addition, recordings and notes will be made available on the CIPA website shortly after the lecture (http://www.cipa.org.uk/pages/informals). The Foundation Lectures are a great way for new trainees to learn more about patents, and also to meet trainees at other firms. Attendees are welcome to join the lecturer and organisers for drinks in the pub afterwards.
Trainees preparing for the EQEs may be interested in the 2015 Informals’ EQE Lectures, which will also begin in January. These will likely be webinar-based lectures that take place over lunchtimes. Typically, each webinar will focus on a specific exam paper from a previous year. Keep an eye on the blog for more details.

5-a-side Tournament Results

Friday 01 August brought with it the most highly anticipated football tournament of the year…no not the World Cup, but the annual Informals 5-a-side tournament at the Powerleague in Shoreditch.  With a record number of 14 teams, including teams from private IP firms, in-house IP divisions, general practice law firms and an IP software and management firm, this year’s competition was geared up to be one of the most fiercely contested yet.

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5-a-side tournament report

Wednesday 19th June brought with it the annual CIPA Informals 5-a-side football tournament.

 

The fiercely contested tournament brings together the finest athletic specimens from the IP world to battle it out on the field, this time at the John Orwell Sports Centre in Wapping.  A record 12 teams entered the tournament, meaning that the teams had to be randomly allocated to two pools, of six teams per pool, so that each team could play enough games in the evening.

 

Each team played all the other teams within their pool, meaning that each team had at least five matches in total.  The winner from each pool then went on to battle it out for the title of CIPA Informals 5-a-side football champions, with the runners up from each pool entering a third place playoff.

 

We had three pitches for the tournament and so six teams were on the field at any one time.  After a slow start, the goals started pouring in.  Quickly it became evident that Carpmaels A had played together before, and soon went into the lead in their pool.  Mewburn’s team kit looked particularly professional.  Withers and Rogers played strongly, and for a while it seemed as if they were going through to the final, only to be beaten to the mark by an impressive EIP, narrowly beating Withers and Rogers on goal difference to win their pool.

 

The final therefore came down to Carpmaels A against EIP, with the third place playoff being battled out between Mewburn Ellis and Withers and Rogers.  Sadly Mewburn’s team kit didn’t save them, and Withers and Rogers won third place.  In the contest for CIPA champion, both EIP and Carpmaels A looked like they were in for a chance of winning.  Sadly, when the whistle blew, it was a tie.  This meant penalties.  One of the few rules of the tournament required that every team must have a woman present on the field.  Therefore, when it came to penalties, both teams had to put forward a woman to shoot.  Early misses by players from both EIP and Carpmaels sent the crowd into a frenzy.  It came down to the two women to take a shot – and both scored!  Early misses by Carpmaels cost them the title however, with EIP being crowned CIPA Informals 5-a-side football champions 2013.

 

Post-match a celebratory pint was had at the pub as the winners (and losers) basked in their glory.  Watch this space for next year…

– Andrew White

Foundation Lectures 2012

The following lectures are confirmed for this year’s Foundation Lecture series.  Be sure to check the blog for updates, and keep an eye out for emails from CIPA with reminders and information about any last-minute changes.

5th March 2012: Renewals, Reinstatement and Restitution –  Pippa Griffin – Mathys & Squire

12th March 2012: US Patent Law – Mark Simpson – Saul

19th March 2012: Infringement – Chris Mercer – Carpmaels

26th March 2012: Computer Patents  – Simon Davies – D Young

2nd April 2012: Security Provisions – Mike Leaning – UKIPO

16th April 2012: Ownership and Entitlement  – Akash Sachdeva – Allen & Overy

23rd April 2012: EPC2000 – Alison Care – Kilburn & Strode

30th April 2012: Agreements Relating to Patents – Anna Duffus – Bird & Bird

14th May 2012: PCT – Robert Stephen – Olswang

21st May 2012: Biotech Patents – Phillip Webber – Dehns

28th May 2012 Patent Searching – Brendan Churchill – UKIPO

11th June 2012 Introduction to Trade Marks – Emmy Hunt – Olswang

18th June 2012: Claim Construction – James St Ville – 8 New Square

25th June 2012: Introduction to Design Rights – Chris de Mauny – Bird & Bird

2nd July 2012: Introduction to Copyright – Rachel Fetches – Bird & Bird

9th July 2012: Basic English Law -Tim Harris – Bird & Bird