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.
Following the 2014 Informals Moot yesterday evening, congratulations go to Daniel Sizer, Lara Sibley and Anne Gilbert (all of Marks & Clerk LLP) who won the trophy this year.
The opposing team, Mark Scott (Elkington & Fife LLP), Henry Muttock (Fortis IP) and David Viita (Dehns), were beaten by only the narrowest of margins in a very closely contested competition.
The Moot was based on the 1999 P6 paper, in which Gill Bates (represented by Mark, Henry and David) was accused of infringing the patentee’s patent which concerns an apparatus for projecting an image onto a display surface. Chris Mercer judged the Moot, and provided very insightful and helpful feedback to the mooters.
Thanks go to Chris, all of the mooters, and to everyone who attended to observe.
(Informals Moot Organiser)
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