Informals EQE Lectures 2015

The Informals’ EQE Lectures 2015 also begin in January. The EQE lectures will follow a similar format to last year, normally being on Monday lunchtimes (though we may expand to Thursdays as well to maximise the number of lectures). We have asked the lecturers to go through a recent paper (normally 2013/2014). You can listen live via WebEX and ask questions on the day, and the recordings will also go up on the CIPA website to listen to afterwards. Previous years’ lectures are also still on the CIPA website, should you find these useful.

A provisional timetable is as follows, though more lectures are planned and we will update once the Yellow Sheet blog and the CIPA website ( when we have confirmed with the lecturers:

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P3 Lecture Added

We’re pleased to announce that a P3 webinar will be taking place on 22 September as part of the Informals Advanced Lecture series. Even if your revision is well underway, or your Firm provides in-house tutorials, it could be useful to listen to the lectures and get a new perspective on how to answer the papers.  We recommend attempting the paper before the webinar, to get the most out of the session.  The remaining lectures in the series are:

Monday 8 September 2014, 1pm to 2pm.
P6 1999
Nicholas Fox (Simmons & Simmons)

Monday 22 September 2014, 1pm to 2pm.
P3 2013
Thomas Somervell (Marks & Clerk)

The lectures will be broadcast via WebEx, and, as ever, recordings and notes will be placed on the CIPA website shortly thereafter.

Mark Saunders
Informals Advanced Lecture Organiser

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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Congratulations Moot Winners!

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.

Katie Oliver
(Informals Moot Organiser)

Cambridge Post-Exam Party

The next Cambridge Informals drinks will be at 6.30pm at Baroosh (Cambridge) on Thursday 15 November 2012. The event is kindly being sponsored by Marks & Clerk, so make sure you come along early to get yourself a free beer, glass of wine or cocktail!

Please let any new trainees in your firm know about the event and forward them my email address so that I can add them to the list for future events (

Good luck to everyone sitting the JEB exams!

Parminder (Regional Secretary – Cambridge)

JEB Advanced Lectures 2012

The following lectures have been confirmed:

P4: 28 August 2012 – Martin Maclean (Mathys & Squire LLP)

“What to do when things go wrong”:
4 September 2012 – Rhian Granleese (Marks & Clerk LLP)

P2: 11 September 2012 – Doug Ealey (D. Young & Co. LLP)

P6: 18 September 2012 – David Taylor (Venner Shipley LLP)

P3: 25 September 2012 – Iain Russell (EIP)
Further details and downloads are available here.

EDIT: A second lecture on P3 will be given, also by Iain Russell, on 2 October 2012.