Intellectual Property Enterprise Court - Use your rights! And learn skills for the UPC

Intellectual Property Enterprise Court - Use your rights! And learn skills for the UPC

With the growing popularity of the IPEC amongst SMEs, and its more EPO-like procedures, patent attorneys are starting to take the opportunity to offer competitive litigation services. Also there will be opportunities to run revocation and even infringement actions in the Unified Patents Court.

The aim of this course is to provide experienced patent attorneys (3+ years PQE) with an understanding of the procedures of the IPEC and the skills required to run litigation (transferable to the UPC) by running a patent case study from issue to trial.

This course, which was run successfully in 2011, 2012 and 2015, will give you the tools to conduct proceedings in IPEC, either alone or with a barrister , and skills for the UPC – or at the very least give you the confidence to look after your client through the litigation process. For those interested, we can organise direct experience of the IPEC in action by arranging for at least some attendees to act as marshals in the court after they complete the course.

The course starts with an introductory day at CIPA Hall followed by a residential “long weekend” (Thursday lunch time to mid-Saturday pm). This takes place at conveniently situated Missenden Abbey, in the Chiltern Hills. Much of the time will be spent in groups of four or five working on the case study, under the supervision of a tutor. There will also be plenary sessions dealing with procedural law, case management and practical aspects of running a case and preparing for trial. There is nothing like a “long weekend” course, with hands-on experience for delivering the required levels of competency and confidence to act.

Session 1 (non-residential) 

Wednesday 22 February 2017 – CIPA, London

Introductory day: Reading into the case study. Plenary sessions on getting started. Preparation of initial statements of case.

Session 2 (residential) 

Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 March 2017 – Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire:

Preparation for the case management conference. Plenary sessions on getting the case to trial, including disclosure and evidence. Preparation of skeleton arguments. Trial (including cross-examination of expert witnesses). Judgment. Feedback.


We have calculated that the course will cover over 16 CPD hours


Please note this fee includes payment for the course, accommodation, food and beverages.

Member rate: £1,668 (£1,390 +VAT)

Non-Member rate: £1,980 (£1,650 +VAT)

Please note, this course is non-refundable.

The course leaders are Vicki Salmon (IP Asset) and Richard Davis (Hogarth Chambers). The other tutors will be IP barristers, solicitors or PALs. There will be a guest speaker at the introductory day on Wednesday 22 February 2017 (the IPEC judge in previous years).

The course is designed for Fellows of CIPA, but there are a limited number of places available for solicitors and barristers. The course is limited to 16 delegates, to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity for hands-on learning. 

How to book

Please email if you would like to book a place.