28Nov
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Thursday 28 November

CIPA Student Induction Day

When and where

Date and time

Start: Thursday 28 November 2024, 09:30 AM

End: Thursday 28 November 2024, 06:30 PM

Location

CIPA, Viaro House, 20-23 Holborn, London, EC1N 2JD

Event Overview

Join us for this highly anticipated the long-awaited return of our Student Induction Day, marking our first in-person gathering since 2019.

 

The Student Induction Day is a unique opportunity for new trainees to kickstart their journey in patent law, gain invaluable insights, and establish connections within the industry. This full-day conference is designed to provide essential knowledge, foster professional growth among aspiring patent law professionals and set the stage for a successful career.

 

We strongly encourage firms to support their students’ attendance at this event. Participation in the Student Induction Day is not only beneficial for individual development but also contributes to the overall growth and success of firms.

 

Please note this event is for student members only. To register your new employees for CIPA student membership you simply have to fill out a application form, which can be found on the CIPA website – CIPA Membership Application. You can also find information about prices on our Fees & Benefits page, membership applications take usually up to 2 weeks to be approved.

Audience

Programme & Speakers

Thursday 28 November

  • 09:30 - Coffee & Registration
  • 10:00 - Welcome & Introduction
    Speakers
    Lee Davies, Chief Executive, CIPA

    Lee Davies, Chief Executive, CIPA

    Lee Davies has been the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) since February 2012. Prior to this, Lee was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), the professional body for further education teachers. Lee’s professional background is in engineering (mechanical services) and further education teaching. Lee has experience of the governance of professional bodies, having served as the President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) in 2011-12.
    Lee says that such a varied career, from apprentice plumber to CEO of CIPA, via organisations such as the Highbury College in Portsmouth, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and IfL, has left him a little confused about his professional identity. Lee now identifies as an ‘association leader’, although the concept of association leadership is, in Lee’s words, “woefully undervalued and little recognised in the UK”. Lee is a passionate advocate for the association sector and is President and Chair of the Institute of Association Leadership (IAL), where he leads the Chief Executives’ Forum.

  • 10:10 - The commercial context of intellectual property workshop 
    Speakers
    Andrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive

    Andrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive

    Andrea is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a former CIPA President. In the past she has served on the Institute’s governing Council and several of its committees.

    Before her retirement she was a partner in a small regional IP practice, Greaves Brewster LLP, of which she had been a co-founder.

    Andrea established IP Inclusive in 2015 to promote equality, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and wellbeing throughout the UK’s IP professions. Alongside many enthusiastic volunteers, she has developed the initiative into a well-connected and influential player in the IP sector. She became its first Lead Executive Officer in 2019.

     

    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt has been a member of CIPA Council for over 15 years. During this time, he has focused particularly on business practice and regulatory issues, especially consulting vigorously with IPREG on the issues of client accounts and anti-money laundering regulation with the ultimate aim of achieving clarity and simplicity for members. He has been a regular speaker to CIPA new entrants on commercial matters. In his own business career, he has been a partner at Dehns in both Munich and London, a director and founder of the London office of IP21 and a partner, London office head and head of the engineering group at HGF. He now has a role of counsel at Cranach, a brand-new patent attorney firm based primarily in Aberdeen.  In 2023, Matt served as the Vice President of CIPA and assumed the role of President in 2024.

  • 10:50 - The basics of client care
    Speakers
    Alexandra Seymour-Pierce, Venner Shipley LLP

    Alexandra Seymour-Pierce, Venner Shipley LLP

    Alexandra is a Senior Associate at Venner Shipley LLP, and Vice-Chair of CIPA’s Congress Committee. She specialises in patent drafting and patent prosecution of computer-implemented inventions and associated hardware, with a particular focus on the use of software and sensing data for control of robots and autonomous vehicles.  She also has extensive experience with semiconductor technology, particularly for use in consumer electronics and photovoltaic cells.  She joined the patent profession in 2014, following a PhD in Engineering Physics from University College London, during which she designed and tested sports equipment for use by Team GB athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  • 11:10 - An introduction to professional ethics
  • 11:40 - Refreshment Break
  • 12:00 - How to deal with complaints and mistakes 
  • 12:20 - Financial and other business basics: the IP attorney as a cost centre and income generator; the attorney as part of a corporate team
    Speakers
    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt has been a member of CIPA Council for over 15 years. During this time, he has focused particularly on business practice and regulatory issues, especially consulting vigorously with IPREG on the issues of client accounts and anti-money laundering regulation with the ultimate aim of achieving clarity and simplicity for members. He has been a regular speaker to CIPA new entrants on commercial matters. In his own business career, he has been a partner at Dehns in both Munich and London, a director and founder of the London office of IP21 and a partner, London office head and head of the engineering group at HGF. He now has a role of counsel at Cranach, a brand-new patent attorney firm based primarily in Aberdeen.  In 2023, Matt served as the Vice President of CIPA and assumed the role of President in 2024.

  • 12:50 - Lunch Break
  • 13:50 - Introduction to CIPA
    Speakers
    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt has been a member of CIPA Council for over 15 years. During this time, he has focused particularly on business practice and regulatory issues, especially consulting vigorously with IPREG on the issues of client accounts and anti-money laundering regulation with the ultimate aim of achieving clarity and simplicity for members. He has been a regular speaker to CIPA new entrants on commercial matters. In his own business career, he has been a partner at Dehns in both Munich and London, a director and founder of the London office of IP21 and a partner, London office head and head of the engineering group at HGF. He now has a role of counsel at Cranach, a brand-new patent attorney firm based primarily in Aberdeen.  In 2023, Matt served as the Vice President of CIPA and assumed the role of President in 2024.

    Ashley Tambe, Murgitroyd

    Ashley Tambe, Murgitroyd

    Ashley is a Trainee Patent Attorney at Murgitroyd. He joined the patent profession in 2021 after obtaining a First Class Honours in Civil & Structural Engineering at the University of Manchester. He currently focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to Mechanical Engineering inventions. Ashley is the present Honorary Secretary of the CIPA Informals Committee and is particularly passionate about ensuring CIPA student members are able to network, support each other, and access opportunities to enhance their technical and business development skills.

     

     

    Neil Lampert, Deputy Chief Executive, CIPA

    Neil Lampert, Deputy Chief Executive, CIPA

    As Deputy Chief Executive, Neil is responsible for CIPA’s stakeholder management at home and overseas, as well as public affairs, public relations and all external and internal communications. In 2018 Neil won the Memcom award for Outstanding Achiever in a Membership or Marketing Team in recognition of his use of stakeholder engagement to build advocacy and spread CIPA’s key post-Brexit messages globally.

    He joined CIPA from the Probation Association, the national membership body for the Probation Trusts of England and Wales. As the Association’s PR and Communications Manager he held the most senior communications position in the probation service outside of Government, briefing politicians and managing national media appearances by senior probation chiefs.

    A journalist by trade, Neil spent many years running newsrooms in newspaper and radio environments. He also managed teams in a city PR agency.

    He is a keen cyclist, a long-suffering Arsenal fan and music geek.

  • 14:50 - Stress, and other problems you might come across during your training 
    Speakers
    Darren Smyth, EIP Europe LLP

    Darren Smyth, EIP Europe LLP

    Darren Smyth is a UK and European Patent Attorney, and was the head of EIP’s chemistry practice group EIP Elements until 2023.  He now holds the position of Head of Knowledge, and is known as an authoritative commentator on IP issues, having been a regular contributor to the IPKat weblog and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice among others.

    Darren has a masters degree in chemistry and DPhil in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Oxford, and worked in Japan for two years at the Tokyo Institute of Technology before entering the patent profession.  Darren speaks Japanese and Spanish, and is conversant with French, German and Russian.

    Darren is co-chair of IP Out, the LGBT+ networking group within the IP Inclusive initiative in the UK Intellectual Property professions, and was a speaker at its inaugural event.  He is the convenor of the EIPride group within EIP.

    Emily Collins, Kilburn & Strode

    Emily Collins, Kilburn & Strode

    Emily is a UK and European patent attorney working in the tech team at Kilburn & Strode LLP.  Although her areas of expertise include medical devices, telecoms, aerospace and software, Emily is also passionate about femtech and is increasingly involved in protecting innovations in this exciting field.  Emily has an interest in mental health, having co-founded a mental health awareness campaign whilst at university.  Emily regularly speaks at IP events on mental health stigma and addressing the gender gap in the professional services.

  • 15:20 - Refreshment Break
  • 15:40 - CIPA systems for training and qualification
    Speakers
    Lee Davies, Chief Executive, CIPA

    Lee Davies, Chief Executive, CIPA

    Lee Davies has been the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) since February 2012. Prior to this, Lee was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), the professional body for further education teachers. Lee’s professional background is in engineering (mechanical services) and further education teaching. Lee has experience of the governance of professional bodies, having served as the President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) in 2011-12.
    Lee says that such a varied career, from apprentice plumber to CEO of CIPA, via organisations such as the Highbury College in Portsmouth, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and IfL, has left him a little confused about his professional identity. Lee now identifies as an ‘association leader’, although the concept of association leadership is, in Lee’s words, “woefully undervalued and little recognised in the UK”. Lee is a passionate advocate for the association sector and is President and Chair of the Institute of Association Leadership (IAL), where he leads the Chief Executives’ Forum.

  • 16:10 - Introduction to IPReg 
  • 16:40 - Closing remarks
    Speakers
    Lee Davies, Chief Executive, CIPA

    Lee Davies, Chief Executive, CIPA

    Lee Davies has been the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) since February 2012. Prior to this, Lee was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), the professional body for further education teachers. Lee’s professional background is in engineering (mechanical services) and further education teaching. Lee has experience of the governance of professional bodies, having served as the President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) in 2011-12.
    Lee says that such a varied career, from apprentice plumber to CEO of CIPA, via organisations such as the Highbury College in Portsmouth, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) and IfL, has left him a little confused about his professional identity. Lee now identifies as an ‘association leader’, although the concept of association leadership is, in Lee’s words, “woefully undervalued and little recognised in the UK”. Lee is a passionate advocate for the association sector and is President and Chair of the Institute of Association Leadership (IAL), where he leads the Chief Executives’ Forum.

  • 16:50 - Drinks Reception

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