Friday 7 October

IP Paralegal Conference 2022

When and where

Date and time

Start: Friday 7 October 2022, 08:00 AM

End: Friday 7 October 2022, 05:00 PM


Kimpton Fitzroy London, 1-8 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5BE

Event Overview

All delegates booked onto the event, please keep a look out for the crowd compass email to download the app for this year’s conference!

This year we are able to meet in person at a fabulous venue.  The Committee has organised a varied and interesting programme to meet our requirements to stay up to date with global formalities.

In particular, with the Unitary Patent now a reality, we are looking forward to gaining an in-depth understanding of the details.  The UK IPO has made significant progress with the Transformations programme which will affect all of us, and we welcome an update on their news.

This year, the committee has been working closely with CIPA, CITMA, IP Inclusive and Jonathan’s Voice, to put a focus on mental health support and guidance for IP support staff. Jonathan’s Voice will be providing us with an update as to how best to look after ourselves and to look out for others.

Our Paralegal membership has gone from strength to strength, and a panel session will discuss the work undertaken to date on the Advanced Course and the EPO certification, amongst other topics.

Finally, we would like to invite you to join us for an after-conference drinks reception, where you can mingle with your colleagues and chat with our speakers and committee members.  This will be followed by a dinner (tickets can be found here), with a speaker talking about mental health and wellbeing for Paralegals.  Limited tickets are available for the dinner, so we hope you will book your place and join us.

We look forward to seeing you.

Confirmed rates (excluding VAT):

Early Bird Member – £235.00

Early Bird Non-member – £305.00

Standard Member – £350.00

Standard Non-member – £455.00


If you would like to sponsor any of our conferences , please check our sponsorship page for more information.


IP Paralegals, Members, Non Members

Programme & Speakers


  • 8:00 – 09.00 - Breakfast Registration
  • 09:00 - 9:15 - Welcome and Introduction
    Julia Tribe, Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique

    Julia Tribe, Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique

    Julia has been an IP Paralegal with Edwards Limited (now part of Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique) for the past 20 years, having previously been with a pharmaceutical company. Julia became actively involved in the CIPA Paralegals’ Committee approximately 15 years ago, and am now in my second year as Chair and is also a Board Member of EPIPA.

  • 9:15 - 10:15 - IPO Formalities and Divisional Application
    Peter Burns, IPO

    Peter Burns, IPO

    Pete began his present career by undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University in London, before joining the Intellectual Property Office to train as a Patent Examiner. He is now a member of Legal Section and is responsible for pre-grant patent administration, providing advice across the organisation. This includes for colleagues in patent formalities & examination; register administration; document reception and publishing; as well as providing legal input for One IPO Transformation. He continues to deliver initial and advanced patent law training aimed at new examiners. Pete previously enjoyed successful careers as a physics educator in London, as well as in pub management in his native city of Manchester. In his spare time he enjoys hiking the Brecon Beacons, offshore sailing and looking after his three cats.

  • 10:15 - 10:45 - IPO Transformation
    Peter Slater, IPO

    Peter Slater, IPO

    Peter has 32 years of experience working in the UKIPO during which he has been Deputy Director, Head of Examination in the field of Telecommunications, a Tribunal Hearing Officer and Head of Patent Information and Commercial Search Services. Peter is recognised as an expert in patent search and classification. He has previously held the post of Deputy Chairman of WIPO’s IPC Committee of Experts and has been responsible for the introduction of EPOQUENET and the Co-operative Patent Classification (CPC) here at the UKIPO. Peter is currently one of four Service Owners on our programme of digital transformation where he is most recently lead a project to introduce a new cross rights online renewal service. As Head of Business Support and IT Services, his previous achievements include the delivery of an integrated document management system, a successful mainframe migration and implementation of the Federated Register. Peter is a qualified Programme Manager with experience of contract negotiations and working with 3rd party suppliers to deliver IT solutions. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the EPO’s Technical and Operational Support Committee (TOSC) and has played a lead role in European Co-operation since 2006.

  • 10:45 - 11:15 - Refreshment Break
  • 11:15 - 12:00 - Mental Health Matters
    Penelope Aspinall, Jonathan’s Voice

    Penelope Aspinall, Jonathan’s Voice

    Penny has nearly 30 years’ experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist and trainer, working in a range of settings, including Zeneca (Huddersfield), Arla Foods, the NHS and in private practice as a counselling and organisational mental health consultant. However, most of her career has been spent working in Higher Education, most recently at the University of Bradford as Head of Disability, Counselling and Mental Health. After leaving Bradford in 2018, she joined the Charlie Waller Trust where she continues to work as a developing and delivering training and creating written materials for both Charlie Waller and Jonathan’s Voice.  She joined Jonathan’s voice as Mental Health Consultant and trainer in March 2022

  • 12:00 - 13:00 - Post Brexit UK Design Registration Tips and Practices
    Will Burrell, D Young & Co LLP

    Will Burrell, D Young & Co LLP

    Will Burrell is a Partner at D Young & Co LLP, having first started in the profession back in 2010 as a paralegal. Will is a UK and European Patent Attorney by background, though has particular experience and specialism in design matters. On the designs front, Will has considerable experience in registering designs both in the UK via the UKIPO and across the EU via the EUIPO (whether directly or via the Hague route), and is well versed in protecting the design of products, games, user-interfaces, and brands via the use of registered design rights in territories all over the world.


    Will is also a member of the CIPA Design & Copyright Committee, and also serves as a member of the Intellectual Property Owner (IPO) Association’s Industrial Designs Committee.


  • 13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 - The Unitary patent – overview and transitional measures ahead of entry into force
    Christina ten Hövel, EPO

    Christina ten Hövel, EPO

    Christina is a Key Account Manager and Patent Administration (PA) expert. She has worked with the EPO since 2003 in different positions and has been a PA expert for more than 13 years. Since 2015 she is a Key Account Manager and has participated in various projects around the EPO’s Online tools and services, including the technical implementation of the Unitary Patent.

  • 15:00 - 16:00 - ePCT, access rights and post-filing management of international applications
    Viviane Gross, WIPO

    Viviane Gross, WIPO

    Viviane Gross is the Head of PCT Operations Customer Support Section at the World Intellectual Property Organization, where she has worked for over 25 years in various capacities in the PCT and in the Communications Division.  The PCT Operations Customer Support Section is dedicated to provide support for applicants and Offices worldwide on ePCT, WIPO DAS (Digital Access Service) and  WIPO Digital Certificates. We also train colleagues and customers and provide regular webinar on the various features of ePCT (filing an application, ePCT for new users, ePCT Actions, WIPO DAS, etc), available free of charge. We have also started to produce short video tutorials to help applicants and offices.

  • 16:00 - 16:30 - Refreshment Break
  • 16:30 - 17:00 - IP Paralegals- Hot Topics
  • 17:00 - 17:15 - Final Remarks
    Julia Tribe, Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique

    Julia Tribe, Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique

    Julia has been an IP Paralegal with Edwards Limited (now part of Atlas Copco Vacuum Technique) for the past 20 years, having previously been with a pharmaceutical company. Julia became actively involved in the CIPA Paralegals’ Committee approximately 15 years ago, and am now in my second year as Chair and is also a Board Member of EPIPA.

  • 17:15 - 18:15 - Drinks Reception


  • Bronze Sponsors - ABC Translations

    Patent documents protect the work of individuals, articulate clarity and dispel ambiguity – all factors that must remain as part of a translation. Our specialists, who include former patent agents, cover the full spectrum of patent documents and processes, and they have detailed industry insight into the multitude of subjects and sectors that patent law can cover, from aerospace to healthcare. Poor translation can weaken protection and affect important deadlines.

    At ABC Translations we provide meticulous accuracy, using the correct patent terminology, for a wide range of patent customers, from sole trader patent attorneys to Formalities departments of large firms and IP divisions of large multi-nationals.

    Patent Translating

  • Exhibitor - John Venn & Sons

    John Venn & Sons is a firm of notaries and translators

    • multilingual notarial services at scale for legal advisors and multinationals with large in-house teams
    • in business for about 200 years
    • offices in London and Birmingham
    • common languages offered in-house or through experienced technical and legal translators
    • corporate member of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting
    • apostille or consular legalisation services arranged by staff couriers
  • Exhibitor - Intellectual Property Office

    The Intellectual Property Office is the UK government body responsible for intellectual property rights.

    We are developing new digital services as part of our One IPO Transformation Programme. Benefits include:

    • Access, view and manage all of your UK IP in one place
    • Fully digital services that are quicker and easier to use
    • Improved guidance and collaboration features
    • Powerful search and analysis tools to help you research IP

    We will be showcasing early designs of our new services at our exhibition stand and seeking your feedback.

    You can shape our new services by taking part in user research – email [email protected].

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