17Oct
Congress

Thursday 17 October

IP Paralegal Conference 2024

When and where

Date and time

Start: Thursday 17 October 2024, 08:00 AM

End: Thursday 17 October 2024, 07:00 PM

Location

Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Hyatt Regency Birmingham, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JZ

Event Overview

This year’s conference will take place at Hyatt Regency Birmingham. The conference will be followed by a drink reception, where you can mingle with your colleagues and chat with our speakers and committee members.

The Committee is planning a varied and exciting programme to meet your requirements.

 

Event Price:
Early Bird Members: £325
Early Bird Non-member: £422
Non-Early Bird Members: £404
Non-Early Bird Non-Members: £630

We offer overnight accommodation options at both the Hyatt Regency Birmingham and Hilton Garden Inn Birmingham Brindleyplace, please contact us to arrange any accommodation you may need [email protected].

We look forward to seeing you.

Topics and timings are subject to change

Audience

Programme & Speakers

Thursday 17th October

  • 08:00-9:00- Breakfast and Registration
  • 09:00-09:10 - Welcome and 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.

  • 09:10-10:10 - Decoding India’s patent law updates
    Speakers
    Shashank Singhal, Gill Jennings & Every LLP

    Shashank Singhal, Gill Jennings & Every LLP

    I’m a part qualified European patent attorney and a qualified Indian patent attorney. I handle patent applications in the field of information and communication technology, software applications related to AI and ML.

    Before starting my journey to become a European patent attorney, I’ve worked with renowned IP law firms in India and prosecuted patent applications for multinational companies at the Indian patent office. I’ve also been part of big IP service providers in India where I’ve worked on patent search and analytics.

  • 10:10 – 11:00 - TBC
  • 11:00 – 11:30 - Refreshment Break
  • 11:30 – 12:30 - Update from the EPO
    Speakers
    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.

  • 12:30 – 13:45 - Lunch
  • 13:45 – 14:45 - TBC
  • 14:45 – 15:15 - TBC
  • 15:15 – 15:45 - Refreshment Break
  • 15:45 – 16:30 - APPC - Good things come to those who wait
    Speakers
    Debbie Slater, Prevayl Ltd

    Debbie Slater, Prevayl Ltd

    Debbie works as a patent attorney with Prevayl Ltd: a new company developing wearable technologies.  She is a member of the CIPA Council, vice chair of the CIPA education committee and co-Editor of the CIPA Patents Training Manual.

    Vicky Maynard, D Young & Co LLP

    Vicky Maynard, D Young & Co LLP

    Vicky is a proven IP specialist with a wealth of experience, working within various aspects of Intellectual Property. She has been working for D Young & Co since January 2024 as IP Practices Manager.

    Her responsibilities include driving best practice across the firm on all IP matters. She also designs, implements and delivers training and development portfolios for the company, as well as co-ordinating with internal and outside clients and counsel and with national patent offices to ensure that changes required to business practices are highlighted and implemented so that business needs are met.

    Vicky works very closely with the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys as a member of the Education Committee, and is the Vice Chair of the Administrators’ Committee. She is the Chair of the sub-committee responsible for the development of the Advanced Patent Administrators’ Course. Vicky is also the only IP specialist in the UK working with the European Patent Office in order to deliver a structured and comprehensive certification for patent paralegals who work with, or for the European Patent Office – the European Patent Administrator’s Certificate. Vicky passed the CIPA Certificate in Patent Administration qualification in 2007. She became a Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals in 2011 and a qualified teacher in 2015. She passed the Post Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property at Bournemouth University in 2018.

    Dora Mate, CIPA

    Dora Mate, CIPA

    Dora is the Learning & Development Manager and joined The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in May 2022. Dora’s responsibilities include providing support to committees focusing on education and professional development (Education Committee, IP Paralegal Committee), full administrative support and running of IPPC (Introductory Patent Paralegal Course) and development, full administrative support and running of APPC (Advanced Patent Paralegal Course), planning and delivery of CIPA’s events e.g. seminars, webinars, regional, educational and social events, and assisting the Membership team as needed.

    She is also leading the implementation of PebblePad, a new online learning platform for CIPA members. Before working at CIPA, Dora worked in the property sector for a London-based property developer company as a property and office manager. Dora has over 12 years of volunteer event coordinator experience for different organisations and charities. Dora has a Master of Arts in Archaeology; Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

  • 16:30 – 17:15 - What do patent attorneys do all day?
    Speakers
    Chris Clarke, Vectura

    Chris Clarke, Vectura

    Chris Clarke is a senior patent attorney at Vectura, working on medical devices and pharmaceutical formulations. He handles the full range of patent work including drafting, prosecution, oppositions and appeals, freedom to operate opinions and advising on the IP aspects of agreements. He has been a FD4 tutor and mentor for resitters for about 10 years.

  • 17:15 – 17:35 - Closing remarks by Chair
    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.

  • 17:35 - 19:00 - IPPC celebratory drinks reception & Drinks reception with canapes

Sponsors

  • Silver Sponsorship - 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, including PCT National Filings, Unitary Patent applications, EP Validations and Intellectual Property Litigation. They have detailed industry insight into the multitude of subjects and sectors that patent law can cover, from aerospace to healthcare. We never forget that 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.

  • Bronze Sponsorship - Sun IP

    Sun IP is a leading provider of patent translation, foreign filing, and IP renewal solutions. We combine expert talent and cutting-edge technology to seamlessly support the global IP needs of law firms and corporate legal teams. Our core services, and powerful proprietary software platform, enable clients to control costs and more efficiently manage their global IP workflows


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