Wednesday 16 August

Paying it forward: Strategies for giving tutorials

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Start: Wednesday 16 August 2023, 12:30 PM

End: Wednesday 16 August 2023, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

Have you benefited from tutorials when preparing for exams, and have recently passed? Are you wondering how you can pay it forward or give something back to help other trainees, but are not sure where to start? Here is your opportunity! The Informals are looking for people to give tutorials and workshops in preparation for FD exams, so we have organised this panel event to support new tutors.

In this panel event, experienced and new tutors will share insights into their approach to giving tutorials and some top tips for new tutors preparing trainees for exams, followed by a Q&A session with the panel.

The aim of this event is to support and encourage new tutors, particularly part-qualified/recently-qualified patent attorneys who are interested in giving tutorials/workshops but have not tutored before and would like some guidance on how to get started.



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.

Chris Mercer, CIPA Council

Chris Mercer, CIPA Council

Chris Mercer joined the patent profession in 1975 and passed the UK Finals exams in 1979. For the majority of his career, Chris was either a partner or a consultant for Carpmaels & Ransford, with a large practice in oppositions and appeals at the EPO and litigation before the UK courts. Chris is a member of Council for CIPA and is also on a number of CIPA committees, including the Education, Patents and Litigation Committees. He is also on epi’s Council and on various epi Committees and was a founding member of EPLIT. Chris is a former president of both CIPA and epi. He appeared as an advocate in a Moot Court event in 1977.

Vicki Salmon, Impact IP

Vicki Salmon, Impact IP

Vicki Salmon is a solicitor and UK and European patent attorney and patent attorney litigator.  She began her career with Mewburn Ellis, before moving through city law firms and back to patent attorney practices.  She is now a co-founder of Impact Intellectual Property LLP, which started in September 2021.

Her work includes advising clients on all forms of IP protection, from strategy and filing, through clearance, disputes and exploitation.

Vicki is chair of the Education Committee, member of Council and vice chair of the Internal Governance Committee.  She is also a member of the Litigation Committee, having chaired it for a while, and a member of the Patents Committee.  She is a contributor to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act.  As chair of litigation committee, Vicki worked on the development of the UPC with the other UK and EU professions, which involved many meetings with the IPO and appearances in front of a select committee.

Tom Hailes

Tom Hailes

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