Regional Meeting

Thursday 3 November

West of England Meeting 2022

When and where

Date and time

Start: Thursday 3 November 2022, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 3 November 2022, 05:30 PM


Novotel Bristol Centre, Novotel Bristol Centre, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6HY

Event Overview

The West of England Meeting will be taking place on the 3 November 2022 at Novotel, Bristol Centre Hotel.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to listen to key talks by our speakers and network with members in the area!

The safety of our members here at CIPA is paramount therefore we have created a COVID-19 Policy for in person events. At all in person events the venues we have carefully chosen will have increased cleaning including sanitizing stations, along with increased ventilation. Lastly, we advise any delegates who are feeling unwell not to attend an in person event. Thank you for your cooperation and on going support.



Programme & Speakers

  • 12:30 - 13:30 Registration and Networking Lunch
  • 13:30 - 13:40 - Introduction from the Chair
    Dr Alicia Instone, Cleveland Scott York

    Dr Alicia Instone, Cleveland Scott York

    Alicia graduated from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in Colour and Polymer Chemistry and was awarded a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry for her research in the area of photochromics. Currently, Alicia works particularly in the fields of chemistry, dyes and pigments photochromic materials, medical devices, laboratory consumables, traffic control, oil & gas and natural sciences in general.

    Alicia is a Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney, having won the Payne/Bennett Memorial Award for scoring the highest mark in the UK for one of her Final Trade Mark examination papers.

    Alongside sitting on the Council for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ as Immediate President and being an active member of their Trade Marks and Design & Copyright Committees, Alicia also sits on the Council of FICPI-UK as treasurer.

  • 13:40 - 14:25 - Priority in the light of G1/22 and G2/22
    Britta Kley, EPO

    Britta Kley, EPO

    Dr. Britta Kley is a lawyer in Directorate Patent Law and Procedure at the EPO in Munich. Dr. Kley used to work as litigator for an international law firm in Düsseldorf before joining the EPO in 2004 and Directorate Patent Law and Procedures in 2012. She is co-author of the Benkard EPC commentary.

  • 14:25 - 15:10 - IPO Places & Levelling up Policy, One IPO Transformation
    Simeon Bowen, IPO

    Simeon Bowen, IPO

    Simeon is Communications Lead for the One IPO Transformation Programme. He has worked in public sector communications for over 10 years, having previously worked in a variety of comms roles at the Office for National Statistics and UK Statistics Authority. Simeon joined IPO two years ago and acts as a key link between IPO developers and customers. In his spare time, Simeon is an avid gamer and a Tae Kwon-do instructor.

    Andrew Reith, IPO

    Andrew Reith, IPO

    Andrew Reith is the Regional IP Policy Adviser for Greater Manchester. His role is to influence local innovation policy makers and business support providers to build IP capability into the regional innovation ecosystem so that local innovators can access the right IP support at the right time.

    Andrew has a background in customer service and training delivery through various industries. He joined the IPO in 2012 and has worked in numerous customer and stakeholder facing roles through the IPO and in 2017 was seconded to The EUIPO to provide SME facing expertise to the development of the EUIPO’s SME support programme, Ideas Powered for Business.

  • 15:10 - 15:30 - Refreshment Break
  • 15:30 - 16:00 - An overview of the West of England Growth Hub
    Sam Bell, West of England Combined Authority

    Sam Bell, West of England Combined Authority

    Sam is the Senior Partnership Lead for Enterprise at the West of England Combined Authority. He works with all of our key partners and stakeholders within the region and that of the Government departments.

  • 16:00 - 17:00 - Getting ready for an asteroid strike: or how CIPA has been responding to bigger and scarier external threats
    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.

  • 17:00 - 17:10 - Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 17:10 - 19:00 - Drinks Reception


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