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Practical considerations around MyEPO/fee changes from 1 April 2024

European patent attorneys and support staff need to be aware of important changes relating to the EPO’s online systems and fee arrangements that come into force on 1 April 2024.

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Cyber security – fraud update

Message from Lee Davies, Chief Executive: On Thursday 1 February, it became apparent that there was a problem with the CIPA website following a report from a member...

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IPReg Board member recruitment

IPReg is recruiting one Chartered Patent Attorney and one Chartered Trade Mark Attorney to join its board. Apply by Wednesday 31 January.

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> Member News, Sustainability
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CIPA’s commitment to sustainability

In 2023, CIPA launched a Sustainability Committee to consider, adopt and promote best practice. The committee will ensure that sustainability is central to all the Institute’s operations and hopes to provide advice and guidance to members and firms.

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IP Paralegal Committee elections

IP Paralegals will soon have the opportunity to serve a three-year term on the IP Paralegal Committee, beginning next year and running through to December 2026. The election will take place shortly before the final IP Paralegal Committee meeting this year in November. If you’re interested in learning more, our Membership team is eager to have a conversation with you.

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Strategies for the European Patent Administration Certification examination

Lucie Jones (Paralegal Member) shares some tips to help navigate the European Patent Administration Certification examination.

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UK-based European Patent Attorneys at the forefront of UPC representation

CIPA has launched a taskforce led by CIPA Vice-President, Matt Dixon, with the aim of putting UK-based European Patent Attorneys at the forefront of Unified Patent Court (‘UPC’) representation.

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Election Time: CIPA Council needs you!

At this year’s AGM, on 1 November 2023, we will be electing Fellows to serve a three-year term on Council from 1 January 2024 through to 31 December 2026. To hold an election in good time for the AGM, the closing date for nominations is 5 pm on Monday 4 September 2023.

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IPEC Small Claims Track transferred to Manchester

Cases filed in the Small Claims Track (SCT) of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) will be processed in Manchester from next month. The details were set out in the following practice note...

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CIPA is one of the EPO’s most valued partners and we deeply appreciate the input provided by its members. Our exchanges are always insightful, but in times of crisis, as we’ve seen during the pandemic, this close contact with CIPA has been crucial.

António Campinos, President, European Patent Office

CIPA does a really good job of representing the interests and needs of patent attorneys. They make us listen and understand and our decision-making is all the better for it.

Lord Smith, Chairman, Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg)

DIT values CIPA’s advice and active support in International Trade Week and in preparing to negotiate IP chapters in the UK’s Free Trade Agreements with Australia, New Zealand and accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Antoinette Graves, Intellectual Property Team, Trade Policy, Department for International Trade (DIT)

CIPA plays a vital role in maintaining our position as a knowledge based economy and as a major jurisdiction for filing, maintaining and litigating IP rights. I value my links with the institute and the attorney professions as a whole.

Sir Colin Birss, Lord Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal of England and Wales

CIPA has successfully navigated another year making full use of their impressive talents and creativity. CIPA’s members and leadership have been generous with their feedback on many aspects of EPO policy and practice, especially with regard to oral proceedings by vico.

Steve Rowan, Vice President, European Patent Office

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