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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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Reflective Practice: second in a series of short articles

This is the second in a series of short articles on reflective practice in continuing professional development (CPD) from CIPA’s Chief Executive, Lee Davies. In his life before CIPA, Lee set up the Institute for Learning, then the professional body for further education teachers...

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Reflective Practice: a message from Lee Davies

This is the first in a series of short articles on reflective practice in continuing professional development (CPD) from CIPA’s Chief Executive, Lee Davies. In his life before CIPA, Lee set up the Institute for Learning, then the professional body for further education teachers...

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Protecting EPC membership in accession to the CPTPP: a message from Lee Davies

CIPA welcomed the announcement that the UK has successfully concluded talks to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) while respecting existing international obligations around intellectual property. Watch this message from CE Lee Davies...

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Lee Davies on European patent work protected in Trans-Pacific trade deal

The UK government has ensured that its existing international agreements on intellectual property – namely the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Strasbourg Patent Convention – have been protected in the UK’s accession to an important Indo-Pacific trading bloc...

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What next? Meteor strike? Lee Davies reflects on CIPA’s recent challenges and achievements

Here I am sat on the train home from Bristol, having given a presentation on the work of CIPA to our members in the South West. This was my last regional meeting of 2022 and it has been such a pleasure to...

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Lee Davies on IP Inclusive’s Mental Health Survey

I am sure I am not alone in feeling a great sense of sadness reading IP Inclusive’s most recent survey into mental health awareness in the IP professions. It felt to me, spurred on by the challenge...

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Lee Davies on sanctions and sanctuary

It has been more than a month since Russia commenced its ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine and scenes of major conflict in Europe became a part of our lived experience rather than something...

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Lee Davies reflects on 10 years at CIPA

Ten years ago, I walked through the doors of CIPA Towers on Chancery Lane and into the scarily exciting world of intellectual property (IP) law. Some of you know my story. I fell out of school with a handful...

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