Join the Informals Committee

The Informals Committee is made up of trainee patent attorneys from around the UK, and the Committee members work hard to put on social events, sports tournaments, lectures and training events, and to keep trainees updated on issues that may affect them.

The 2022-2023 Committee will take over in October this year.

We are delighted that many of our current committee members have qualified this year, although we will be sorry to see them leave the Informals! This means we have quite a few roles to fill this year, so it’s a great time to have a look at the different positions there are and get involved.

If you have any questions about a specific role or being on committee, you can reach out to Lindsay, the current Honorary Secretary, or the current position holder, by finding their details here.

Being on the Committee looks great on your CV and work appraisal forms, plus it’s a chance for you to represent the student body of CIPA and meet lots of other IP professionals.

Vacant positions for 2022-2023

Advanced Lecture Organiser(s): arranging final exam level lectures

Blog team members: blogging about Informals activities and anything relevant to trainees

Conference assistant: contributing to the organization of the CIPA Student Conference and CIPA Congress

Foundation Lecture Organiser(s): arranging foundation exam level lectures

In-house representative(s): representing the needs and views of in-house trainees, organizing events for in-house trainees

IPO Visit Coordinator(s): organizing visits/events with the UKIPO for trainees

Tutorial & Mentoring Coordinator(s): organizing the popular tutorial and mentoring schemes for final level exams

Welfare Officer(s): organizing events focused on supporting and promoting good mental health for trainees

North East Reg. Sec.: organizing local events

Northern Ireland Reg. Sec.: organizing local events

Oxford Reg. Sec.: organizing local events

South West Reg. Sec.: organizing local events

Remember that the positions can be shared between individuals and all roles are flexible in terms of duties! If there’s something you’d love to do with us but not sure where it fits in, just ask – we can figure it out ? we also have a document outlining the roles in more detail that we can share with you if you are interested.

If you are interested in joining the Informals Committee, please contact the current Honorary Secretary, Lindsay ([email protected]), as soon as possible.

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