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Transformation Consultation: How could IPO’s transformation benefit you?

The IPO is transforming its services for a digital world. To do that,  the IPO is asking for your views on how legislation should change in our transformation consultation as part of its Transformation Consultation which closes on 6 January (so not long).  Over to the IPO for more:

“The One IPO Transformation programme is designed to modernise and improve the IPO’s services. By 2025, we will have replaced our existing processes with a single, integrated system for all registered IP rights (patents, trade marks and designs). This will provide customers with more efficient digital services that transform the way they interact with us. As well as building these new services, the government needs to make sure that we have a legal framework that can support them. The current framework assumes a system built around paper forms and correspondence. We want the law to have the flexibility to adapt to new technologies, and to be more consistent in how things work across rights. This consultation sets out changes which the government considers may be needed to achieve those goals, and seeks views on them. These changes will remove legal barriers to the IPO’s digital transformation work and address inconsistencies between the different rights.”

The Transformation Consultation is aimed at the following questions:

· Would you like more ways of illustrating your inventions when applying for a patent?
· Should the law give us more flexibility to reduce or remove fees from our services?
· Would you prefer consistent payment deadlines for renewal fees across IP rights?
· Would il benefit you if we automated some IPO processes?
· Would you like the IPO to be open for business 24/7?

If you believe that you can provide insightful views on how the IP legal framework could better support the One IPO Transformation programme, respond to the consultation before 11:45 GMT on January 2023 here.

CIPA's diversity event on 17 January 2023

CIPA is hosting an event entitled ‘Enhancing the diversity in the patent profession: how can I help?’ on 17 January 2023 at 12:30 pm GMT.  Over to CIPA for their blurb on the event:  

“For the profession EDI has been taking centre stage for a while now and we’ve seen some wonderful initiatives both from the Institutes, from IP Inclusive and from our many other friends and allies. Even so, sometimes, it can be difficult to identify what difference you, as an individual can make. Well struggle no more – CIPA has teamed up with three charities Generating Genuis, In2Science and The Access Project, who are desperate for volunteers to help out with building opportunities for those in the EDI space. Whether it be tutoring, mentoring or inspiring careers talks we’ll be hearing from the charities themselves along with volunteers who can tell their story. Chaired by the effervescent Lee Davies, we really hope a sizeable portion of the profession will turn out for this one and go away with new and inspiring ideas! Non-members – please email if you would like to book a place on this webinar.” More information here.

CIPA's US Law: PTAB Strategies and Considerations for UK and European Practitioners’ on 24 January 2023 

A webinar on effectively coordinating a post-grant challenge or defence against a post-grant challenge in the U.S. from overseas requires is being hosted on 24 January at 12:30 PM GMT.  The session will provide an up to date understanding of relevant procedures and considerations, as well as how these differ from local practice. In this webinar, Amanda Murphy and Darren Jiron of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP will provide an overview of post-grant challenges and procedures in the U.S. The following topics will be addressed:

1. PTAB updates and practice tips
2. Comparison of strategies for U.S. PTAB challenges and European oppositions
3. Post-grant correction of U.S. patents.” 

More information here.

CIPA's Merseyside Meeting 2023 on 9 February 2023

The Merseyside Meeting will be taking place on the 07 February 2023 at INNSIDE Meliá by Liverpool. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to listen to key talks by our speakers and network with members in the Merseyside area!” 

More information, the programme and other details here.

CIPA's UK IPO Search Symposium 2023 on 16 February 2023

Back by popular demand, this webinar will provide insight into what really happens when a UK application moves through the searching stage, or a request for a search at the UK IPO is made. How do Examiners really use the claims in deciding how to search your application, and how might this impact on your drafting? How does the approach of the UK IPO differ from the EPO, and how might you be able to use this knowledge to your advantage for your clients? Searching at the UK IPO is significantly more economical than at some other Patent Offices, and this webinar unpicks why. You choose which breakout room to attend for practical search demonstrations by UK IPO experts in your chosen technical field to make the most of this opportunity! Surely a must attend event for any patent attorney! After a brief introduction to the search tools use at the IPO, attorneys will have a choice of break out rooms to view a worked example of a search, followed by a Q&A with the examiner. There is a choice of one of five subject specific rooms:“Video Encoding” chaired by Andrew Rose; “Pharmaceuticals” chaired by Natalie Cole; “Biotechnology” chaired by Katie Harbach; “Excluded Business Methods (and Robots)” chaired by Rob Valkass; “Mechanical Connectors” chaired by Michael Shaw.

All presentations will cover the tools and techniques IPO examiners use during a search, as well as claim interpretation. The excluded matter presentation also covers how they decide to whether or not to carry out a search in the first place.

This session was first presented in November last year. Following feedback from agents, the 2022 session will have more time available for discussion with examiners, as well as offering presentations in searching excluded and mechanical subject matter.

More information here.

CIPA's Yorkshire Meeting 2023 on 23 February 2023

The Yorkshire Meeting will be taking place on the 20th of October at Radisson Blu in Leeds. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to listen to key talks by our speakers and network with members in the Yorkshire area!” More information, the programme and other details here.

CIPA's East of England Meeting 2023 on 23 March 2023

The East of England Meeting will be taking place on the 23 March 2023 at Clayton Hotel Cambridge. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to listen to key talks by our speakers and network with members in the Cambridgeshire area! More information, the programme and other details here.

CITMA's Spring Conference 2023: Strategies for Success on 16 March 2023 

CITMA is hosting a session on gaining practical strategies for success with an opportunity to connect to the CITMA community of trade mark professionals at their Spring Conference. Hosted in the iconic Waldorf Hilton in London, the conference will equip attendees with practical advice that you can take into your work to help you and your client.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass while making new connections at the evening drinks reception. This year’s CPD talks and networking drinks will take place across one day, with volunteering activities the day before.” The line-up of speakers includes: Denise McFarland, 3 New Square; Simon Malynicz KC, Hogarth Chambers; Philip Harris, Appointed Person for Trade Marks; Victor Foo, Joseph Joseph; Priti Kochhar, Coca-Cola. More information, the programme and other details here.

Annual European Copyright Conference (ECS)’ on 26 May 2023 

Save the date for the annual European Copyright Conference (ECS) will take place in Leuven on Friday 26 May 2023. The general topic will be the relationship between copyright and data (DSA, DGA, DA, AI act, ODD and more). More information here.

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