Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fancy bit of case management training: here's a course to pursue doggedly ...

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) has informed PatLit that it is going to be repeating its residential course on making use of your rights in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), England and Wales.  As CIPA explains:
Some patent attorney litigators
have a real "can"-do attitude
The course centres on a patent infringement & validity case study from pleadings, via the case management conference [this is the bit which this blogger gets very excited about, since case management is the best way of bringing cases on quickly and in a highly focused manner -- but only if handled properly] and culminating in a mock trial.  All participants will get hands on experience in the necessary skills to litigate in the IPEC with feedback from experts in the field (including PALs [patent attorney litigators, that is], solicitors and patent barristers).  Our tutors will also cover the practice and procedure necessary to handle such litigation. Judge Hacon has agreed to give a guest speech. The course consists of two parts: a preliminary day at CIPA on 2 September 2014 followed by a residential three days at Missenden Abbey [this sounds a bit like a religious retreat ...] from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 September 2014.  The course is expensive intensive but so is litigation. It is aimed at those both with and without previous experience and provides an invaluable opportunity to acquire or sharpen one’s skills.
 Further details are available from the CIPA website here.

The cost of the course is £1,300 + VAT for CIPA members, inclusive of accommodation at Missenden Abbey, together with meals. If you're interested you'd better be quick: bookings close on Tuesday 19 August. To save a place just email

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