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John Brown, Chairman of CIPA Congress Committee

It is my great pleasure to invite you to CIPA Congress 2018 on Thursday, 27th September, 2018, at Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, London.


Last year, we held a one-day event at the Glaziers Hall, which was very successful but there were criticisms of lack of space, especially at lunchtime. We have therefore decided that this year’s Congress will be held in a hotel with much more space, especially for breaks and lunch. The one day format has been retained. CIPA to continue to provide high quality CPD, focussed on the IP issues that professionals face in their daily working lives. The Congress Steering Committee is hard at work planning the content for our next Congress, about which more information will follow soon.


I am delighted to announce that we have one high-profile keynote speaker confirmed for Congress 2018. Sir Coin Birss, Judge at the Patents Court, has very kindly agreed to give a keynote speech at 9.00 am, so delegates will have an excellent reason for ensuring that they arrive at Congress in a timely manner!


Determined to continue to provide compelling CPD at an affordable cost, we have set the standard member delegate rate at £295 +VAT, with the usual arrangements for early bird bookings, students, academics and non-member rates. With up to eight hours of CPD on offer and the usual high standard of expert speakers, I am sure you will agree with me that this represents excellent value.


The Steering Committee is hard at work planning Congress and you can see the programme as it develops. As ever, Congress sessions are subject to change depending on the availability of speakers but we hope to be in a position soon to publish a near complete programme.


I do hope that you will feel inspired to join us and I very much look forward to seeing you at Congress.


John Brown
Chairman, Congress Steering Committee

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Keynote Speaker:

Sir Colin Birss, Judge at the Patents Court