The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has elected Alicia Instone, a dual-qualified patent and trade mark attorney and patent litigator, as its youngest ever President.
Alicia, who is also treasurer of the UK association of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI-UK), starts her one-year term of office today (January 1) on her 41st birthday.
Alicia started her career in 2005 having won a national award for scoring the highest mark in the UK for one of her final trade mark examination papers. She is now a Partner at intellectual property law firm Cleveland Scott York where she works in the fields of chemistry, dyes and pigments, photochromic materials, medical devices, laboratory consumables, traffic control, oil and gas and natural sciences in general.
She is a member of CIPA Council, is Chair of the institute’s Design & Copyright Committee and is also an active member of its Trade Marks and Business Practice Committees. She has represented both CIPA and FICPI-UK at international level and is a regular UK delegate at meetings of the European Association of National Intellectual Property Associations (ANIPA).
Alicia was elected at the Institute’s 137th Annual General Meeting on 2nd October 2019, serving as Vice-President during 2020 to Richard Mair.
“CIPA will play an important role in dealing with the aftermath of Brexit as the transition period comes to an end. New rules for businesses begin from today and CIPA will work alongside the Government and international decision-makers to represent the best interests of its members and their clients.
Many people spent the majority of 2020 working from home and this has had a huge impact on our mental health. During this time, there have been some great resources created to help with mental health and well-being from charities such as Jonathan’s Voice, Lawcare and IP Inclusive. I am looking forward to working alongside them all this year to continue to raise awareness of the importance of mental health. “