FD1 for Mentors


Fellows who support trainees for their FD1 examination.

Event information

Advice for FD1 (P2) Candidates and Mentors
Start date Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:30 PM
End date Thursday, August 13, 2020 01:30 PM
CPD Points 1.0
Price Non Member £0.00 (Includes £0.00 VAT)
Member £0.00 (Includes £0.00 VAT)


The webinar is delivered by a current FD1 (P2) examiner and a former patent attorney member of the PEB.  The webinar is aimed at Fellows who support trainees in their preparation for this challenging examination, and potential examinees who are contemplating taking FD1.

The webinar will cover:

•Importance of mentoring

•Resources to assist mentors and trainees

•Cycle of an examination

•Improving exam technique

•Factors which may be influencing performance

We will hopefully dispel myths and misconceptions about the exam along the way. There will be ample time for questions and answers.


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Julia Gwilt has worked in the patent profession in the Cambridge area for over twenty years.

Julia’s technical focus is software-implemented inventions which increasingly use machine learning techniques and her mathematics background is a natural fit to this technical field. She has extensive experience in providing strategic advice both in relation to patent prosecution and contentious matters such as European Patent Office (EPO) oppositions.

After a decade of overseeing the UK professional examinations, Julia stepped down from her position on the PEB GB in March 2020.  Over the years, she has gained a wealth of experience in the examination process and how best to prepare candidates for examinations.  She is continuing her role as the UK representative on the EPI committee focussed on education and is also committed to helping trainees at Appleyard Lees and more widely in the profession through the mentoring schemes

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Dr Janet Chisem is a senior Patent Attorney at Unilever plc, based at their R&D centre in Port Sunlight, Wirral. Janet gained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Cambridge University before joining Unilever 22 years ago as a scientist in the Personal Care Group, where she developed a number of inventions. Janet moved to the Patent Group in 2001 and qualified as a Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney. She has since provided IP and related legal support to several different areas of the global Unilever business.

Janet has over a decade of experience as an Examiner for the Patent Examination Board on the FD1 paper, where she has been closely involved in many aspects of the examination process, particularly paper setting, script marking and review processes.

Outside of work, Janet likes to spend time with her family. She can also often be found in the gym.