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Julia Tribe 
Chair of CIPA Administrators Committee

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Andrew Bushell
Intellectual Property Office

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Jacqueline Jones
Records Manager

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Elizabeth Doherty
McNeill Baur

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Andrea Brewster OBE
IP Inclusive Leader and CIPA Council & Committee Member

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Andrew O'Connor

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Christina ten Hövel

I fell into the profession purely by chance. Having risen through the ranks of Personal Assistant to various Company Chairmen, I needed something different and entered the world of computers and databases.  After several years, I was offered a job with a pharmaceutical company implementing a new database.  On my first day I discovered this was an Intellectual Property records system for which it was necessary to write all the required formalities actions!  I knew nothing of IP law, so had a crash course in patents and formalities and read the old “brown books”.  Strangely, I was hooked.  With every country having different laws, every day presented new challenges.  I sat the CIPA Administrators’ examination and passed with distinction.  That was more than twenty years ago, and I still enjoy every aspect of my career.  The role requires an eye for detail and a great deal of concentration to ensure dates are calculated correctly in an extremely busy environment, but there is a huge sense of achievement.  I’m not sure why I get so excited if I file multiple patent applications in one day and they receive consecutive numbers.  I was delighted when I was asked to take on the role of Primary Examiner for the CIPA Introductory Patent Administrators’ exam, and take pleasure in seeing administrators studying, passing their exam and moving from strength to strength.  I became actively involved in the CIPA Administrators’ Committee and the organisation of the annual Administrators’ Conference.  There are so many opportunities that my only regret is that I didn’t come to the profession earlier.

In my spare time, I am President of my local WI, a netball umpire, and sing with an operatic society. I am a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.


Andrew currently works in Patents Legal Section where he provides legal assistance on both PCT matters and the Office's digital transformation. He recently played a prominent role in developing the IPO's business processes in preparation for the introduction of the new patents fees. Prior to this Andy spent three years advising on patent formalities matters, including extensions of time, assignments, and litigation queries. Throughout his twenty year career in the IPO Andy has worked exclusively in patents administration, managing various formalities sections and the Office's litigation section before joining Patents Legal. 


Jacqueline joined Phillips & Leigh LLP in 2005, having previously worked at two other London firms of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys and Law firms in London and Oxfordshire. 
Jacqueline was one of the first in the country to obtain the CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) Certificate in Patent Administration, after successfully passing the examination in 1998/1999.  She also went on to pass the Trade Mark Formalities examination by CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys) in 2000 and was awarded a Merit by CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) in their Diploma Level III Paralegal qualification in Intellectual Property Law.

With over 20 years of IP experience, Jacqueline is responsible for a broad spectrum of records and formalities work in Patents, Trade Marks & Designs ensuring that deadlines are docketed and met, updating the firm’s database and dealing with incoming post both manually and electronically.  Jacqueline also successfully guides and mentors individuals within the firm through the CIPA Administrators’ Course and Examination.
Jacqueline became an Associate member of CIPA in 2000 with Paralegal classification and is also a Paralegal member of CITMA.  She has been a past Lecturer/Examiner and Deputy Chaired the Steering Group for CIPA’s Patent Administrators’ Course until 2015.  She is currently an active member of the newly formed CIPA IP Paralegals’ Committee and CITMA’s Paralegal Events Working Group.


Liz Doherty is a partner at McNeill Baur PLLC in the United States and has been practicing US patent law for 19 years.  Liz focuses her work in the life sciences and chemistry areas, primarily in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, developing patent strategies, and assisting clients with legal opinions, due diligence reviews, and freedom to operate analyses.  She holds a JD from Georgetown University and a PhD in Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.  Although now based in California, she has also spent about a decade of her legal career working in Belgium and UK alongside European patent attorneys, and is therefore familiar with the differences in regulations and approaches between the EPO and USPTO.


Andrea is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.  Until her retirement in 2015 she was a partner in an IP practice in Somerset, Greaves Brewster LLP, of which she had been a co-founder.  She is a member of CIPA’s governing Council and serves on several Institute committees, including the Education Committee and the Business Practice Committee.  In 2014 she was instrumental in establishing CIPA’s Administrators’ Committee (now the Paralegals Committee), with the aim of developing and promoting the status of IP paralegals, and she continues to serve on the Committee and to be involved in patent paralegal training and CPD.

Andrea was Vice-President of CIPA from May 2014 to May 2015, and President from May 2015 to May 2016.  In 2015 she also founded the IP Inclusive initiative, which promotes equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the IP professions.  Her work there includes organising training events and resources.

In her spare time, Andrea writes a light-hearted blog about her CIPA and IP Inclusive work: this is published online at thenotsosecretdiary.weebly.com.


 Andrew is a qualified CIPA and CITMA Administrator with over 25 years’ experience working in IP Administration. During his time spent at a number of leading patent and trade mark firms based in London he has specialised in all areas of IP Formalities including Records Management, Renewals Management, Office Management and IP Systems Development. Andrew joined Keltie LLP in 2007 as Head of Formalities and IP Systems. He has overall responsibility for the Patent and Trade Mark Formalities teams, Renewals team and System Development team. He is part of Keltie’s Project Management and Efficiency team developing automated processes and refining in-house workflows including the development of the firm’s Inprotech database management system.  


Patent formalities expert, directorate User Support The Hague. Christina joined the EPO in 2003 as a Formalities Officer in Search and Examination. From 2009 till 2017 she worked as expert in department Practice and Procedures, responsible for instructions to Formalities Officers in respect of procedural changes and their implementation. Next to being part of various projects, she has been working as a Key Account Manager since beginning of 2015.