You will appreciate that in these uncertain times, planning future events has been challenging to say the least. There is no firm prediction as to when social distancing measures will be relaxed or lifted, but it seems certain that large physical gatherings will not be possible for the rest of the year.
We are, however, delighted to bring you the first ever Virtual IP Paralegal Conference 2020!
To avoid Zoom fatigue we have spread the sessions over 3 days 30th September – 2nd October on alternate mornings and afternoons. The Conference will be accessed via our virtual events platform, details of which will be launched shortly. This will contain details of sessions, speakers and sponsors and will enable delegates to communicate and network on-line.
The Committee is hard at work to ensure the Conference delivers topics relevant to paralegals in their day-to-day working, such as updates on best practice and common pitfalls; the EPO’s online filing (CMS); overseas formalities (Including China, India and the US and foreign filing licence requirements); UPC, and - dare we mention it - Brexit!. We are currently arranging for high quality speakers from the UK IPO, EPO, WIPO and the profession to deliver these sessions.
CIPA is committed to providing excellent CPD at an affordable cost, and in view of the unusual circumstances we are offering special daily and weekly rates, with the members’ weekly rate being just £150.
I do hope that you will feel inspired to join us - and this year, distance is no barrier! We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Virtual IP Paralegal Conference 2020.
Chair, IP Paralegals Committee