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After the AGM
18 May 2015, 6.30 pm I drink several glasses of wine in quick succession, to
celebrate having made it through my Pee Investiting Ceremony.   I also consume a couple of crackers, some
smelly cheese and a stick of celery.   But
the wine is better. There is a ...

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AGM report
18 May 2015, 5 pm Today is the day.   The
day of the Annual General Meeting.   By 5
pm I am a gibbering wreck. The meeting is as exciting as only a CIPA meeting can
be.   One by one the Pee reads out the
spine-tingling, seat-gripping motions and each in tur...

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Breakfast in IP - for women AND men
15 May 2015, 4.30 pm There appears to be confusion over a breakfast meeting which
CIPA is arranging for some US attorney visitors.   The first confusion is over the menu.   Some people, it seems, are expecting bacon,
egg, sausage, tomato, fried bread and br...

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A bit like the BAFTAs
15 May 2015, 3.30 pm Yay!   We are plotting
to do some annual CIPA awards!   They will
be just like the BAFTAs, only possibly a tiny bit less glamorous, and there
will be a special awards ceremony at the Congress dinner to stop people falling
asleep over th...

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Pro bono
13 May 2015, 5 pm It has been a day full of meetings, and it is not over
yet.   This one is about pro bono
work.   Why anyone would think patent
attorneys would be remotely interested in working for free is beyond me.   We all know solicitors do pro bono wo...

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My interview with the Police
13 May 2015, 1.30 pm I go to see one of our Congress keynote speakers.   She is also, as it happens, speaking at the
AGM next week.   She is a Detective
Superintendent with the City of London Police.   And she is in charge of Economic Crime.   I am guessing...

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Warming up for CIPA Congress
13 May 2015, 10.30 am The Congress Steering Committee meets.   We talk about the Big Cheese speakers we have
lined up.   They are already being primed
to make Controversial Assertions so as to stimulate Lively Debate.   The primary intended outcome is actua...

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Retrospective Learning Outcomes
12 May 2015 Our patent attorney friend, he of helium-filled piranha
fame, expresses concern that he did not prepare any Learning Outcomes for
yesterday’s workshop.   He is worried that
Ms Sear will tell him off. I tell him not to worry.   In my experience, ...

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Piranha & pizza
11 May 2015 There is a large helium-filled piranha floating menacingly
around CIPA Hall.   It approaches The
Queen and Prince Philip, veers away at the last minute and turns on Byte-sized
Bill instead.   Then it hurtles towards
the ceiling, almost incinerat...

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Oh no! Power cut!
8 May 2015 At home in the evening, the power goes down.   I realise that without electricity, I am
basically completely useless.   There is
very little that I do that doesn’t rely on some form of electronic equipment
and at least a semblance of connectivity...
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