Activities which will normally count as CPD

This is not an exhaustive list but illustrates IP related activities which will normally qualify as CPD.  There is no limit or 'cap' on the number of hours that may be spent on any activity or group of activities to count towards an attorney's CPD requirement.

  1. Attending or speaking at a CPD event (such as a seminar, lecture or study course) organised by CIPA, CITMA, or an event organised by IP Inclusive, or by another body regulated by the Legal Services Board (such as the Law Society, Bar Council etc.), or at a CPD event organised by another organisation itself accredited for CPD purposes by a body regulated by the LSB – note: these CPD events are entitled to the number of CPD hours assigned by the organising or accrediting body
  2. Participating in a formally organised “in-house”, educational meeting or discussion++
  3. Participating at a CPD event referred to in 1 or 2 by indirect means such as a teleconference, videoconference, webinar or the like
  4. Preparing a lecture, seminar, book, article, podcast or law report where legal research is involved of the standard and extent required for publication in an established legal publication
  5. Speaking and preparing for a client seminar
  6. Providing a tutorial for trainees and examination candidates
  7. Giving and preparing for a lecture on careers in IP
  8. Personal study towards professional qualifications
  9. Examining for UK (or European) qualifying examinations
  10. Activities that relate to relevant European and/or foreign law
  11. Keeping up to date on developments in a specific specialist technological field
  12. Personal training in practice management
  13. Personal study of books, articles, law reports, conference papers, recordings (eg webinars or podcasts that are not interactive) and the like
  14. Serving on a committee of CITMA or CIPA expressly concerned with IP law and practice or on an IP related committee of a body such as the IP Federation, LES or FICPI
  15. Marking papers for UK (or European) qualifying exams


++         in-house educational seminars and discussions on developing IP law and practice which meet certain requirements (see the separate side tab) will automatically be considered as suitable for CPD purposes 

Activities which will NOT normally count as CPD

  1. Giving and preparing for lectures and seminars for clients on basic IP matters where the primary purpose is to obtain or retain client business
  2. Day to day training of assistants and trainees
  3. Personal study of cases and other material in the ordinary course of business where the purpose is to advise clients generally
  4. Membership of CITMA or CIPA Councils, or committees of CITMA, CIPA or other IP professional bodies not primarily concerned with developing IP law and practice.