Following the successful launch of IP Inclusive's Women in IP group last November, the group has been busy organising future networking events, seminars and discussions. Many attendees of the November launch event were keen on there being more regular networking events for women working in the IP professions. So, the Women in IP group have launched informal 'meet up' events, the first of which took place on Monday in Manchester. The 'meet up' events are open to all women working in IP. Paralegals, patent and trade mark administrators, technical translators, technology transfer staff, legal secretaries, members of the IPO, etc. are all very welcome and encouraged to attend. These events are not just for IP attorneys and solicitors, and you do not have to be members of CIPA, ITMA or any other legal institute/body in order to attend.
Sarah Brearley, Associate Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis LLP and one of the leaders of the Women in IP group, organised the first event in Manchester.
"As part of our program of events for 2017, the IP Inclusive Women in IP group are organising a series of informal “meet up” events around the country. The idea is simple: at a given time, in a given place, there will be at least one recognisable “Woman in IP” and you are invited to pop along, say hi and to get to know us and each other a little.