Join us at AIPLA's Global Networking Event!
On Thursday 19th April 2018, the Women in IP network of IP Inclusive will be participating in the AIPLA Women In IP Law Committee’s Global Networking Event in Cambridge, Manchester, London, Bristol and Glasgow. Join us, along with other cities across Europe, to catch-up with fellow IP professionals and to hear from speakers on fascinating topics around women in innovation.
The events will be held in the late afternoon and evening on Thursday 19th April. Please register early as places are limited. This page will be updated with the details of each event as we receive them.
As always, all types of IP professionals are welcome to attend the event, including paralegals, patent and trade mark administrators, patent searchers, IPO Examiners, trainees, patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, IP solicitors and barristers.
Cambridge: AstraZeneca is delighted to be hosting the Cambridge edition of the AIPLA Women In Intellectual Property Law Global Networking Event, in conjunction with IP Inclusive. The event will begin at 17:00, and will be an excellent opportunity to catch up with fellow intellectual property professionals and hear from two fascinating speakers, Rebekah Martin, Deputy General Counsel at AstraZeneca, and Christine Martin, Investment Manager at Cambridge Enterprise. There will be a chance to network over drinks and canapés. For further details or to book a (free) place at the event, please visit the registration page. Please note, this event is open to women and men.
Manchester: Once again, Mewburn Ellis LLP’s office are hosting the event, which will feature gin sampling (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and a celebration of the conributions of women in IP and innovation in North West England. To register, or for more information, please email Sarah Brearley. Please note, this event is open to women and men.
London: Finnegan is proud to host the AIPLA Women in IP Global Networking Event and invites you to join them for cocktails and canapés, and get inspired by their guests speakers, including Mandy Haberman, a British inventor and entrepreneur. For further details or to book a (free) place at the event, please visit the registration page. Please note, this event is open to women and men.
Glasgow: Murgitroyd is hosting the event, which will feature a gin tasting and a special guest speaker Cheryl Tubach, Chief IP Counsel at J. M. Huber Corporation. The event will be taking place between 17:00 and 19:00 at Murgitroyd's office in Glasgow. To book a (free) place at the event, please visit the registration page.
Bristol: Haseltine Lake is delighted to be hosting an informal networking event for the IP community celebrating the role of women in innovation in the South West. The event will be held at Haseltine Lake’s Bristol office, from 16:30 - 19:00 and is open to everyone of every gender working within the IP Community in the South West Region. To book a (free) place at the event, please email Haseltine Lake.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!
The Women In IP Committee
IP Inclusive, in association with CIPA, CITMA and our headline sponsor Dehns, will be launching Careers in Ideas, an initiative for those considering a career in intellectual property.
Andrea Brewster OBE, leader of IP Inclusive, will open the event. Guests will have the opportunity to hear about the inception of Careers in Ideas, to view its resources and to engage in a panel discussion.
Andrea said: “Careers in Ideas will provide a platform that will raise awareness of IP-related careers and if successful, will uncover the potential of thousands of students in the future.
“The aim of the initiative is to introduce IP careers to those considering their future before they make decisions that will rule them out of a career in ideas and show them the possibilities and options within the IP professions.
“This initiative will not only widen students’ career choices but also increase diversity and benefit the IP professions as a whole.”
This isn't the sexiest part of our diversity initiative, but it's essential nonetheless. "IP Inclusive Management" is the body that oversees work done under the IP Inclusive banner. It's responsible for our bank account and for our legal and regulatory compliance. It signs off our plans and budgets and liaises with third parties on behalf of the wider IP Inclusive community.
It's a small, committee-like body and its current members (appointed at the AGM which took place on 23rd January 2018), are:
• CIPA, represented by Andrea Brewster (Chair) and Lee Davies;
• CITMA, represented by Keven Bader and Richard Goddard;
• FICPI-UK, represented by Liz Dawson (Treasurer);
• IP Federation, represented by Carol Arnold (Secretary); and
• Michael Silverleaf QC.
From now on, IP Inclusive Management will meet every month, and in the interests of transparency and accountability, we will publish the minutes of those meetings here on the IP Inclusive website. So, below you can find the minutes from the most recent meeting on 15th March 2018, together with a copy of the association's formal constitution for the record.
To get in touch with IP Inclusive Management, please email the team.
Chair, IP Inclusive Management
This year, Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 14th to 20th May 2018 and, once again, IP Inclusive will be running events and seminars during this week. This year, MHAW is focussing on stress. Research has shown that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. The IP profession can often be stressful - long days, complex legal problems, client-based challenges, and deadline management can often take its toll on the mental health of people working in the sector, which is why IP Inclusive hope many of you will be able to participate in one of our MHAW events this year.
We currently have two events for MHAW 2018:
These events will be open to all IP professionals. That means not only fee earners but also the professionals who work with them, for example secretaries, IP administrators and paralegals, HR professionals, searchers, translators and Patent Office examiners. These are issues which affect the whole team – let’s reach out to everyone and include them in the discussion.
We'll update this blog with information about more MHAW venues and events soon. In the meantime, you can find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here and if you’re on Twitter, by following the hashtag #MHAW18.
If you are organising your own event for Mental Health Awareness Week, please let us know and we'll add it to this blog.
Today's blog article has kindly been provided by Ryan Compton, Director of Centre for Resolution, and is the next instalment in the four part series on the process of employing someone with a disability.
Ryan writes: "We hope you enjoyed our previous blog ‘Introduction to disability and employment’. So for the next instalment in the series we are taking a look at inclusive recruitment and what this may look like for employers.
Fair and accessible
In order for us to recruit people with disabilities we must make the recruitment process fair and accessible. Some employers don’t realise that before a candidate with a disability gets to the job interview stage, there are multiple barriers that they face for example job adverts being inaccessible. In some cases job adverts have excluded people with disabilities by stating such things as you must hold a valid driving licence. This isn’t completely true as somebody with a disability may have access to a vehicle and may be entitled to a driver funded by Access to Work.
There are some people with disabilities who would require the advert in a different format for example by having someone read out the information via the telephone and some people use email as an alternative method. In most adverts there are contact details listed at the bottom of the advert: is this contact person well informed about the job and are they able to provide the advert in an alternative format?
The job interview comes with multiple barriers for people with disabilities. Some people with disabilities may find it difficult to get to a job interview for a number of reasons: for example until they have secured the job with you they can’t get access to funding to enable them to get to your workplace, or they may have recognised the job advert at short notice and arranging support to enable them to attend the interview could prove difficult. Advances in technology such as Skype® or the good old telephone may prove invaluable in opening up a job opportunity to a wider field of candidates.
IP Inclusive, in association with CIPA, CITMA and our headline sponsor Dehns, invite you to the launch of Careers In Ideas on Tuesday 10th April 2018. The launch will be held at the home of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE.
Careers in Ideas is an initiative that was created for anyone considering – or who might consider – a career in the world of intellectual property, and for those who support them in their choices: careers advisers, teachers and parents.
This launch event gives everyone the opportunity to see the Careers in Ideas resources and take part in a discussion regarding the next steps to disseminate this information and help to increase diversity in IP. Careers in Ideas aims to raise awareness of all types of jobs within the IP sector, from those suitable for school-leavers to those that require further education. Therefore, we welcome all IP professionals and their colleagues - including administrators, searchers, IP managers, licensing executives as well as those in HR or practice management roles - and also professionals from the education, careers and outreach sectors to the launch event. Therefore, please share details of this event with your own contacts within the education, careers and outreach sectors, to help us widen our network and raise awareness of the IP professions.
Doors open at 5.30 pm, with welcome drinks and networking. IP Inclusive leader, Andrea Brewster, will open the event at 6 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to hear about how Careers In Ideas came about, including a presentation showcasing the Careers In Ideas website and resources. This will be followed by a panel discussion with, we hope, lots of audience participation. With the formalities out of the way by about 7.15 pm, we will enjoy a launch party with drinks and nibbles.
To register your attendance, please visit registration page here.
Careers in Ideas is a powerful, profession-wide outreach initiative which can add strength and credibility to individual organisations' recruitment efforts. We hope, therefore, that this showcase event will be of interest and value to all IP professionals.
The Institute of Business Ethics, in conjunction with Grant Thornton, have just launched their “Culture Indicators Board Briefing - understanding corporate behaviour”. One of the overwhelming messages from their research is that there needs to be proper scrutiny of behaviour at every level in an organisation.
The support which IP Inclusive are offering to help create truly respectful working environments within the IP sector, is a real step ahead of many organisations and we commend the work that you are all doing!
From our recent event on Managing Inappropriate Behaviour at Work with IP Inclusive, we have created a set of practical guidelines which we hope will be a useful starting point for discussion and action within your organisations. You can download a PPT or PDF presentation on our guidelines for managing and preventing inappropriate behaviours, as well as a list of useful resources on how to build inclusive workplaces: