We are pleased to announce another IP Inclusive event taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week. Kilburn & Strode, supporter of IP Inclusive and signatory of the IP Inclusive Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, is running an event on mental health at their London office on 11th May 2017. The event begins at 17:30, and comprises a panel discussion and Q&A session, followed by networking and refreshments at 19:00.
The event will cover what steps we can each take to thrive, rather than just survive, by looking after our mental health and building resilience to cope with the demands of life. The event is open to everyone working in IP, including fee earners and support staff. Kilburn & Strode encourages as many IP professionals to attend and hopefully take back insights and learning to their places of work. To reserve your place at the event, please sign-up here.
Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 8th to 14th May 2017 and, as previously mentioned here, IP Inclusive is running events during this week. Wynne-Jones IP and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), both supporters of IP Inclusive and signatories of the IP Inclusive Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, are jointly running an event on mental health at the UK IPO in Newport (Wales) on 11th May 2017. For more information, see the event poster below, and head here to book your space at the event. We hope many of you will be able to join this event to explore this important topic.
Check this blog regularly to hear about other events in this series. (See here for the event taking place in Leeds). If you are organising your own event for Mental Health Awareness Week, please let us know and we'll add it to this blog.
Join us at AIPLA's Global Networking Event!
On Thursday 4th May 2017, the Women in IP network of IP Inclusive will be participating in the AIPLA Women In IP Law Committee’s Global Networking Event in Glasgow, Manchester and London. 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 4th May, and are kindly being hosted by some of the IP Inclusive Charter signatories. Please register early as places are limited.
Glasgow: Join us for wine, nibbles and networking as we discuss plans for and progress towards the Unified Patents Court (UPC). This event is being hosted by Murgitroyd. To register, or for more information, please email Lauris Kemp. Please note, this event is for women only.
Manchester: Gather in Manchester, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and now GrapheneCity, at Mewburn Ellis LLP’s office to celebrate innovation and inclusion. Over cheeses, wine and mocktails we’ll discuss the role women play in innovation, both by celebrating notable figures from our history and by looking to the future and our role in it. To register, or for more information, please email Sarah Brearley. Please note, this event is for women only.
London: Gill Jennings & Every LLP invite you to meet at the Urban Innovation Centre, Clerkenwell for cocktails and canapés and to hear from speakers who work to encourage young women into the scientific professions and to support investment in innovative start-ups with a diverse leadership. If you would like more information, or would like to know how to register, please email Lucy Samuels. Please note, this event is open to women and men.
We look forward to seeing you there,
The Women In IP Committee
Hannah Fish, Marketing Manager at Charter signatory Carpmaels & Ransford, has alerted us to a recent podcast by the Economist on diversity. Hannah writes: "Diversity is a term which is widely used but, in a recent podcast, Anne McElvoy at The Economist considers how organisations can go beyond diversity being a tick-box exercise to creating a thriving workplace. The podcast, "Economist Asks: How do organisations counter diversity fatigue?", reports from the second annual Pride and Prejudice event and profiles company executives from a range of sectors about their experiences of going beyond the tick-boxing, and of putting diversity into practice".
If you have any thoughts on this topic, or on the podcast, feel free to share via the comment boxes on this blog.
As previously mentioned on this blog, this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is from 8th to 14th May 2017. HGF Limited, supporter of IP Inclusive and signatory of the IP Inclusive Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, is running an event on mental health at their Leeds office on 10th May 2017. For more information, see the event poster below. We hope many of you will be able to join HGF's event to explore this important topic.
Check this blog regularly to hear about other events in this series. If you are organising your own event for Mental Health Awareness Week, please let us know and we'll add it to our blog.
Isobel Barry, a senior associate at Carpmaels & Ransford, is our latest guest blogger and discusses the Women of the World festival she recently attended in London. Carpmaels & Ransford is one of the signatories of the IP Inclusive Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and Isobel is a key member of the Women in IP group and IP Out.
Isobel writes: "March featured a large number of women-focussed events to coincide with International Women's Day, and one of the biggest in London was the Women of the World (WOW) festival. Over three days the Southbank Centre was buzzing with thousands of people, mostly women, attending talks, workshops, panel discussions, and performances of music and spoken word. Speakers ranged from MPs to asylum seekers, from academics to actors, from activists to CEOs and MDs... even a handful of men.
A caveat to this report is necessary at this point: it can only reflect the panels I attended, and with as many as 10 different sessions in a given time slot, there were a very large number of different experiences of the festival to be had.
With the work of IP Inclusive at the front of my mind on the first day I attended a session entitled The Business Case for Diversity, which featured panellists from large organizations including UBS, AIG and Bloomberg. The business case itself didn't need much explanation (see the post on this blog here), but when it came to the ways of achieving diversity, there were as many different takes as there were speakers. Some of these might be transferable to smaller businesses, some might be less so. One speaker believed that the key to diversity and inclusion is in holding line managers accountable, since they are instrumental at key points in people's careers. Another focussed on the need to make a pledge to drive change around it: "without putting a line in the sand, you won't get where you need to be". A statement that rang true was the need to look for role models that fit the business' own view of itself. There was also a suggestion that the tendency to downplay the moral and ethical case for diversity and inclusion can be a misjudgement, since people need to care to be motivated to work for change."