The IP Inclusive Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion now has 63 signatories from across the UK and from a wide-range of IP organisations. We are pleased that so many IP firms have signed the Charter. We also have one signatory from industry: the BOC Group's IP department has also recently signed the Charter. We hope more in-house IP departments will follow suit soon: the Best Practice work stream has been working with the IP Federation to determine how we can get members of that group on board.
We have received requests from organisations based in Europe, Canada and India to join IP Inclusive and to sign our Charter. While it's heartening to know that awareness of IP Inclusive has spread across the globe, at this point we are concentrating on improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK's IP law sector. At IP Inclusive's next plenary meeting, we will be discussing how to encourage and facilitate the sharing of ideas and best practices between the Charter signatories and, in the spirit of inclusivity, we hope to be able to share our thoughts with our supporters abroad too. So, watch this space!
For now, take a look at the list of signatories and check if your firm has signed the Charter. If not, why not?
Of course, if you think your firm is diverse, now is the time to shift your focus to ensuring your firm is also inclusive, as discussed here.
We have another #SecretDiary excerpt!
In this post, CIPA's Immediate Past President, Andrea Brewster, writes about the recent CIPA and AIPLA Diversity in IP breakfast meeting:
13 June 2016
This year, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) diversity in the legal professions is being celebrated under the banner 'All are equal under the law' and law firms are getting involved in the Pride in London Parade. The Law Society chief executive, Catherine Dixon, and Law Society president, Jonathan Smithers, are leading the legal sector representatives at this year's event.
IP professionals, including patent and trademark attorneys, members of CIPA and ITMA, and anyone working in IP law in the UK are also welcome to attend the parade in London on Saturday 25th June. More details about the parade can be found on The Law Society website.
We hope IP professionals will also participate in the "tweet a selfie" campaign! Legal professionals can tweet a selfie between 6 June and 25 June (the day of the parade) using the hashtag #lawwithnofilter, to support the stance that all are equal under the law and no one should have to live their life pretending to be someone they're not. We look forward to seeing your selfies!!