2016 has been an eventful year, and not always in a good way. But as it draws to a close, I find myself with only positive memories of what IP Inclusive has achieved. And it’s time to say my thank yous. Because whilst I may have been the one standing at the helm, it’s been the many other committed supporters who’ve driven the ship forward, who’ve kept a look-out for threats and opportunities, and who’ve provided the vision and the passion to keep projects on track.
And these are unpaid volunteers, note: busy professionals all. IP Inclusive is powered solely by donations – of time, expertise, hospitality and finance – from the generous individuals and organisations that support us.
So, I would like to say a massive pre-Christmas “thank you”:
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When we developed the IP Inclusive Charter, the wording we used was purposefully broad to enable many IP organisations, as well as in-house IP departments, to sign the Charter. In practice, most of the Charter signatories (of which there are nearly 90!) are IP firms. Thus, the 'Best Practice' group within IP Inclusive has been trying to identify the barriers that may prevent organisations from signing the Charter.
We are pleased to announce that after discussions with representatives of IP Federation, some changes to the wording on the sign-up page for the Charter have been agreed which we hope will enable in-house IP departments to sign the Charter. In particular, we have made it clearer that senior managers in an IP department are signing the Charter on behalf of the IP department only, and that the IP Department will comply with the IP Inclusive Charter to the extent appropriate and possible within the larger organisation.
We hope we'll now be able to add more in-house IP departments to the list of Charter signatories! If you have any questions about the Charter, please do not hesitate to get in touch.