Today's blog article has kindly been provided by Kingsley Egbuonu, Research Coordinator at Managing Intellectual Property and is about the first IP & ME meetup. Managing IP are one of our Charter signatories.
Kingsley writes: "IP & ME held its first ever face-to-face meeting in London on 22 June. It was the third meeting organised by the IP & ME committee. Some members joined via telephone. We’re so grateful to CIPA and its staff, especially Lea Weir-Samuels, for hosting the meeting and being accommodating at short notice. Thank you very much.
Meeting participants discussed, among other things, how to engage with stakeholders and plans for future activities. We also learned that IP & ME’s subscribers and LinkedIn group membership have grown since we officially announced its launch just over a week ago. After the meeting we went to The Old Bank of England for drinks and a laugh. It was fun!
We intend to have regular meetups in and outside London, and preparations are underway for a major launch event in London this autumn (likely to be in September) so sign up to our mailing list and/or join our Linkedin group for updates. And please invite others as well because this group is open to all.
Please email us if your firm would be interested in hosting any of our events or if you have any enquiries.
About IP & ME
This support group is open to anyone in the IP professions who shares IP Inclusive’s values and statement of intent. The focus is on ethnic minority IP professionals. Everyone is welcome. To learn more about IP & ME and its mission statement see here."
One of the ways IP Inclusive aims to make the IP sector in the UK more diverse and inclusive is by creating support groups for 'minority' groups working in IP. As previously mentioned on this blog, IP Inclusive decided to create these groups in response to feedback from people within the IP sector who felt that such groups would provide them a 'safe' network in which they could share advice and support. Having these networks and connections can help some people feel more included and less isolated in the profession or their workplace.
So far, IP Inclusive has set-up IP Out and the Women in IP groups. We are now pleased to announce that we have set-up IP & ME - a support group which is open to anyone in the IP professions who shares IP Inclusive’s values, but is particularly for ethnic minority IP professionals.
You can find out more about IP & ME on their group page on this site. You can also attend IP & ME's first informal meetup, which is taking place in London on Thursday 22nd June, between 18:30 and 20:30 at The Old Bank of England pub. Come along to the meetup to find out more about the group, meet committee members and other IP professionals, and learn how you can get involved in the group. For more information, see the group page.
If you would like to keep up-to-date with IP & ME's activities, please subscribe to their mailing list. (See the group page for the sign-up form).