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).
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
Following the successful launch of IP Inclusive's Women in IP group last November, the group has been busy organising future networking events, seminars and discussions. Many attendees of the November launch event were keen on there being more regular networking events for women working in the IP professions. So, the Women in IP group have launched informal 'meet up' events, the first of which took place on Monday in Manchester. The 'meet up' events are open to all women working in IP. Paralegals, patent and trade mark administrators, technical translators, technology transfer staff, legal secretaries, members of the IPO, etc. are all very welcome and encouraged to attend. These events are not just for IP attorneys and solicitors, and you do not have to be members of CIPA, ITMA or any other legal institute/body in order to attend.
Sarah Brearley, Associate Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis LLP and one of the leaders of the Women in IP group, organised the first event in Manchester.
"As part of our program of events for 2017, the IP Inclusive Women in IP group are organising a series of informal “meet up” events around the country. The idea is simple: at a given time, in a given place, there will be at least one recognisable “Woman in IP” and you are invited to pop along, say hi and to get to know us and each other a little.
Last week, we held our first Women in IP event, which was attended by scores of women (and a few men!). The event featured an interactive panel discussion on “The power of networking and mentoring in developing your career”, followed by a chance to put newly-acquired tips on networking into practice. Some people attended the panel discussion only, some came to the networking session, while others enjoyed the whole event.
Cathy Mack, Practice Manager at TLIP Ltd, writes about the event and some of the interesting points raised during the panel discussion.
"Under the umbrella of the IP Inclusive initiative, the first Women in IP event was held on 2nd November 2016, hosted by IP Inclusive Charter signatory Norton Rose Fulbright. Feeling a bit daunted on arrival at the rapidly filling room confirmed that one of the topics of the event - networking - was going to be a very useful one.
After introductions, the event began with Andrea Brewster outlining the aims of IP Inclusive, and explaining how the Women in IP committee aims to facilitate the building of a network of women across the IP professions that will enable challenges to be recognised, shared and overcome. I haven’t attended many of these events, but it felt welcoming from the outset as Andrea explained in her introduction that it was open to all members of the IP profession including patent and trade mark attorneys, solicitors, barristers, trainees, administrators, UK IPO staff and searchers. In fact, as Andrea pointed out, just seeing the number of women together in one room gave a sense that “prevalence is confidence”.
As previously mentioned on this blog, the inaugural Women in IP launch event is taking place on Wednesday 2nd November 2016. We hope you will be able to join us at the event, which is kindly being hosted by IP Inclusive Charter signatory Norton Rose Fulbright.
The event comprises a lively panel discussion on “The Power of networking and mentoring in developing your career”, and will feature the following speakers:
Carol Arnold, IP Federation Immediate Past President (Chair);
Claire Baldock, Senior Partner at Boult Wade Tennant;
Penny Gilbert, Partner at Powell Gilbert;
Jean Hughes, Director Law Firms at CPA Global;
Parminder Lally, European Patent Attorney at Turnbull Lynch Intellectual Property;
Suzanne Oliver, Head of IP at ARM; and
Kate O’Rourke, Senior Counsel at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and ITMA President.
After hearing from our eminent panellists about building support networks to develop your career, and hopefully some lively discussions with the audience, there will be time for some drinks and networking of our own.
This event is open to all working in the IP professions (including men!) and is free. You can join us for the discussion and networking (limited spaces), or just the networking event (over 100 spaces). We hope you can join us for a fun and inspirational afternoon. To register for the event, please visit the registration page on the Norton Rose Fulbright website.
We look forward to seeing many of you there!