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IP inclusive week 2018

Dr Clair Curran

By Dr Clair Curran

Senior Patent Attorney

Inclusion in the IP industry is a cause that’s close to our hearts. So we wanted to show our support for IP Inclusive week.

The IP industry needs to face the challenge of becoming more inclusive. There are many great initiatives out there which are helping to encourage diversity, so we’ve included a few examples of those we support below.

Women in IP

In 2016, IPReg revealed that 34.8% of the attorneys it regulates are female. And, at CIPA’s Annual Life Sciences Conference, held last week, it was great to see that two of the three session chairs were female patent attorneys.

This is great — but we can still work to encourage women to consider IP as a profession and raise awareness of the career among students. Women in IP is a support and networking group from IP Inclusive, which runs lots of great events to support those working in IP and those considering IP as a career.

We’re running a networking event for Women in IP day in partnership with Women in IP ourselves early next year — we’ll be releasing more details nearer the time. We also profiled some of our female attorneys for our World IP Day blog back in April, and you might also want to read and share my colleague Jenny Smith’s guide to why people should consider a career in IP.

WISE is another great initiative that campaigns for gender balance in the science, technology and engineering disciplines.

Inclusion in IP

IPReg also revealed that 93.8% of the attorneys it regulates are white. While this statistic is based on incomplete data, it’s clear that other ethnicities are under-represented in the industry. As IP is so far reaching, we can only benefit from more diversity amongst attorneys.

IP & ME is a support group from IP inclusive which works to promote diversity and support ethnic minorities working, or those considering a career, in IP. IP inclusive has also set up Careers in Ideas, a resource hub, to inspire people into the IP profession.

You may also be interested in STEM, a charity which is working to ensure that young people from all backgrounds have the chance to progress into science, technology, engineering and maths-related careers — many of these people may be well suited to working in IP.

Inclusion at UDL

We’re proud that a third of our attorneys are female. We’re also proud to support Mind as our charity of the year and have made raising awareness of mental health issues throughout our firm a key priority.

We’ll continue to try our best to support the initiatives we’ve mentioned and promote inclusivity as widely as possible.

Make some noise

Join the discussion this week using the hashtag #ipinclusiveweek. Together, we can all work to be conscious of diversity and encourage inclusion in our industry wherever possible.

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