IP Inclusive is an initiative which brings people together from across the IP sector in pursuit of a common goal: to promote and improve equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing within our community. It was created by volunteers, for volunteers. Pretty much everything we do is powered by the generosity and commitment of IP professionals and the organisations they work in.
We welcome IP professionals of all types, at all levels of seniority, from all kinds of working environments and in all parts of the UK. And we define “IP professional” broadly, as anyone who works in or with intellectual property. That includes, for example, patent attorneys; trade mark attorneys; barristers and solicitors working in IP; staff within IP registering offices; patent and IP managers; IP administrators, secretaries and paralegals; IP licensing executives; information scientists, searchers, translators and any other professionals (including HR and management professionals) working in IP or with other IP professionals; those who provide representative, support or advisory services to IP professionals; and regulators of IP professionals.
Below you can meet some of the people who are leading our key activities at the moment, including our networking and support communities. By next week, you could be one of them too…
I’m Anne, an experienced administrator in a broad range of fields from art history to waste packaging and even plumbing. I am new to the world of IP and am excited to join the team and support the fantastic work they do.
I’m Helen. I have 19 years’ experience in the IP industry as a patent attorney. Since 2019 I have been undertaking training with the Psychosynthesis Trust and am currently working towards their Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling. I am excited to join IP Inclusive and look forward to bringing my skills and experience to this role, as well as learning more about all the valuable work they do.
I’m Andrea. I’ve been leading IP Inclusive since its inception in 2015. Before that I was a patent attorney and also served as CIPA President for the year from 2015-2016. My passion for diversity and inclusion has grown with IP Inclusive and I’m delighted we now have a strong executive team to support our many amazing volunteers.
All our volunteers and staff act for IP Inclusive under our Code of Conduct.
IP Inclusive Management (IPIM) is the governing body that oversees everything we do under the IP Inclusive banner, including for our Careers in Ideas campaign. It looks after our finances and bank account, and legal, compliance and other formal issues such as insurance and data protection. You can find out more about IPIM here.