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How it works

Below you’ll find the activities and events that various IP sector employers have generously laid on for our Summer of IP 2024. Do keep an eye on this page, as we’re adding new entries all the time.

Before you take part in any of these, however, you’ll need to join our introductory events. These are provided by our Careers in Ideas team and will introduce you to the basics about intellectual property (IP) and the careers available here. Some will give more detail about routes into particular careers, even helping you to put your application together or giving you a chance to speak to people who already work in IP. It’s particularly important that you watch the main introductory recording so that you understand how Summer of IP works and how to get the best out of it.

We’ll be publishing details of these events soon, on our main Summer of IP 2024 page. Some will be available as recordings; others will be live events but they too will be recorded in case you can’t attend in person.

And afterwards…

If you like what you find out about IP careers this summer, you could also consider signing up to our Careers in Ideas Mentoring Hub. This is for people who are interested in a particular type of career and would like a little help getting in.

Here are the opportunities on offer from IP sector employers. Click on the cards to download details of each - or see the summary listing below. There will be plenty more to follow...

Employer opportunities

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Abel + Imray – June 2024 taster day (London)

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Careers in Ideas – 2024 coffee dates with IP professionals (online)

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Geldards – July 2024 work experience (Cardiff)

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J A Kemp – July 2024 open day (London)

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AA Thornton – 2024 “IP Detective” webinar/workshops

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Kilburn & Strode – July 2024 open day (London)

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IBM – July 2024 claim drafting webinar

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Reddie & Grose – July 2024 engineering taster day (London)

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Boult Wade Tennant – Sept 2024 open day (online)

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Geldards – Sept/Oct 2024 insight day (Cardiff)

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...and here's a list, in case you find that easier:

The formal stuff

Summer of IP activities are run by individual participating organisations, all of whom recruit into IP sector roles in the UK. They decide for themselves what type of activity or event they want to offer; where, when and for how long it takes place; and the people it’s suitable for. They take responsibility for complying with relevant legislation and other appropriate safeguards. They will treat you fairly, considerately and respectfully.

All of them have agreed to comply with our Summer of IP 2024 activity provider guidelines. The guidelines are there to ensure that participating organisations have the appropriate provisions in place to ensure the activity is a success. They will help to safeguard participants’ privacy and wellbeing, the quality of the Summer of IP offerings and their alignment with IP Inclusive’s objectives (see “About Careers in Ideas” below).

For instance, although activity providers can set their own – reasonable – criteria for selecting people to take part in their activity, they must have an objective and non-discriminatory recruitment process. The process and its timings should be clear and transparent and have reasonable adjustment policies in place which support those who have a condition, impairment or disability.

All activity providers are committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the UK IP professions. They are IP Inclusive supporters and partners and/or signatories to the IP Inclusive EDI Charter. Many have an individual in their organisation who has signed our Senior Leaders’ Pledge.

If you have any problems or concerns about a Summer of IP activity, please contact the provider directly. We’ve provided information about how to do that in each of the activity summaries above.

About Careers in Ideas

The Careers in Ideas logoCareers in Ideas is the outreach arm of IP Inclusive, an initiative which aims to promote and increase equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing in the UK’s IP professions. The Careers in Ideas mission is to improve awareness of, and access to, IP-related careers, in particular for currently under-represented groups. It provides a range of resources aimed at school, college and university students, career changers, and their advisers. It has its own website and a dedicated mentoring hub.

Importantly, Careers in Ideas exists to promote the full range of IP sector careers, including associated business support roles.

To find out more, visit the main Careers in Ideas website at https://careersinideas.org.uk/, or follow us on Twitter (@CareersInIdeas) or LinkedIn (Careers In Ideas).

IP Inclusive and Careers in Ideas are governed by IP Inclusive Management (IPIM). For information about IPIM, and its contact details, please visit this page.

 

About Summer of IP

Summer of IP is a Careers in Ideas campaign to raise awareness of IP sector careers and offer pre-application opportunities to a wider range of potential recruits. It comprises a series of events and activities taking place during the summer of 2024. For more information about Summer of IP, including other activities and events, return to our main Summer of IP 2024 webpage.