IP Futures is a new IP Inclusive Community for early career stage IP professionals. It’s intended to offer networking and support for those who are not yet fully qualified or less than three years post-qualification, in all IP-related roles including, for example, paralegals and formalities officers, secretaries, patent office examiners, searchers and information scientists, IP managers, IP solicitors and barristers, and patent and trade mark attorneys.
We’re not yet fully up and running, but we do have a launch event planned on 12 September 2019 (details here). We’ve also run an initial survey (see below) to gather data to inform our future work.
To receive updates about our activities and events, you can sign up to the IP Inclusive mailing list here and select IP Futures as one of your communities of interest. (Please note that if you’re already signed up to one of our mailing lists, when you submit the form below you will be asked to “update your preferences”.)
Our initial survey looked at diversity levels among the next generation of IP professionals. It was particularly focused on social mobility and access into IP-related jobs. The survey is now closed, but we’ll be discussing the results in our launch event on 12 September 2019 (see above), so please come along to have your say as well. See you there!