IP Futures is a new IP Inclusive Community for early career stage IP professionals. It’s intended to offer networking and support for people in their first 5 or 6 years or so as IP professionals, 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 held our formal launch event on 12 September 2019. In it, we discussed some of the results of our initial survey (see below), which had gathered data on social mobility and inclusivity to help inform our future work. Keep an eye out for more definite plans as the community grows.
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 you will be asked to “update your preferences”.)
IP Futures stands in solidarity with the BAME community in the fight against racism and oppression.
This is not a political issue, but a human rights issue, and it is vital that we all reflect on the actions we must take to tackle discrimination, as individuals, firms, businesses and communities.
As part of our work, we will continue to explore ways to promote and improve racial diversity and accessibility at the early career stage of the IP professions, to facilitate change in the wider community.
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. We discussed the results in our launch event on 12 September 2019; you can read the key outcomes, from both the survey itself and the resulting discussions, here.