Career development

free panel discussion and networking event
from IP Inclusive and the London Chapter of ChIPs

Monday 27 November 2023
6 – 7.15 pm


Attendees joined ChIPs and IP Inclusive to discuss recent changes to the Patents Court Guide and their impact on the diversity pipeline.

In 2022 an amended version of the Patents Court Guide introduced measures aimed at increasing diversity of representation in the court (see the IPKat post here).

Thanks to the efforts of the London Chapter of the ChIPs Network and the Patents Court Judges (past and present), the Guide now includes an express statement of support for diversity and encourages greater involvement of junior advocates wherever appropriate. It is hoped the changes will widen opportunities for currently under-represented groups and encourage diversity at all levels, in particular in the pipeline from junior to more senior levels.

We lined up a fabulous panel of speakers to take you through the background to the changes and their current implementation. Together they explored best practices to ensure that the new Guide has the desired effect of improving diversity in the IP professions. We included a short keynote talk by High Court judge The Honourable Mr Justice Meade, and there was also a chance for delegates to share their own feedback, to put questions to the panellists and to network with them over drinks and nibbles afterwards.

This was a joint ChIPs and IP Inclusive event and was kindly hosted by WilmerHale at their London office (49 Park Lane, London W1K 1PS). It was open to all UK-based IP professionals, in particular those who practise before the Patents Court and their clerks.


The panellists

Our panel included the four leaders of the ChIPs London Chapter who helped catalyse the changes to the Patents Court Guide. This was the full line-up:

They enjoyed meeting you!

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