Disability, IP Ability, Webinars

A free IP Ability and CIPA webinar
Thursday 8 October 2020
12 – 1 pm


Our topic

Dyslexia and dyspraxia are forms of neurodiversity that are frequently misunderstood. Each affects approximately 10% of the population and neither has any effect on intelligence. It is very likely that you will already be working with someone with one or both of these characteristics.

In this webinar – a joint project between our IP Ability community and CIPA – we tried to debunk some of the common myths around the topic. We aimed to help employers and employees alike understand how to enable colleagues with dyslexia and/or dyspraxia to work to their full potential, and embrace their neurodiversity.


Our speakers

  • Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen, a patent attorney with Kilburn & Strode, member of the IP Ability committee and of CIPA’s Education Committee, who chairs CIPA’s Professional Development Working Group
  • Stephen Driver, a patent examiner at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), who previously worked in scientific research at Warwick and Cambridge Universities. Stephen was diagnosed with dyspraxia when he was 39. He is active in iThink, the IPO’s support network for neurodiversity, promoting awareness and understanding of dyslexia and dyspraxia within the IPO and beyond
  • Carolyn Pepper, a partner at Reed Smith and Co-Chair of their award-winning Business Inclusion Group for people with disabilities. Carolyn is a member of the IP Ability committee and also chairs the Law Society’s Intellectual Property Law Committee


Follow-up resources

You can access a recording of the webinar here, and the presentation slides here.

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