Career development, IP Futures, Social

A panel discussion & networking evening
with IP Futures

Tuesday 24 May 2022
6 for 6.30 pm


A discussion about what a career in IP has to offer, with top tips from experienced practitioners on navigating your career in IP.   


IP Futures invited friends to join them for an evening exploring careers in IP with a panel discussion and networking session.

Interested in a career in IP? Considering a role in-house or a move to private practice? Recently joined the profession and don’t know where your career is heading? With the various career paths available in IP, you can often feel overwhelmed when considering the direction of your career.

Attendees were able to listen to a variety of experienced IP professionals from a range of backgrounds discuss their career journeys, as well as the highs and lows a career in IP can offer. There was also an opportunity to network after the panel discussion with a drinks and nibbles reception provided.

The event was organised by IP Futures, which is an IP Inclusive community specifically for early-stage professionals in IP with up to 6 years of experience. You can read more about IP Futures here. It was sponsored by Finnegan Europe LLP and hosted at their London offices located at 1 London Bridge.

We’ve included some photos from the event below; also check out IP Futures’ LinkedIn post.


Photo of delegates at the 24 May 2022 event

A full house, eager to learn…

Photo of the panel & audience at the 24 May 2022 event

…and some great advice from our panellists

Photo of people networking at the 24 May 2022 event

Face-to-face networking – it’s been a while!











Meet the panellists

Our panel included professionals with a background in patents and trade marks from both private practice and in-house positions:

  • Jenny Barker – UK Qualified Solicitor and Director of Global Anti-Counterfeiting at GSK
  • Clare Cornell – Patent and Trade Mark Attorney & Partner at Finnegan Europe LLP
  • Rebecca Greenslade – Senior Patent Attorney, Shell International Limited
  • Jen Le Mière – Vice President of Intellectual Property at Inivata
  • Maeve O’Flynn – Patent Attorney & Partner at Finnegan Europe LLP
  • Anand Varu – Patent Counsel, British American Tobacco



6-6:30 pm: arrival, registration and welcome drinks

6:30-7:30 pm: panel discussion

7:30-8.30 pm: networking drinks and nibbles reception



Finnegan Europe LLP’s London Office at 1 London Bridge, 5th Floor, London, SE1 9BG



This event was for early-career UK-based IP professionals – this covered anyone working in IP, including for example trainee solicitors, patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, barristers and paralegals, with up to 6 years’ experience. We also welcomed prospective IP professionals such as students.



This event was free. So are all our resources. We think it’s important to keep IP Inclusive the right side of the paywall.

That said, we do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoyed the event please consider contributing to our 2021-22 fundraising campaign. For more information – including about corporate donations – visit our fundraising page.

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