IP Inclusive Management (IPIM) is the governing body that oversees everything done under the IP Inclusive banner, including the Careers in Ideas campaign. It is there to ensure transparency, accountability and control; to establish clear lines of reporting for IP Inclusive’s work; to mitigate risk and liability; and to provide reassurance to both internal and external stakeholders, including those who donate funds or contract with us. It is responsible for IP Inclusive’s finances and bank account, and looks after legal, compliance and other formal issues such as insurance and data protection. It also owns the assets and liabilities that arise from the initiative’s work.
IPIM’s work is largely unseen, and deliberately light-touch so as not to detract from, or unduly fetter, IP Inclusive’s crucial volunteer activities.
IPIM is an unincorporated association with a limited number of members, elected at our annual general meeting (AGM) each year. The current membership, appointed at the January 2019 AGM, is:
The Chief Executives of CIPA and CITMA (Lee Davies and Keven Bader) serve in an advisory capacity. The UK Intellectual Property Office, represented by Ben Buchanan, joins IPIM as an observer.
The association has a formal constitution which sets out its objectives. These are, essentially, to improve equality, diversity and inclusivity in the community of UK-based IP professionals. They are intended to direct everything done under the IP Inclusive banner, and they shape our mission statement.
Other key features of the constitution include broad membership criteria for UK-based IP professionals and associated organisations, and a requirement to report to and consult with the wider IP Inclusive community.
IPIM usually meets once a month. The minutes of its meetings are publicly available. It also publishes our Annual Reports. You can download these documents below.