In the last few weeks, the IP Inclusive Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity has acquired an additional nine signatories, bringing the current number of signatories to 55. The list of signatories on the IP Inclusive website will be updated soon to include the most recent signatories: Ipentus Ltd, EIP Europe LLP, Wood IP Ltd and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.
Thank you to all who have signed the Charter so far – with your commitment and support, we can make the IP professions more supportive, diverse and inclusive.
If you’re wondering whether your organisation should sign the Charter, did you know:
- There are no fees to pay to sign-up?
- Anyone working in the IP law sector in the UK can sign the Charter – large firms, small firms, individual practioners, associations of lawyers, and ‘virtual’ firms are all encouraged to sign-up?
- You don’t need to have an equality, diversity and inclusion policy in place when you sign the Charter? You can develop a policy after signing-up. Once you sign-up, you’ll have access to template policies and other information to help you develop a policy that suits your organisation.
- You don’t need to be an attorney, or need to represent an attorney firm, to sign the Charter? We would like patent searchers, consultants, IP valuators, and anyone working in the IP sector to sign-up.
- Signing-up doesn’t require completing stacks of paperwork? Our online form is straightforward and takes mere moments to complete.
- After signing-up, you won’t be required to complete stacks of paperwork to monitor and report on the steps you’ve taken to make your organisation more diverse, equal and inclusive? Any reports that you may be asked to complete will be appropriate for the size and type of your organisation.
If you’re still unsure about whether you can or should sign the Charter, get in touch.