We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new network for IP Inclusive EDI Charter signatories in the South West of England and Wales. Here are extracts from a report that first appeared on the website of Thrings, whose IP partner Megan Jefferies has been leading this project.


Megan Jefferies, IP partner at Thrings & founder member of the new South West network

IP Inclusive, a community of intellectual property (IP) professionals working towards more inclusivity in the sector, has set up a chapter in the South West with the help of founding committee member and IP partner at Thrings, Megan Jefferies.

Founded in 2015 by four IP-related trade associations, the national organisation unites the IP community in creating a more welcoming, accessible, and supportive sector for its professionals. The new arm of the initiative brings together IP lawyers, trade mark and patent attorneys and other IP professionals in the region to address topical issues affecting the industry.

IP Inclusive’s South West committee comprises Bristol and Bath-based IP professionals: Megan Jefferies, partner at Thrings; Rachel Jones, senior associate at Mewburn Ellis; Fiona McBride, partner at Withers & Rogers; Jim Pearson, partner at Abel & Imray; and Caroline Day and Susan Gregory, partner and Head of HR respectively, at Haseltine Lake Kempner.

Megan Jefferies said: “Hundreds of IP professionals operate in the South West, with a significant proportion of these being women, ethnic minorities, LGBT+ or a combination of these. We’re delighted to be bringing these communities and their allies together in a bid to make the profession more inclusive and provide a rewarding career path for its members.”

Abel & Imray will be hosting an IP Inclusive webinar during Mental Health Awareness Week in May before the regional committee kicks off a series of events with a mental health-focused gathering at Mewburn Ellis in June. Speakers are expected from the UKIPO and Jonathan’s Voice.

Megan added: “The AIPLA-led Women in IP event was met with huge enthusiasm, highlighting the appetite to bring the local IP community together on these important issues. Whatever your gender, sexual orientation, and whether you’re part of a minority group or not, we welcome you to join our events and play your part in supporting a more inclusive IP profession in the South West.”

You can read the full article here. And if you’re interested in getting involved in the new South West network, or would like to join their events and updates mailing list, please contact [email protected].



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