The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) has made great headway in recent years to make change on LGBT+ issues in the IP profession. Julia Florence, CIPA President, and Andrea Brewster, IP Inclusive Leader, comment:
CIPA is very proud to be one of the founding members and a major supporter of IP Inclusive. The fact that this organisation has become so well established in a few short years, demonstrates that there is both a need and a desire to increase diversity within the IP profession, and to provide an inclusive environment for all those who work in the IP sector.
IP Out has gone from strength to strength and has done some great work in bringing Allies on board - I'm proud to be one!
Andrea Brewster OBE, Chartered patent attorney & European patent attorney, CIPA Council, IP Inclusive leader
IP Out was the first of IP Inclusive’s networking and support communities, focused on LGBT+ IP professionals and their allies. It has flourished ever since it launched in November 2016. Its events, steered by enthusiastic committee members, continue to tackle a variety of often difficult topics, from the decision to come “out” at work and its mental health implications, to transgender inclusivity, to parenting options for LGBT+ people.
For me, the most important aspect of IP Out is its ability to conversations that were not previously taking place among IP professionals. It provides a safe space for LGBT+ professionals, and a forum in which both they and their allies can talk candidly about the issues that affect them.
You genuinely can, now, be Out and Proud in the IP sector.