IP Inclusive won the Managing
IP’s award for the new Corporate Social
Responsibility category. IP Inclusive was founded to promote
equality, diversity and inclusivity in the IP professions by
organising networking events and sharing practical
Towards the end of last year, the organisation set up Women
in IP task force to provide professional support, advice and
relationship-building opportunities for women in the
profession. Other task forces include IP Out in support of
LGBTQI+ IP professionals and another for the BAME
Last year, IP Inclusive created a charter by which
practitioners across the IP professions can publically declare
their commitment to respect people of all faith, gender,
sexuality and ethnicity. On Thursday, it was announced that IP
Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) has now
exceeded 100 signatories in the UK.
Making a difference
Heseltine Lake’s Chief Executive Lesley Evans
thanked Managing IP and all volunteers involved in the
initiative. Evans also encouraged the global IP community to
get engage with the EDI charter and embrace their corporate
social responsibility to inclusivity.
Speaking on winning the award, former CIPA President Andrea
Brewster said: "It was wonderful. It affirmed everything I felt
about IP Inclusive. We are starting to gain recognition and get
She added: "This is even more significant because the MIP
Awards is not just focused on one side of IP, like patents, the
sector that I am from but it covers all parts including the
non-contentious and litigation side. It shows that we are
getting traction across the full range of professions."
Special recognition also went to Richard Hart from Infineum,
who received the Outstanding Achievement award for his
long-standing involvement with the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal
regarding the rights of patent applications and issues of
partial priority. Hart’s contributions to the
debate of so-called poisonous priority resulted in the
EPO’s decision to grant partial priority to
claimants in patent prosecution.
You can view a full list of the winners
here and relive the night by using #MIPAwards.
here to view photos from the Managing IP Global Awards.