IP INCLUSIVE- JOINT STATEMENT OF INTENT
We are committed to making the IP professions more inclusive. We believe that there is value, not only to the professions and their individual members, but also to the IP system as a whole and its users, in ensuring that the IP professionals of the future encourage, embrace and sustain a more diverse workforce.
We will work together to ensure that for all those who have the necessary aptitude, regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability, wealth or background, the IP professions are:
We will encourage the IP professionals within our organisations to adopt best practices for securing increased diversity and inclusion. We will collaborate to train and support IP professionals in such practices, and to raise awareness of relevant issues. We will take a firm stance against any form of unlawful, unfair or otherwise inappropriate discrimination, whether during recruitment to the IP professions or in the working environment.
Following the round-table meeting on 27 January 2015, we will commit to a range of joint initiatives aimed at achieving the above outcomes and improving diversity throughout the IP professions.
The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)
The IP Federation
The UK Association of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI-UK)