This webinar looks at the effects of unconscious biases, assumptions and stereotypes in our profession and how we can take action against them. It will introduce the IP Inclusive “toolkit” prepared on the basis of our November 2017 workshop, and explore what unconscious bias is; when and why it occurs; how it impacts on both organisations and the individuals within them; and how to overcome its detrimental effects.
Among other topics, our speakers will be exploring how our internal assumptions about what constitutes “professional” impact on our behaviour and decisions in the workplace. We will also suggest simple, practical ways to start making a difference now.
This event is aimed at not only fee-earning IP professionals, but also anyone involved in recruitment or HR or with influence over their organisations’ EDI policies (for example practice managers, diversity champions and IP Inclusive Charter EDI officers). It will provide practical suggestions to help you identify and address unconscious bias in your own organisation.
- Andrea Brewster, IP Inclusive Leader
- Ben Buchanan, Deputy Director, Patents, Intellectual Property Office
- John Kennedy, Head of Marketing Strategy & Client Services, Wildbore & Gibbons LLP