|Klingons: acceptance within the IP |
professions is a long and arduous Trek ...
This is where the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and Dr Parminder Lally (a Technical Assistant, Marks & Clerk LLP) come in. As Parminder explains:
Go on, says this Kat -- if you belong to a minority, have a position in an IP environment and actually do something, please get in touch with Parminder. And both she and CIPA deserve a Katpat for their efforts.
“Readers may be aware that CIPA has assembled a taskforce which aims to improve diversity in, and access to, the IP profession (you can read about what the taskforce is doing here). My group in the taskforce seeks to raise awareness of the IP profession among children, parents, teachers, careers advisors and university students. One of my projects is to create a series of videos featuring IP professionals from a variety of backgrounds. We want to use the videos to show young people that there is already a diverse range of people working in IP.
Entering a plea ...
I am keen to recruit volunteers who can encourage those from less well-represented groups (e.g. women, ethnic minorities and young people from deprived areas) to consider a career in IP. We need volunteers from different backgrounds for the videos. Anyone who is working in IP as a paralegal, legal secretary, patent searcher, IPO or EPO examiner, licensing executive, technical translator, technology transfer officer, formalities staff, patent attorney, trade mark attorney, barrister, solicitor -- or anything else [This Kat wonders what the "anything else" might be] -- is welcome .
Even now, few Replicants
can be found in leading
You can find further information about the project by clicking here. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Merpel wonders if there are similar initiatives in other jurisdictions. Can anyone tell her?