Allow us to reassure and inspire you, with Episode Two of “What I’d tell my younger self”.

Vanessa Stainthorpe has over 25 years’ experience in the patent profession with a background in electronic engineering, and is a partner in the HGF medical devices team. She has a keen interest in improving diversity and inclusion, and is a key figure in IP Inclusive, having been involved since its inception and now leading its North of England network. She also advises HGF’s own EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Focus Group. She organised and hosted events for D&I allies in June and October 2020, with the popular allies’ “Ask Me Anything” recordings as a follow-up, and was named one of the World IP Review‘s Influential Women in IP in 2021.

We’re very excited that Vanessa is going to be speaking to IP Futures in an informal “fireside chat” with committee member Sanam Habib (also HGF). Vanessa will discuss her journey in the IP profession and her experiences of D&I, and in particular how to promote positive change and to be a good D&I ally.

This is an informal event and therefore we won’t be recording. There will be a Q&A session at the end of our discussion where you will have the opportunity to put your own questions to Vanessa.


This event is open to IP professionals (especially early-career IP professionals) in all roles – not just attorneys! Please sign up using the Eventbrite link above (top right). If you would prefer not to use Eventbrite, please contact [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.


This event is free. So are all our resources. We think it’s important to keep IP Inclusive the right side of the paywall.

That said, we do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoy the event please consider contributing to our 2021-22 fundraising campaign. For individual ad hoc donations, our crowdfunding page is here. Or for more information – including for corporate sponsors – visit our general fundraising page here.

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