This webinar is a collaboration between IP Ability and our newest community, the IP Non-traditional Family Network. It’s been organised to mark Carers Week (7-13 June 2021), the theme for which is “Make Caring Visible and Valued”.

It’s not always immediately apparent when people are juggling caring responsibilities with their professional lives. People’s family circumstances – particularly for those in non-traditional families – are often hidden from view or obscured by our assumptions. This webinar aims to look behind the assumptions, explode some of the myths and open up new conversations. It will cover the legal rights of carers and solo parents, how best to accommodate and support them in the workplace and their experiences within the IP sector.

The discussions will be hosted by IP Ability co-lead Chris Clarke of Vectura, who will be joined by five speakers:

  • Rhys Wyborn, an employment lawyer at Shakespeare Martineau, discussing an employer’s legal obligations
  • Karen Genuardi, Head of People at AA Thornton, talking about practical examples of accommodating and supporting carers and solo parents
  • Marianne Privett (IP Ability co-lead and Partner at AA Thornton), Beth Marshall (IP Ability committee member and Patent Attorney at Murgitroyd) and Janine Swarbrick (IP Non-traditional Family Network co-lead and Senior Patent Attorney at HGF), who together will discuss the experiences of carers and solo parents working in the IP sector

At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.


This webinar is open to all IP professionals. Please register using this link, or if you would prefer, email [email protected]. Please also let us know, by email to IP Ability, if we can help with any access requirements.


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.