Women in IP are very excited to announce that for the first time in two years, their annual event will be in-person, and is proudly hosted by Gowling WLG at their offices in London. For those wishing to join remotely, there will also be a dial-in or online link.

Our theme is “Mind the Gap” – inspired by Mary Ann Sieghart’s book The Authority Gap: Why women are still taken less seriously than men, and what we can do about it. 

There’s certainly no requirement to have read the book before the event, although if you do have the time to, then it will very likely inspire you to learn more about what we can do to narrow the “Authority Gap”.

There wil then be a panel discussion followed by the chance for you to network with your peers from across the IP professions. We welcome everyone in the IP professions, of all genders.

IPInclusive hopes that you can join them for this hugely important discussion, in what we are sure will be a very fun evening!

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Meet the panel

The discussion will be hosted by Kate Swaine, Co-Head of IP at Gowling WLG, and our panellists will include:

  • Anna Elagina – Finance Director at Boult Wade Tennant
  • Gordon Harris – International IP Leadership at Gowling WLG
  • Sadia Salam – Executive Coach, Inclusion Facilitator, Speaker & Recovering Lawyer of 20 years
  • James St Ville QC – 8 New Square
  • Lucy Wojcik – Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Ocado Group plc

They will discuss their experiences of the Authority Gap and the unseen bias at work in our everyday lives, and provide tips as to what individuals, partners, parents, colleagues, employers, teachers, the media and governments can do to narrow the gap.

We will also open the discussion to the audience for questions and further advice. This will be followed by networking and drinks at the in-person event.