IP Inclusive

IP Inclusive encourages diversity and inclusion within our profession.

IP Inclusive is the collective initiative of the intellectual property (IP) professions to encourage diversity and inclusion. 

Launched in 2015, the project has seen its influence grow as more firms and individuals have pledged support and further specialist support groups have been set up. 

Events, training, resources and support have all been put on and provided by IP Inclusive to the collective benefit of the whole profession and beyond. To date IP Inclusive has won two sector awards for its work. 

2018 saw the official launch of Careers in Ideas, an initiative to inspire the next generation into a career in IP.

Upcoming events

IP Inclusive holds regular events for the profession. IP Inclusive events can contribute towards CPD for Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys and CITMA Paralegals. 

IP Out presents David Stone in conversation with Stuart Baran

23rd Jan 2020 | IP Inclusive

IP Futures breakfast networking

28th Jan 2020 | IP Inclusive

How to improve access to the IP industry

29th Jan 2020 | IP Inclusive

Be yourself - everyone else is taken

5th Feb 2020 | IP Inclusive

Unconscious bias: the basics

26th Feb 2020 | IP Inclusive

Inclusivity and the menopause

4th Mar 2020 | IP Inclusive

Support groups

IP Out

A networking group for LGBT people and ‘allies’ working in the intellectual property professions. Anyone working in IP is welcome, not just attorneys.
It hosts a mixture of talks and panel discussions as well as more informal social events. Which are all open for everyone to attend.


Twitter - @IP_Out

Women in IP

For all women working in the IP professions.  This group supports women already working within the IP professions and to encourage the next generation of female IP practitioners to join the profession and climb through its ranks. 

You do not have to be a patent or trade mark attorney to join or attend events – anyone working in IP is welcome. Men are welcome to attend events organised by the Women in IP group.
The Women in IP group hosts events around the UK. These include talks and panel discussions as well as more informal social events.

Twitter - @WomeninIPI


This group celebrates diversity and inclusion in the IP professions and supports ethnic minority IP practitioners at all stages of their careers.

The group brings people together to discuss a range of issues concerning the IP professions.


Twitter - @BAMEipinclusive

Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The cornerstone of IP Inclusive is its Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The document is a public commitment by organisations to follow to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of employment practice, especially recruitment and retention, career development and workplace ethos.

Signing up to the charter requires the appointment of an ‘equality, diversity and inclusion officer’ who can certify compliance every year. This helps spread best practice across the profession. 

More than 120 firms and organisations have signed the charter, making public their commitment.