Inclusion and diversity
The IPO is part of an international taskforce set up by the USPTO to improve the representation of women in IP. Nicola Smith, our Diversity and Inclusion Cultural Advisor, told us about her recent visit to join taskforce members.
Following National Inclusion Week (26 Sep – 2 Oct) it’s now National Dyslexia Week and we’re reflecting on our accessibility progress here at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). As I browsed through the archives, I came across a blog written …
Patent examiners are the technical experts who examine inventions coming into the IPO and apply IP law to see if a patent can be granted. Some of our female patent examiners tell us about their STEM route to a successful career.
The IPO has been collaborating with Code First Girls on a series of Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These courses gave an insight into some of the STEM career paths at the IPO and how people of all ages and genders can enter the field.
A team of more than 40 ‘crowdsourced’ patent examiners took on the task of upgrading all 1,028 pages of the IPO’s 35-year-old Manual of Patent Practice, aiming to refresh its dated language and make it inclusive. Senior Patent Examiner Phil Lawrence tells us more.
National Inclusion Week 2021 has begun; it’s a week to celebrate, inspire and recognise our staff networks and to value the differences we each bring to the workplace, making the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) a fair and brilliant place to …
Dundee-based designer, Deborah, creates bespoke pants for everyone from your youngest cousin to your grandad, selling clothes from sizes XXS to 6XL. Her business, Wilde Mode, creates underwear and accessories for everyone, ensuring her products are sustainable, sensory-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free as well as gender and size inclusive. She protects her designs from copycat products using intellectual property rights.
We spoke to Deborah about how she’s championing inclusivity and why it’s so important to her as a business owner.
Most science-minded 16-21 years olds want to train as a vet, a doctor, a dentist or a teacher - job titles they are most likely to recognise through encountering them in everyday life. Hear how skills needed for these highly visible scientific professions have paved the way for some of IPO's Patent Examiners to achieve the roles they're in today.
This week we are marking World Autism Awareness Week, which leads up to World Autism Awareness Day on Friday 2nd April. In this article we want to raise awareness of autism, understand why it is important and look at what …
On International Women’s Day, we talk to Hazel Thorpe, Senior Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office and Wales STEM Woman of the Year, about redressing the gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).