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Inclusion and diversity

Crowdsourcing brings gender neutrality to a legacy manual.

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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. 

IP-protected, gender-inclusive underwear? That’s Wilde!

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Wilde Mode Rainbow Briefs

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.

At a STEM career crossroads? Take the Patent Examiner route

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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.