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WIPR Diversity 2022

October 2022

WIPR Diversity 2022 is out and HGF is a gold WIPR Global Diversity Supporter.

The 2022 edition includes:

  • Influential woman in IP and trailblazers – the women making waves in law
  • Growing fears – discover why there is no room for complacency in D&I
  • Neurodiversity in IP – why all minds matter
  • Mental health – striving for authenticity at work
  • And more…

A huge congratulations to HGF Trade Mark Director Adjoa Anim who has been featured in the annual listing of WIPR’s Influential Women in IP and HGF Partner & Patent Attorney Vanessa Stainthorpe who has been featured in the WIPR Diversity Champions list.

In this issue, you can also find an article by HGF Patent Director Dr Sofie McPherson and Senior Patent Attorney Dr Janine Swarbrick on ‘Promoting women in STEM‘. What does it mean for women to be at the heart of our business? They examine the gender balance in IP and what is being done to improve it.

Latest updates

Can AI replace patent attorneys?

OpenAI recently released a dialogue-based AI chatbot called ChatGPT, which is free for anyone to try out. You can try it here (https://chat.openai.com/chat). It’s been shown that it can set, …

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HGF office closures in December 2022 and January 2023

Please note that our offices will be closed for business in accordance with national holidays on the following dates. Please plan accordingly and provide us with your instructions in advance …

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Start of the UPC Sunrise Period delayed to 1 March 2023

The UPC sunrise period which was expected to start on 1 January 2023 has now been postponed to 1 March 2023. Consequently, the entry into force of the UPCA and …

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Gender diversity at the UPC

In Europe, women remain grossly under-represented in research and innovation. A recent study by the European Patent Office (EPO) found that only 13.2% of inventors in Europe are women. The …

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Event - 29th November 2022

LSPN Europe 2022

HGF is a silver sponsor of LSPN Europe 2022 on 29th November in London. This event will explore some of the biggest challenges facing the Life Sciences Patent Community right now …

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Oral Proceedings by videoconference (VICO) in oppositions proceedings to become permanent

The pilot project for oral proceedings in opposition proceedings by video conference (VICO) started during the pandemic and has received positive feedback.[1] The President of the EPO has therefore declared …

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