In response to the mass shooting in Atlanta on March 16, IPO reiterates its condemnation of all forms of violence, discrimination, and racism. We stand in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander members, colleagues and others in the IP community and mourn with those who have lost loved ones due to acts of hatred.
Executive Director, Jessica Landacre said, “We have a responsibility as an organization and a community to do our part to speak out against and take action toward eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination. IPO and the affiliated IPO Education Foundation are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do.
”We ask our community to reflect on IPO’s Membership and Values Statement, adopted by the IPO Board of Directors in 2018.”
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) values a diverse membership that is inclusive and empowering to all individuals, regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or socioeconomic status. IPO believes that the vitality of the association and the IP profession is dependent on the contributions of a community that reflects the diverse perspectives of a global economy.
IPO is committed to inclusive practices and to providing services, professional development, and leadership opportunities for its members and staff, which will ultimately inform and support a strong intellectual property system.