Current events call for Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) to reiterate to our members and the IP community at large that IPO deeply values diversity and inclusion, fairness, equality, and justice. As a trade association of attorneys and professionals, upholding rights for all is at the very core of our community. During this turbulent time, 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.
IPO stands with our black members, colleagues, and community as we reflect on the tragedies of the past week and the death of George Floyd.