On August 31, 2020, Andrew Price was quoted in World Trademark Review on the steps that law firms are taking to improve diversity in the workplace at a time when consumers are placing more value than ever on inclusion.
“Diversity and inclusion are linked to the success of not just a trademark practice but the whole law firm,” says Price. “When professionals interact in an open and equal way, diversity and inclusion are advanced and a greater sense of belonging is created.”
For Price, trademark practitioners are particularly well positioned to promote this level of interaction. “Because of the global character of the trademark profession and the symbiotic nature of foreign relationships in this field, trademark attorneys are natural ambassadors for diversity and inclusion within firms,” he says.
What is more, the Venable IP team is a shining example of this. Price continues: “The trademark group has led by example, developing diverse and inclusive leadership and working teams; fostering an extra-collaborative working environment; publicizing team successes to the firm; playing an active part in social events that showcase the varied interests and personalities of team members; and demonstrating commitment to key issues such as unconscious bias, by attending firm presentations and openly discussing the issues raised.”
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