2018 Diversity Report

2018 Diversity Report

 

 

 

Here at Wynne-Jones IP, we’re big on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.

To celebrate it being IP Inclusive week, we’ve released our Diversity Report for 2018.

 

2018 Diversity Report

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