Paying a visit to Winkler Partners in Taipei in March this year, where I was met by Christine Chen and Betty Chen, was a real pleasure. Winkler Partners really made an impression on me and I’ve thought a lot about the way this firm does business since meeting there and I believe helps shape the way we want to do business too.
Winkler Partners (www.winklerpartners.com) is a law firm of US and Taiwanese lawyers. It is a full service law firm but also has a trade mark service business. Clearly a competent and professional practice, with excellent lawyers, Winkler Partners is rightly proud of its ethical, environmental and social credentials.
Having had in mind making improvements and taking further steps to improve the environmental impact of Ellis IP and its social responsibility, seeing the work in this regard at Winkler Partners has really given me the confidence and the impetus to move with these projects and indeed helps shape them.
Winkler Partners is a member of 1% For The Planet, which demonstrates a commitment to making a contribution to the environment, and is a certified B Corporation which demonstrates its level of social and environmental commitment. The offices of Winkler Partners are operated in a way that are family friendly. Child day care is provided in a nice space on site along with an after school club for the children of staff. The rooftop hosts solar panels, but more than that there are water collectors for grey water toilets in the offices, and on the roof a space for a garden where staff grow their own fruit and vegetables (see photo). To me, it was a really inspiring example of what a law office could and indeed should be like.
I completely agree that corporations and law firms and indeed patent and trade mark firms should do more for charitable, social and environmental causes. I shall certainly be exploring opportunities for Ellis IP to do more and will look to put into effect in the coming months, in no small part thanks to Winkler Partners.