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Women in Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law is one of the most exciting, prominent, and fast-growing practice areas in the law today. The subject matter varies from very technical, evolving issues to the time-tested symbols and products of everyday life.

Ever since the beginning of time, female and male innovators and creators from all walks of life have changed our world through the power of their creativity. However, some groups remain severely under-represented. Although this area of law remains exciting and a diverse practice, a recent article published in the United States of America has stated that women inventors revealed that women remain dramatically underrepresented in the intellectual property world. This is rather sad to see as women’s innovative potential is underutilized at a time when we need the widest possible range of talents to solve pressing problems facing humanity today.

The economic dispute for diversity has been at the forefront for many years, however, inaction has blocked ways for change from taking place. Intellectual property is a niche field of law at the intersection of two male-dominated spheres: law and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Unfortunately, due to several gender-related factors, female engagement with STEM is low and the legal and science pipelines have been greatly restricted for women.

Women who find themselves in the area of law dealing with intellectual property do not have an easy way out for the realisation of success and equal opportunities. For the most part, our society is still prejudiced toward thinking of women as wives and mothers, and not as patent and/or trademark attorneys, prosecutors or intellectual property litigators. To change this view there will need to be several adjustments within the structure of law firms to help women succeed in this fast-growing and exhilarating field of intellectual property law. Progress won’t continue on its own, however, Law firms need to realize that female and male attorneys’ are different and incorporate these differences into equal opportunities that are given to all attorneys.

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