World IP Day pledges from women across the industry


Muireann Bolger

World IP Day pledges from women across the industry

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WIPR hears from influential women in IP, including former US federal judge Kathleen O’Malley, about why this year’s World IP Day theme has inspired them to promote women inventors and creatives.

Today marks World IP Day, and the World Intellectual Property Organization is trumpeting the “can do” attitude of women inventors, creators and entrepreneurs worldwide and their ground-breaking work—with great fanfare.

But why do we need such a theme in 2023? After all, as former US Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley tells WIPR, “women have pioneered some of the greatest and most influential inventions in history”. 

Take Anna Connelly, who back in 1887 patented the first steel exterior fire escape, a device that has undoubtedly saved countless lives.

World IP Day, WIPO, Judge Kathleen O’Malley, Sterne Kessler, Morgan Lewis, Daniel Law, Boult Wade Tennant, Finnegan, McKool Smith