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USPTO launches platform to drive patent filer diversity

25-03-2020

The US Patent and Trademark Office has launched a new platform aimed at encouraging greater participation in the patent system, as part of its effort to inspire a more diverse innovation economy.

Solicitors reluctant to reveal disability, says SRA report

17-03-2020Edward Pearcey

There is a reluctance among disabled legal professionals to inform their employers of their disability, according to a Solicitors Regulation Authority report, meaning firms are potentially not introducing measures to help.

International Women’s Day: pledges from the IP world

International09-03-2020Sarah Morgan

As International Women’s Day approaches, WIPR set out to discover exactly what the IP sector was doing to help forge a gender-equal world.

USPTO escapes former examiner’s bias claims

21-02-2020Sarah Morgan

A Virginia judge has handed victory to the US Patent and Trademark Office, granting the office’s motion for summary judgment in a discrimination suit brought by a former patent examiner.

Report paints ‘bleak’ picture of federal judiciary diversity in US

18-02-2020Sarah Morgan

White men dominate the lower federal courts, while women and people of colour remain severely underrepresented at the US Court of Appeals and the US district courts levels, according to a new diversity report.

Novartis makes tough diversity demands on outside counsel

International13-02-2020Edward Pearcey

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis is demanding that its external counsel ensure that a minimum of 30% of billable associate time and 20% of partner time will be provided by women, or members of the ethnic or LGBT communities, as part of its just-announced preferred firm programme for legal services.

English Bar reports improved diversity numbers, but progress is slow

04-02-2020Rory O'Neill

Levels of diversity in the Bar of England and Wales are increasing in line with the wider population, but senior lawyers are more likely to be white and male.

UKIPO’s gender pay gap reflects lack of women in STEM, office says

28-01-2020Rory O'Neill

The UK Intellectual Property Office has reported a 32% gender pay gap in favour of men.

Discrimination fears stop disabled lawyers changing jobs, survey reveals

27-01-2020Sarah Morgan

More than half of the solicitors and paralegals believe their career and promotion prospects are inferior to those of non-disabled colleagues, according to research published late last week.

Women and minority reps welcome Intel’s new diversity rule

17-01-2020Rory O'Neill

Two organisations promoting greater diversity in the legal industry have welcomed Intel’s commitment to only do business with law firms who meet certain diversity-related standards.

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