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Influential Women in IP: working in the major league and PTAB fairness

25-09-2019Sarah Morgan

There have always been talented women, but the decisions they’ve had to make in the past at law firms have meant that sometimes they leave the standard partnership track, never to return.

Influential Women in IP: how to break through the ‘glass wall’

UK13-09-2019Saman Javed

Maintaining a work-life balance while still getting recognition for professional achievements is a challenge for many women working in IP, but as discussed yesterday, September 12 at WIPR’s Influential Women in IP conference in London, there are ways to manage this problem.

Influential Women in IP: ‘male-shaped’ career path blocks women

UK12-09-2019Saman Javed

Christina Blacklaws, the immediate past president of The Law Society, delivered the keynote speech at WIPR’s Influential Women in IP conference today, September 12.

Ontario law society considers scrapping diversity rule

Canada11-09-2019Sarah Morgan

The Law Society of Ontario is expected to continue a debate today, September 11, which discusses whether a rule requiring members to outline their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion should be scrapped.

US lawmakers target patent diversity gap


A group of bicameral and bipartisan lawmakers last week introduced legislation to help close the patenting gap faced by women and minorities in the US.

USPTO seeks comments on women’s participation in patent system


The US Patent and Trademark Office is seeking public comments on the participation of women, minorities and veterans in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system.

'Sluggish' growth in women inventor numbers: USPTO


Women inventors still make up just 12% of all patent inventors in the US, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office.

India seeks to expedite women’s patent applications


The Indian Patent Office will have to expedite the examination of patents filed by women under new rules proposed to promote female entrepreneurship.

USPTO accepts ‘Comfyballs’ trademark—but only for women


An underwear brand called Comfyballs, which was initially denied a US trademark for its name because the term was “vulgar”, has now had an application accepted—but only if the product is used for women.

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