International exchange: Promoting the inclusion of women in intellectual property

Promoting the inclusion of women in intellectual property

Studies of patent data conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and others have shown that women inventors are significantly underrepresented in the patent system worldwide. Despite an increased number of women entering the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in recent years, there is still a large gap between the number of women entering these fields and men. This has led to fewer women participating in the intellectual property (IP) system overall.

Register today to hear presentations by representatives of IP offices from around the world, who will discuss these trends and explain how some countries have succeeded in increasing the participation rate of women in their IP systems. Topics will include:

  • Strategies for increasing the participation of women in the IP system
  • How to recruit, retain, and promote women in IP fields

You will hear from leading officials from the USPTO, IP Australia, the Canadian IP Office, the IP Office of the Philippines, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property, the IP Office of New Zealand, the Industrial Property Protection Directorate of Jordan, and other national offices. 

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Agenda

Agenda (subject to change)

All times listed are in ET:

4:00 – 4:05 p.m.   

Welcoming remarks and program overview

  • Karin Ferriter, on detail to the Office of International Patent Cooperation, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
4:05 – 4:10 p.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Drew Hirshfeld, Performing the function and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO
4:10 – 4:15 p.m. 

Andrew Toole, Chief Economist, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO
These opening remarks will set the stage for the discussion, and give data on the underrepresentation of women in Intellectual Property (IP).

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

Session I: Exchange of Best Practices to Increase the Use of the IP System by Women
In this session, we will hear from IP Offices about the work that they are doing to increase the use of the IP system by women.  

Moderator:

  • Patricia Bianco, Senior Advisor for Deputy Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

Presenters:

  • Paula Adamson, Deputy Director General of the Customer Services Division and Commissioner of Patents, IP Australia
  • Anel Valencia, Mexican Institute of Industrial Property 
  • Rowel Barba, Director General, IP Office of the Philippines (recording)
  • Christine Piche, Director General, Corporate Strategies and Services Branch, Canadian IP Office
  • Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, USPTO
  • Amanda Lotheringen, Senior Manager Copyright and IP Enforcement, Companies and IP Commission, South Africa
  • Vivienne Elke Katjiuongua, Chief Executive Officer, Business and IP Authority of Namibia (recording)
5:00 – 5:05 p.m.

Break

    5:05 – 5:45 p.m.

    Session II: Evolving Best Practices in the Recruitment, Retention and Promotion of Women in IP Offices        
    In this session, speakers will discuss their work to recruit, retain and promote women in IP Offices.

    Moderator:

    • Robin Evans, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

    Presenters:    

    • Zain Al Awamleh, Director, Industrial Property Protection Directorate- Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply- Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (recording)
    • Paula Adamson, Deputy Director General of the Customer Services Division and Commissioner of Patents, IP Australia
    • Virginie Ethier, Director General, Patent Branch, Canadian IP Office 
    • Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, USPTO
    • Gaby Cowcill, Manager, Patents and Designs, IP Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) and
    • Rebecca James, Manager, Trade Marks and Geographical Indications and current Acting National Manager, IPONZ
    5:45 – 5:55 p.m.Questions and Answers 
    5:55 – 6:00 p.m.

    Closing remarks

    • Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for Patents, USPTO

    Additional information 

    For more information, visit the registration page or contact Errica Miller in the USPTO’s Office of International Patent Cooperation. To request an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Lakeshia Harley.

    This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity