Why does a gaping gender gap persist in the patent bar and what’s to be done about it? In this inaugural episode of Sidebars, a limited-series podcast for women in patent law, Kilpatrick Townsend partners April Abele Isaacson and Kim Davis set up a discussion of these issues, which they will continue to explore in future episodes through interviews with phenomenal women in patent law, many of whom are “firsts,” or in some cases “onlys” even today. April and Kim also share some stories of their own careers and the pivot points that inspired them to create this podcast.
Meet the Hosts:
• April Abele Isaacson, M.S.
• Kimberlynn B. Davis, Ph.D.
Articles Mentioned in the Episode:
• “Senators Tell Iancu Patent Bar Needs More Women” (Law360)
• “The Patent Bar Gender Gap: Expanding the Eligibility Requirements to Foster Inclusion and Innovation in the U.S. Patent System” by Mary Hannon
• “Diversity in Patent Law: A Data Analysis of Diversity in the Patent Practice by Technology Background and Region” (American Bar Association, Landslide)
• U.S. Senators' Letter to USPTO Director
• "Where Have all the Patent Lawyers Gone? Long Time Passing..." by Kenneth L. Port, Molly Littman, and Lucas Hjelle
• USPTO Director Andrei Iancu's response to U.S. Senators' Letter
• Visit the Kilpatrick Townsend MEMO Blog
• Check out other insights from Kilpatrick Townsend
**The opinions expressed are those of the attorneys and do not necessarily reflect the views of the firm or its clients. This podcast is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.**