Hidden Figures: Exploring Gender Bias in Intellectual Property
Larry Summers, former President of Harvard University, famously outraged female colleagues when he declared that men outperform women in math and sciences due, in no small part, to the biological differences between the sexes. Summers went on to note that barriers to women’s advancement in such fields lay not within institutionalized discrimination itself, but rather, “issues of intrinsic aptitude.” In the wake of such incendiary remarks, a number of compelling studies have sought to explore the role of sexism and gender discrimination within the historically male-dominated STEM fields.
One such study, appearing in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, raised a fascinating question central to this fireside chat – “Do Patents Have Gender?” According to UC Irvine Professor Dan L. Burk, the question can be raised as to whether the science behind patents is inherently misogynistic, and therefore a major sticking point in promoting women’s opportunities for advancement. Our expert panel will discuss whether or not blatant (or more subtle) institutional biases exist for women in intellectual property. What are some of the most common challenges facing women in IP? What solutions or strategic responses are available to help overcome these barriers?
Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we conclude our evening program.
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