September 22, 2021

Our commitment to gender equality in IP

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From Elizabeth Peckham, IAM

International Women’s Day 2019 (Friday 8 March) celebrates a better, more balanced world, and here at IAM we are acknowledging women’s achievements in IP while calling for a more gender-balanced industry.

However, we believe it’s important to do more than just talk about this issue; it’s essential to take action.

That’s why we have publicly committed to ensuring that at the next IPBC Global – taking place in Boston from 16 to 18 June – there will be no panel in any session without a woman as a member. We are pleased to say that we are on track to achieve this.

Women are leaving their mark when it comes to IP and the strong line-up of industry leaders we have so far assembled will provide invaluable insights in June. 

The female panellists sharing their knowledge and experience at IPBC Global 2019 include:

  • Vicki A Barbur, Senior Director, IP and Technology Commercialisation, Battelle
  • Lyse Brillouet, Vice President, IP and Licensing, Orange
  • Cassandra Derham, Head, Technical IP, Amadeus
  • Eeva Hakoranta, Senior Vice President and Head, IP, Nokia Technologies
  • Dori Johnson Hines, Partner, Finnegan
  • Anna Holmberg, Project Manager, Centre for Intellectual Property
  • Sharon Lai, IP Counsel, Americas, Volvo Cars Corporation
  • Denise Lane, Director, IP, Boston Scientific
  • Marie MacNichol, Senior Director, Patent Licensing, Dolby Laboratories
  • Ceyda Maisami, Senior Patent Counsel and Patent Development Director, HP Inc
  • Gabi Mohsler, Vice President and Head, Patent Development, Ericsson
  • Courtney Quish, Director, Fortress Investment Group
  • Terry Rea, Partner, Crowell Morning
  • Karen A Sinclair, Director, IP, Harvard University
  • Mirjana Stankovic, Vice President, Emerging Tech and IP, Tambourine Innovation Ventures

And that’s not all – Maria Varsellona, Chief Legal Officer of Nokia and President of Nokia Technologies, will be giving the opening keynote at the event on the morning of Monday 17 June.

All this means there are more women in the IPBC Global 2019 speaking faculty than for any previous edition of the event. 

Women are having a greater impact on innovation and IP than ever before – and we are pleased to be playing our part in ensuring that this is only the start!

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