Female Lawyers Say IP Still Male-Dominated World

By Sara Stefanini (September 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Women who practice intellectual property law continue to face a largely male-dominated world, particularly in the patent sector, despite the concentrated efforts law firms have made to draw more women into their ranks in recent years.

The technical background that patent attorneys must have to register with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is one of the main factors that has kept many females out of the patent practice, since more men than women tend to study sciences and engineering in the United States, several female lawyers said.

"I've been doing IP litigation for 10 or 11 years, and I definitely...

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