Friday 8 March 2019 is International Women’s Day. Its theme this year is #BalanceforBetter. So we asked some IP Inclusive supporters, including members of our Women in IP committee, how they’ve seen the gender balance shift during their careers and how they’d like to see it change in the future. We’ll be publishing their thoughts in a series of blog posts on and around the day itself.
We’ll kick off with some words from Emily Teesdale, patent attorney and partner at Abel & Imray, and Andrew Sunderland, patent attorney and senior associate at Haseltine Lake, both Women in IP committee members.
I remember getting a bit of a shock when changing from my all girls senior school to an engineering degree (where I was 1 out of 9 girls in a class of 90).
And here’s what Andrew told us:
My start in the IP profession was probably quite atypical, in that my immediate team of electronics patent attorneys seemed to have a good balance of men and women all the way to the top, and even now my team has four equity partners; two men and two women. On reflection, my experience of working life has probably been different to most people’s experience in that I have always had female bosses. Expand out to the wider profession of patent attorneys and the male/female balance becomes much less, well… balanced.
Looking at my peers (both from my firm and others) however, I see a much more balanced and generally diverse group than has ever come before. My hope is that this will translate into more diversity all the way to equity partner level in the future and that each subsequent generation will be more diverse than the last.