The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Invent Together have joined forces to raise awareness about the IP diversity gap across regions. Initially, this effort will focus on the gender gap, but wider investigations will follow. A meeting is planned for 31 May to hear from companies and technology transfer offices (TTOs) with experience of tackling the IP gender gap. The project leaders would be interested to hear from potential participants: see below. They’ve kindly provided this guest post to tell us more.
In October 2021, the partners organised a series of virtual discussions to: first, talk about why the diversity gap exists; second, identify emerging best practices to collect and analyse relevant data; and, third, examine success stories for addressing the IP diversity gap at the organisational level. These discussions featured senior government officials including from IP offices (see this video), chief economists from IP offices and scholars (see this video), and leaders from the private sector and university TTOs (in a private discussion). These October meetings focused on the Americas region.
In May and June 2022, WIPO and Invent Together will again co-host virtual discussions about the IP diversity gap, this time focusing on Europe, before moving on to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The purpose of this global effort is to collect information and insights from stakeholders across countries, sectors, and types of organisation while raising awareness about the IP diversity gap and examining public policy and private initiatives that show promise in dismantling it.
Currently, WIPO and Invent Together are looking for representatives of companies and TTOs with experience addressing the IP gender gap to participate in a private, virtual discussion on the afternoon of 31 May 2022. Insights gleaned from this and other regional discussions will be used to develop guidance for organisations wishing to take steps to quantify and effectively address their internal IP gender gaps. For more information about this virtual event, please contact Jennifer Brant at [email protected].
This work program is intended to raise awareness globally about the IP gender gap and why it should be a priority for the public and private sectors, and to share information about promising initiatives for closing it. Further information about promoting the use of IP rights by female inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs is available on the WIPO website and the Invent Together website.