April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day. In 2018 the focus is on Women in IP.
We can take the opportunity to celebrate innovation and creativity through the years.
In literature, art, music and fashion, women have been at the forefront: From Mary Shelley (best known for Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus) to J.K. Rowling (the UK's best selling author); Frida Kahlo, whose posthumous phenomenal popularity, particularly recently, has been labelled Fridamania; Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton and Beyonce forming just a snapshot of singer songwriters; and Coco Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney can be picked out of a long list of leading fashion designers.
In science and technology: Marie Curie is one of the most well known physicists and chemists (the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, and the only person to win in two different sciences); "Amazing Grace" Hopper, the American computer scientist and US Navy rear admiral who pioneered computer programming and coding and was posthumosly awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2016; Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist who invented Kevlar the synthetic fiber with exceptional strength; and Hedy Lamarr who developed a radio guidance system for torpedoes using technology now incorporated in to WiFi and GPS.
Everyday items such as the flat bottomed paper bag invented by Margaret Knight, and windscreen wipers by Mary Anderson. And we also have business innovators such as Martha Lane Fox (lastminute.com), Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) and Susan Wojcicki (YouTube).
But despite this rich inspirational company, more can be done to encourage and support women in IP and to improve gender parity throughout the innovative sectors and industries.
As part of the Brabners IP Team, which itself is powered by women, women in IP is the everyday norm. We are particularly proud of our own Fab Four Amy Pilkington, Hannah Fawcett, Hayley Morgan and Ioana Ghiurco.
Happy World Intellectual Property Day 2018.
More than ever before, women are taking up leadership roles and making their voices heard in the science, technology, business and the arts. This is good news. With women and men working together, we strengthen humanity’s hand, and improve our ability to enrich our shared cultural wealth and develop effective solutions to alleviate poverty, boost global health, and safeguard the environment. The time is ripe to reflect on ways to ensure that increasing numbers of women and girls across the globe engage in innovation and creativity, and why this is so important. This year’s World Intellectual Property Day celebration is an opportunity to highlight how the intellectual property (IP) system can support innovative and creative women (and indeed everyone) in their quest to bring their amazing ideas to market.