Women Joining the Patent Workforce

Annette I. Kahler

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Patent law has traditionally been one of the most male- dominated fields of legal practice, so here is good news on the diversity front: More women are entering the field of patent law than ever before. In recent years, more than 25% of all patent practitioners newly admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are female.1 Although it has not happened overnight, and still falls short of the 33% that women represent across the legal profession, this is a marked increase over prior decades when women were few and far between in the patent ranks.

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