WIPR Influential Women in IP 2019
Women in the boardroom www.worldipreview.com
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the overwhelming
majority of our respondents were women.
Most respondents came from private practice
and in-house, and more than half had been at their
present company for more than five years. The service
provider category includes IP service providers, along
with IP offices and insurers offering IP coverage.
The following pages will provide an in-depth look
at the answers provided by nearly 300 women and
men across the globe.
In the US, 85% of all lawyers in America are white,
and 65% are men, according to the American Bar
Association. The number of women increased nearly
5% between 2008 and 2018, but is this good enough?
In the IP field, 2017 data from the American
Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
suggests that diversity is particularly lagging, with
70% of IP attorneys in law firms being men.
The case is much the same in the UK. Women make
up 48% of all lawyers in law firms, little change since
2014. Looking at seniority, in 2017, women made up
59% of non-partner solicitors compared with just 33%
of partners (an increase of 2% in 2014).
Large firms with more than 50 partners represent
the greatest divide, with only 29% of partners being
women—but the proportion has grown from 24% in
2014, suggesting small signs of progress.
Looking more widely, statistics from a JURI
committee of the European parliament 2017 report
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suggest that professional judge positions are quite
evenly distributed between men and women in the
EU, although women are in a slight majority.
This masks variations, such as a constant majority
(more than 60%) of men occupying professional judge
posts in common law countries, and the decrease in
the proportion of women as the level of court and
seniority of the post increases.
There’s a female majority among judges and
prosecutors at first instance courts, but this is
reversed at higher court levels. At supreme courts, the
average gender distribution is consistently two-thirds
men and one-third women.
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