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5 The pressing need for equality
Increasing diversity and achieving gender equality are more important than ever as
we face the COVID-19 pandemic, says Francis Gurry, director general of the WIPO.
6 Positive strides
WIPR’s latest survey on diversity and inclusion in law offers a snapshot of an industry
that’s behind the times. Sarah Morgan reports.
10 Protecting the entrepreneurial spirit
Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy route to take, but when you’re an
indigenous woman, it can be even tougher, as Sarah Morgan finds.
12 Silicon Valley’s ‘bro culture’: faulty pipeline, or old fashioned misogyny?
The tech industry has started to acknowledge its problem with sexism and diversity,
and is publishing more data, but is any real progress being made? Rory O’Neill reports.
16 In the spotlight
WIPR celebrates the achievements of 80 of the most prominent female lawyers in
20 Class of 2019: Spring Chang
Spring Chang has played a central role in the growth of her firm, Chang Tsi & Partners,
and is proud of its successes in promoting diversity.
22 The hidden stigma
Diversity initiatives are gaining traction across the legal profession, but one characteristic
has been left behind: disability. Sarah Morgan investigates what can be done.
28 Class of 2019: Laura Collada
Laura Collada, managing partner of Dumont, outlines her path to modernising the
Mexican law firm and her diversity efforts.
32 Reclaiming language: are IP offices behind the times?
What happens when the meaning of traditionally offensive or abusive terms changes,
and how should IP offices respond? Rory O’Neill reports.
36 A culture of growth and equality
Borghildur Erlingsdóttir, director general of the Icelandic Intellectual Property Office,
sees massive opportunities at a time when Iceland’s economy is at a turning point.
42 Class of 2020: Vivien Chan
Vivien Chan helps major multinational corporations and listed companies to do
business in Greater China.
45 Evolving inclusivity—designing a modern platform for success for all
The categorisation of individuals due to gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation
doesn’t encourage equality, says Karen Fraser of UDL Intellectual Property.
46 The great exodus
Bullying, a dearth of opportunities and lower pay are just some of the reasons why
the legal profession is bleeding its minority groups. Sarah Morgan investigates.
50 Doing it for herself—and others
After a career beginning with a dramatic trial and two decades of experience,
Stacy Grossman decided to strike out on her own.
52 Friends in D&I places
Creating a diversity culture at work needs allies who aren’t afraid to get a little
uncomfortable, as Tom Phillips discovers.
56 The best advice
WIPR spoke to some of the 2019 Class of Trailblazers about their advice for those
entering the IP profession and the challenges they’ve overcome.
58 Finding your own voice
Gender equality should continue to be a driving force in law firms across the world,
says Melisa Litvin, founder of Litvin Marzorati Legales.
60 Trailblazers: a bright future
WIPR profiles 20 talented women who are paving the way for great achievements in
the IP sector.
WIPR Influential Women in IP 2020