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2014 International Woman Day' Public Interest Law Seminar

Co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law-ASIL and PIIPA

Capitalizing on Women's Creativity and Intellectual Endeavors:  
Intellectual Property Law for and by Women

Thursday, March 6, 2014- Postponed due to sickness
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American Society of International Law
2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

As technology and innovation continue to drive development around the world, significant questions are raised about how these fields are and should be utilized to promote the success of women and girls. How can global economic endeavors focusing on innovation and related negotiations focusing on transfer of technology and knowledge better serve the needs of women and girls? In celebration of International Women's Day 2014, Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) and the American Society of International Law are pleased to sponsor this discussion of how intellectual property legal mechanisms can contribute to improving the opportunity for women and girls to participate in these key fields. Speakers will also address the opportunities that exist for women and girls to pursue careers in these fields. A reception will follow.


  • Hathaway Russell, Partner, Registered Patent Attorney, ASIL Leadership Circle Member Foley Hoag LLP; Chair, American Intellectual Property Law Association- Women In IP Law Committee
  • Mercedes Meyer, Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Group, DrinkerBiddle
  • June Blalock, Technology Licensing Program Coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service, Office of Technology Transfer 
Register Today at ASIL

For more information: contact Pacyinz Lyfoung, PIIPA Program Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202-803-0262.

IP and Women Facts:

  • Women Inventors made up 20% of the WIPO Medal and Other Distinctions given to inventors in 118 countries, between 1979 and 2009.
  • Women and Girls engagement in IP is part of WIPO's efforts to support the United Nations' Millennium Goals (MDG), particularly MDG 3.A to promote gender equality and empower women through the elimination of gender disparity in education.
  • Gender statistics on patent statistics is available and is the only IP gender data available because The Paris Convention for the Protection Industrial Property mandates that inventors be named as such.
  • 40% to 50% of small/medium size businesses (SMEs) are owned and run by women around the world.  Those women entrepreneurs are actual or potential owners of trademarks, service marks, trade names, and other IP.  SMEs are widely recognized as a key sector of economic growth and job creation.
  • Women farmers are involved in all aspects of traditional agriculture and often hold related traditional knowledge.
  • WIPO promotes IP and women as an important issue, and is actively involved in capacity building targeting women, such as via a 2012-13 IP training for women hosted in South Korea with 25 participants from the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan.

Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc. (PIIPA) is an international nonprofit organization that provides pro bono intellectual property (IP) legal counsel to governments, businesses, indigenous peoples, and public interest organizations in developing countries that seek to promote health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment.

The modern economy is a knowledge based economy which relies not only on physical property rights but also on intellectual property rights.  Intellectual property rights are exclusive rights over creations of the mind.  These include inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.  The world economy has come to depend on IP goods – from software and pharmaceuticals to cell phones, traditional knowledge and genetic resources.  In many ways, intellectual property rights play a similar role to physical property rights.  Secure intellectual property rights create incentives for innovation just as secure property rights create incentives for production.

Intellectual property laws, like all legal systems, work best when everyone has opportunity to access the legal system and receive the protections of these laws.  The problem is that only a fraction of the world’s population currently has the knowledge and/or means necessary to access the intellectual property legal system and use these laws.

PIIPA was created to address the intellectual property inequities that exist in the global economy.




   This book examines the social impact of intellectual property laws. It addresses issues and
   trends relating to health, food security, education, new technologies, preservation of
   bio-cultural heritage, and contemporary challenges in promoting the arts. It explores
   how intellectual property frameworks could be better calibrated to meet socioeconomic
   needs in countries at different stages of development, with local contexts and culture in  
   mind.


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If you are an IP professional please join us by completing the Volunteer Form. PIIPA's pro bono coordinator will contact you about matching your skills with a project.

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To request assistance from PIIPA's IP Corps Volunteers, please complete the Assistance Seeker Form. PIIPA's pro bono coordinator will then contact you to discuss the specific needs for assistance.


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