April 26th 2018 is World Intellectual Property Day and this year the theme is Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) say:
‘This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.’
The theme of the day encourages those in the IP industry to look at the women around them, be it the creative inventors filing patents or the patent attorneys and other industry professionals that bring their ideas to life on the market. Over the last 40 years, more women have entered the STEM (Science, Technology, Engingeering, Math) industries than any other industry, in particular in Software & IT Services, there has been a 27% increase in female leadership hires.
Did you know that Randall-Woolcott Services (RWS) was founded by female chemist Maria Randall in 1958? RWS started as a boutique translation and patent search company and over the last 60 years has become a trusted, global brand with a reputation for technical expertise, quality and reliability.
Currently less than 20% of all patents have a female inventor, and only 7.7% of this number have a woman as the primary inventor. Whilst this number is low and could be seen as disheartening, it is increasing, having quintupled since 1977. By dedicating this day to women in innovation and creativity, WIPO are saying that it’s time to celebrate the trailblazers, the dreamers and the risk takers and to create a legacy for future generations of girls to look up to.