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How to develop a talent pipeline

Does your company do enough to retain and utilise female legal talent? Does your law firm have policies that support and encourage women in their legal careers? Whether your business has plenty to learn or plenty to teach, an event next month provides an opportunity for women IP lawyers to network, learn, share best practices and encourage a new generation of female counsel

Managing IP’s International Women’s Leadership Forum, taking place on June 6 in New York, will bring together senior women lawyers from multinational companies, government and private practice to talk about the latest developments in IP law and strengthen their business relationships with women in the profession.

The event is open to women at all stages of their IP law career. It is designed to help develop a talent pipeline in the IP profession at a time when corporations and law firms are under more pressure than ever before to retain and foster capable and business-savvy lawyers.

Speakers include Dina Kallay of Ericsson, Joan McGillycuddy of Avon, Lisa Kattan, an Investigative Attorney at the ITC, Melissa Scanlan of T-Mobile, Mindy Bickel of the USPTO, and Wendy Plotkin of Biogen Idec.

There is no charge for the event for in-house counsel, academics and R&D professionals. Registration for both in-house counsel and private practitioners includes bronze-level membership of the MIP Women in IP Global Network, a new platform for women IP lawyers to share expertise and develop long-lasting referral relationships with counterparts in other jurisdictions.

Issues on the agenda at the one-day event include in-house strategies for dealing with European patent reform; lessons learned from the first post-grant patent proceedings in the US; protecting your rights in China; and practical advice for dealing with non-practising entities.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to share best practices for developing female talent in companies and law firms as well as hearing from women lawyers at the top of the profession.

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